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Old 07-29-2015, 01:18 PM   #1
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72 Mach 1 Restoration.

Hey guys. I started this project back in April and had an initial post about it. I had some things come up and I was almost certain I was going to have to scrap the project and sell everything. Luckily I was able to figure it all out and I can officially restart my posting of this. I have an original numbers matching 1972 Mach 1 H-code in need of a much needed restoration. I've attached a link to a gallery of the first batch of photos since April. From now on everything will be posted in this thread for anyone interested. Hope to have 1-2 updates every week until it's done. All parts have been bought through Laurel Mountain Mustang in Pennsylvania. Hope you all enjoy the process. Thanks.

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Wow quite a project, but will be nice when completed!
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Ton of work still ahead, but a really good start so far!


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What a project! At least you know up front all the work that it needs (and it looks like you got all your parts too) instead of discovering things along the way. Keep posting so I can live vicariously through your restoration!
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A lot work already done....................and more to follow.
Kind of cool that it's a 351 2v w/Ram Air. What is the vin/data plate say.
I've only restored early Mustangs, never something newer than 67 and I was lucky enough to have a friend who owns a Mustang only restoration shop.
Great project!
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You've made a lot of progress! Looking forward to see more


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When we bought this car we knew upfront about some of the rust. Upon further inspection we found a lot more. To the point where roughly 60-75% of the car will be new metal. Hood, engine compartment, hood cowl, drivers side door (thanks to a donor!), trunk pan, trunk drop offs, drivers side outer wheel well, both rear quarters, tail light panel, floor pans, trunk and the rear frames.

Motor was redone a few thousand miles ago (roughly 10 years) car sat for most of the past decade. It did start and run. I surprisingly drove it home. I plan on leaving it primarily stock for now with a few smaller modifications and beefier upgrades to modernize it and make it more stable. 4v carb, bigger sway bars with an overhauled suspension. Slotted rotors in the front and eventually rotors on the back. Upgraded to make it ram air functional. Interior will be standard black leather. This was actually a deluxe packaged car with the tach, triple gauge in the center, and deluxe door panels. I've been waiting on parts for a few weeks so progress is a little slow. Both front shock towers needed a few patch panels to not show their age haha. See photo for example. Overall it's been a weekend project with my dad and I and we've made solid progress this far. Still a long ways to go though. Thanks for the interest!
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A lot work already done....................and more to follow.

Kind of cool that it's a 351 2v w/Ram Air. What is the vin/data plate say.

I've only restored early Mustangs, never something newer than 67 and I was lucky enough to have a friend who owns a Mustang only restoration shop.

Great project!

It wasn't originally a ram air. We're upgrading it to have it.


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Holy moly! Great work so far. And that old floor pan looked like it had the consistency of wet cardboard...LOL.
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Wow! Awesome work so far! Thx for the pics.


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Holy moly! Great work so far. And that old floor pan looked like it had the consistency of wet cardboard...LOL.

Yeah. When the carpet was in I had no idea just HOW bad the floors were haha. I got a good laugh when we pulled the carpet and that's what we found.




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I will keep checking in to see the progress.
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Yeah. When the carpet was in I had no idea just HOW bad the floors were haha. I got a good laugh when we pulled the carpet and that's what we found.
Gotta love those "surprises"...fortunately the resto project I've been doing with my Dad has not had that much rot. Looks like your car must not have been parked on the ground without being up on blocks...let all the moisture in the air near the ground do its thing.
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Gotta love those "surprises"...fortunately the resto project I've been doing with my Dad has not had that much rot. Looks like your car must not have been parked on the ground without being up on blocks...let all the moisture in the air near the ground do its thing.

Yeah. This was definitely field kept. Not to mention I'm in Maryland. Lots of moisture.


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Were there like a billion mouse turds in there? Definite "ew" territory with my resto project.
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Mine were in similar condition. Quite a labor of love. But when they are mostly done its worth it.


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Were there like a billion mouse turds in there? Definite "ew" territory with my resto project.

So much. Haha. Nothing but mud, stink bugs, mice crap, and a bunch of nesting.


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Came home this past weekend to discover my frame rails had FINALLY arrived. I ordered these bad boys in late March/early April. I can now resume some of the major work in the back. While I was away this weekend my dad started mending the shock towers. Still have to put some more metal on it and grind it all down but it's a start. Overall he said it was about 2-3 hours just to do this little bit. Keep in mind this was all done by hand, no torch to bend the metal. Just a metal working hammer and time.

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Good progress on the shock towers. Now you can't put your arm through them!

Damned critters...
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Good progress on the shock towers. Now you can't put your arm through them!

Damned critters...
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Keep it up!

Yupp. Had a lot of nests like that. If you look closely at some of the original images I posted in the gallery you can see a lot of the dirt and garbage that was in this car.


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So much. Haha. Nothing but mud, stink bugs, mice crap, and a bunch of nesting.
Just be sure to wear a mask if you're dealing with a lot of the turds...you can get sick from inhaling the particles. Don't want your 'stang to give you hantavirus.
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Just be sure to wear a mask if you're dealing with a lot of the turds...you can get sick from inhaling the particles. Don't want your 'stang to give you hantavirus.

Appreciated. At this point I think we've dealt with most of the vermin issues. There are still a few mud bugs caked on the rear axle but I'll deal with those in a few days when we pull it to do the frame rails.


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So this weekend we finally finished the shock towers. No more daylight! Got the bumper extensions patched up and got the metal in the engine bay. It took roughly 5 months to get to this point but we now have some new metal on this beast of a car. We still have to grind some of the welds down, but that can happen a bit later. Click image for larger version

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Nice work. Towers look pretty good. I did a little number on mine this weekend too.


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So this weekend we finally finished the shock towers. No more daylight! Got the bumper extensions patched up and got the metal in the engine bay. It took roughly 5 months to get to this point but we now have some new metal on this beast of a car. We still have to grind some of the welds down, but that can happen a bit later. Attachment 188923Attachment 188924Attachment 188925Attachment 188926


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What are you using to weld? That looks like a ton of bugger welding. I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but grinding that down is going to be a nightmare. Plus I'd be willing to bet it isn't very strong. When it builds up like that generally it's not penetrating both layers of metal correctly.
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What are you using to weld? That looks like a ton of bugger welding. I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but grinding that down is going to be a nightmare. Plus I'd be willing to bet it isn't very strong. When it builds up like that generally it's not penetrating both layers of metal correctly.

We're using a Lincoln Mig welder. Can't remember what kind of weld it is off the top of my head.


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Are you using gas or flux core?
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If your going to be doing any more welding I extremely recommend you get some argon. Change out your wire to a .35 and you will be shocked with the results. Sheet metal is not meant to be welded with flux core wire. It burns to hot or not hot enough.

Just my .02 if you want to make your life easier in the long run. I am excited to see your project progress
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If your going to be doing any more welding I extremely recommend you get some oxy settling. Change out your wire to a .35 and you will be shocked with the results. Sheet metal is not meant to be welded with flux core wire. It burns to hot or not hot enough.

Just my .02 if you want to make your life easier in the long run. I am excited to see your project progress

I'll pick some up tomorrow. I'm honestly learning how to properly weld while doing this project. So any and all advise will be listened to haha. Appreciate it man!


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I'll pick some up tomorrow. I'm honestly learning how to properly weld while doing this project. So any and all advise will be listened to haha. Appreciate it man!


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No problem! I have been there my friend.

Make sure that your welder has the provisions for gas though
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No problem! I have been there my friend.

Make sure that your welder has the provisions for gas though

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I'll double the wire and gas. I got some and it littler changed everything haha. My welds look exactly like the ones posted and the gas fixed it all. Projects looking good!
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