Here it is today. Yes it is a real 1973 mustang Mach 1. I like the look of the 71-72's better so I went that route. This grill was in the car when I bought it making it all the much easier to pull it off. You can tell its a 73 by the front bumper. It makes the grill not fit quite right on the passengers side. 99.9% of the people never notice it until I point it out.
The paint job is a color I chose after looking through dozens of paint chip books. Its my interpretation of grabber yellow. You see two (supposedly)original grabber yellow mustangs at a car show like carlisle and they are obviously two different shades. Who's to say which one is correct? It is a single stage urethane paint. I hate clearcoat paint on classic cars. They were never painted that way and it doesnt look right at all. I constantly get compliments on the paint at shows and its nothing special. Just some good bodywork, cut and buff.
245/60/15's on the front on 15x8" wheels with 4 1/2" backspacing; 295/50/15's on the rear with a 10' rim with 6 1/2" of backspacing. It fits, barely. 3.50 gears with an auburn-pro diff. 620 lb/in front springs and a 1 1/8" front swaybar. The swaybar was the best handling mod I've made hands down. Corners as flat as can be. The rear springs have 4 1/2 leafs with some Lakewood traction bars and an aftermarket rear 5/8" swaybar.
There are many mods hidden or camouflaged throughout the engine compartment. MSD ignition, Crane PS-91 coil, electric fan, electronic distributor, single plane Weiand intake, underdrive pulleys, streetdamper, hooker 1 3/4" super comp headers, a holley 750 V/S carb. Internally its simply a .030" over 351c with Forged TRW flat top pistons, ARP rod bolts, crane roller cam conversion, Australian Cleveland heads ported(by me) and built with Manley super duty valves, hardened exhaust seats, threaded ARP 7/16" rocker studs w guideplates, and Harland Sharp roller rockers.
I found a deal on a genuine Ram-Air setup and restored it. The air cleaner assy was so far gone it was barely worth it. They were not making the fiberglass repo's back then but I'm glad I can say its an original.
Yes, it is a real Mach 1 with a standard interior. Some uninformed people come up to me at car shows saying its not a real mach 1 because it doesnt have the deluxe interor with the gauge package. I politely educate them and point out the real determining factor. The VIN number. The recaro's are from an Opal Manta that I scored out of a junkyard for $15 each. I spent another $380 getting them recovered in vinyl to match the ginger interior. The car used to be an auto C-6 but I scored 4-speed toploader parts from another 73 mach 1. I collected the rest of the parts I needed making the swap 100% correct. When I came across the round shifter boot it was like finding the holy grail. 4-Speed = best mod ever.