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MidLifCrisis
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posted 02-24-2002 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just found a red '73 Mach I for sale. 351 engine and 4 speed trans. The body is straight with only a little rust around the taillights and at the top of the drivers rear wheel opening. The passenger rear wheel opening looks like it has seen a past repair at the top, and at lower rear quarter. The hood is marked Ram Air, but the underside doesn't have the housing that fits over the air cleaner. The engine is a 351C, the air cleaner is a standard chrome top that has a 351 CJ sticker on top. It has some type of diaphram or solenoid actuated opening on the drivers side of the air cleaner housing. The interior is black with console, 8K tach, and fold down rear seat. Dash, door panels, headliner, and seat covers are tired and need replacing. The underside is solid, rust free, and appears straight. The car is basically an unrestored, fairly complete vehicle with 39k on the clock, Probably 139K. ..... SO FOLKS! What do you think? What's with the Ram Air on the hood, but with solid honeycombed hood scoop inserts and no under housing? Is this thing missing parts? What do you think it's worth? It would need at least a little freshing up, particularly the interior. Sorry for the L O N G post, but I wanted to be thorough to get the real scoop. Thanks in advance for all your educated opinions. Charlie

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MASTIFF
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posted 02-24-2002 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MASTIFF   Click Here to Email MASTIFF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Decode the Doorcode to see whats the car is suppose to be. You may also want to decode the block to see what block you have too. As for the ram air sticker.........I have seen many guys just stick the skicker on the outside to make people think it was Ram-Air. Some people also stick 351CJ on the aircleaner even though they do not have a CJ block. As for price I dont have engough information to give you an accurate price. Just guessing with lack of info I would say around $2,000.

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johnmustang
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posted 02-24-2002 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
E-mail me the door tag numbers and codes, vin number and so on and I will do a bit of research on it for you if you want.

JOHN

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-24-2002 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The CPI guide on Hemmings:

http://www.hemmings.com/hemmings/searches/price_checker/whatworth.cfm

Gives a '73 Mach 1 this value:
1973 Mach 1 $ 7,800.00 for 'Good' condition.

Sounds like someone just threw some 'Ram Air' decals on a non-Ram Air car.

If it's a true Cobra Jet Mach 1, the first five digits of the VIN will be 3F05Q

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PONYMAN
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posted 02-24-2002 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PONYMAN   Click Here to Email PONYMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The car will need the tailight panel replaced. The gaskets held moisture and they rusted around the lights. Also look closely at the trunk floor, the trunks leaked and most of the trunk floors rusted out from the inside. The tailight panel and trunk floor ran me about $1100.00 for parts and labor. The hoods were bad about rusting from the inside. Look at the underside for signs of rust holes coming through, particularly around the hood latch catch. If the heater core leaked, or the drain on the Air Conditioner plugged up, the front passenger floor board might be rusted also. The sticker were probably just put on to look good. If it was a true Ram Air car, it should also have the twist down hood locks. I paid $3500.00 for mine in very similar condition about 7 years ago. I now have around $15000 invested in it, at least. I am not trying to knock the car, just giving you some ideas of what to look for based upon my own experience. Also remember that 71-73 parts are harder to come by than earlier years. Not as many made, and not nearly as many repro parts. Very few of these cars had the 4-speed, so this is a great option. This said, good luck they are great cars when restored. Rick 72 Mach 1 351C

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 02-25-2002 05:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are nice cars.

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73429MACH
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posted 02-25-2002 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73429MACH   Click Here to Email 73429MACH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Red? 73 Mach 1? Hey, that sounds like a nice car. Ryan.

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 02-27-2002 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well the car is a 3F05Q, so it is a Cobra Jet, but the hood is not ram air, just has the decals. I probably will get it as a project. Thanks for the help. Charlie

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Jimmy Ray
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posted 03-04-2002 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jimmy Ray   Click Here to Email Jimmy Ray     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
73 Q codes where not equiped with Ramair set ups on the Nasa hood.... Only H codes could have the Ramair stuff... Back in 73 Ford only had the H codes emissions certified for Ram air, they tryed to side the Q codes by but got caught.
But with the Q codes you got Compition supsenison, ie; staggered rear shocks, rear sway bar, and power disk brakes.

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kid vishus
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posted 03-04-2002 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jimmy Ray:
....and power disk brakes.



I had a Q code 73 fastback and it didnt have power brakes. The only thing it had was power steering, (no AC either). It was a 4v cleveland car, 4 speed, 3.91 posi rear, with the staggered shocks, rear sway bar, and it had the 8k tach. It was a rust bucket but it was a blast to drive. Also, it had a flat hood and the car was completely stock, clear down to the exhuast manifolds and spread bore 4v carb.

I needed some money badly and sold it for less than I could have parted it out for.

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PONYMAN
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posted 03-04-2002 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PONYMAN   Click Here to Email PONYMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some of us have done what Ford couldn't in 72 and 73. Since the Ram Air set up isthe same for 2bbl or 4bbl carbs, many of us have put them on our cars. Of course that is what keeps driving the blamed things up in price.

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