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Pepse
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From: Chetek, WI, US
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posted 12-14-2002 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pepse   Click Here to Email Pepse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First of all I am new to this board, but I have been a Ford man for almost 40 years. Anyway my question pertains to a '74 Mach 1 I came across in the town I live in. It has the 2.3L I-4, and the VIN tag on the dash shows the letter "Y" which is correst for the 2.3L. I am aware of Ford's delete option program of the '70's, but I thought that started in '76 or '77. And I seen a few articles elsewhere that mention the 2.8L V-6 as standard in the Mach 1 for '74. Is anybody else aware of '74 Mach 1's with the 4 as standard?? I'm thinking of purchasing this car as (1) It is in pretty decent shape bodywise for a '74 in NW Wisc. and (2) It is hard for me to find my preferred car: any Ford Capri from the '70's. I had owned 6 Capris as well as 3 Mustang II's over time.

Later. Pepse.

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IIGood
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posted 12-14-2002 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood   Click Here to Email IIGood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the VIN, to verify if it is a Mach 1, "05" would be the 3rd and 4th digits. AFAIK, the V6 was the standard for the Mach 1s of this era. The only optional engine being the V8, when it became available in '75.

Good luck in your search!

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Pepse
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posted 12-14-2002 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pepse   Click Here to Email Pepse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assume you mean the tin plate in the top of the dash where I found the engine code?? I will try to check it tomorrow and see; the door sticker is gone. As for the car if it is a fake then it is a fairly good job. Just to be right tho were the front and rear spoiler and hood scoop available in '74?? Also the car is black with silver Mach 1 stickers. If that ain't where I get the "05" from then I will copy the whole VIN No. and hopefully it can be deciphered.

Later. Pepse.

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IIGood
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posted 12-14-2002 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood   Click Here to Email IIGood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the same place you found the "Y" on. The "05" will be right before the Y, as a matter of fact.

Should look something like this (this is just an example):
4F05Y123456

There will also be a script "F" in front of and at the end of the VIN...that's not important. Just Ford's marking I suppose.

Hood scoops were not available from the factory in '74. They didn't come along until the Cobras came around in '76. I think the same goes for the spoilers, but I'm not totally certain.

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Pepse
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posted 12-15-2002 01:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pepse   Click Here to Email Pepse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well curiosity was killing me so after the show tonite I decided to stop by the car just to check those No.s and sure enough it is "05". So it sounds like it is an oddity. A '74 Mach 1 with a OEM 4cyl. And as far as the apparent Cobra II accy.s it still looks nice. Body is in very good shape, interior is pretty good. No bad rust in the engine compartment, but the driver side floorpan under the seat is bad; similar to the Fox chassis Capri/Mustang. Car is black/black with red pinstriping in the interior. Car would need a new paint job as there is a lot of overspray on it (car was apperantly sitting in a bodyshop for awhile). I'm thinking the car has Cobra II doors as I remember the inside panels were thicker than standard M II's, and I replaced the lft door on my '76 3 door (years ago)and used a Cobra II door and remember that the window crank rod stuck out about an inch, inch-and-half more than the old one. Did the '74 Machs use a different inner door panel?? Funny tho as much as I've been holding out to find another Ford Capri seeing this M II is ver-r-r-ry tempting. The asking price is $900, but I might have room to argue if the seller tries to sell it for what it apparently ain't or just because. Besides I need something to do since I don't have a project car and my daily driver is boring; '92 Cougar LS. Mind really nice car but nothing I would stick money into outside of tuneups and such.

Anyway enough babbling for now,

Later. Pepse.

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