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  '69 to '73 -- The Musclecar Mustang
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wifes65
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posted 11-16-2006 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wifes65        Reply w/Quote
Hello, thinking about picking up a complete 73 mustang for cheap (500.00), Car does not run, but I have a running 351c 2v that I can put in it.
What is the good, bad and ugly for a standard 73 mustang? The body is straight and no rust, haven't seen floors or trunk yet? Has disc brakes on the front, Was that a standard feature for 73?

68 Coop
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posted 11-17-2006 01:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 Coop        Reply w/Quote
I'd say get it just to have if you've got the room to keep it. Worst case scenario, you could always part it out on ebay.

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Fastback68
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posted 11-17-2006 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
Yup, disc brakes were standard. What do you mean about the good, the bad and the ugly? Technologically, 71-3 Stangs were superior to anything that had gone before. The only "ugly" I can think of about the sportroofs is that it's quite difficult to see out the back window.

cobravenom71
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From: Poinciana, Fl USA
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posted 11-17-2006 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
The good:
Best riding and handling to date.
Most up to date mechanicals.
Least expensive to purchase model-to-model
You won't see your car everywhere

The bad:
Hard to find some parts for(although getting better)
Rust...probably as bad as the rest of them.
Less standard equipment model-to-model.
Least popular of all original Mustangs.
Hard to see out of fastbacks

The ugly:
Terrible brakes
Terrible gas mileage...but probably no worse than any other 'classic'
Eurathane bumpers are a PITA to restore and maintain.

cobravenom71
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posted 11-17-2006 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastback68:
Yup, disc brakes were standard.


Nope. 4-wheel manual drums were standard on early 71s with 3-speed/6-cylinder drivetrain.

Fastback68
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posted 11-17-2006 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
Not disagreeing, only pointing out a semantic thing From everything I've read about these Fords, "standard" is used to mean, well, baseline. I believe a straight 6 was "standard" in every year. I was thinking of standard as meaning, almost all cars had discs.

mach1mike
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posted 11-17-2006 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach1mike        Reply w/Quote
apparently just under 80% of '73's were ordered with power disc brakes.

SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-17-2006 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Some people don't like the 5 mph bumper the '73 got, I owned a '73 and I liked it fine, although I prefer the earlier bumpers. '73 was also the first year for the EGR, but that's no big deal.

Check the floors, trunk and cowl area for rust and you should be golden.

I agree that they are great handling and riding cars and have more room than the earlier Mustangs.

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PONYMAN
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From: Ardmore, Ok. USA
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posted 11-18-2006 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PONYMAN        Reply w/Quote
Also pay close to the tailight panel around the lights. Ford used a seal around the tailights that was more likea sponge, and it retained water and made the panel prone to rusting around the lights. The trunks also leak and the trunk floors are bad to rust out.

cobravenom71
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posted 11-18-2006 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
The trunks are definately prone to leakage and the terrible results that ensue. Unfortunately, a lot of people can never seem to track down the source of the elusove leaks. I have had more than 10 71-73 Mustangs over the years, and each of the non-convertibles had trunk leaks coming from the same place: The 1/4 windows.
The seals at the rear lower corner of the 1/4 windows (the rear side windows) is terribly innefficient. Be careful to make sure they are sealed-up correctly and that will rid you of a lot of the trunk-leakage problem.

Stang72
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From: Arkel,Zuid-Holland,Holland
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posted 11-19-2006 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang72        Reply w/Quote
i disagree on the brakes,.. yes, in original form they suck (but only when driving it "hard"), but with a bigger mastercilinder, braking goes much better,

other then that, it won't be any different than any other classic, but you won't see them as much as 65-70 Mustangs...

wifes65
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posted 11-19-2006 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wifes65        Reply w/Quote
Thanks to all, great information.

wifes65
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posted 11-22-2006 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wifes65        Reply w/Quote
So I decide to get the 73 mustang. I have a 351c 2v from a 73 ranchero to put into it. Thanks for all of the info.

jfkeats
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posted 11-22-2006 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jfkeats        Reply w/Quote
I also found all of this info very helpful as I purchased a 73 Mach 1 about 2 months ago. I have it tore down to nothing and am starting to put her back together....slowly. I did find some surprises as I was going through it, but most of what I had found is fairly minor I am finding some fairly good aftermarket parts to fix her up again.

wifes65
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posted 12-01-2006 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wifes65        Reply w/Quote
Picking up mustang today. Looking forward to finally seeing what I got for 500 dollars. 73 mustang standard hard top, complete car, doesnt run. Will post details on condition later today.

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