Greetings from the heartland of Hatfield-McCoy country, Pike County, Kentucky. I hereby submit pictures of my 1970 Mach 1 which I have restored from a rusted out piece of junk to what you see now. Like many old farts my age (57) during my high school years factory muscle cars (Roadrunners, Challengers, Mustangs, Novas, etc.) were what all by friends drove. I myself drove a 1967 fairlane 500, 2 dr, with a 289 hi-po, 4 spd. In 1974 I purchased a limegreen 1969 Mach 1 with a 428 CJ, Shaker hood, 4 spd for the huge sum of $1,200 (LOL). It was my daily driver for the next two years as I went to Tech School for mechanical Drafting, when one night it was stolen. It was later found on a local Coal Mine Strip Job, where it had been completly stripped, flipped on it's top and burned for good measure.
Fast foward to 1994 when I was solidy married with 2 young boys and am financially stable, but middle age is kicking me in the ass. At that time my wife & I were looking to do a major remodeling of our home due to our growing family so I added in the expense of building a 2 car detached garage for the sole purpose of buying an old car and trying to fix it up for a hobby. I began buying various magazines about old muscle cars and looking for ideas and tips about how to get started, when I bought the Ford Trader magazine, Mustang Milestones, 30 years of Mustangs (which I still have) when I spotted an exact duplicate of the Mach 1 from my youth. At that point I knew my path was set. I began searching for a 69 or 70 Mach 1 as a project car and got a tip on one that was sitting on a used car lot in the middle of nowhere outside of Kenova, WVA. It turned out to be a low mileage (57,000 Miles) one owner in very rough condition with serious rust issues, but it had good factory options including the Shaker Hood, AC, Tilt Wheel, Power Disc Brakes, Rear Spoiler, Deluxe Blk Int., Mach 1 Rocker Panels, Honeycomb Rear Panel and Fold Down Rear Seat. The biggest drawback was that it had a grocery getter 351W, 2 barrel with the FMX tranny, and I had my heart set on a Big Block, 4 spd. but the price was reasonable @ $3,500 which fit the budjet I was on at the time. This was just before the explosion of prices of buying and restoring old hot rods.
I figured with my background in engineering and drafting, with a good eye for detail and endless patience that this would be a good project.
I did a complete invetory of what I needed to replace and purchased from KY Mustang new quarter panels, taillight panel, front valance, rear valance, full floor, trunk braces, gas tank, gas line, all new trim, i.e. door handles, bumpers, window trim, rocker panel trim, windshield trim, gas cap, and subframe connectors, honeycomb panel & trim, and all new replacement rubber.
I started by removing the entire interior and had a local body shop do all the welding in of the new body parts as I had no experience in welding and wanted it done right before I began. After having it towed home, I began by completly taking the car apart, and tagging everything and storing it in my garage. I then stripped all the paint down to the metal, which was originally white, both inside and out and began by learning how to do bodywork. As this is very tedious and meticulous work it was right up my alley. I don't know how many times I would apply bondo and filler, sand it down, then realize I had overdone it, and start all over again. Once I was finally satisfied with the bodywork, I purchased all the right primers to do the job right (after reading all I could find about bodywork and paint) such as etching primer, filler primer, etc. I then block sanded it down to make sure everything was straight and had the same bodyshop paint it from paint I had picked out from the local DuPont dealer, Acrylic Enamel 1981 Ford bright calypso green. Everyone kept telling me PAINT IT RED, PAINT IT RED, but everyone has a red mustang and I am glad I stuck to my vision. Now everyone says they love the color.
Once the body was done I began on the interior. I replaced everything from the underlayment, carpet, door panels, seat covers, dash pad, headliner, seat belts, lighted door sill plates, dual A pillar guage pad, Sony CD/AM/FM player, Sony 1,000 watt amp, 2 sony 10" subwoofers, Sony 5x5 door speakers, Pioneer 6x9 rear panel speakers (which I really had to shoehorn in to fit), and a new console with a custom walnut pad I built with a Hurst V-Matic shifter. I purchased new Magnum 500's front and back with new rubber. The wheels are 15x8 in back and 15x7 up front with BF Goodrich P 235 70 frnt, P 275 60 rear which are big honking tires. Next I went to work on the motor/tranny. I pulled the motor, took it apart and sent the block to the local Speed Shop to have it hot tanked, bored +30, crank turned and polished, ARP rod studs installed, magnafluxed, balanced and just generally checked out.
From there I have purchased from Summit Racing, for the most part, the parts to do the motor. I started with a high volume oil pump, Keith Black Hypereutectic pistons, Cloyes double roller timing chain, MSD Coil @ Ignition, Mallory Unilite Dist., Edelbrock Polished Performer RPM Intake, Performer RPM Cam, Performer RPM Heads, ARP head bolts, Comp Cams Roller Rockers, Comp Cams one piece hardend push rods, Holley 680 Thunder Jet carb, Autometer Tach, Oil guage, Temp guage, Chrome Mr. Gasket fuel pump, Chrome Dist., Chrome oil pan, March CNC alt. bracket, K&N Air Filter, ARP Engine bolt kit, Fel-Pro gaskets throughout, Hedman ceramic coated headers, Flowmaster mufflers, 3.5 : 1 gear, TCI Torque Converter for my replacement C-5 Trans. from a friend who builds race cars.
I completly rebuilt the motor & transmission myself, with tech help from friends who are gearheads and am shocked at how good it turned out.
As you can see from the pictures it is not a concours trailer queen, nor was it ever meant to be. I have nothing but praise for people who are into that but I started this project for the purpose of building something that would please me, and I must say I have enjoyed every minute of it, and it has turned out to be something I would never have imagined I could do on my own which gives me enormous pride. Some of the things which are unique to this ride besides the stereo and console is the functional butterfly setup in the hood scoop which I designed and built from scratch, from a discarded road sign and various parts I had on hand. Of course I didn't build this thing overnight, and its taken me years to get it where it is today but I don't think it will ever really be done. My plans for future improvements include a rack & pinion steering and either an AOD Tranny or a 5 Speed since it runs at such high RPM on the highway.
At any rate, it's not to shabby for an old Hillbilly with no mechanic or bodywork background.
I must give credit though to Mustang Monthly which I've bought and studied for years for tips and tricks, Virginia Classic Mustang from where I've bought so many parts I can't remember and Summit Racing for all the quality parts at reasonable prices, since I am just a regular working slob trying to get by.