For sale is my 1971 Ford Mustang 429 Thunderjet Mach 1 Tribute car.
Before I get into the details, let me first save some people some reading time and say that I am NOT accepting trades or low-ball offers. This is not a desperation sale, I do not HAVE to sell the car, and yes, I am a woman but I am not stupid.
Secondly, I have been employed in the automotive industry for over 30 year as a profession (aftermarket and factory), and on Ebay, I started and successfully operated the Ebay store for our local Mopar retailer, Kramer Automotive Specialties for 2-1/2 years. And after my boyfriend passed away in 2012 ( which is where the Mustang came from), I was hired by his family to sell off his large collection of classic cars and 3 garages full of parts under the user ID hamiltonestate.So I am familiar with both cars and also have a healthy reputation on here in the automotive world.
Now that we have that out of the way, we can, as the Eagles so aptly put it, get down to the heart of the matter.
In 2011, my late boyfriend and I were returning from the annual Mopar show in Carlisle, Pa (he was the local Mopar King), and staying with my sister down near Virginia. We stopped for breakfast and as was his habit, being a die-hard car guy, he picked up the local car- ad paper, and was looking through it, and me, being bored, looked through the other one. I saw an ad for a Mustang with a 429. I read it to him, and needless to say, we didn't even finish our breakfast (lesson learned there!)
So this Mustang came from the Winchester,Va. area, bought by a Mopar guy no less (and a LARGE Mopar guy who could barely fit behind the wheel!). When we bought it, it was running on a gas can, and was blue. We went back the next weekend and trailered it home (which is a story unto itself!) and home it came. He then had it rebirthed (so I call it) and I picked the color (I know. .not original but I liked it and that is all that mattered- you understand that, right?!).
Anyhow, not long during this process, he passed away very unexpectedly, leaving me with this car that his family was kind enough to let me have. I drove it to a couple of car shows the first year in his memory. The second year not so much. My Big Plan was to completely have the engine rebuilt and drive it down Rt 66 when I retire. Not such a smart thing for a single woman these days. So now, I go out a couple of times a year to start it, change the oil, shine it up, air up the tires if they need it, and that's about it. I think that says it's time to move on.
Anyhow. It is NOT a frame-off restoration. It IS a very nice, very clean car, as the underside frame rails show (I have many more photos and you can see for yourself) and the underside of the doors and rockers show as well. Not perfect by any means, but a very substantial classic car with a lifetime of fun for the right person.
He bought many, many new parts for it. He was the kind of guy who appreciated original equipment parts but was not a fanatic when it came to restoring a car. Most of the parts, to my knowledge, are aftermarket, as I am the lucky person who drove to a place up in Ohio and packed my Grand Prix to the roof with parts and drove back with a bumper stuck up to my windshield. What fun.
The only thing I did to it was remove the BORING 600 cfm OE emissions carb from it and installed a 750 Edelbrock on it, which added oh-so-much-more fun to the driving equation.It was also at this time that I found out that the engine was most likely a 1970-71 as the intake is a D0VE- casting number. Anyway,it lights 'em up quite nicely, no hesitation at all. I DID have to take it out to the Flashlight Drags ONLY because Allen would have expected me to, and I figured if I didn't, he will surely kick my ass when we meet again, and I had a blast. (They called me Mustang Sally, of course!)
It's best options are the operational OE power windows, which is a very rare option. The front ones work great (I have a video); the back ones work but are a bit slow because (I think) they don't get used and probably just need lubed or adjusted). It is an AC car also but no components remain. It also has a rear Defroster.
All lights work, wipers work. The radio worked once but stopped. One manifold has a crack (common problem) and I think they make them aftermarket now.
So, here is a list of the OE, and new parts, options, and such that I know of :
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Tribute
429 Thunderjet (OE 351 C)
C6 Automatic Console shift
A/C (no components existing)
power windows (still operational)
back window defrost
rim blow steering wheel (restored)
351 Cleveland engine (now a 429)
C6 automatic transmission
power assisted front disc brakes
15 aluminum racing wheels
passenger floor pan
tail light panel
right quarter panel dog leg
Mach 1 stripes
restored rim blow steering wheel
Edelbrock 750 carb
chrome valve covers/breather
battery and cables
voltage regulator and wiring (upgraded)
front shocks (needs rears)
front pads, rotors, calipers
rear shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, and hardware
tires (all 4)
Mach 1 grille/emblem/lenses
all door and glass weatherstrips and mouldings
There is a small box with a few misc. spare parts...door hinges and outside door handles, etc.
Feel free to email with questions. I work 6 days a week so will respond as soon as possible.
Appointments to see/test drive can be made the same way, and will be after 6 weekdays and after 1 on Sundays.
Thank you for your time and your consideration, and good luck in your search for your perfect car!
|Mileage:||60,187||Number of Cylinders:||8|
|Drive Type:||Rear||Power Options:||Power Windows|
|Fuel Type:||Gas||Exterior Color:||Purple|
|For Sale By:||Owner||Interior Color:||Black|