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Old 05-05-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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Just joined the site, thought I would post an introduction. I was recently given a 1969 Mach 1 H code from my grandfather. It is the H code 351 windsor 2V with the FMX 3 speed tranny and white interior. 40k original miles and almost completely stock. Seems like the only unoriginal parts are dual exhaust, paint, and tires. But I have limited knowledge with mach 1's. Thats why I joined the site!

It needs a little bit of attention but for the most part it is extremely clean. The radiator leaks once it is warm so it looks like that will be my first project. I am trying to figure out what direction to go. I am torn on keeping it bone stock vs making it a little more economical to drive. This is where I would love to hear some opinions.

Here are some mods that I have floating around in my head:
Either patching the radiator or replacing with a 3 row brass or aluminum
Electronic ignition
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Power front disc brakes

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Old 05-05-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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That kind of car will never be economical to drive just will not happen. Since it's already close to stock I would keep it that way. It's going to be worth a lot more if it's kept stock and you ever go to sell it.

You MPG will take a nose dive with a 4 barrel on it. Plus you would have to change the intake to support the 4v.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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That kind of car will never be economical to drive just will not happen. Since it's already close to stock I would keep it that way. It's going to be worth a lot more if it's kept stock and you ever go to sell it.

You MPG will take a nose dive with a 4 barrel on it. Plus you would have to change the intake to support the 4v.
And cam.


Keep it the way it is and enjoy it. Aside from the fact that the pictures look like they were taken with the world's smallest camera, it looks incredible. I'd accept that as a gift any day of the week.


Congrats.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:12 AM   #4
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And cam.


Keep it the way it is and enjoy it. Aside from the fact that the pictures look like they were taken with the world's smallest camera, it looks incredible. I'd accept that as a gift any day of the week.


Congrats.
Are new cams really necessary when changing to a 4 barrel? I have a new 750 holley laying around begging me to use it. Anyway, I will have to do something with the radiator, either fix the leak or replace it. Im not trying to mod the crap out of it or anything, just make it so I dont have to worry about it overheating or the ignition points acting up.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:24 AM   #5
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Mr Musty,congratulations, very, very nice,You do know that Mustang is worth a lot of money.
Make sure you have it appraised and insured .

With that in mind, if you want to add aluminum 4v intake and a 4v carb. & cam , just keep the original intake and carb, cam and you can go back any time.
Same with the other parts, just keep the original parts.

You can add a lot of parts and still have a nice car.
I hope you enjoy it.

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:16 AM   #6
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Oh yeah......That's the ticket.

I'd keep it so stock it stinks. Car shows are rife with modified Mustangs but the originals are few and far between. Get the radiator patched, call it a day and enjoy.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:43 AM   #7
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Are new cams really necessary when changing to a 4 barrel? I have a new 750 holley laying around begging me to use it. Anyway, I will have to do something with the radiator, either fix the leak or replace it. Im not trying to mod the crap out of it or anything, just make it so I dont have to worry about it overheating or the ignition points acting up.

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I'd just replace it with a stock-type 3 core radiator from NPD or one of the other parts houses. No one would ever know the difference.


And a cam is not really a MUST, but it'd be a waste to replace an intake and carb and not do a cam too. It would just be half-assing the job. No point.

I've got a fairly highly modified 1970. And when I go to car shows, the ones that really draw my attention aren't ones like mine that are totally bastardized, it's the super stockers that look like they just got out of a time machine.
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I really want that car its so nice looking.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:52 PM   #9
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wow clean mach!! i love the color! but its your car do what you want have fun with it! id throw an intake and 4 barrel on it just save the old intake and carb if u decide to sell.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:55 PM   #10
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I believe that must be what mine looked like from the factory, based on the door tag.
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That is sweet! I really love the color. I wouldn't modify it much if any.

As far as the carb goes. I don't think its a waste to upgrade it to a 4v. I think it could potentially get better fuel economy under normal driving conditions if the carb isn't too big and the primaries are smaller than the 2v's. Then you have the secondaries for when you romp on it.

We used to have a 1985 F150 5.8 HO, which had a factory 4v Holley. It would run circles around my friend's truck that had a factory 2v. They were bone stock.
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We used to have a 1985 F150 5.8 HO, which had a factory 4v Holley. It would run circles around my friend's truck that had a factory 2v. They were bone stock.
I happen to have a 1986 5.8 HO 4v intake and carb for sale if anyone is interested...
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Hey everyone,

Here are some mods that I have floating around in my head:
Either patching the radiator or replacing with a 3 row brass or aluminum
Electronic ignition
4 barrel carb
Power front disc brakes
Front disk brakes are almost required if you will drive it a bit.
Electronic ignition also.
Try fixing the radiator first.
4 brl carb does need an intake manifold and would benefit from a better cam, but is not a requirement for just a few more hp.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #14
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Thanks for the input guys, guess ill start with removing the radiator this weekend
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:37 AM   #15
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I've had mine for seven years and I have driven it every day to work since buying it. I got so bold as to you trade out my other car four years ago and make the Mustang my only car.

Like previously stated here; swap out to more reliable cooling and braking. Save all of your old parts in case you want to sell the car in its original form. Look at a head light upgrade and possibly some LED brake lights. The old school lights suck, I didn't realize that until I had to follow a friends 67' Mustang in a cruise one night....I was like wtf with the brake lights. You're spot on with a new fuel and ignition system, Malory 6AL is a good upgrade as well as going with a Holley 670 Street Avenger. Get one with the electronic choke and you should be good. Be ready for some of the other parts to brake, ie water pump and fuel pump failure. Make sure that you have acurate gauges to measure your oil pressure and water temp. An electronic fan is also a good upgrade.

Just don't Frankenstein the hell out of your original car though, guys at car shows won't let you live it down. Plus you don't get your money back. Original is worth more. My car was in an accident 20 years ago and it was just a big mess when I got it. Rusted floor, bad alignment etc. I put in coil over suspension front and back as well as a TKO 5 speed. I went above and beyond for my car but I didn't have an original nice car to start with.

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Oh and one more thing.

You're car is fu*kin hot! Omg....I love green.
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Thanks for the help and suggestions.
I ended up going with US radiators. I got a high flow 2 core. Seems to be working great, doesnt go much over half heat on a hot day.

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Old 09-18-2013, 09:00 AM   #18
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Beautiful car..

Your a lucky guy to get something so nice with a personal story behind it." My grandpas car"..

I would leave it for now. Just get it safe and reliable. Enjoy it and get to "know" it.

All cars are different and you will have to learn how it likes to be driven. Then you can slowly "Mod" it if you wish. Some people never touch a thing after driving it for a bit .

Others, like me, just can't keep them stock
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That is one stunning Mach.......I'm so jealous lol. One of my dream cars.
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Like everyone else I have a regular 69 sportroof mustang that is nowhere near original. The suggestions I would make is definitely do the disc brake swap if you're driving around crowded streets.

Get a AAA membership just in case something happens (It will pay for itself the first time you use it). Drive it like everyone says and enjoy it.

IF you decide you want to drive it more on long weekend trips you could always look at an AOD or a Gear Vendors setup. I plan to do the Long Haul with the Hot Rod Power Tour in mine when I get it back together with my brother in his Shelby (Newer one) but then again like most mine was not original when I got it.

Beautiful car and the best part it has a family history. I have a classic truck that my stepfather bought new sitting in my garage that I love. Even though it's almost original I plan on changing out the transmission for an AOD. Then again it's not a 69 Mach1.
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