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Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: San Angelo
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Vehicle Name Frankenstang
Year 1971
Make Ford
Model Mustang
Color Light Pewter
Packages Mach 1
History So after my pal Jim bought a 1963 1/2 Galaxie 500 XL to have a cool hot rod to work on, I was Jonesin’ pretty hard for a cool hot rod of my own. After pokin’ around on Craigslist for a few weeks, I’d decided to look at a 1971 Mach 1 being sold for way too much money… but it was locally in San Angelo. I originally saw the first pic (below, swiped from the CL ad, as a matter of fact) and was intrigued, but not “all-in” for $2800. I kept seeing it on CL for a few weeks with the price dropping a bit each time. It had gotten down to $2200 when I called the seller and asked about it. He said he’d had lots of interest (B.S.) and it wouldn’t last long (more B.S.). I waited a few more days and called to go see the car – meanwhile, my wife had found his ebay ad for the same car (more pictures) with pretty much the same description – for $2000. I printed that out and took it with me. My pal Jim was warning me off the whole time, but I had the Mach 1 Goggles on and I was going to have this car. The seller had said something about the $2200 CL ad price, and I showed him the ebay ad… to which he reluctantly agreed to honor that price. After crawling all over the car, noting the holes in the floor, the seized engine, seized master cylinder, the fact that he had no title or even a set of keys, along with Jim “Dude-ing” me the whole time, I walked away. We both came to the conclusion that it was WAY too rough for the money and that it was probably better to pass on this one (OK – he decided it was better to pass on it, but I wasn’t done considering all options yet).

After another week, I called the guy back and asked how things were going, and he once again came back with the ‘lots of interest’ and ‘won’t last long’ B.S., and I told him I’d like to check it out one more time. So, I met him on a Saturday morning with a trailer and looked it over one more time. He still wanted $2200, and I reminded him of the ebay ad I’d shown him last time. He sighed and agreed again. But then I threw him a healthy dose of reality. He kept claiming it was a rare and desirable car, and worth a lot more – he’d just seen one go for $40K on Barrett Jackson. To which, I threw up the B.S. Flag. During that week away, I’d joined and I think this forum as well, and done a ton of research. Turns out it was a Boss 351 that went for $40K (very much NOT a ratted-out H-Code Mach 1), and I explained everything in detail about the car (production numbers, DSO code, how insignificantly not-rare or collectible the car is, etc.) and told him with the seized engine, rust, no title or keys, and overall sad shape of the car that I would give him $1600 and not a penny more. He started to protest and I basically told him that I’ve been watching this car not selling for the past 2 months, and that he wasn’t going to find another sucker to give him even that much. He wanted to argue, but finally agreed after seeing the trailer outside… and a few minutes later my other friend Don and I winched the Mach 1 onto the trailer, I handed him 16 Benjamins and took his quickie Bill of Sale that he’d scribbled out. I later found out he’d only paid something like $1000 for it, and was trying to pull off a Gas Monkey kind of a deal.

It wasn’t until I got it over to the Auto Hobby Shop that I’d started being concerned about a few things… First, that I’d gone against Jim’s advice. Second that I’d paid too much... and Finally that there were no keys. I wasn’t even concerned with the lack of title, but that would sink in later and turn out to be no big deal as well, since it had ancient Texas plates, a military ID tag, and a Texas registration sticker from 1980 (it had fallen out of the system a long time ago). Jim was there just shaking his head, looking more like a disappointed father after I’d just wrecked the family car or something. He wasn’t pissed or anything, but he was definitely not initially very supportive. I’d even asked him, “OK, Jim. What should I start with?” Without missing a beat, he replied, “A tetanus shot.” Looking back on things, that was freaken hilarious… but at the time it just irritated me.

Don said he’d ease the car off the trailer with the winch, but after I hopped in, he hit the release and the Mustang and I rolled off the trailer and picked up speed before bouncing hard onto the pavement and coasting away. This was the first time ‘driving’ the Mustang, but I was really more of a passenger, since the steering wheel was locked (with no keys), and the brake pedal was solid from the seized master cylinder. After it came to a stop, the guys helped push the car to an outside stall, and the comments began to roll out. Everything from, “whatta pile,” to “I wouldn’t have bought that POS,” to “what possessed you to buy THAT,” to “you’ll never make that nice again,” came from just about everybody who laid eyes on it… which just made me more determined – whatever… it’s my car now, and I’m going to make everybody eat their words.

After 3.5 years, I finally got it to the paint shop, and back to the Auto Hobby Shop a few months later. The Commander decided to shut down the shop, so I had to take it home to finish everything up, which took the rest of the summer of weekends.

Fast Forward to Sept 2014 at the Car Show debut where Frank pulled a Best In Class award - first time out!

Since then, I've been doing nit-noid things here and there, but mostly just enjoying it after having spent 4 years beatin' & bangin, cutting, welding, cursing, and complaining until it was basically a car again... and it's been a blast ever since.
"Day Two Restomod" - Pretty much stock with the exception of some old school cosmetic mods - Cragar S/Ss on raised white letter low-profile tires with Lakewood traction bars and rear window louvers. Otherwise, everything appears as it would've from the factory.

Power windows, locks, & mirrors
Classic Auto Air HVAC system
Rocketman clock-2-tach conversion
Mustang Project LED dashboard lights
Bosch ammeter-2-voltmeter conversion
TMI Sport Seat II upholstery
ACC cut-pile Mach 1 carpet
Lloyd's Mach 1 cut-pile floor mats
Factory full-length center console
3M Di-Noc black carbon fiber vinyl trim

In-Car Entertainment
Retrosound Model 2 stereo w/hidden antenna
Retrosound 4x7 door speakers
Retrosound 6x9 rear deck speakers
MTX Terminator 10" subs (2) in custom box
MTX Terminator 400 watt amp
Pyle Audio back-up camera

Under the Hood
Original 351 Cleveland
- Machine work by Winger's Automotive
- Balanced, Blueprinted, Magnafluxed
- Bored .060"
- 3-angle valve job, mild port & polish

Edelbrock Performer intake
Edelbrock 1406 Performer 600CFM carb
Holley electric fuel pump
CompCams High-Energy 270/270 @ .566" roller cam
CompCams High-Energy lifters & pushrods
CompCams High-Energy 1.73 roller rockers
Crane Cams 7/16" screw-in rocker studs
Keith Black 9.5:1 hypereutectic flat-top pistons
Duraspark II ignition and distributor
Accel Super-Coil & 8mm wires
Hooker Competition ceramic-coated headers
Pypes Street Pro mufflers
Pypes 2.5" stainless exhaust with 'X' pipe
Pypes 2.5" chrome 'slash' tips
1989 Mustang 5.0 GT AOD automatic transmission

Laurel Mountain Mustangs "Super Suspension Kit"
Lakewood Traction Bars (cleaned up and repainted)
Global West Sub-Frame Connectors
Scott Drake 1" extension shackles

Wheel and Tire
15x8 (f) and 15x10 (r) Cragar S/S
245/60R15 Cooper Cobra Radial G/T (f)
295/50R15 Cooper Cobra Radial G/T (r)
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