1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 - "Frankenstang"

Bought: July 2009
Sold: NEVER!!

Engine: 351 Cleveland 2V
Tranny: Ford FMX automatic
Axle: Ford 9" w/3.00 gears
Tires: no-name Maypops
Wheels: 14x6 Chrome Mods

Special Features:
Lakewood old-school traction bars
Blackjack Headers (full of rust)
dual Cherry Bomb 'glass packs
Factory Ram-Air
Mach 1 trim package
Seized engine
Redneck gas tank hammock
Tons of cool old stuff in the trunk
"Fred Flintstone" floors and trunk
nasty old upholstery and carpet
"Old Car Smell"

Da Plan:
Complete 'Restomod' treatment with some modernized amenities

Replaced front clip
Killed the rust with new sheet metal:
- cowl
- floor pans
- trunk pan & drop-offs
- rear cross-member
- rear shock/intermediate cross-member
- quarter panels
- tail light panel
- rear valance
- front valance (originally missing)
- fenders (bashed & bondo'd)

Rebuilt 351C with .060" bores
- Edelbrock Performer intake, Performer 600CFM carb
- CompCams 270/270 @ .566 roller cam, lifters, High-Energy roller rockers & pushrods
- Keith Black 9.5:1 flat-tops
- Duraspark II ignition and distributor
- Hooker Competition ceramic headers
- Pypes Street Pro mufflers
- Pypes 2.5" stainless exhaust with 'X' pipe

Ford AOD conversion transmission

1" drop front coils, 1.5" 5-pack rear leafs

"Old School" Cragar S/S rims
15x8 Front, 15x10 Rear
Cooper Cobra Radial G/Ts
245/60R-15 front, 295/50R-15 rear

Rear window louvers

Power windows, locks, & mirrors

Classic Auto Air HVAC system

Retrosound Model 2 stereo

Rocketman clock-2-tach conversion

LED dashboard lights

Bosch ammeter-2-voltmeter conversion

TMI Sport Seat II upholstery

ACC cut pile carpet

Lloyd's Mach 1 cut pile floor mats

Pyle back-up camera

Down the road:
MTX Terminator 10" subs in custom box
MTX Terminator amp
Edelbrock E-Street fuel injection
Rear disc brake conversion


 Follow the progress here


Currently, as of 18 October 2014


Here's the complete photo album (updated regularly) on Facebook:
Eric Hansen's 1971 Mustang Mach 1

So while I was in high school, my Mom decided to change careers and went to what's now Salt Lake Community College.  She had lots of friends, but one of her best friends (Mark) happened to have a really cool yellow '71 Mach 1.  Of course, I'm 14 at the time, and it was the coolest car in the world - I decided that someday I was going to have one of my own.

Fast forward to the summer of 2010, and I see the pictures above on Craigslist in San Angelo, Texas.  My pal Jim had just picked up a 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500 XL (fastback) and was having lots of fun figuring out exactly what he'd just done by doing so (he got lucky with his and scored a really nice 'running' project car).  Since I had pretty much gotten the Jeep where I wanted it (minus the engine and transmission swap), I had the itch for a new project of my own.  If I hadn't found this Mach 1 during that time, I would still be looking for 'something' as a project, but at least now I can say I 'killed two birds' by restoring a dream I've had since high school.

October 2014: We finished up the Mustang to the point of being "car show ready," and entered it in the annual Goodfellow Rec Camp Car Show.  It was a big hit, winning Best In Class - '70-'79 Modified.  I guess nobody noticed the missing seat belts, windshield wipers, exhaust tips, and non-functional signal lights.