1972 Mustang Mach 1: Feeling Green?

1972 Mustang Mach 1

Here’s a reasonably priced project with lots of potential, a 1972 Mustang Mach 1 with a 302 and automatic for $5500. It’s said to be all original except for the paint and said to have the original engine and transmission. The seller has done the necessary things to get it running. The passenger door has taken a pretty good hit. The interior looks like it’s all there but seen better days. So where would you start on this?  Would you put it back to original if it’s numbers matching or would you add some attitude and muscle? I guess you’d have to love green to keep it original. Whatever the new owner does, there are certainly lots of possibilities. You can find this project here on craigslist in Harrisburg, South Dakota


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  1. JW

    Not trying to offend anyone but I’ve never been a fan of the NASA hood 71 to 73 Mustangs, if you have ever been in one try backing up and not running over your neighbors kid. But since this one is reasonably priced someone could have with a little bodywork and since it’s not a desirable Boss car just the lonely 302 I would drop a 428 in it fix the interior and never look back. JMO.

  2. DENIS

    Looks like an easy project to restore, but I’m w/JW, a 428 would rock….no such thing as too much HP….

  3. grant

    A 460 might be a little more easier on the wallet to build, totally needs a big block though.

  4. randy

    460 definately cheaper to build, but I love FE engines. I have never liked this body style ‘stang, and this is also when everything got cheap. The metal used etc.

  5. JW

    randy I agree 100 %.

  6. SmackyPete

    71-73 are my fav Mustangs. Best friend in HS had a 72 Mach 1 with a 460 (non original obviously) and a very low rear end. For a heavy car, it was very quick.

  7. olerascal

    Mustangs & Cougars of this generation are the last affordable entry point
    for ponycars produced during their first coming in ’60s-early ’70s.
    Tho’ somewhat more portly, & de-tuned in the later years,
    I think that frees us from the shackles of slavery to a resto-god.
    Free to re-craft it to suit our own needs.

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