Been Awhile... '71 Rustang
(11-23-2018, 02:45 PM)JTS71 Mach1 Wrote: Sounds like some great times. I like the Candy Red 69 next to your's, I'm surprised by how much larger the 71 up body really is. I had always known it was larger, but dang it. 
Curious other then the fact the hood graphic is glossy, and they came more of a satin black. I don't see a problem? Maybe I'm just blind???  Confused

JTS

I also quickly picked up the size  difference the two car.  The wheel base for the 71 Mach 1 is 109 and 69 is 108.  The length for the 71 189.5 and the 69 is 187.5 so the 69 is a smaller car but not by much.
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Thanks for the kind words, guys!

The TuTone black out on the hood is sitting back about an inch too far.  The simple instructions on the template said to place the leading edge of the template against the forward edge of the hood molding, assuming that the painter would be adding the TuTone after the car had been painted and reassembled.  My painter painted the entire hood in black (along with the rockers) before laying down the light pewter body color - with the molding painted off the car, along with the fender caps, quarter caps, mirrors, etc.  Because of that [backward] method, the template was actually reverse of what it should've been... so, he used the template as a guide of where to stripe and mask off the black when spraying the body color.  Bass-ackwards, to be sure.  As a bonus, when I got to the shop (he called me with some concerns), he'd also lost all concept of 'center line,' and place the template about an inch too far to the passenger side - and it was already stuck down (it's one of those that if you peel it back up, it'll distort beyond re-usability).  So, I basically laid out the edge on the driver side to match the passenger side by using some 1/4" green masking tape.  To which, he went in behind me the next day with two strips of 1/4" tape to make the 1/2" gap between the main black and border stripe, and masked off the black portions to lay down the body color.  Then clear coated the whole thing.

I'd also asked him to clear coat the TuTone since it's so stinkin' hot here in West Texas, I didn't want the paint to get sunburned and faded like I see so many black cars around here.  You can't wax the matte finish without messing it up, after all.  The factory application was actually a semi-gloss paint (that nobody seems to produce anymore), but since you're not supposed to wax it, it typically flattens out over time.

As for the size difference - that is totally an optical "dillusion."  Yes, my '71 is a few inches wider (for better handling and big blocks), and I believe about 3 inches longer overall, but it's also about an inch-and-a-half shorter (height-wise).  After careful scrutiny of both body styles (trust me, it's been a long road defending against all of the VMF guys regarding how 'huge' the '71-'73s are compared to the earlier models), the most noticeable difference is the nose treatment.  The '69 has a tapered front end, where as the '71 has a squared-off front end (just like the '69-'70 Shelbys, coincidentally, thanks to Bunky Knudsen's affection for the '67-'69 Camaros).  I've got a few pics that help put the size difference in perspective that I'll share in another thread - should be an interesting conversation. ;)

I admit that I've kind of grown fond of the term "Clydesdale" over the years, though.  LOL!!

That '69 is also one of my favorite cars in the San Angelo car scene.  Benny's a really cool guy, and he's actually the original owner - he had it painted several years ago and has done some really cool stuff to it along the way.  It wasn't a Mach 1, just a really cool 302 Sportsroof/Fastback.

I just met the guy with the '82 GT on the other side - it's a VERY cool car and he's done a lot of cool stuff to it as well.  I love the Fox-bodies since my first car was an '82 hatchback.  When I saw him pulling up, I had him park next to me to establish a 'Mustang Row' of a sort.  We were the only Mustangs there that day, however.

It was a decent turn-out, and we had fun helping out the Toys For Tots effort.
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(11-24-2018, 03:27 AM)Mister 4x4 Wrote: Thanks for the kind words, guys!

The TuTone black out on the hood is sitting back about an inch too far.  The simple instructions on the template said to place the leading edge of the template against the forward edge of the hood molding, assuming that the painter would be adding the TuTone after the car had been painted and reassembled.  My painter painted the entire hood in black (along with the rockers) before laying down the light pewter body color - with the molding painted off the car, along with the fender caps, quarter caps, mirrors, etc.  Because of that [backward] method, the template was actually reverse of what it should've been... so, he used the template as a guide of where to stripe and mask off the black when spraying the body color.  Bass-ackwards, to be sure.  As a bonus, when I got to the shop (he called me with some concerns), he'd also lost all concept of 'center line,' and place the template about an inch too far to the passenger side - and it was already stuck down (it's one of those that if you peel it back up, it'll distort beyond re-usability).  So, I basically laid out the edge on the driver side to match the passenger side by using some 1/4" green masking tape.  To which, he went in behind me the next day with two strips of 1/4" tape to make the 1/2" gap between the main black and border stripe, and masked off the black portions to lay down the body color.  Then clear coated the whole thing.

I'd also asked him to clear coat the TuTone since it's so stinkin' hot here in West Texas, I didn't want the paint to get sunburned and faded like I see so many black cars around here.  You can't wax the matte finish without messing it up, after all.  The factory application was actually a semi-gloss paint (that nobody seems to produce anymore), but since you're not supposed to wax it, it typically flattens out over time.

As for the size difference - that is totally an optical "dillusion."  Yes, my '71 is a few inches wider (for better handling and big blocks), and I believe about 3 inches longer overall, but it's also about an inch-and-a-half shorter (height-wise).  After careful scrutiny of both body styles (trust me, it's been a long road defending against all of the VMF guys regarding how 'huge' the '71-'73s are compared to the earlier models), the most noticeable difference is the nose treatment.  The '69 has a tapered front end, where as the '71 has a squared-off front end (just like the '69-'70 Shelbys, coincidentally, thanks to Bunky Knudsen's affection for the '67-'69 Camaros).  I've got a few pics that help put the size difference in perspective that I'll share in another thread - should be an interesting conversation. ;)

I admit that I've kind of grown fond of the term "Clydesdale" over the years, though.  LOL!!

That '69 is also one of my favorite cars in the San Angelo car scene.  Benny's a really cool guy, and he's actually the original owner - he had it painted several years ago and has done some really cool stuff to it along the way.  It wasn't a Mach 1, just a really cool 302 Sportsroof/Fastback.

I just met the guy with the '82 GT on the other side - it's a VERY cool car and he's done a lot of cool stuff to it as well.  I love the Fox-bodies since my first car was an '82 hatchback.  When I saw him pulling up, I had him park next to me to establish a 'Mustang Row' of a sort.  We were the only Mustangs there that day, however.

It was a decent turn-out, and we had fun helping out the Toys For Tots effort.
 
Eric,

I agree with you the picture is more of an optical illusion.  Actually, based in the specs the cars are not that much different in size.  Hell, I can park my Fairlane next to those cars and they both would look like Porsches. 

In regards to your hood I would leave it as is. All cars have flaws that no one notices until you point them out.  Although, there are the guys who go to the car shows that like to pick apart other peoples cars and they are usually the guys who never lifted a wrench on their own cars.  I would leave your car the way it is a drive it until wheels fall off.

Mike
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That's the plan, Mike.  I just hope the painter's work decides to cooperate with me for many years to come.  I know there's a bit of bondo here and there, and honestly: I don't care, because after all this car and I have been through, "shiny and driving" is good enough for me.  The fact that we're picking up accolades here and there is just butter cream icing on a very nice cake.  If (when) it comes time to freshen up the paint, I'll make sure it's done right... until then, I'm thrilled beyond words that I have a running H-Code '71 Mach 1... even though it's not a rare or collectible car, it's worth more to me than a pristine Boss 429.
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