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Old 12-10-2006, 15:45   #1 (permalink)
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Mach 1 advice

I'm looking into getting my first car, and there's a 71' mach 1 in my price range. It's an auto, has a 302, and has 62,000 miles, although it's probably rolled over once or more. Seller not original owner. Anything I should now about this model and year?
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Old 12-10-2006, 19:35   #2 (permalink)
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Nice car, had one with the 3 speed. Does it seem to run well? Take it for a good test run. Like most Fords, prone to oil leaks, and sometimes some lifter ticking.
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I don't know how it runs yet. I'm taking it for a test drive next Sunday. What's lifter ticking? I have no experience with pushrod cars, only overhead cam.
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Valve lifters, it's not really too big of a deal. I've run them for years with the lifters ticking. I would be more concerned with a knocking sound with any motor, that is definately a bad sign. If the car seems to run good, and you are happy with the price, get it.
If you need help with repairs, you can find it here.
I would suggest, as with any car you get, to get a repair manual for it. Very helpful.

The older repair manuals, in my opinion, are much better than the newer ones.
The ones for a car this old, such as chilton's, woud usually cover a seven year span. Also it will cover all the american cars, plus volkswagen and jeep.
They also have good unit repair sections covering things such as trannys,carbs, starter and alt. rebuilds, pwer and manual steering etc etc
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Re: Mach 1 advice

Mickey, first of all you need to check the VIN to make sure it is a Mach 1.
The 3rd and 4th digit of the VIN should be 05 for Fastback and the 1st three digits on the door tag should be 63R for Mach1. Without these codes it may not be a true Mach1. I've seen fastbacks with Mach 1 stripes and they have different code numbers.
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