1970 Ford Mustang Reviews

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 351C from Germany

Model year1971
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 351C Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corvette

Summary:

The 71-73 Mustangs are the most beautiful version of the pony!

Faults:

- Bad care and service by last owners, 10 year standing period.

- Rotten cowl vents, some floor perforation.

- Lots of electrical defects due to unskilled manipulations.

- Mildew, fungus and moisture plantation in interior.

- Three disastrous amateur paint jobs.

- FMX transmission mis-adjusted by a moron.

- Wrong tire sizes.

- Bad rear axle conversion by last owner

- Missing trunk lid springs

- Missing steering wheel (found replacement).

- A lot of plastic parts became brittle during the car's first 20 years in Texas

- Dashboard partly gone or defect when bought (now complete)

General Comments:

The Mach 1 Sportsroof car was bought as a restoration project, and will be brought back to original "as new" condition. It will be Acapulco blue with argent accents and stripes. The vehicle is currently undergoing a complete teardown and will be reassembled from new, NOS and restored parts.

The 71 Mustang was a dream of me, since I saw my first one at a gas station in the late seventies. The sound and look of that car was awesome. But it took 30 years to make it true. Good Mustangs are extremely difficult to find. Closer inspection shows a lot of flaws, even on the obviously nice (and expensive) ones. The most serious flaws on the 71-73 cannot be seen when the car is assembled. Main danger zones are:

Cowl vent (rust-through).

Frame rails (rust).

Floor pans front and rear (rust).

Wheel houses (rust).

My car also has A/C, but the system has a locked-up compressor due to bad service. System will be replaced with new one.

Cleveland engine is okay and runs fine. Gaskets will be made new.

9" rear axle was once a 3.00, but was changed to 4.00 and a Detroit Locker by the previous owner, which makes the car cot very street-drivable. Will be changed back.

The 71 was the last Mustang with high-compression engines. For the later years, the scale went down. Even with OEM dual exhaust, the engine has a nice rumble, which turns to an aggressive roar when revved.

Brakes are discs in the front and drums in the back.

The car is more spacious inside than the previous Mustangs. It has a blue Deluxe Interior with the Rim-Blow 3-spoke steering wheel and blue knitted vinyl upholstery (which was also restored completely).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2010

1970 Ford Mustang Base 3.7L 200 C.i. Straight 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.7L 200 C.i. Straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles

Summary:

Classic project

Faults:

It would randomly stall, but that's to be expected from a 34 year old car. I had to cut the exhaust off because the hanger behind the muffler broke off. I had to redo the brakes. It has an oil leak at the #5 cylinder from a bad gasket. The parking brake cord is too short. (the list goes on) The whole interior has been replaced. The body needs to be completely re-done.

General Comments:

OK, if your looking for a project car. Not a daily driver. You are going to need alot of money to restore one of these. I bought the car for $800, and have already spent over $3000 on parts alone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2004

1970 Ford Mustang Coupe 302 (5.0L) 2 Valve V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 302 (5.0L) 2 Valve V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles

Summary:

One fast ride

Faults:

Valve guide seals have started to leak.

The car gets about 8 miles per gallon.

The engine burns about 1 quart of oil every 600 miles.

Power steering pump leaks.

Brake light switch does not work anymore.

Emergency flashers do not work.

When turning right turn signal on you have to hold it otherwise it turns off.

Driver side window shattered 2 days after I bought it, the metal arms that move the window up and down had bent over the years then bound up.

General Comments:

This car has so much power that leaving a dirt road or dirt driveway is impossible without spinning the tires.

The exhaust note sounds awesome.

In my opinion the rear window is a little too small.

Has no right side mirror which really bugs me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2002

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews