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  1. Recon

    Recon Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Well some may know I purchased a 04 Comp Orange Mach 1 about a month ago. It’s my first New Edge and I’m very excited to get her pretty again and road worthy! I’ve wanted a New Edge for a few years now since I wasn’t able to get my Buddy’s 2V. Since then I’ve been searching. My budget would only allow a GT or Bullitt. When a deal fell through on a DHG Bullitt I pursued this Mach 1. Anyway this car was abandoned at a friend’s shop about 30 miles away. I told him when he got a title I want first dibs on it. The time came and after negotiations I bought the car! Being I had settled for a 2V I was absolutely pumped I got a 4V! One slight problem is the car came to my friend’s shop partially disassembled and she’s missing some parts. She also needs an engine rebuild (moisture intrusion) and some paint work due to sitting outside, for what I can see, it’s entire life. She has some high quality mods along with some really tacky mods.
    Good mods:
    MM cast camber plates
    Kooks long tube headers with matching catted X
    Borla catback (I’m thinking ATAKS, but possibly stingers).
    Steeda functional rear spoiler
    Bad mods:
    281/ram air hood decals
    Poor quality hood and trunk stripes
    Honeycomb sticker on tail lights
    Poor quality hood pin kit, with 2 different style hood pins
    8 ball door locks
    Skull shift knob
    Gauge trim (sorry don’t like them)
    Silver painted panels in interior (I’m slightly warming up to them)
    Chrome A/C control panel with matching knobs
    Eventual build plans are:
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    IRS
    Another catback
    Cobra Amber tail lights
    Terminator door mirrors
    Possibly 96-98 Cobra cams
    Terminator deck lid with spoiler
    Weld racing RTS S71 wheels
    MM suspension kit
    Edit: I just realized I didn’t list trans or mileage: 3650, 33K miles.
     
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    Recon Well-Known Member Established Member

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    ^ first meeting.
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    Having issues loading photos I’ll try to get some up later tonight.
     
  3. 32icon321

    32icon321 Active Member Established Member

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    Wow awesome find. I’m sure it will be a blast to restore/build. Any story behind why someone would abandon this gem?


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    Recon Well-Known Member Established Member

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    From what I was told pervious owner couldn’t afford the bill and left it. I still don’t understand it, how could you leave a 33K mile Mach 1 at a shop?! But I bought it and I got an excellent deal on her I think. Thanks I’m really looking forward to getting her road worthy and finally driving her!
     
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    Recon Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Ok attempting to upload more photos:
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    ^ thankfully the leather is in fantastic shape!
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    Recon Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Still having difficulties loading photos.
     
  7. DSG2003Mach1

    DSG2003Mach1 Well-Known Member Premium Member Established Member

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    Those would pretty much have to be stingers

    Wonder if it has anything to do with a guy name Matthew Reich I think it was, came up from FL. Child support was gonna repo the car and he was parting out a built motor and such. I’m not sure why it would end up at a shop though.
     
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    I doubt it. I have paperwork that was in the car when I bought it. Car is from Newport, VA, and that’s not the previous owners name. I’m in KY.
    Correct me if I’m wrong but if they were ATAKS wouldn’t ATAKS be stamped on the mufflers? Sorry, I haven’t researched these mufflers yet, only my replacement catback.
     
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    All of the silver dyed plastic is factory / stock Mach 1 trim. The same trim pattern is in the Bullitt and the 2004 40th Anniversary edition. I could be wrong, but the 35th Anniversary trim package may have also been silver.


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    Weather Man Persistance Is A Bitch Premium Member Established Member

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    Nice pick up! Good luck bringing her back to life!
     
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    If my mind serves me correctly, Ataks will have the name embossed on the exhaust can. I don't think the Stinger mufflers have any identifying logos.

    The volume between the two are definitely different.

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    Out of all the photos I’ve seen of the Mach 1 interior; the only silver trim piece in the interior is the center dash trim. And the insert on the seats of course.
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    Recon Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Day of pick up.
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    ^ a giant pain getting it on and off the trailer. Didn’t help that it started raining.
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    ^ first time seeing engine bay, week after purchase.
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    ^ kooks plaque on headers.
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    ^ bumpers need repainting.
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    ^ everything that was in the trunk.
     
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    Recon Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Started on the teardown last weekend.
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    Didn’t get much done. My boss/father can only work for so long before he has to rest (recovering from a heart attack). He assisted in the disassembly.
     
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    Results from today’s efforts:
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    No lock lug socket. Reason for wheels staying on in the rest of the photos.
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    Lowering the subframe.
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    Thankfully the anniversary badge is in good shape.
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    Header and starter removal.
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    Completed goal for today.
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    Subframe back in the car.
    If things go according to plan I should be disassembling the engine tomorrow so I’ll have some photos up then.
     
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    Looks quite a project and yes the only silver panels should be the radio/shifter stack and around the gauges
     
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    The correct trim paint can be purchased from lmr already in a can
     
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    Great find. I’m looking forward to following the build. Where in KY are you?
     
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    Im also in KY, what shop was the car located at? Nice to see some locals on this forum. Looks like youre making some serious progress!
     
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    I live in Hopkinsville, about 70 miles north of Nashville, TN.
     
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