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Restoration Mustang is a website that focuses on the 71-73 Ford Mustang Fastback (Mach1) This website also illustrates the build process of the very popular Ford 302 5.0 engine. We show you our process of restoration, upholstery, engine building and more!

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  • I wanted to do a post showing how badly fouled the spark plugs were on the project 72 Mustang. These plugs were barely used in this vehicle. They fell victim to the improperly sized 4BBL double pumper carburetor I had installed on the car previously....

  • In this little experiment, I wanted to try and bring some life back to this 3-year-old Ford Racing air cleaner. This air cleaner is constructed of stainless steel and the face side is chrome plated from Ford Racing. The rust had accumulated on the edges...

  •   An old-school approach to quickly diagnose your fuel sending unit and the gauge. Most times, the wiring is bad. Use this video as a reference.

  • This is a fast and easy way to learn how to remove the fuel sending unit the easy way in your Ford Mustang. Most fuel sending units are constructed the same way. You Have an outer locking ring that needs to be tapped with a screwdriver...

  • This is a vintage 1972 original Ford Safety Belts & You document that came with every Ford vehicle in 1972. A super cool piece of history that goes alongside the Restoration Mustang. I love these old documents and how they show the evolution of the...

  • Adding a return fuel line is an essential part of your electronic fuel injection installation. EFI systems require a return line to move unneeded fuel from the fuel injection system back to the fuel tank. This process of cycling fuel from the tank to the...

  • Begin by inspecting the contents of your Holley Sniper Master Kit. Make sure all necessary fittings, hoses, sensors, and wiring harnesses are in the box. I will try and make this series of posts and videos as thorough as possible so you can make a...

  • Well after long hard thought of determining the best course of action for the Mach 1′s gauge dilemma, I decided to convert the existing center gauge pod to accept more traditional newer technology gauges. I am running with the VDO brand primarily because they match the existing Speedometer...

  • I wanted to share some of the photos and the first start experience of this fully custom built 302 by yours truly. This engine started life as a Ford Explorer engine. From there I completely tore it down and rebuilt it with the highest quality...

  • The process of cleaning up & painting the engine bay is in full swing this August. These hot months are perfect for getting really dirty & greasy here in the bay. This engine bay was full of redneck fixes and zip ties. I began the...

  • In my personal quest to build the complete pulley system for my 302 build, I have come to find out that things aren’t as easy as picking out what you need and pressing the “Order” button. There are a lot of factors that can determine...

  • We are excited to announce a new relationship we have established with MP Products Inc. We are making this post to illustrate the fitment of these “A” Pillars on the 72 Fastback. We will be sending our set of pillars to them so they can...

  • This week I decided to give the speedometer/tachometer cluster a fresh new look. These gauge bezels are hard to come by, so I was able to spruce this one up with a can of silver spray paint and some cleanup rags. Check out the photos...

  • After pulling the GT40 heads from the 5.0 roller motor I discovered that the tops of the pistons were coated in a thick layer of black carbon buildup. The cylinder walls (bores) were in great shape with no gouges or burrs. This left me with 2 options....

  • In this little post, I decided to video the process of using the Harbor Freight valve spring compressor. This little gem can be picked up for less than $20 and will allow you to do much of the valve train work yourself. This will assist in the...

  • After getting the not so good news that my existing 302 block was un-machineable I decided to look elsewhere for a donor motor. Re-manufactured long blocks average anywhere from $1000 to $1200 depending on where you look. I decided I wanted to stay in the under $400...

  • The heads are back from the machine shop and all fresh and ready to go. Unfortunately, after they were hot tanked, cleaned, and rebuilt, the finish isn’t so great. Today I decided to wire brush them and add a fresh coat of Ford Blue! Surprisingly these baby’s came out better than I...

  • Today was a fun & exciting day that quickly turned bad once I discovered what was making all that tapping noise when this engine ran. All looked good on the cam and 7 of the cylinder walls. The eighth one wasn’t so great. I discovered very large gouges in...

  • Separating The Small Block 302 Ford Motor & Transmission. I started with the engine and transmission as one unit when I pulled it from the 72 Mustang. With the transmission and engine on the floor, I was able to loosen the bell housing bolts from...

  • 1972 Mustang Fastback Small Block Ford Engine Overhaul: Removing Bolt-Ons. Today was an organization day where I labeled each set of bolts that were removed from the valve covers, intake manifold, carb, etc. I also removed the hood, radiator fan shroud, fan, and carburetor. This process is a tedious

  • Door Panel Installation With New Hardware. The new standard door panels arrived from CJ Pony Parts about a month ago and today I decided to install them. The process couldn’t be easier with only 2 screws at the top and 2 at the handle, the...

  • Passenger Seat Disassembly & Preparation For Fresh Upholstery. While the new front seat foam is on order with Ohio Mustang Supply, I decided to get a jump on preparing the front seats for their fresh upholstery and seat foam. This involves a full dis-assembly, extensive...

  • Finishing Touches: Upholstering The Lower Back & Upper Back Seats | 71 72 73 Mustang Fastback. After upholstering the upper rear seat back, I decided to dive right into the upholstering and foaming of the lower back seat. This section was a bit more challenging...

  • How To Reupholster the back seats in the 71 72 73 Mustang Fastback. In this post, I am beginning the dis-assembly of the old nasty existing upholstery and seat cushions (seat foam) in the 72 Mustang Fastback. This stuff is possibly the nastiest stuff I...

  • The sail panels for the Mustang have arrived from CJ Pony Parts and are of exceptional quality. Although I was able to purchase the upper sail panels, the lower sail panels or lower quarter covers are unavailable for purchase, so I had to fabricate them from scratch....

  • Making an upper package tray cover on the Mustang Fastback 71 72 73. Thanks to Don at Ohio Mustang Supply, I was able to snag an old upper package tray metal cover to make a template for my new upholstered tray cover. This was a...

  • Installing Polk Audio DXI525 Speakers into MP Products Kick Panels 71 72 73 Mustang. I am happy to announce that the installation of the new Polk Audio DXI525 Speakers went flawlessly. They were installed into the MP Products Re-Manufactured speaker-podded kick panels for the 71-73...

  • Shifter bezel installed for automatic transmission | 71 72 73 Mustang Fastback. This shifter bezel really makes the floor console area stand out. The old bezel was tired and worn out. This shifter bezel was purchased from my favorite Mustang supply warehouse… CJ Pony Parts and...

  • This post is a little update on the fitment of the new carpet kit purchased at CJ Pony Parts. This carpet kit is molded exceptionally well and matches all of the curves and contours of the original Mustang floor. The carpet’s edges are left longer than...

  • Bringing some life back into the shifter mounting cup | 71 72 73 Mustang. Here is a quick little post on the shifter mounting cup restoration (paint). Fearful of the possibility of being able to see this mounting cup, I decided to clean it up...

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