New rocker covers
New front suspension
The finished respray!
The finished interior
My Mustang displayed on the Ford stand at the Henley-on-Thames show
1972 Mustang Convertible brochure, showing the higher spec Decor Group model, with the Mach 1 grille and colour coded urethene bumper as standard.
Above is the standard convertible model with the chrome front bumpers
Smart new US style show plates!
Hi, my name is Mark and this website is a dedicated to my 1972 Ford Mustang convertible Decor Group. I bought this car in October 2014. It is finished in Ford True Blue metallic paint and has a white interior. The Mustang has a 302 V8, a Magnaflow exhaust system, a ram air hood, Mach 1 splitter and has Magnum 500 wheels. The car was first register in the UK in June 1972 as JLD24K and has remained in the country since.
The car was restored by Simon Merisson in 2008. This is the work that was carried out to it:
Since I have owned the car I have added widered 15x8 Magnum 500 wheels on the rear and BF Goodrich 235/60r15s tyres on the front and 255/60r15s on the rear. I also upgraded the cam covers to Scott Drake 302 "Powered by Ford" PR valve covers, with 1 breathable chrome "push on" oil cap on the right side and a PCV valve to the left side.
I noticed the passenger side foot well was damp. I lifted up the carpets and there was blue coolant on the floor panel. I checked the radiator level and it was low. It took 2 days to remove the coolant from the carpet and the under carpet. The heater core had given up the ghost! After closer inspection, the fixing bolts for the core from the engine bay had rusted solid. These were difficult to remove. The workshop managed to access it without removing the dashboard, by removing the glove box and fitted a new heater core.
I bought new interior deluxe door panels, as the old ones had started to crack on the arm rest.
I had new front suspension fitted to the Mustang by American Auto Services in Hayes, as the ball joints were making a noise.
So new front suspension with top arm, lower arm, anti roll bar kit, saddles and the front sway bar kit was fitted. Also welding was need on the suspension mounts.The camber, caster and tracking was also set up.
A new flex coupling on the steering column was fitted, as the old one had snapped and was missing a bolt.
While this was being done, new front discs brakes, pads, brake lines and new wheel bearings were fitted.
The garage also rebuilt carb and did the timing. Also, new gearbox mounts were fitted, the car was freshly under sealed, new seat belts and a new horn was also fitted.
I had a Pertronix 1281 Solid-State Ignition System fitted to the distributor to improve acceleration. It's made a big improvement and now the car feels very smooth. This is a great upgrade. Also a new PCV valve and hose was fitted to the rocker cover.
The car had a new master cylinder fitted, as the old one was starting to leak. The engine block was also resprayed Ford Blue.
There was an oil leak from the rear differential and another from the transmission. So American Auto Services fitted a new oil seal to the diff and a transmission kit was also fitted. While this was being done, 2 new universal joints were fitted to the propshaft. the tracking was also corrected.
I bought a Marti Report for the car, to find out more about it's history. The car was originally made at the Dearbourn factory in March 1972 and sold the same month in New York as a fleet car. It was originally red with a white interior, was equiped with a black power top, power steering, power front disc brakes, central interior console and had the Decor Group fitted, which included the Mach 1 grill and deluxe door linings. It's good to know that other than the paint change, the car is in original condition.
I bought an original 1971-72 NOS Urethane bumper for the car, as the existing bumper was none original and from a 1973 Mustang. I also bought a new Mach 1 grill, new fender extensions and hood extensions and bought original and period correct Mustang Sports door mirrors, as the existing chrome ones where from an earlier Mustang. All these items were import from the States and including shipping and import duty they weren't cheap. Still it's worth it!
Time for a respray, so I took the Mustang to Roadrash paintwork. They removed rust from the front of the bonnet and rear deck filler panel. Paul and his team fitted all the new parts, sanded back and primered the body and then resprayed the car in True Blue metallic. Paul also fitted the Deluxe door cards and door mirrors.
Please read the step by step guide to the respray here:
I bought a new black Grant steering wheel, as the wooden wheel was looking tired and looked out of place in the car. I recon the new wheel matches the interior better.
My car was featured in the 2016 7173Mustangs.com calander!
I noticed orange peel in the paintwork on the front and rear quarter panels of the Mustang, so Revive Ltd, bodywork specialist, flatten and burnished the lacquer and removed it. The paintwork looks more consistant and smoother now.
I took my Mustang for it's annual service / MOT to Torando Automotive in High Wycombe. http://www.tornadoautos.com/ Mike gave the car a service, new oil filter, Valvoline oil, sorted out a flat spot on the accelaration which he diagnosed as a timing issue and did some welding to the passenger side floor pan to sill. He did a great job on my car and it feels a load better. Big thanks to Mike!
I had 2 new door locks fitted to the Mustang. Mike from Tornado fitted them.
I noticed the alternator
belt was starting to get noisy, so I took it to Tornado Automotive. It
turns out the alternator was misaligned and wasn't the correct Ford unit!
I guess it was fitted back in the 1970s when US Ford parts were hard to
get hold of in the UK.