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post #1 of 189 (permalink) Old 09-13-2011, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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My Mach 1 552, Ranchero 460, (and a couple pics of my truck)

Here are some pics of my 1972 Mach 1 and the 552 I'm building for it. I've owned the car since I was 12, and the 351 Cleveland I built as my high school senior project finally lunched a valve on the way back to my 10 year class reunion 2 years ago. So, I decided to just go with big cubes and not turn them so hard, instead of the hi-strung small block it used to be. Car ran 11.80s on a 150 horse Sniper system previously, and all I'm hoping for is to beat that N/A with this engine, but still be able to drive it about 5000 miles a year. My goals are hopefully to be about 600 hp/600 ft.-lbs. on 91 octane. The block and heads are 1969 429 parts that I picked up for $150, bored, line honed, decked and milled. Camshaft is a custom grind hydraulic Voodoo based from Scotty at RHP, as are the Ferrea 2.25 In./ 1.76 Ex. valves, and the DOVE heads are ported off his site. It has Lunati dual springs, retainers, and locks, Trick Flow push rods, ARP head studs and rocker studs, Crane Energizer roller rockers, Comp guideplates, and Jomar girdles. Valve covers are Trick Flow cast. The stroker kit is from Mark O'Neal at CHP, and is a SCAT cast crank with Probe I-beams and dished pistons. Water pump is Edelbrock aluminum, headers are Crites 2 inch, 3 inch Magnaflows with dumps, Torker II intake (because I love my hood too much) and a Holley 850 double pumper (I'll probably go with a Dominator later on). I have a March serpentine system for it and a Be Cool radiator. Trans is a C6 with a TCI Super Streetfighter kit that is getting built right now. Rear is 3.91 gears, but I'll switch out to 3.00 or 3.25 after I get a quarter mile time with the deep ones. Paint is 2001 Honda (I'm sorry) green pearl that we doubled the pearl content in, with the stock Argent color. All stripes and graphics are painted, except the 351 RAM AIR is still a decal, because I knew this day would come (will say 552 RAM AIR when done). Only body mod is where the roof is welded to the lower body, we smoothed, because even new from the factory you could see the seam if you looked close enough. The body work and paint took just over 2 years. Wheels are Cragar 15x8s and 14x7s with the S/S spinners because I still wanted it to look period correct. Interior is white with gray inserts, and stock Mach 1/Deluxe with the gauge package. Only deviation from stock inside is an Alpine cd player and two 6x9s in the rear deck. I can go on and on, but you get the point. I've had this car for damn near 2/3 of my life (I'll be 32 next month-the goal to get the car going again is my birthday), and it's been with me for more happiness and bad times than I can count. Hopefully I haven't bored anyone, and thanks to everyone on here for their help and support. Special thanks to Scotty and Mark O'neal, and of course my old man who helped me when I was just a kid learning to wrench. Enjoy, and more pics to come later.
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Body pics.....

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One more

Here's one more of my baby, and a couple of my 94 F-250. Nothing too special. 4 inch Skyjacker lift, 2 inch body lift, 16x10 Mickey Thompson classic locks, 315/75s, headers, K&N, 3 inch with turbo muffler, 4.10s, original paint. I bought this truck when I was 20 from a 75 year old woman whose husband passed away. It had the typical old fella mods, running boards, hubcaps, white topper etc. That was 100,000 miles ago. I'd rebuild it, but the thing just keeps running. I've done an alternator, a battery, and freeze plugs, and that's it other than mods. It runs as good as when I bought it with 60,000 on it. It's funny how I get "Nice truck. I love those "old" Fords". I thought it was almost new when I bought it in 2000. I'm almost as attached to it as my stang haha....
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Nice Mach1 and F-250 keep the pictures coming when you get new ones.

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Thanks Mark. I'll get some more inside of the car and I'm gonna mount up the serpentine system on the engine stand soon just to check the fit and of course to see how it looks.....
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I like it!

I'm trying to piece together a 73 stroker. Yours is just about the only other one besides mine I've seen that is using the taller 69-70 style spoiler stands! I did it that way on purpose, because I like the wing higher than it sits with the correct ones. Keep us posted on your build, I'll probably start a thread on mine as well.
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Yours is just about the only other one besides mine I've seen that is using the taller 69-70 style spoiler stands!
Good catch. You're the only one who has noticed, and yes, I like them better that way too.
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Good catch. You're the only one who has noticed, and yes, I like them better that way too.
i use to have that taller spoiler on mine but i removed it because its vision blocking when the car is lowered at all four corners and the nose is a little bit lower than the front for a leveled looked.

on my 73, i use to have the front 3.5 inches lowered and the rear 2 inches lowered. i used 64-66 620 springs and 73 5 leaf springs in the rear.

i'm out of that lowered handling phase now and now i got a stock height'ish in the rear and stock 73 springs in the front. however, the weight of the big block is lowering it at least 1.5 maybe 2 inches. i went stock for that suspension travel for launches at the track.
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i use to have that taller spoiler on mine but i removed it because its vision blocking when the car is lowered at all four corners and the nose is a little bit lower than the front for a leveled looked.

on my 73, i use to have the front 3.5 inches lowered and the rear 2 inches lowered. i used 64-66 620 springs and 73 5 leaf springs in the rear.

i'm out of that lowered handling phase now and now i got a stock height'ish in the rear and stock 73 springs in the front. however, the weight of the big block is lowering it at least 1.5 maybe 2 inches. i went stock for that suspension travel for launches at the track.
Yeah, I'm planning on it being lowered by about another inch and a half in the front once the big block is in. It's actually slightly lowered now (I had custom rear leafs made by a local suspension shop here) but will probably drop the rear to match the front even more after the engine is in. These pics are taken with just the 351 short block in it, because I took the heads and intake off to see how much carnage I was dealing with, so it normally has a slight rake with the extra 100 lbs. or so of engine that's missing out of there. I might just use the Crites headers I got from you as flanges and custom make my headers from them if it's looking like it's going to be too low. I sanded those damn things down to bare metal and refinished them. It took about 2 days with the wire wheel and scotchbrite, but it was worth it.
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very sharp looking mach.

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Thank you. Didn't make the goal of October because the trans is still in the process, but it's blizzarding something terrible right now, so no big deal.....
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Here's my interim project. I scored this '71 for $300. Got a 1978 LTD with less than 100k on the 460, C6, 3.00 Trac-Loc 9inch, and mint leather power bench for $500. Going to take the seat and drivetrain out of the LTD-with a 68-71 timing set, performer intake, and probably a 600 cfm Edelbrock carb. Fix the minimal rust on the quarters, and spray it flat black. I've got some 5 spoke 20x11 and 18x8 Boyds that I'm going to put on it, and do a poor mans lowering kit (cut coils, make my own blocks). Hoping to have it running and operational for around $2000 total...all glass is good, as is all the chrome and interior except the seat (which is where the leather bench comes in)...The dash is PERFECT. I'll start it's own build thread once I get rolling on it, but I've always wanted a Ranchero, and now I've got all the big blocks I can handle. Hopefully with the gears and mildness of this project, I can get around 20 mpg...I may go with some 2.40 gears if I have to
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The Ranchero donor wagon. It's a shame because it's so clean. The interior is absolutely perfect.
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That sure is a purty engine!!
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The Ranchero donor wagon. It's a shame because it's so clean. The interior is absolutely perfect.
I'd put the 552 in the wagon and drive it like it is, LOL!

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