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The prior owner of my 71 Mach I replaced the original collision damaged body shell with a virtually rust free body out of Arizona. Unfortunately he did not retain the original vin numbers so it no longer has a Mach I vin. Worse yet he doesn't even know what the original vin was.

It now has a I6 vin with a California salvage title.

On the plus side he switched everything over onto the new shell so it has all the OEM MACH I items except the chrome strip along the side between the paint colors.

When I got the car it was a theft recovery missing the drive train so I put the power plant I wanted (351w/AOD) instead of going back to the original (351c/4speed).

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My question is:

What would you call this car?

Can't really call it a Mach I anymore. Would it be a Mach I clone? Is there something else you would call it?

Doesn't really matter much to me because the way I have it built it is a blast to drive.
 

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The prior owner of my 71 Mach I replaced the original collision damaged body shell with a virtually rust free body out of Arizona. Unfortunately he did not retain the original vin numbers so it no longer has a Mach I vin. Worse yet he doesn't even know what the original vin was.

It now has a I6 vin with a California salvage title.

On the plus side he switched everything over onto the new shell so it has all the OEM MACH I items except the chrome strip along the side between the paint colors.

When I got the car it was a theft recovery missing the drive train so I put the power plant I wanted (351w/AOD) instead of going back to the original (351c/4speed).

See my photo albums for details.

My question is:

What would you call this car?

Can't really call it a Mach I anymore. Would it be a Mach I clone? Is there something else you would call it?.
1971 Mustang Fastback, or Mach-1 clone.
 

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Call it whatever you want. Just don't try to b.s. anyone about it's history.
 

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On the plus side he switched everything over onto the new shell so it has all the OEM MACH I items except the chrome strip along the side between the paint colors.
Which is available new, so you could go all the way. I wouldn't, though, since you have the "hockey stick" stripes. IIRC, the chrome was standard, but with the optional stripes, the chrome was deleted.

When I got the car it was a theft recovery missing the drive train so I put the power plant I wanted (351w/AOD) instead of going back to the original (351c/4speed).
Well, since it's an I6 VIN, that would really be the original drivetrain.

Can't really call it a Mach I anymore. Would it be a Mach I clone? Is there something else you would call it?
A Mustang Sportsroof.

Doesn't really matter much to me because the way I have it built it is a blast to drive.
Sounds like a great fun car. Just don't call it a mach1, call it a "tribute", or a "clone".
 

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On the plus side he switched everything over onto the new shell so it has all the OEM MACH I items except the chrome strip along the side between the paint colors.
Which is available new, so you could go all the way.
Could but I never really liked that chrome strip anyway. Maybe at the next repaint...Right now it's got the Mach I paint but if I repaint I might go total custom... Maybe....
 

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If it looks like a Mach I smells like a Mach I sounds like a Mach I and a curious person asks what it is I would say Mach I. If the person seems like a Mustang nut or you're selling the ii's something like a Mach I replica or Mach I clone. JMO.
 

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I would think it is still a Mach 1 just with a salvage title. Everything about the car is still a Mach 1.
 

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If it looks like a Mach I smells like a Mach I sounds like a Mach I and a curious person asks what it is I would say Mach I. If the person seems like a Mustang nut or you're selling the ii's something like a Mach I replica or Mach I clone. JMO.
I would think it is still a Mach 1 just with a salvage title. Everything about the car is still a Mach 1.
No, not exactly. "mach1" wasn't just a groovy set of stripes, it was a specific model, encoded into the VIN, like a Shelby, or a BOSS. This car is legally just a 6-cylinder sportsroof with some really groovy parts and trim. You could tell the kids at Dairy Queen it's a mach1, but anybody who's Mustang savvy looking through the windshield will know he's lying, and if he were to say the word "mach1" while selling the car, he'd be wide-open to meeting lawyers, cops, judges…

Let's just stick with "it's a really fun Mustang".
 

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Parts car.
 
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