1972 Mustang Fastback Sprint

This was a "field car". A man had this car or what was left of it setting in a field by his house. Earlier, he had torched off the front end and pulled the engine and transmission. Having all he wanted from the car, he set it in a field, then to add insult to injury, he set another car on top of it. I bought the car "as is" for about $100, not knowing if I had the skills to restore it or not.

Problem areas in the car were a dented in roof, entire front end missing from about a foot in front of the front tires, fenders missing, hood missing, an extra tire wrapped and twisted around the axle, dented in trunk lid, rusted floorboards, dented in taillight panel, dented in door, engine and tranny missing, rear quarter rusted out behind tires. There were many more smaller and less daunting problems, but there were enough major problems to contend with I really did not bother to think about minor problems.

The only way to restore this car was to start at the front end and work my way back. I went to a local salvage yard, found a donor car and bought the entire front end. From this car I chopped off the front of the frame rails, the radiator support and the front inner fender aprons. I also cabbaged on to some missing interior parts a couple of seat frames , a rear deck lid and part of the missing front wiring harness. Over the next several years, with the help of some friends, and a lot of money, I replaced rusty panels, floors, trunk sheet metal and the rear taillight panel.

Finally, all the exterior body work was done, a hood was fitted and I found a Urathane bumper in great condition out in California. I bought the bumper, had it painted and installed it. A rear bumper was installed and fitted.

The Sprint was painted its final colors (White, with blue lower color and red pinstripes) in 2006. Having received an awesome paint job at Prewetts Collision and Repair,it is now home in my shop where finishing touches have been performed.

The interior received a new headliner, new carpets, new seat pads and covers, new rear quarter panels, new dash pad, rebuilt center console unit, and all rebuilt wiring. I added an AM/FM radio, better quarter sail panels and a fresh coat of paint to all painted parts.

Engine is a 429 4bbl, 3.25:1, 9" rear end, C6 transmission, power disc front brakes, drum rears, deluxe red-white-blue interior and exterior. AM/FM radio, dark tinted glass, dual exhaust and magnum 500 wheels. Complete restoration progress can be found by clicking the "Mustang Data" hyperlink on this page, then selecting 1972 Sprint under "Restorations".

Enjoy :)

SPRINT FACTS

Originally there were 50 (Package A) 1972 Sprint convertibles made for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. The 50 Convertible's produced for the Cherry Blossom Parade had a TRIM code that was left ( blank ) on the vehicle data plate. Because of rain, they were not used and so they were sold by dealers on the east coast.

The Sprints that were originally made to sell to the public were fastbacks (Qty 3086) and coupes (Qty 6247). These were made with 2 different package groups." Package A" and" Package B". The trim codes for real Sprints was "HB". Any trim codes other than these and the Sprint is just a regular Mustang made up to look like a Sprint.

Package A

  • Special white body with dual blue and red stripes on the hood, Blue lower body with a red accent stripe and a blue/red rear panel.
  • USA Emblem on the rear quarter panels.
  • Exterior decor group with honeycomb grille and color keyed front bumper.
  • Sports lamps.
  • Dual color keyed racing mirrors.
  • Sprint interior with white vinyl bolsters and blue cloth inserts with red cording. Also the interior received color keyed carpeting.
  • Flat brushed aluminum hub caps with beauty rings
  • E70x14 white sidewall tires

Package B

  • Special white body with dual blue and red stripes on the hood, Blue lower body with a red accent stripe and a blue / red rear panel.
  • USA Emblem on the rear quarter panels.
  • Exterior decor group with honeycomb grille and color keyed front bumper.
  • Sports lamps.
  • Dual color keyed racing mirrors.
  • Sprint interior with white vinyl bolsters and blue cloth inserts with red cording. Also the interior received color keyed carpeting.
  • 15" Magnum 500 wheels
  • F60x15 whitewall tires.

 

'72 Sprint Sprint Restoration Progress

Feb. 7, 2010-

Today was mostly work on the Shelby day, but I did manage to install the driveshaft, install the axle vent tube and prepare to install the flexible rear brake axle to body line.

I am almost at a standstill on this vehicle until some parts come in and I have something to work with. So, it's body time on the Shelby for a few more days. Adios for now.

February 21, 2010

Installed the front chrome trim on the windshield. Installed the fog lights in the grille and installed the center grill Mustang emblem. Then I installed the rear quarter window to door weatherstrip pieces. Lastly, I cannot forget that I installed the Magnum 500 wheels and tires

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February 22, 1972

I must have won the lottery today. My youngest son came down and helped me with cleaning up the scrap metal around the garage and working on the Sprint. He installed a power steering gearbox to replace one that went boink! I adjusted the left hand door opening mechanism so the door opened smoother, worked on Shelby clone, cleaned and fabricated a part I needed. Then stripped an old 1972 door of all useful parts so the shell could be scrapped.

Brad installing gearbox

February 24, 2010

Today, I painted the inside rear quarter panel trim pieces two more coats of paint. I installed the rear seatbelts, installed the dome light lens. That was it for today. The rest of the time was spent working on the 1968 Shelby Clone.