Jeff Ford
September 1, 2002

Those of you not new to the mag no doubt know about the rust-free condition, and the NOS quarter-panel install, as well as the Medium Bright Yellow paint applied by good friend Jeff Thompson while the Mach was at Michael's Autobody in Winter Haven, Florida. The one true deviation from stock on the outside is the blacked-out hood. Although we are certain that almost all '72 Mach 1s without the 351 2V and ram air just got body color, we had to break up all that yellow. The black-out was the best way. Besides, we can go back now and redo the base color if we want to. Which we don't.

The undercarriage is detailed as close to factory as I could get it. It was Army OD Green Number Seven originally, so that's the color we painted it again-even though the MCA books state that the "correct" color is either Black, Gray, or Red Iron Oxide. The exhaust is custom with turbo mufflers and was bent by The Muffler and Exhaust Center. Although it isn't stock the note is really sweet and the system flows well.

What we tried to go for on the lead shots was a sales brochure look. Aided by Tammy Zafra, we did pretty well. Wanna know what's really funny? When I bought the Mach 1, I wasn't all that crazy about yellow, even though the first Mach I ever saw and fell in love with was this color. But you know what? I think that after dealing with the car for so long, I'm finally turning yellow.

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There are so many people to thank that we have to do it in a source box. But there are folks that were there at the time of assembly. Here are the ones that helped me to get the Mach 1 done:

Bob "The Big Kahuna" Myhrer Assembly
Dana "The Cheater" Cheatum Assembly
Kent "The Local Parts Guru" Hatchett NOS Parts
Bob Perkins NOS Parts
Michael Peramski Paint and detail
Jeff Thompson Paint
Carla Ford Moral support
Tammy Zafra Model

Project Lazarus
Below is a list-mostly complete-of the stories we ran on the Lazarus Project.

November 1996 pg. 20 Street Sleeper Cleveland
December 1997 pg. 59 Classic Cleveland Buildup
April 1998 pg. 42 Quarter-Panel Install
June 1998 pg. 54 Chemical Strip and De-rust
October 1998 pg. 24 Rear Axle-Housing Detail
January 1998 pg. 31 351 Cleveland Detailing
March 1999 pg. 80 Tilt Column Detail
May 1999 pg. 46 Taillight Housing
June 1999 pg. 58 Four-Speed Detailing
July 1999 pg. 73 Wheels and Tires
August 1999 pg. 56 Driveshaft Rebuild
October 1999 pg. 62 Prep for Paint
January 2000 pg. 66 Front Disc Brakes
February 2000 pg. 68 Suspension Detail
April 2000 pg. 43 Headliner Install
May 2000 pg. 66 How to: Glue in Glass
August 2000 pg. 72 How to: Roller Cam
October 2000 pg. 60 Engine Bay Detailing
November 2000 pg. 64 Dash Panel Assembly
December 2000 pg. 78 Door Assembly
January 2001 pg. 59 Interior Install
March 2001 pg. 55 SportsRoof Trunk
June 2001 pg. 72 Sport Stripes Detail