1969 Mustang R Code

Price: US $75,000.00 Item location: Forest City, North Carolina, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Mustang
  • SubModel: Mach 1
  • Type: Mach 1 Fastback
  • Trim: Mach 1
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1969
  • Mileage: 81,557
  • VIN: 90R02M45714
  • Color: Acapulco Blue
  • Engine size: Supercharged 655 Hp 351
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Four Speed Close Ratio Toploader
  • Drive type: 2WD
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Up for sale is this 1969 Mustang, completely restored and upgraded. Many of the original parts are still with the car in case the new owner would like to make it concours. The car was recently featured in Mustang Monthly(June 2016) p.88. The on-line version of the article is here: Mustangs and Fords The intention was to build aclassic car that stayed true to its original appearance but that was safer and fun to drive. The thought of track racing was always in the back of our minds but the car came out too perfect for that. The block date code is from 1968 so it's original, as are the transmission and rear end. The engine was completely stripped and rebuilt with aluminum heads and intake. The block was hot tanked, bored .030 over and decked, and the bottom end reinforced with a stud girdle. The compression ratio was set at 9.5:1 so the car could run on pump gas. The pistons are aluminum and the cam was set up for a blower. As noted in the article the induction system relies on a quick-flow carb with boost reference. We chose that system since it cools the fuel charge, unlike fuel injection.
The radiator is high-capacity and thermostatically controlled. Exhaust is handled by short-tube headers feeding into a xtube and Moroso mufflers. The transmission is the original close-ratio Toploader rebuilt by Dan Williams from Franklin NC. The Procharger requires a higher pressure fuel flow so the car has an electric fuel pump mounted beside the fuel tank with a return line back to the sender. The interior is stock except for the TMI seats with modified latches to permit more of a reclining position. The rear-end is a Ford 9" running 3.25 gears. The engine dyno test pictured above represents what the engine can do with about seven psi of boost. The pro-charger is capable of roughly twice that but it's not clear the original block and crank could take much more. The suspension is the usual Shelby 1" drop but we also reduced the height of the front by shaving off a little of the progressive rate springs. We then lowered the rear and installed 1/2" anti sway bar and traction bars in the rear with a 1" anti-sway bar in the front.
Not included in the write-up are some of the subtle improvements--the clock has a new drive mechanism and the tach is upgraded to an electronic version since the original tach mechanism would kill the engine if it failed. The interior is all new and all the gauges work. The brakes are not boosted so they require some pedal effort but are over-sized and immediately effective and the rack and pinon steering is also manual.
We opted not to install the hood pins and side markers since they interfere with the lines of the body. We relocated the battery to the trunk and replace every engine component that we could with aluminum to try to get the weight distribution improved. The body was professionally restored and undercoated with sound-deadening, and strengthened with welded-in subframe connectors then triple-cleared giving it the deep color evident in the photos above.
The steering is challenging until the car starts rolling and the ride is stiff until around fifty or so. Once the blower starts pushing, at around 3,000 rpm, the ride smooths out and it's hard not to just let it run. It's available for viewing at the Bennett Museum at this time, in Forest City NC.