1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Tribute
1970 was a great year for the Mustang. Ford built the Boss 302 to contend for the Trans-Am road racing series and with Bud Moore heading up the factory team with Parnelli Jones driving. Together they beat the Cudas, Camaros, Firebirds and Javelins to take the championship. This car is a tribute to those efforts, and that success. The name of "Boss" Mustang came about because when people asked the designer, Larry Shinoda, what he was working on, he would say "the boss's car". This one is presented in Red and faithfully pays tribute the original cars with the easily recognized "hockey stick" stripe that originates on the hood and runs down the side as well as the blacked out rear window louvers and wing that reduce glare and create downforce. Up front the headlights were moved inboard being incorporated into the grill, while air intakes were added at the leading edge of the fenders, and a deep chin spoiler kept air from getting underneath the car. Fresh chrome dresses out the grill and a shiny new bumper cuts across the middle. Bold flat black stripes flow back up the hood to where it splits for the side stipes. Out back, the center panel with the taillights is blacked out with Mustang in script above it and another new bumper below it. Open the door and you will find a simple Black interior. The door panel is embossed with a rectangular pattern and has a nice armrest for comfortable cruising. The high back bucket seats are comfortable and look great with textured vinyl seating surfaces and smooth side bolsters and headrests. A two spoke steering wheel with a galloping Mustang in the center sits in front of a stock dashboard with four round gauges. A 120 MPH speedometer is flanked by the fuel, water temp and oil pressure to the right and the charging system gauge to the left. Mounted in the center console is an Audiovox FM/Cassette deck with a built-in equalizer. A Hurst T-handle shifter for the 5-speed manual transmission rises from the floor and the look is all tied together by a clean headliner and super sharp looking carpets protected by Mustang floor mats. Pop the hood and you will find a nicely detailed out 302 nestled down in a neat and clean engine bay. There is a chassis brace running from side to side adding some extra reinforcement for spirited driving. A chrome air filter housing announces it as a 302 4 barrel and flows through an aluminum manifold to the heads. Long tube headers wind their way out the bottom to a stainless exhaust with an X-pipe and head back to dual Flowmaster mufflers. Chrome valve covers add a splash of flash to the engine bay and signs of good regular maintenance include belts and hoses that are in good condition and a newer battery. The 5-speed transmission offers you the option of picking your gears to keep the revs up for maximum power or letting it cruise along at idle. Power steering works with a beefy front sway bar for sporty handling and the rubber hits the road through 235/45R18s in the front and 255/45R18s in the rear mounted on black and polished U.S. MAG rims. Come on down and check out this sharp looking tribute to the 1970, Trans-Am championship car. You may decide to take it home with you and pretend you are Parnelli Jones outrunning Chevy, Dodge, Pontiac and AMC on the way to the win.