Friday, December 19, 2014

5k: Cheap Fastback: 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback

In 1969 the Ford Mustang received its 2rd major restyle in 3 years, but this design lasted only a year before it was given another facelift.  The 1970 facelift was only a minor change to the front fascia, but the rear 1/4 panels were reworked to remove the faux side scoops.  The amount of money Ford spent each year retooling their entire lineup back in the day might not be matched by today's exorbitant salaries bestowed on their CEO, but it's gotta come close. Find this 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback offered here on eBay in Islip, NY currently bidding for $4,150 with 1 day to go.

The 1970 Mustang might not be as pretty as earlier models, but it is remembered for its Trans-Am victories on track and has been only going up in value in recent years.  This particular car is a project that will need serious work, but it is a running project, a big step up from a rotted out barn find.

Power under the hood comes from a 351 cubic inch V8 that could have been rated from 250 to 300 hp.  It looks small in the engine bay because the 69/70 models were designed to swallow the 429 cubic inch monster that was homologated in the Mustang for NASCAR racing. 

The inside of this Mustang is going to need as much reconditioning as the outside, which is a bunch.  The dash is a disaster, the seats & carpet gone, and the floorboards are ready for Flintstones action...but...everything is easy enough to fix if you have some cash.  Entire floor sections are available from various suppliers, and everything on the inside can be purchased from the aftermarket.

See a better example of a car you can drive while you fix?


  1. Yeah, the '70 SportsRoof was probably the prettiest Mustang ever, at worst second to the '64-66 fastback.

    Go on, you know you want to.

    I would, if I didn't have other project cars awaiting my attention in comparable condition.

  2. As a product planner, it is amazing to think of the investment level each year. You hit on the biggest changes, but there were other differences between 1969 and 1970 Mustangs. Notably, the tail lights changed. Interior changes were minimal.

    This is one of the greatest Pony cars and has lots of potential. That 351 Cleveland (you can tell it's a Cleveland by the radiator hose location) can put out a lot of power and most people today would be surprised at how relatively rev-happy it can be for a domestic V8. A version of the 351C head was used to create the Boss 302, after all, and the 351C-4V itself was good enough for the Pantera...

    Side note: The '69-70 Mustangs were designed for the 428 engine, but not the 429. The Boss 429 specifically went to Kar Kraft after initial assembly so that they could widen the shock towers, make a few other mods and install the 429. The non-Boss 429 was available in 1971.

    1. One consideration here is that the Boss 429 heads were considerably larger than the standard 429 wedge heads which made it that much harder to fit.


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