Wednesday, April 15, 2015

10k: Needs Refreshing: 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback

 The 3rd refresh of the original Mustang sold in '69 & '70 is one of my favorite fastbacks, not just because of the TransAm racing looks, but also because you get so much more car for your money.  For the same price as this next feature you would be shopping for a rusted out '65 or one of those coupes converted to fastback.  Find this 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback here on eBay currently bidding for $9,100 located in Honolulu, HI.

Although they share 99% of their parts, the 1970 Mustang is easily distinguishable from the 1969 model by the 2-headlight (and funky tri-bar turn signal) front end, plus recessed rear tail light lens and no faux brake scoops.  This one is listed as an all original one-owner 4-speed 351V8 equipped car that has been off the road since 1999 and will need some reconditioning.


The 5.7 liter V8 under the hood should fire right up with a simple fluid change, but you can buy a cheap USB borescope that can be used to inspect the cylinders through the spark plug holes (and all sorts of other fun stuff too) if you want to check for rusts on internal parts. 


The interior isn't perfect, but the seats, carpet, headliner, center console, and door cards are all in place.  If the dash looks like the Mojave under that cover, you can replace the entire thing for a few hundred bucks from various online Mustang parts suppliers.  That is one nice thing about a classic Mustang, you will never go wanting for people to offer you new/used parts -- everything is available, from the smallest fastener to entire new sheet metal body.


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7 comments:

  1. Yeah, the '70 SportsRoof was probably the best looking Mustang ever. Looks unusually clean for something from Hawaii.

    This one's got the nasty rim-blow steering wheel, the road testers of the day used to delight in noting that the Fords so equipped would go through entire slaloms or lane-changes with the horn blasting.

    He's got one pic that shows some rust perforation, what's that a picture OF?

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  2. Yeah, the '70 SportsRoof was probably the best looking Mustang ever. Looks unusually clean for something from Hawaii.

    This one's got the nasty rim-blow steering wheel, the road testers of the day used to delight in noting that the Fords so equipped would go through entire slaloms or lane-changes with the horn blasting.

    He's got one pic that shows some rust perforation, what's that a picture OF?

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    1. Left rear, behind the wheel arch. The picture is upside-down from what you would expect. The brown coloured gentle arc shape at the top of the pick is a leaf spring.

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  3. I can't recall seeing this wheel style before -- what is it called? Pumpkin seeds? Candy corn? And why am I so hungry all of a sudden?

    A quick internets search for this year yields some properly vicious looking restomods, the Ring boys version included:

    [img]http://reduction-image.com/resizer-online/imgserver.php?file=.%2Fimgtest%2Fring.jpg&type=jpeg&jpegquality=100&c_abs=on&c3=on&width=400&submit=Load+picture&checkbox2=on[/img]

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    1. Those wheels - think they're just wheel covers - were I think standard on the Mach 1 model.

      I spent a certain amount of time - thirty-five years ago, before we had the intertubes - finding a set of the Mach 1 14x7 wheels for my old Falcon.

      (I was hoping at this point to post a link to the Frumpies' 'Intertube Tomorrow', having nothing to do with anything except I love the song, but I can't find one anywhere...)

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  4. 5.7? That's a Chevy 350. The shame! Ford's 351 just barely rounds to 5.8...

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