I know I am getting the cart before the horse here, but I am comfortable enough that we will be pulling home the lucky rust bucket within the week. I say "we" because this is going to be my son's build. He is more into cars than I was at his age. He has his favorites, but also has my sensibility. His first choice was to build a 1965 Shelby GT350 clone. 1965 fastbacks in decent condition are hard to come by. After that he wanted to jump into a 1969 Boss 429 clone. The hardest part of that project was, again, finding the lucky pile of rust that would serve as the platform... and the $20k needed for a motor. So he has gone to his 3rd option.
In 1969 the Boss 302 was introduced. The same year the 351W was introduced with the Mach 1 as a stop-gap measure until the 351C was introduced in 1970. Had Ford been on its game, the Boss 351 would have began with the 1970 model as it should have given the absolute brute mentality of the engine.
So that is what he wants to do. He wants to build a "what if Ford had gotten it right" 1970 Boss 351 Mustang. We have it all planned out:
Trunk mounted battery
Stock front disk brakes (manual, not power)
Borgenson power steering using manual linkage
Grabber Blue with Boss 302 style graphics (that obviously say Boss 351)
Blacked out taillight panel, decklid, and taillight bezels
Chin spoiler, decklid spoiler, and rear window louvers
Hood shaker but NO twist locks (he hates them)
A stout 351C motor (should be around 10:1 compression)
Stock block, crank, rods
Modifications to help more oil get to the right places - restrictors and lifter bushings
TFS Aluminum heads - 72cc chambers, 313cfm at .600 lift (painted blue of course)
TFS Roller Rockers
Howards hydraulic roller cam and lifters
Aluminum intake manifold (gotta figure which one works with the shaker)
Holley 650 with mechanical secondaries
Original style Boss 351 valve covers
Original distributor with Pertronix 2 module
FPA coated headers
David Kee Toploader - not sure about close or wide ratio yet
Detroit Locker TrueTrac, 31 spline, nodular case, 1350 u-joints, and unknown gear ratio
Hurst Shifter - hopefully an original 1970 OEM, but new aftermarket is available
Black interior, black carpet
We really want a gauge cluster with tachometer - might have to go aftermarket though
We are going to make it as much "stock" appearing as we can without obsessing over paint daubs and chalk marks. Stock external voltage regulation. We want to use a stock steering pump, but I am not sure if it will work with a Borgenson box.
We are going to go get the car on April 1. It is incomplete, no motor or transmission. Interior appears to be complete. All the glass is there. Only one piece of rear glass trim.
Buckle up! This is gonna be wild!