1970 Ford Mustang Convertible
i do not think that I have ever used a write-up done by an owner on their own cars but, the owner of this 1970 Convertible did such a great job with his write-up, I thought I should share it. So, here it is.
CAR: I have owned numerous classic mustangs throughout the years and this is one of the nicest, cleanest, and most original cars I have come across. Per the Marti report, the car still retains its factory options and is finished in the highly desirable Calypso Coral with its original White Corinthian Vinyl interior and top. Two interesting options on the car are the Rim Blow-Deluxe Steering Wheel (even though the car does not have a deluxe interior) and the intermittent windshield wipers. The car currently shows 77, 400 miles and at the time of the Mustang Monthly article in 2004, it showed 75,000 miles, thus having only being driven 2,400 miles in the last 10 years. There is no rust anywhere on the car and it still retains its original trunk drop offs, with the drain vents still in functional condition! It has the original tar paper and sound deadner in the trunk, and the original white top boot still has the June 1969 date stamp on it. The car was a very early 1970 model, since it was the 2,106 mustang built that year. I possess some of the original build sheets of the car. The car was featured in the March 2004 edition of Mustang Monthly and a copy of the article as well as the Mart report is attached.
BODY & PAINT: The car still has its original body panels, and all are straight and rust free. The car has had a repaint, but is the original factory Calypso Coral. The trunk, inner doors and sills, and under hood still sport the original paint. I have found no evidence of collision or major repairs, and the body seems to be nearly free of bondo (I say "nearly" because I'm not a body man, so there might be a little bit somewhere). The paint is very nice driver quality, but I wouldn't consider it show quality (for local shows it will place well). The chrome and stainless are nice, with only very minor blemishes on a few pieces. The doors open and close nicely with no sagging, and the power top functions perfectly. The wheels are one year only, 1970 styled steel, and it has 5 nearly new TA radials (the spare is styled steel, and has never been on the ground).
INTERIOR & TOP: The white seat upholstery, door panels, and convertible top are all originals, and in very good condition. There are no rips or splits in the seats (except for a small seam undoing on the drivers bottom), and no cracks in the dash pad. The gauges all work, and the original rim blow steering wheel is still in pretty good shape. The horn pad has a small split that can be seen in one of the photos. It has intermittent wipers from the factory, and that's a really rare option. The carpet has been replaced, but not much else. The top has the "backlight" folding glass curtain, and it's still in good shape. The top itself is starting to show a little bit of wear, but still very presentable (especially for 44 years old). The original Carlite tinted glass is all nice.
DRIVE TRAIN: The engine is a 300 HP 351 Cleveland 4 barrel, and the transmission is an FMX automatic. The car retains the 4V heads that made these Cleveland engines unique as well as its 9" rear end. The car has an original Autolite 4300 from Pony Carburetor's (not cheap) with an upgraded electric choke. The engine starts right up, runs strong, and doesn't smoke or overheat. The tranny shifts firm and feels right. The engine has Ford Motorsports (Boss 302) aluminum valve covers and a chrome oil pan on it, which was installed by a previous owner and can be seen in the Mustang Monthly article picture. It has Autolite belts, hoses, clamps, wires, etc. The car drives and handles good, and runs cool. Someone did cut a couple of very small holes in the shock towers in order to grease the zirts (some of you may remember when this was a common practice). This can easily be repaired and does not impact the driveability of the car.
OVERALL: To give you an idea of how rare this car is, the Marti report said that only 379 were built with this engine/transmission combination. Most 70 convertibles came with the standard 6 cylinder or upgraded to the 302 V8. A few were upgraded to the "H" code 351 2 barrel, and fewer yet got the high performance "M" code option. Add in the color and option combinations, and it's a rare pony.
Items needing attention: The original AM Ford radio does not work; the transmission has a small oil leak; there is a small undoing (2 inches) on the seam of the bottom driver seat; the top boot has two snaps missing but otherwise nice.
STEVE - 281-531-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org