AW Vintage Cars - 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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  1. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Super Moderator

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    By TOM TRACE
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    (07:30 April 19, 2004)

    The world as we know it is fat with rivalries, but when it comes to sheetmetal battles, the Mustang vs. Camaro feud was as intense as they come. Ford fired the first shot with a snazzy little Falcon-based street car in 1964 called the Mustang. Then Chevrolet countered with the Camaro, a car offering more of what the Mustang promised to deliver.

    The feud carried over to the racetrack. The Mustang won the SCCA Trans-Am Sedan Championship in '66 and '67, but the awesome 302-cid V8-powered Z/28 Camaro snatched the glory in 1968.

    Ford did not stand by and watch its beloved stallion be broken, though. Development had already begun on a 302-cubic-inch engine for passenger cars and a tunnel-port version for Trans-Am racers.
    The adaptation of the Cleveland four-barrel heads to the tunnel-port short-block looked promising. But to qualify for competition with this beastly Mustang boasting high-performance handling characteristics, Ford needed to build 1000 production cars with the package. In 1969 the street Boss was born.

    The Boss's pounding heart was its high-performance V8 cranking out more than 300 hp at 7000 rpm in street tune (it was officially rated the same as the Z/28, at 290 hp, and protected by an engine-saving rev-limiter). It had a close-ratio four-speed and a nine-inch rear differential with a 3.50:1 gear ratio. The Boss could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and run the quarter-mile in the mid-14s.

    The Boss 302's suspension made good use of stiffer springs and shocks as well as front shock tower supports. A quick-ratio steering box and a hearty front anti-sway bar was also fitted to the car. Later models got rear anti-sway bars. Wrapping the 15-inch 500 wheels finished with flashy running horse center caps were meaty Goodyear F60X15 Polyglas tires. Since the tires were much larger than standard tread, the front fender lips had to be cut and rolled for clearance. Enthusiast magazines mostly concurred the Boss 302 was the best-handling Mustang ever.

    The crucial job of creating the aggressive Trans-Am racer look of the Boss 302 was given to Larry Shinoda, who shaped the stunning 1963 Corvette Stingray and the Z/28 Camaro.
    Since Ford planned to give the Mustang a new, more aerodynamic shape for 1969, it made sense that the Boss identity would play well with the "new look" Mustang. All clutter, including the side scoops and medallions, was removed from the sports roof body style. In its place was a swooping, reflective "Boss 302" graphic and black hood, rear decklid and rear panel. A front spoiler was standard (window louvers called sport slats were optional, as was a rear spoiler). Eventually a popular shaker hood was added, and more color combinations were offered, although the car remained easily identifiable as a Boss Mustang.

    Fewer than 9000 Boss 302 Mustangs were produced between 1969 and 1970. Dave Tank of Phoenix was first bitten by the Boss bug as a wide-eyed 12-year-old. Nearly 30 years later he bought this restored 1970 Boss 302. As for Ford and the Mustang faithful, it took much less time to fulfill their wishes. The brutish Boss 302 beat the Z/28 Camaro by one point to win the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am championship. Glory was restored.

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  2. Shiva Chaos

    Shiva Chaos i see boobies!

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    On a side note, Visteon took delivery of a Black production '05 Mustang GT two days ago for testing. I followed it up Mercury drive.

    so hot.

    This morning I chased a Silver '05 Testbed Mustang GT on I-96.

    Very nice.
     
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    Such a hot car...

    Bring back the Boss!! :x:
     
  4. Crypto82

    Crypto82 "Aahh shes built like a Steakhouse but she handles

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    :bowdown: Nice, I am planning to seroiusly looking at a 1972 442 olie cutless:drool:
     
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    the only thing better than a BOSS 302 is a...


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    BOSS 429!
     
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    The original Boss 302 and Z/28, two cars trading a bit of muscle for better handling and higher revving V8 fun.

    :cool:
     
  7. Possum Stomper

    Possum Stomper The Great Bird of the Galaxy

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    boss 429 had such potential, kind of disappointing how it turned out

    i would kill for a 69 boss 302
     
  8. Mr. Jack

    Mr. Jack Go Fast - Turn Left

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    7000rpm "street" trim Pushrod v8's 34 years ago > 7000rpm superior technology "race" trim I-4's

    Im not a big fan of mustangs, but when its done right, its done right.

    :wackit:
     
  9. matrix243

    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    The street trim for the Boss 429 was very under tuned. But they showed great potential on the NHRA tracks used in many Ford funny cars.
     
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    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    I didn't know that the same stylist was responsible for the '63 Corvette, Z/28 and the Boss.

    :cool:
     
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    Possum Stomper The Great Bird of the Galaxy

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    RIP Larry Shinoda :wtc:
     

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