What we have here is a 1969 Mustang that was born as an H-Code car, but ended up spending a lot of time at the drag strip. Yup, it still looks pretty much stock, but the bulged hood and the bigger rear tires are clear signs that this ‘Stang was built for fast off-the-line sprints.
And don’t let the plain white body color fool you, this thing sported a proper livery at some point. Thankfully, there are a few cool traces of it on the headlamps sockets in the form of hand-painted cobra snakes.
Making things that much more interesting, all the chrome trim, including the bumpers, has been blacked out. Now that’s something you rarely see on a late-1960s Mustang, unless it’s a recently built restomod.
The interior is surprisingly stock for a car that was built with drag racing in mind. There is a rear-seat delete, but the front seats are pretty standard and there’s no roll cage in sight.
What’s under the hood, you ask? Well, the unit that replaced the original 351-cubic-inch (5.8-liter) V8 is indeed worthy of the big bulge adorning the hood. That’s because the unit in question is a notably bigger 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter).
Yes, when talking about 427-equipped Fords, we don’t usually think about the Mustang. It’s the track-ready Thunderbolt and the Fairlane 500 R-Code that come to mind. But the company did offer an engine with this displacement in the Mustang in 1968.
The unit you see here is a 427 side-oiler. There’s not a lot of info on specs and origin, but it appears to be similar to the R-Code mill that equipped the very rare and collectible Ford Fairlane 500 (1966 and 1967).
Why is it called a side-oiler? Well, in the standard 427 engine, oil was pumped to a passage under the camshaft and up to the valve train before oiling the crank.
Details aside, this 427 sounds downright amazing while idling. It also becomes quite vicious when the pedal hits the floor, but, unfortunately enough, the video below doesn’t show us the car on the go. But it’s still a cool ‘Stang to ogle at.
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