Joe Greeves
March 19, 2014

The modernization effort continued inside, beginning with quarter-inch foil-backed polyurethane heat and sound insulation along with an additional layer of Dynamat on the floors. One of the problems with the '69 was the roll up side windows that were glued into the channel. When Bill got the car, they were misaligned and glued at the wrong spot. Attempting to readjust them resulted in a pile of broken glass inside the door panel. Bill solved the problem by buying 1970 glass channels that were bolt-ins and they worked perfectly with no wind noise inside. The thigh-bolster buckets came from an '89 Mustang GT, fitted with '69-style covers from TMI Products. The rear seat was covered to match.

Making a solid connection between car and driver is the wood-rimmed Grant wheel on the ididit tilt column. A Rally Pac-style gauge cluster holds an Auto Meter tach and an AEM Air/Fuel Ratio gauge. The instrument panel uses white faced, electro luminescent gauges that change color but Bill plans to swap them soon for a new Dakota Digital package. The modern Pioneer stereo powers four 6-inch mids in the doors and rear package tray along with additional tweeters positioned in the doors and the original central dash location. The Scosche amplifier and Sony 10-CD player are concealed behind a panel in the trunk. Rounding out the grand touring amenities are the power windows, satellite radio, cruise control, remote-controlled door locks, and a security system.

The Wimbledon White exterior is essentially stock with its satin black Mach 1 hood insert and side stripes along with Tri-Bar headlights, the distinctive second set of Delta Xenon lights in the grille, hood turn signal indicators, hoodpins, and chin spoiler. Bill added sequential taillights and rectangular exhaust tips cut into the rear pan. The car rolls on Coys 17x8 inch rims up front and 17x9s in the rear wrapped in Pirelli PZero Nero all-season rubber.

The completed car has become the perfect occasional driver and a regular on the show circuit. It's also a continuous work in progress whenever Bill feels like spending time in the "Taj Garage." Bill is a charter member of the Daytona Mustang Club and a former president, as well as the current MCA liaison for the club. Bill and Ruth genuinely embody the Mustang spirit and enjoy driving the cars that brought them together.

The Details

Ruth and Bill Dean's 1969 Mustang Mach 1

Windsor 351 V-8, now 408ci by Raabe Racing Enterprises (Ormond Beach Florida)
4.030-inch bore
4.00-inch stroke
Eagle nodular cast iron crank and chrome-moly connecting rods
Summit forged pistons
Comp Cams hydraulic roller tappet camshaft
Air Flow Research 185 aluminum heads, ported and polished
Holley 770-cfm vacuum secondary carb with K&N filter
Edelbrock Air Gap intake
MSD 6AL ignition and plug wires
SPAL dual electric fans
March pulley system

'78 Ford AOD built by Stan's Transmissions (Daytona Beach, FL)
Lentech valvebody with full manual control and Lentech shift kit

Ford 9-inch
Detroit limited-slip differential
3.50 gears
Stock Ford axles

Hedman headers
Flowmaster mufflers
2½-inch dual exhaust

Front: Stock with Monroe shocks and Shelby modified control arms
Rear: Subframe connectors, 1-inch Ford lowering springs, and KYB gas adjustable shock absorbers

Front: Baer disc, 13-inch rotors
Rear: Baer disc, 13-inch rotors

Front: Coys C-67, 17x8, three-bar spinner caps
Rear: Coys C-67, 17x9, three-bar spinner caps

Front: Pirelli PZero Nero All Season P225/45ZR17
Rear: Pirelli PZero Nero All Season P245/45ZR17

Sound and heat insulation throughout; '89 Mustang thigh-bolster seats with '69-style covers from TMI, rear seat recovered to match; wood-rimmed Grant wheel, Rally Pac-style gauge cluster with Auto Meter tach and AEM Air/Fuel ratio gauge, white-faced, electro luminescent instrument package; Pioneer stereo with mids in the doors and rear package tray with additional tweeters in the doors and central dash location, amp and CD player in the trunk

Tri-Bar headlights; Delta lights in the grille; hood pins; chin spoiler; sequential taillights and rectangular exhaust tips cut into the rear pan; Wimbledon White with satin black Mach 1 accents sprayed by a custom shop in Douglasville, Georgia, no longer in business