Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 10, 2014
Photos By: Owners

Budget-Built Boss

What Mustang fanatic doesn't want a Boss 302 in their garage, right? Well when Michael Hall of London, Kentucky, finished restoring his '65 Mustang convertible he decided that the next project he and his daughter, Jayne, would work on was a '70 Boss 302. They opted to build a clone to keep the project within their budget. They found the '70 SportsRoof on the Internet; 302 small-block, four-speed, power disc brakes and all. The duo added Magnum 500s, front and rear spoilers, rear window slats, a Traction-Lok rear, and of course the correct Boss graphics. "A year later, our car turned out to be the next best thing to owning a real Boss," Michael tells us.


The Doctor is In

There have been countless TV shows and movies with Mustangs in them. Rossmoor, California's Steve Excovedo knows this all too well having worked for 20th Century Fox Studios for over three decades. One of his favorite shows was the medical drama, Trapper John M.D (a spin-off of the movie MASH, and not the TV show M*A*S*H), where a recurring character drove a baby blue '66 Mustang convertible. When the series ended in 1986, Steve purchased one of the two studio cars used on the series and restored it (changing the color during the work) with the help of Mustang Country in Paramount, California.


Special Surprise

Jeff and Maggie Brooke-Stewart of Leesburg, Florida, had been considering a modern Mustang GT/CS for a while when they stumbled upon an '07 Grabber Orange "Boss" convertible at their local Ford dealer. Knowing that there was no such thing in 2007, the couple stopped to take a closer look. Upon further inspection it appeared to be an honest-to-God GT/CS that someone had removed all of the GT/CS graphics from and installed the "Boss" motif. They liked the shaker hood and hood stripes, deciding to leave them installed, but had the dealer's body shop install new Ford GT/CS graphics. "It is number 22 of 46 manufactured in Grabber Orange and she loves it! You never know what you might find," Jeff stated.


Terrific Trio

Like many families, Mustang ownership often takes a backseat so that a family can be raised and houses maintained via a pickup truck or even a minivan. This was just such the case for Bob Johnson and his wife. Having owned a '69 Grandé and several V-8 Fox Mustangs it wasn't until a few years ago a Mustang returned to the Johnson driveway with the '08 GT seen here. The '66 hardtop was found next in a farmer's yard needing plenty of work. Meanwhile, the '14 GT convertible replaced Bob's wife's daily driver Saturn. She said she wanted an economical sports car and the new Mustang certainly covers all the bases there!


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