Jerry Heasley
December 30, 2016

Is this the very best unrestored 1969 Boss 302 remaining on the planet? Bob Perkins, MCA’s technical advisor and noted Boss Mustang restorer, thinks so. “I’ve never seen a better one,” Bob says.

Greg DeCaster bought the Acapulco Blue original in the late ’80s at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona, auction, which is when the car “surfaced” in the Mustang hobby. Bob recognized the car’s incredible originality and purchased it from Greg. Over the next 25 or so years, the 302 moved from one collector to the next, each time setting a world’s record price for a 1969 Boss 302.

Bob sold the Boss to collector and friend Dick Bridges, who added the car to his collection, but eventually sold it back to Bob. Next, Bob sold the car to Dave Steine, who sold it to Richard Boeye. The current owner Richard plans to keep the unrestored original for a long time. Boeye bought the 302 for the same reason as Greg, Bob, Dick, and Dave—the car’s 100-percent original condition.

“This particular car appealed to me because it is a well-preserved example of assembly line originality,” Richard Boeye says. Like his 1969 Boss 429, Richard’s 1969 Boss 302 is for show only and will never be driven. Here, it is being loaded into Bob Perkins’ glass-walled trailer at Perkins Restoration. Richard also owns a Boss 429 that won an Authenticity award at the MCA Grand Nationals in 2015.
Look at original cars to show the paint procedure. Here’s an excellent example. Looking at the original paint reveals Dearborn Assembly blackout paint applied to the headlight buckets on this car before the Acapulco Blue. That’s what makes the headlight buckets darker than the fenders, doors, and the rest of the body. The tapeline is also reversed. Most restorers black out the headlight buckets after they paint them blue. Note: The blackout order on Dearborn Assembly Boss 302s can vary. If the second shift preferred to apply blackout paint after the exterior body color, that was their prerogative.
There are very few options on a 1969 Boss 302. Chrome Magnum wheels are optional on Richard’s Boss. The tires are the exact ones that came with this car from Dearborn Assembly: F60-15s.

“They’re only original once” is a well-known axiom in the car hobby. The presence of an age flaw here or a tiny scrape there, only serves to embellish an original car’s integrity and creates a patina that only time can craft. Collectors love original cars because nobody has messed with the car. Richard pointed out the doorjamb that has an oil-change sticker dated 1986, which shows a little more than 25,000 miles.

“In the last 30 years, the car has been driven less than 500 miles. It’s been owned by people that just wanted to preserve the car’s originality,” Bob says. He had the chance to pore over the Boss 302 at the MCA Grand Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this past September 2016. “It’s 100-percent original paint, 100-percent exterior, 100-percent undercarriage, 100-percent original under the hood, with no detailing and never messed with.”

Dearborn Assembly applied the blackout paint and pin striping on the hood and rear deck lid after body color on this car. Only original paint can show the procedure for each specific car.
The engine compartment is a blueprint for a Boss 302 restoration.
Ford did not sell this original Dearborn Assembly radiator cap over the counter. Originals like this one bring upwards of $750 due to their unique shape and small center rivet, which is usually brass.

But, what about those tires? “They are still the original four no-size Goodyear Polyglas tires that came on the car new,” Bob says. “That right there tells you something.” Original tires mean that somebody had been very careful with this Boss 302. How many of the 1,628 Boss 302 new-car buyers could resist burning rubber? Somehow, this car escaped tire-shredding abuse.

Bob checked under the hood, too. “There’s not another 1969 Boss 302 I’ve seen with all that stuff under the hood.” One of the bell ringers of originality on a 1969 Boss 302 engine is the Autolite heater hose, which features unique routing. “See, the standard heater hose wouldn’t work on a Boss because of the Cleveland heads, so the factory had to take the hose that was stuck in the firewall and cut it and put a tube in there,” Bob says. “This 302 has the original tubes and even the aluminum tie strap by the clamps.” Because a Boss 302 is high performance and limited production—just 1,628 built for 1969—these parts really separate original condition from restored.

Richard is quick to admit he is not a Boss 302 expert, but he is a car connoisseur. He appreciates the integrity of the past owners and the Mustang Club of America’s judges and judging sheets, which are extremely detailed to point out the originality of a vintage Mustang. Therefore, he was delighted to win MCA’s “Platinum Award” for Best Unrestored Mustang for 19641/2 through 1973 models at the MCA Grand Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Here’s an original Group 24 battery, as it came in the car.
This 1969 Boss 302 came with the standard interior, which includes a two-spoke steering wheel. The standard seats are mint with no signs of wear.
Mileage has not moved much over the last 30 years. The eight-grand in-dash tachometer was stock.
The MCA awarded Richard plus-10 points for paperwork, which includes the window sticker, invoice, warranty card, bill of sale, keychain, drive-off tag, visor-starting instructions, and original owner’s manual.
This collection of oil-change stickers track the mileage through the years and shows how well the car was cared for. The owner changed the oil every 1,000 to 2,000 miles.

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