Jim Smart
September 1, 2002

Have you ever wanted to do something different? Break from the routine? Turn down a road you've never been down before? Fly in the baggage hold? Sit on your neighbor's basement toilet? Park in the boss' space? Shop at the supermarket on the other side of town? Build a Mustang no one else has?

You will understand Ed Aldrich perfectly. This is the Mustang Ed built in his mind, and liked what he saw in vivid color. His canvas was a '69 Mustang SportsRoof, a dishwater-boring, six-cylinder fastback in need of a life. Ed wanted the BOSS look without the BOSS 'tude. He hauled the car to Walden's Auto Body in Shingle Springs, California, for a swift change of pace. Walden Auto Body worked the steel and applied liberal doses of Fords '95 Ultra Violet in basecoat/clearcoat. Graphic Epress nearby created the '70 BOSS stripes with one minor change: "Plum 302”" where you would normally find "BOSS 302." Ed had Graphic Express create special "MUSTANG" graphics for the decklid, which really look sharp.

What may surprise you is Ed's approach to the rest of the car. A stock 302ci small-block was installed where the original 250ci six once was. Despite this engine's striking appearance, it is dead stock in nature except for Edelbrock induction and Holley carburetion. Check out the exceptional workmanship.

When Ed hits the road, he does it with a four-speed Hurst shifter in hand. Call this a very simple, inexpensive approach to looking good while you drive. Ed invested his money wisely in a terrific appearance package without the hellish expense of a high-buck mill. It's good for cruising because it gets our attention without the "rumpity-rump-rump" of an expensive high-performance engine. The stock 302 delivers reliability, which is what you want in a mild restomod.

Those are American Racing Vector wheels on the ground, wrapped in Goodyear P215/70-14 Wing Foot radials. Because Ed wanted a smooth ride, predictable handling, and just the right ride height, he went with stock suspension components with gas shocks. Believe it or not, manual drum brakes remain on all four corners. Call it conservative cruising nearly anyone can afford.

Ed spends time with his son Bobby, who is more partial to the '74-’78 Mustang II than earlier classic Mustangs. Bobby has a "Mustang II Stallion" restomod and a Cobra II just for good measure. In fact, Bobby was instrumental in the development and construction of his dad's "Plum 302." And if you ask us, that's just plum terrific.

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