Jim Smart
August 16, 2010

We give Scott a lot of credit for the Mach's condition today. That's the original Candyapple Red enamel finish. Check out the fit of the door and fender gaps. The doorjambs have all of the original stickers and the warranty plate; the Shaker scoop has the original die-cast Cobra Jet script. When Scott went drag racing, these Styled Steel wheels were carefully stowed away for safekeeping. The only things that have changed are the BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, which make the car ideal for cruising today.

Of course, cruising isn't always easy when you have a 3.91 Traction-Lok. Expect to sacrifice at the tachometer, which Scott does willingly. Remember, this car was born for drag racing. These drag-race cogs push the 428 Super Cobra Jet at freeway speeds. When it's time to cruise the drag around town, 3.91 gears are terrific for showing off in blazing, traffic-light-to-traffic-light performance.

The truth is, you'll rarely see Scott and his Mach 1 cruising Colorado's high plateau because he's committed to keeping the car as original as possible. He's noticeably proud of the car's racing history, dovetailed into its pristine condition-something few die-hard drag racers ever achieve. It's almost impossible to believe the car's knitted/vinyl sports interior is the original material and stitching-done by Ford 38 years ago. Do you like the molded twin-pod dashboard and instrument panel? They've never been removed from the car. Ford's C6 Select-Shift takes the thinking out of driving, especially along the front range of Colorado's Rockies. These high-back bucket seats are as comfortable as they were when Scott was handed the keys nearly four decades ago.

Scott enjoys his own reality-the psychological element that goes with being 50 and still owning your first car. Having the car you drove to high school is special-an old friend you've been with all of your life. For Scott, it's just another day with his high school sweetheart.

The Details
'69 Mustang Mach 1
Owner: Scott Main, Englewood, CO

428ci Super Cobra Jet V-8
4.13-inch bore, 3.98-inch stroke
Nodular-iron crankshaft
Forged I-beam connecting rods
Cast pistons
Holley 4150-C, 735-cfm
Ram air with Shaker scoop

C6 Select-Shift automatic

3.91 gears
31-spline axles

Stock dual exhaust system
Transverse muffler
2-1/4-inch pipes

Front: Coilover upper arm with gas shocks and 1-inch sway bar
Rear: Five-leaf heavy-duty springs with gas shocks

Front: Stock disc
Rear: Stock drum

Front: Chrome Styled Steel, 14x6-inch
Rear: Chrome Styled Steel, 14x6-inch

Front: BFGoodrich Radial T/A, P235/70R14
Rear: BFGoodrich Radial T/A, P235/70R14

Factory-original knitted/vinyl sports interior in black with red appointments

Original Ford Candyapple Red enamel with factory Mach 1 graphics