Modified Mustangs & Fords
1970 Mustang SportsRoof - One Boss Boss
This Boss Tribute Sets A New Standard
When Tim Albers began this '70 Mustang project he wanted to create a car that paid homage to the pinnacle of design excellence achieved when Ford introduced the SportsRoof Mustang. The highest incarnation of this car was offered by Ford as the Boss 429 in 1969 and 1970. The cars came equipped with the purpose-built "Blue Crescent" race engine designed specifically with NASCAR in mind. The big Boss cars carried a distinctive hoodscoop and chin spoiler to distinguish it from the others of the breed, but little else by way of embellishment was used or required. The Boss cars were all business and they didn't need a lot of decoration to advertise their special status.
Tim wanted to preserve this visual heritage while breaking some new ground in the technology department. He wanted a car that would run as hard as a Boss 429. However, that engine is 40 years old now and it would be both expensive and difficult to duplicate the exotic powerplant today. In addition, Tim was after enhanced reliability. When he finally chose his engine option he certainly did take advantage of all that modern technology has to offer for maximizing induction potential. Tim chose to go with the 32-valve supercharged GT500 crate engine offered by Ford Racing Performance Parts. By adding a Whipple 3.4L supercharger upgrade we're talking in the area of 750 horsepower on tap, which goes way beyond the original Boss 429 ratings or even that of a new Shelby G.T. 500 for that matter.
The project started with a garden-variety '70 Mustang SportsRoof Mustang, which came originally equipped with a 302 V-8 and a C4 three-speed automatic transmission combination. Rob Camp's C&S Performance of Plano, Texas, did the hard work and it began by disassembling the car completely. Years of accumulated damage meant that all exterior sheetmetal would have to be replaced in addition to the floorpans. While the body and structural work was being completed the rear wheelhouses were enlarged using Martz chassis sections. To eliminate the shock towers and provide advanced suspension geometry, a Martz front chassis and suspension kit was used. This created enough room to install the DOHC 32-valve engine. A complete rollcage ties the two sections together while the floorpan was modified to accept the larger Tremec T-6060 six-speed transmission.
Once all of the mechanical and structural work was completed, the paint aspect of the project began. The color was chosen to reflect the Ford corporate color but a metallic component was added. The Boss 429 hoodscoop and tailpanel were painted in Argent Silver. With the suspension adjusted for stance, and the wide rubber planting the car to the ground, the look is both modern and traditional at the same time.
The car carries the hoodscoop and front spoiler just as the original Boss did, but the side lettering has been subtly changed to reflect the correct engine displacement. In that aspect the car is true to the Boss 429 formula. It's the larger wheels and wide rubber that give this Boss tribute its modern flavor, and we'd have to say that Tim has the modern and traditional blend just right. Apparently, others agree with us. When the car was unveiled at the Mid America Ford and Shelby Meet in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it wowed the crowd and took top honors in both the Modified Mustang class as well as Best of Show. We salute Tim's awesome project as one of the finest Modified Mustangs that we have ever seen.