Jim Smart
September 13, 2007
Photos By: Jerry Heasley

The Details
'69 Mustang Boss 302
Owners: Harrell and Tammy Downey, Pace, FL

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Engine
Boss 302-4V V-8
347ci stroker
Boss 302 block and heads
Ported and polished heads
Custom-forged pistons, 9.0:1 compression
Steel crank
Forged I-beam rods
Balanced and blueprinted by L&R Automotive in Sante Fe Springs, California
Paxton NOVI 1200 supercharger
Barry Grant 750-cfm Mighty Demon
Port-matched Boss 302 manifold
Custom-grind mechanical 0.540/0.560-inch lift, 272/282
duration camshaft
Roller rockers
MSD ignition system

Transmission
Tremec World Class T-5 five-speed

Rearend
Currie Enterprises 9-inch
4.11 gears
31-spline axles

Exhaust
FPA headers
311/42-inch Dr. Gas dual exhaust system

Suspension
Front: Stock coil on upper arm, lowering springs
Rear: Five-leaf and 111/42 inches lower

Brakes
Front: Baer disc
Rear: Baer disc

Wheels
Front: Boyd Coddington
Smoothie II, 18x9-inch
Rear: Boyd Coddington
Smoothie II, 18x10-inch

Short-lived Ford stylist Larry Shinoda, father of the Corvette Sting Ray and the Boss 302, knew what he was doing when Ford boss Bunkie Knudsen put him on Mustang and gave him carte blanche. His approach was simple and clean, making the most of Ford's SportsRoof Mustang body.

Tires
Front: Toyo Proxes, P255/35ZR18
Rear: Toyo Proxes, P285/35ZR18

Interior
Completely stock Boss 302 standard Comfortweave interior, custom steering wheel designed to match the Coddington Smoothie II wheels, custom Hurst shifter handle

Exterior
Stock Boss 302 graphics, Wimbledon White paint

Harrell and Tammy Downey's Corral o' Cars
'69 Boss 429
'68 GT 428CJ
'69 Mach 1 428CJ
'70 Boss 302