Jerry Heasley
February 1, 2000

What do you do when your '70 Mach 1 isn't equipped the way you want it? If you are Dan Goebel, you ditch the entire idea and buy a Boss 302. But first you go through a learning process. You buy that shiny set of Magnum wheels, those classy rear window louvers, and that racy-looking rear decklid spoiler. You track down N.O.S. parts for the restoration and dream of what your upgraded and restored Mach 1 will look like. Then when all is said and done, you realize what you really want is a Boss 302 and you proceed to go wild for stripes and everything Boss-right down to the valve covers.

Dan, who works for a Ford dealer in Boonville, Indiana, found his Boss in 1995. Amazingly, he actually got the color he wanted-Wimbledon White-which is rare in the Boss series. The engine was in "pretty sad shape," Dan explained, but the body was straight, the car was complete, and best of all, it was rust-free. It made an easy restoration with the plethora of N.O.S. parts and pieces Dan had rounded up for the Mach 1.

One worry was a rattle coming from the cowl area behind the dash. What could it be? When Dan disassembled his Boss 302 in the restoration, he pulled the heater case apart to install a new core. To his surprise, he found an original set of car keys for his Boss. Apparently, these keys had slid down the vent in the dash when the car was brand-new because they were still attached to the original dealer key ring with a tag that read "demo."

Curious, Dan called the dealer, Lewis Ford, which is still in business in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The dealership immediately remembered that one of the sons of the owner picked this white Boss off the lot to drive as a demo. He drove it so long it wasn't sold until February 1971.

With this Boss, Dan got lots of standard features not found on his Mach 1, such as a much wilder set of side stripes, a four-speed transmission, and a 9-inch differential. Optional surprises included a set of 3.91 digger gears and a shaker hoodscoop. Intermittent wipers were a rare accessory that Dan added from his collection of N.O.S. parts. To top it off, this is a tach Boss and it also has an AM/FM stereo.

Much more difficult to spot is the 140-mph speedometer, which is common to Shelbys of the era. Bosses came with 120-mph speedometers. Dan changed the mileage on this new gauge to match the car's correct 53,000-odometer reading. He also swapped the 3.91s for a set of 3.50s-all the better to take advantage of his Shelby speedometer at track functions.

Inside, Dan's Boss has the Deluxe interior, which doesn't look much different from that of a Mach 1. It even has the Rally clock option-most commonly seen on Mach 1s-but Dan can assure you, this is not a Mach 1.