Jeff Ford
July 1, 2000

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For Kurt Heber of Palm Bay, Florida, this Winter Blue '69 convertible made for a good substitute. You see, Kurt went looking for a '70 convertible but ended up finding a '69. Kurt found the car in a nearby Florida town, and we were told the typical story.

"About three years ago, I was looking for a '70 Mustang convertible to purchase and restore when I came across this '69," Kurt explained. "It was owned by a man in Webster, Florida. The car was completely taken apart because he was in the process of restoring it. The Mustang had been painted and was ready for reassembly, but because the man was working on several projects, he decided to sell the car."

For the other fellow's trouble, Kurt received this '69 Winter Blue convertible with medium blue Deluxe interior. Kurt told us an interesting tidbit about the interior. "The original seats are Deluxe all-vinyl, which seems to be kind of unusual. I have spoken with parts suppliers about getting new seat covers and was told that they have never seen that particular cover before." Ah, the trials of having the odd part. Even so, Kurt soldiered on and finished up the interior.

As for the rest of the option contents, the drivetrain is powerful yet subdued. Out front is the reliable, torquey 351 Windsor 2V that is backed by Ford's pedestrian FMX automatic trans. Bringing up the rear is a 2.75 conventional axle—definitely an unsuitable gear for a stoplight bandit. So what? The car is a convertible and is therefore exempt from the trials of defending the Ford honor in any other way than looking good. For convenience, Ford saw fit to add power steering and power disc brakes, making the car a superfine cruiser rather than a boulevard basher.

Outside is a hoodscoop and racing mirrors, giving the car a powerful flair that belies the soft rear gear. Kurt added even more machismo by substituting the wheel covers and stock wheels for a set of flashy Styled Steels and raised-white-letter tires. During the assembly of the car, his wife, Connie, and son, Rob, were a huge help—assisting where they were needed to make the assembly run even smoother.

To us, the car is anything but dowdy, even with the low-performance FMX and super-slab rear gear. Its outside denotes all the passion a scoop, racing mirrors, white top, Styled Steel wheels, and Winter Blue paint can muster. In short, the car is appealing—even for a substitute.