Miles Cook
March 1, 2004
Photos By: Jeff Ford

An orthodontist by day, Bob Ford is a dyed-in-the-wool Mustang buff in his off hours-a dedicated enthusiast in every sense of the word. This handsome '72 Mach 1 is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bob's interest in Mustangs.

About his "big" Mach 1, Bob says, "I was the original owner of a '72 Mach 1 that was the same color as this car. I lost the car when my house burned to the ground in 1988. About six years ago, I found this car in great shape with only 63,000 miles on it. Although this Mach 1 was yellow when I found it, its original color is the same as the car lost in the fire. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to get that first car back, in a sense; so I restored it to the original color."

A three-year resto project, Bob also added several N.O.S. parts to the Mach in an effort to keep it as original as possible. They include a front grille with sport lamps, parking lights, side marker lights, taillights, hood hinges, the ram-air system, and new front fenders. He also added a tilt steering column with a rim-blow horn switch in the wheel, an upgrade from a standard to a deluxe interior, an AM/FM stereo radio, a fold-down rear seat, and a space-saver tire-a practical update since the trunks are relatively small in these "big" '71-'73 SportsRoof Mustangs.

Bob also changed the two-barrel 351 Cleveland to four-barrel status by adding 4V heads, exhaust manifolds, and the correct four-barrel carburetor.

A lucky youngster, Bob's first car was a Grabber Yellow '70 Mach 1. That car was sold when he married, but his love of Mustangs never faded, as he also currently owns a '73 Mach 1. Bob is into the late-model side of the hobby as well, with the '94 Cobra Indy Pace Car convertible he drives around his hometown of Ocala, Florida, on a daily basis. It's number 26 of the 1,002 cars produced.

Bob is a true Mustang lover, and it runs in the family. In addition to having the "Ford" surname, he told us, "My father worked for Ford for 34 years as an engineer. Our family had a new Mustang every year from 1965 to 1970. When I had the yellow Mach 1, my mother had one, too. They looked pretty cool in the driveway together."

Now, there's a visual we can all relate to.