Jerry Heasley
May 1, 2004

When John Woodhead decided to beef up his Ford collection with the ultimate '60s musclecar, the Boss 429 was his obvious selection. This is high praise for the Boss, coming from a man whose Ford heritage extends back to 1904 when his grandfather sold new Fords for Henry himself. In 1912, the family got their own Ford dealership, which they kept until 1967.

John decided to keep the Ford flame alive in his family by starting his own collection, spanning 1903 (the year of the first Ford) to the present. Starting with a 1903 Model A, the Woodhead Collection, as it is called, uses about 60 carefully selected models in a wide range of body styles from one marque, Ford, to represent the evolution of the automobile in the 20th century.

The Boss 429 was an automatic selection. What wasn't so easy was finding the right car. Do you remember the Boss 429 engine-detailing article in our Nov. '96 issue? It was John's lead. He saw the pictures and noticed the engine was the more exotic S-variety, so he called the engine's restorer, Bob Perkins, to inquire about the engine and the car it would power. At first, Bob didn't want to sell because it was going into a Black Jade '69 Boss 429 for his own collection.

But Bob told John he would sell the Boss 429 if "this other Boss 429" he wanted more came up for sale. Several months later, it did, and Woodhead got the chance to buy one of the best restored Boss 429s in existence.

The black Boss 429 is meticulously restored with N.O.S. parts. Plus, the restoration started from a 6,700-mile original, which still rested on its factory Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. The main problem was the engine. It had blown up early in the car's life, which is why this Boss 429 had such a low odometer reading. The body was in great shape, needing only new paint. Bob could handle the engine with his N.O.S. parts inventory. The upholstery and carpet were like new and needed nothing. On the bottom side, Bob replaced the bare steel suspension pieces with N.O.S. parts, such as the lower control arms, tie rod ends, and strut rods. He re-phosphated the rear leaf springs and brought the car up to thoroughbred status.

The result is a Black Jade Boss 429 that could be the finest restored '69 Boss 429 in the world. That's apropos because it's on display in one of the finest Ford collections in the world.

Editor's Note: If your Mustang club would like to view The Woodhead Collection and perhaps even hold your car show there, call 612/972-3522 to set up an appointment. You can see this Boss 429, as well as Model Ts, Model As, early Ford V-8s, Falcons, Fairlanes, Thunderbirds, and even a Maverick and a Pinto. The collection is located on wooded acres on the outskirts of Minneapolis.