Jim Smart
October 18, 2006

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Boss 302 Facts

  • 1969 production: 1,628 at Dearborn assembly plant
  • 1970 production: 7,013 at Dearborn and Metuchen, New Jersey
  • Street versions built to meet SCCA Trans-Am homologation requirements
  • Boss 302 development mule was a '68 Mustang GT hardtop
  • Stripes, front spoiler, and optional window slats and rear spoiler designed by Larry Shinoda, who also created the Boss name
  • Boss 302 engine has a unique four-bolt main block with screw-in freeze plugs that originated with the '68 302 Tunnel Port engine
  • Boss 302 cylinder heads are poly-angle valve 351C castings machined for the 302 block
  • Boss 302 connecting rod is basically a 289 C3AE forging with 3/8-inch bolts. The 289/302 used 5/16-inch rod bolts
  • No Shaker hoodscoop for 1969
  • Optional Shaker hoodscoop for 1970
  • Special pulley sizing for high-revs, including larger alternator pulley
  • Autolite In-Line Four-Barrel Carburetor disapproved by the SCCA
  • Reinforced big-block shock towers
  • Kelsey-Hayes single-piston front disc brakes
  • Staggered rear shocks
  • Front and rear sway bars
  • Heavy-duty front spindles
  • Ford deleted quarter scoops on '69 Boss 302
  • Ford shifter used on '69 Boss 302, Hurst for 1970
  • Ford Top Loader four-speed
  • Nodular iron "N" case 9-inch Traction Lok with 3.50:1, 3.91:1, or 4.30:1 ratio
  • Won '70 Trans-Am championship with cars built by Bud Moore and drivers, Parnelli Jones and George Follme