Brad Bowling
August 1, 2007
Photos By: Jerry Heasley

Knowing the historical value and rarity of his Grabber Blue Boss, Dan is overprotective at times. "I was so nervous about bringing it to the debut in Birmingham that I had somebody else drive the truck. I don't plan to take it to many shows-probably no more than two or three a year."

That means that if you see Dan's car on display at an event any time soon, spend some time taking it all in. It's one of the few chances you will have to enjoy a new '70 Boss 302.

Trans Am For The Street
When the Boss 302 came out for 1969, Hot Rod magazine said it was "definitely the best-handling car Ford has ever built." Motor Trend called it "the word of our time...good, only better, fuller, rounder, and more intense." The street version of Ford's Trans Am racer was available to the public for less than $3,400-that's reasonable at only $800 more than a base six-cylinder Mustang coupe.

For that extra money, a '70 Boss 302 buyer received a G-code 302 with Cleveland heads, large canted valves, a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, a high-rise aluminum intake manifold, a 780-cfm Holley carburetor, and a dual-point distributor that put out an advertised yet understated 290 hp. Two manual four-speeds were available: a wide-ratio box for the strip and close-ratio gearing for the road course.

The front suspension received 350-pound high-rate springs, heavy-duty shock absorbers, and a stabilizer bar. The Hotchkiss-type rear had 150-pound leaf springs and a staggered shock arrangement with a stabilizer bar. Front disc brakes were mandatory, and steering was a quick 16:1. Standard F60x15 tires were mounted on 15x7-inch wheels with flat "corporate" hubcaps, although many Boss 302s received the optional Magnum 500s. Space-saver spares, labeled 7.35, were standard issue.

Ford designer Larry Shinoda left his mark on the '70 Boss 302 body with its black-striped hood (paint in the center and tape stripes on the outside), chin spoiler, black taillamp bezels and panel, color-keyed dual racing mirrors, and blacked-out decklid. Reflective "hockey stick" tape striping incorporated "Boss 302" callouts on the fenders. A Shaker hoodscoop, Sport Slats, and a rear wing were optional.

Model: '70 Boss 302
Price: $3,{{{720}}}
Options: $65 Shaker hoodscoop, $43 Traction-Lok rear axle, $20 Adjustable rear spoiler
Competition: {{{Pontiac Firebird}}} Trans Am (325hp, 350-cid H.O.)
{{{Chevrolet Camaro}}} SS (325hp, 396-cid Turbo-Jet)