Perry tells us that the paint...
Perry tells us that the paint and body was the most difficult aspect of the project. We like Perry’s choice of Signal Green for his decidedly different ’69 Mach 1. It reminds us of the Grabber Colors and when combined with the factory-like graphics, the look is both stock and custom simultaneously. Although the car is an original Mach 1, the stripes definitely have a Boss flavor to them.
Perry Crawford of Valley Springs, California, has grown more than comfortable with his '69 Mustang Mach 1. After all, he's had about 25 years to get used to the power, comfort, and style offered by this popular incarnation of the SportsRoof Mustang. Like many of us, Perry fell in love with Mustangs at an early age. He describes the car as a lifelong project that began when his father helped him buy the then bone stock Mach 1 when he was only 18 years old. From that point on, his love for the car has grown by leaps and bounds and he says that this "dream of a car" has always been a big part of his life. Over the years, the Mach 1 has clearly changed as Perry's personal taste began to transform the Mustang, and one of the major changes can't be seen unless you open the hood.
Back in 1969 if you ordered a Mach 1 from your local Ford dealer you had a choice of three different engines. The minimum choice was the new-for-the-year 351 Windsor engine, in either 2V or 4V trim. Similar to the existing 302 engine, it gained its additional displacement by using a taller deck height. The next choice up the performance ladder was the 390 FE big-block. Sometimes called the Thunderbird V-8, 1969 would be the last year for availability of the 390 in the Mustang. The top of the performance heap for that year's Mach 1 was the continuation of the 1968 NHRA Winter Nationals-winning engine, the infamous 428 Cobra Jet. However, the one engine that was not available among them was the engine Perry was most interested in, the 351 Cleveland.
In 1970, the Cleveland became available in the Mustang, in both 2V and 4V versions; so dropping a fresh canted-valve Cleveland into the '69 body wasn't much of a stretch. The improved performance theme has been carried out throughout the car with vastly improved suspension, braking, and safety enhancements.
It also seems that Perry has a knack for spreading the Mustang bug around because now his wife, Stephanie, is a dedicated Mustang enthusiast, and he would like to thank her for all of her support over the years when it came to the subject of Mustang madness. Together, Perry and Stephanie use their car for pleasure outings every chance they get. After seeing the pleasure that Perry and Stephanie derived from the ownership of their Mustang, Perry's brother has joined the club with the purchase of a '66 Mustang coupe. The dominos began to fall as next, his brother-in-law bought a '65 Mustang hardtop, while his boss went out and bought a '66 Mustang 2+2. It seems clear that Perry's love and enthusiasm for Mustangs is truly contagious and we applaud his efforts both in spreading the classic Ford hobby and for the creation of this uniquely modified Mustang.
Obviously a lot of effort...
Obviously a lot of effort has gone into the interior of this Mustang. Starting with the already nice factory deluxe interior, Perry has added carefully upholstered Recarro bucket seats, adding both comfort and safety. The expertly customized console, when combined with the Flaming River steering wheel and Ford Racing tachometer and gauges, creates a comfortable all-business atmosphere.
Perry and Stephanie Crawford's '69 Mustang Mach 1
- 351 Cleveland 4V
- 4.00-inch bore
- 3.50-inch stroke
- Factory cylinder heads
- Stock crankshaft
- Keith Black forged aluminum pistons
- Comp Cams valvetrain
- Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft, 0.566 lift, 224 degrees duration, 110-degree lobe center
- Edelbrock Performer 351C intake manifold
- Edelbrock 750cfm four-barrel carburetor
- Hunt distributor
- Ford Racing valve covers
The car has a nice lowered...
The car has a nice lowered stance, but not too radical. The 15-inch American Racing wheels are a conservative and good-looking upgrade from the original 14-inch wheels. We definitely like the exhaust arrangement, which is reminiscent of earlier GT Mustangs with both the quad tips and exiting through the rear valance panel.
- Borg Warner T10 four-speed manual
- Ford heavy-duty clutch
- 9-inch axle housing
- Traction-Lok differential
- 31-spline axles
- 3.50 gears
- Sanderson headers
- 2 1/2-inch dual exhaust
- Flowmaster mufflers
The geography underhood is...
The geography underhood is clearly Cleveland style, and all other details are nicely squared away. Because the Cleveland V-8 shares the same engine mounting points and bellhousing patterns with Windsor V-8s, the swap was a drop in deal. The color-keyed engine and chrome/polished accessories add just the right amount of “bling” to the underhood real estate.
- Front: Factory control arms, 620-lb/in rated coil springs, KYB gas shocks, Monte Carlo bar, heavy-duty antisway bar
- Rear: Mid-eye leaf springs, KYB gas shocks
- Front: Wilwood disc, 11-inch cross drilled and slotted rotor, four-piston caliper
- Rear: Wilwood disc, 11-inch cross-drilled and slotted rotor, four-piston caliper
- Front: American Racing, 15x8
Rear: American Racing, 15x8
- Front: Dunlop SP Sport 8000, P225/50R15
- Rear: Dunlop SP Sport 8000, P245/50R15
- Recaro bucket seats, custom black upholstery, Ford Racing gauges, full color-keyed rollcage, Flaming River D Wheel steering wheel, Flaming River tilt-steering column, Alpine stereo system
- DuPont Signal Green basecoat/clearcoat paint, OE Mach 1 hood, custom Boss 351 graphics, front and rear spoilers