1306 Tuned Up June 2013 1969 Ford Mustang
Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
October 10, 2013

Project cars come and go during a magazine's lifetime, and in most instances, when one leaves, it makes room for another. While myself and tech editor Mark Houlahan continue to make strides in completing projects Colt of Personality and Project Generation Gap respectively, next month, we will bid farewell to our High School Hauler '70 Mustang project. It's owner, and author of the project's very first installment, Justin Cesler, is looking to part with the Pony to fund a business venture that will have him sharing a great deal more of his excellent photography and witty editorial commentary with Modified Mustangs & Fords readers in the future.

The project took a budget-minded and classically styled approach to modifying a car, and served its purpose well. However, its departure frees up some space for some other projects, one of which will involve a number of drag racing-oriented tech articles based on a '66 Ford Fairlane. Rusty Gillis at Gillis Performance Restorations has been storing the Fairlane for some time while he works toward completing his '68 restomod Mustang coupe—both of these cars were on MM&F's June '12 cover. Geared at the Super Stock ranks, we'll be looking to make some track-only modifications to the Fairlane, and you'll be seeing some tech articles on the eye-searing-red Mustang coupe as well.

Beyond that, I recently acquired a '69 Mustang SportsRoof that I'll be fixing, modifying, and upgrading to a proper Modified Mustangs & Fords level. Records that I received with the Mustang show regular oil changes well into the 220,000-mile range, and I think there may even be a couple of receipts suggesting that the 302 under the hood may not be original. The body certainly shows a lot of "experience," and the excessive amount of rodent droppings on the inside indicates an indefinite idle state. I'm thinking that perhaps a first-person perspective about my own experiences working on the car might make for some enlightening reading—or at the very least, something to pass the time with while on the throne. It looks like replacing the rear sheetmetal (all of it) may be first on the list. How hard can it be? We're about to find out.

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