Barn Find: A '69 Mach 1 Saved from the Junk Pile
If you grew up in the muscle car era, there’s a good chance that at one point you owned a pony car and an even better chance that now you want one back. Dan Bailey did– a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1– and he finally got hold of another one, but in an unlikely place. From under a pile of junk. Bailey had his eye on one particular ’69 Mach 1 for ten years, but after the owner refused to sell year after year, Bailey had given up the fight. The owner, a man named Raymond, was in the air conditioning business and at one point made a service trip to Bailey’s home. He saw Bailey’s own ’73 Mach 1 and mentioned his son, Shawn, had one just like it, peaking Bailey’s interest into what might be a second chance at a coveted ’69.
He phoned up Raymond a couple times each year asking whether the Mach 1 was for sale, and for ten years it wasn’t, but for good reason. It was the first car that Shawn owned when he was younger, and he had planned to restore the vehicle.
But then earlier this year, Shawn – having not been able to get in touch with Bailey – offered to sell the car to a man in Kansas City, Missouri. As fate would have it, the man never showed and Bailey called Raymond up one last time.
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Raymond directed Bailey to its location – an old barn, perched on the bluffs of the Missouri River – where he found the Champagne Gold Mach 1 just barely peaking out of a mound of junk. From the factory it bore an M-code 351 4V high-compression engine mated up to four-speed manual gearbox, but unsurprisingly it needed a substantial amount of work. The body required new floor pans, quarter panels, and the car lacked its calling-card V8 engine, or any engine to speak of.
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With the stipulation that Bailey wasn’t going to flip the car, the two struck a deal for the Mustang – $500. And strangely enough, some local research even dug up its numbers-matching V8 mill. Some things are just made to work out.
Source: Mustang 360