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Mustang Monthly - - CONTENTS - Rob Kin­nan

THIS MONTH’S COVER THEME IS A DOU­BLE-HEADER. The first sub­ject is about an orig­i­nal and al­most en­tirely com­plete 1970 Mach 1 Su­per Co­bra Jet Mus­tang that was just re­cently un­cov­ered af­ter decades and pulled out of a le­git­i­mate barn to once again see the light of day, and the other sub­ject is all about the best car events of the com­ing year.

First off, since Rare Finds is al­ways a very pop­u­lar sub­ject, we have a big story (and a killer video on our web­site, Mus­tang-360.com) on Kevin Boyer learn­ing about his dream mus­cle Mus­tang—a 1970 428 Su­per Co­bra Jet Drag Pack with a set of 4.30 gears in a Trac­tion-Lok rear axle—and con­vinc­ing owner Terry Fluke to part with it so that he can lov­ingly re­store it and give it the home it de­serves. The story goes deeper than that so make sure to read it on page 16. It’ll pull at your heart­strings a lit­tle bit, and the video on the web­site might even make you tear up. We all dream of find­ing such a rare or sig­nif­i­cant Mus­tang, hope­fully in de­cent shape, and get­ting to pull one out of a real-life barn just adds to the ro­mance.

The Rare Finds story can be con­sid­ered the be­gin­ning of a Mus­tang owner’s jour­ney with a car, but the end re­sult we all hope for in any pro­ject is tak­ing it to a car show in all its shiny glory to show off for ev­ery­one to see. Whether that show is a park-and-de­tail af­fair or an ac­tual driv­ing event like the Hot Rod Power Tour or the Wood­ward Dream Cruise de­pends on each in­di­vid­ual per­son and what they most like to do with their car, and thank­fully we all have dif­fer­ent opin­ions on what “fun with cars” is—mean­ing that there is never a short­age of stuff to do with your Mus­tang, whether it’s ul­tra-rare like Boyer’s ’70 Co­bra Jet or a base-model six-cylin­der hard­top. True Mus­tang fans ap­pre­ci­ate them all, re­gard­less of “pedi­gree” or awards won; all that re­ally mat­ters is that you like your own car and can ap­pre­ci­ate all the other styles. So check out what we put to­gether start­ing on page 34.

In com­pil­ing the fea­ture about best shows, we re­al­ized that most of them take place in the sum­mer­time, and sev­eral are in ar­eas of the coun­try where sum­mer tem­per­a­tures can reach triple dig­its. It’s not a sur­prise that a mod­i­fied Mus­tang tends to run hot in warmer cli­mates, es­pe­cially when sub­jected to the lim­ited air­flow and heat soak of stop-and-go traf­fic; we also put to­gether a tech­ni­cal story about adding more cool­ing ca­pac­ity to ’65-’66 Mus­tangs with a larger-ca­pac­ity ’67-’68 ra­di­a­tor that starts on page 42.

Speak­ing per­son­ally, there is noth­ing worse than sit­ting in traf­fic with a steadily creep­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­ture gauge, ner­vously watch­ing it more than I look out the wind­shield, beg­ging the Cool­ing Gods to in­ter­vene and bring the tem­per­a­ture down to a level that won’t boil over or, worse yet, crack a head or blow a head gas­ket. If you re­mem­ber the ad­ven­ture with Rodney, my 1974 Mus­tang II on its jour­ney from Michi­gan to Cal­i­for­nia (on Mus­tang-360.com in Fe­bru­ary 2016), rarely do they pay at­ten­tion.

Af­ter one ex­cep­tion­ally stress­ful (and ul­ti­mately em­bar­rass­ing) in­stance with my 1965 hard­top years ago, I vowed to never again un­der­cool a car when build­ing it. At the very least, use the best parts you can when it comes to any­thing cool­ing re­lated (wa­ter pump, ra­di­a­tor, coolant, etc.). My per­sonal mantra when stock-type restora­tion is not the game is to stuff in the big­gest, nas­ti­est ra­di­a­tor that will fit in the car, re­gard­less of what it re­quires. Yes, that means cut­ting the core sup­port for space or just fabri­cat­ing a brand new one, but the peace of mind that comes with never hav­ing to stress out watch­ing a ris­ing tem­per­a­ture gauge is worth the cost; money in the men­tal bank in my opin­ion.

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