Lance’s 429 Boss Tribute.
Lance, said goodbye to his ’65 Gulf Stream Aqua Coupe a while ago now and had been looking for the right car ever since. There had been people in the USA looking on behalf of Mustang Maniac, one potential purchase was abandoned for various reasons, UK searches and numerous inspections of cars proved fruitless in the search as well. Then a tip off to Mustang Maniac about a car that had been imported to the UK in 2017 and just sits in a lock up for two years could be up for grabs. Lance was notified and then an agreement was made after the paperwork checked out, Mustang Maniac doing a favour along with the promise of copious amounts of beer and wine went to inspect the car (you know where to leave it all Lance- just saying!) The guys picked up various issues at inspection that needed fixing and some of the usual problem areas. Lance was notified and their report discussed at length in the offices over a cup(s) of tea and a packet of Jaffa cakes. Having not been driven for quite a while there would be issues and that was a given. Lance pressed the button and the funds released to buy the car.
So here it is with the new owner making his mark on her already. The car has a great spec which includes a triple black colour scheme, 460ci big block engine with performer manifold, street demon carb, Crites performance headers, Tremec TKO 5 speed manual transmission, 9” rear diff and American Thunder exhaust system, aluminum radiator and twin Zern fans. Interior consists of Hurst shifter, modern slide digital radio etc.
So after initial purchase, the car was taken to our yard for a road worthy check in order to do the initial proper road tests, to blow away any cobwebs as it were. After a few runs the car was in a position for the final engine tweak, a mod or two not to mention some Yogi tuning.
Plugs checked, mixture, new air filter and pan, a new performance carb spring, timing, idle and vacuum all adjusted. A couple of new wires need as the old were brittle and past their best should we say.
They guys knew about the power steering pump which was whining and leaking so that was replaced.
The car was also sitting too low and the manifolds were hitting speed bumps. To help this a set of 1” raised rear spring shackles have been added and a set of 800lb performance front springs fitted, which in total have raised the car 1”, enough for a little more clearance without ruining the stance. The manifolds were also wrapped at the time for some heat management, with the help of a couple mates, Mark & Barry who were happy to help with a constant supply of tea and biscuits.
Various minor items like various clips, brackets and grommets were missing were upsetting Lance’s OCD so had to be rectified of course. The interior got an upgrade of GT9 billet steering wheel.
The car got some EU spec LED lights front and rear for safety while retaining that important stock look.