Friday, January 20, 2012

Ford Mustang

1971 Ford Mustang
C L I C K     T O     E N L A R G E

In five short years the Mustang had grown into a bulked up dragster from the wife's cute pony car.  With names like Mach 1 and Boss indicating who had the keys in their pocket the Mustang was determined to grab the tail of the Muscle Car era before it was lost in the exhaust.
Picture:  1440 x 900 - Muscle Car Wallpaper

It was the largest Mustang ever.  Cars continued their trend of becoming bigger and heavier.  The Oil Embargo of 1973 with long gas lines, empty pumps, odd and even days for fill-ups and gas soaring well above forty cents a gallon put an end to all the fun.  Once there were gas stations everywhere, sometimes on all four corners of an intersection, and all competing for your business with customer service and free give-aways.  So what if your car barely got twelve miles to the gallon.  It's only oil.
Picture:  640 x 480 - Popular Hot Rodding      

It says Mach 1 alright but what's coming through the hood definitely isn't factory equipment.  For some people four hundred horse power is just the starting point.  Of course, back then it was all rear wheel drive and with most of the weight up front getting traction could be tricky.  Don't ask about cornering.  These cars are designed for the quarter-mile straightaway and they don't deviate from the direction they were originally pointed.  
Picture:  640 x 425 - Hooniverse

Picture:  1600 x 1200 - Mustang Monthly
BOSS 351
  • Overhead valve
  • Cast Iron Block
  • Displacement:  351 cid
  • Bore and Stroke:  4.00 x 3.50 inches
  • Compression ratio:  11.7 : 1 
  • Brake hp:  330 @5400 rpm
  • Torque:  370 @ 4000 rpm
  • Five Main Bearings
  • Hydraulic valve lifters
  • Carburetor:  Holley four-barrel

No hint of Martha Stewart here or Eddie Bauer for that matter.  It's just one hand on the wheel, one hand on the stick, hit the peddle with your foot and go - clutch, and go some more.  It's speed.  There is no scenery inside or out.
Picture:  900 x 600 at 120 dpi - Perfect Restoration    

Honestly, it's hard to think of something that owning a Mustang Boss 351 won't remedy.  But if you do come up with something why not try a '66 Pontiac GTO.  These cars have the guts and you rake in the glory.  By the way, it's 1971 and you're no longer messing with 8-Tracks.  You've got yourself a 2 speaker, AM-FM stereophonic tape system as an available option.  Ka-ching! 
Picture:  3000 x 2400 at 300 dpi - Mustang Showcase

About forty years ago aerodynamics was more about style than the slipstream.  If you wanted fuel economy you bought a Beetle... and went twenty miles an hour up mountain highways.  Of course, Texas was our source of foreign oil then and no one gave global warming any thought, but if they had they would have thought it as science's next big advance for mankind.
Picture:  1920 x 1200 at 100 dpi - Damox

Picture:  786 x 590 - Motor Trend   Photo by Wesley Allison
  • Super Bowl V                    Baltimore Colts
  • World Series                     Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Best Picture                      Patton
  • Best Actor                        George C. Scott - Patton
  • Best Actress                    Glenda Jackson
  • Highest Rated TV Show     All in the Family
  • No. 1 Song                       Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
  • No. 1 Album                     Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Best Selling Book             Wheels - Arthur Hailey
  • Politics                            18 year old vote - 26th Amendment ratified
  • Average Income               10,600
  • Average Home Price         25,250
  • Average Rent                        150
  • Gas                                         0.40/gallon
  • Movie Ticket                             1.50

Can you image getting your hands on a 3,000 pound car with 475 horse power under the hood? Even with insurance it was affordable for many people.  You'd move to a state with no speed limit like Nevada or Montana, open it up and hope for the best.  It's called exercising your Constitutional rights.  Look it up somewhere in the first ten amendments - after guns. 
Picture:  1024 x 768 - Muscle Car Wallpaper 

MACH 1 429 SCJ
  • V-8 with Overhead Valve
  • Cast Iron Block
  • Displacement:  429 cid
  • Bore and Stroke:  4.36 x 3.59 inches
  • Compression ratio:  11.30 : 1
  • Brake hp:  375 @ 5600 rpm
  • Torque:  450 @ 3400 rpm
  • Five Main Bearings
  • Solid Valve Lifters
  • Carburetor:  Holley 780-cfm four-barrel
  • Dual Exhaust
  • Special Heads
  • High-lift Camshaft
  • High-rise Intake Manifold
  • Four-bolt Main Bearings
  • Aluminum Pistons
If that's not good enough you can order the Drag Pack option with all kinds of exotic high performance technology.  Be forewarned, though, there won't be room for air conditioning.  Solution:  roll down the windows and keep the speedometer at a steady 130 mph.

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