After 25 years of trying to purchase the 1968 Mustang from a friend, which had been sitting in a pole barn all that time, Dave & Candy were finally able to convince the friend to sell the car in July of 2015.
This was one of the last 289, 3-speed Mustangs built prior to Ford converting to the 302 engines (Ford ran out of 289 engine blocks before converting to the 302 engines). This Mustang has a 302 block with all the 289 guts as Ford was able to use up all their inventory of 289 engine parts since both engine components were interchangeable.
After acquiring the Mustang, Dave proceeded with the restoration. The car underwent a complete rotisserie restoration by Restore A Muscle Car. While trying to maintain the original factory appearance inside and out, with the acceptation of a couple of upgrades to the interior and engine, this restoration took 2 ¾ years.
The power train is all original matching numbers, which includes a Windsor 289 engine, 3-speed transmission and a 2.79 ratio, 8” rear axle.
Restore A Muscle Car rebuilt the transmission and rear end while sending the engine to S & J Engines in Spokane, Washington, for a rebuild. While there, they bored the engine .030, installed new KP hyper pistons, competition cam, Magnum roller rockers, Pro Max aluminum heads, push rods and timing chain.
Restore A Muscle car finished the top end out with an Edelbrock air gap intake, Holly Street Avenger 670 CFM carburetor, MSD Blaster coil and a RTR electronic distributor. The exhaust system consists of Ford Shorty headers with a dual 2 ½” Magna Flow exhaust.
Wiring was completed with Complete American Auto Wire fuse block and wiring harnesses. A factory style in dash Vintage Air heating and cooling system was installed as well.
The interior was refinished with TMI interior products to factory specs and color with the seats being re-upholstered by Dave & Candy. They also installed a center console. The exterior paint was also restored to the original Raven black color with the addition of a red C-stripe.
Dave & Candy enjoy driving and showing their Mustang. They are looking forward to attending the 2020 Mustang Roundup in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where over 500 Mustangs will be on display.