In an effort to burnish their total performance image introduced the 428 Cobra Jet in
year 1968, and in 1969, built one of Detroit most interesting power plants, the Ford
Boss 302 Mustang engine. It was built for model years 1969 and 1970, is named for
its engine. The past and present collide as these two Mustangs take to the track.
Dragon Power captured in the first ever die cast model to feature the original.
Customized parts exterior and interior design fuses the look and feel with today
styling and technology. Their tribute starts off with a motor swap to a crate engine that
came directly from Performance.
The new hood on the American Speed Company is the prototype for the production
version, the front suspension and brakes have been installed, and the new Boss 302 is
being fitted with a Vintage Air Front Runner system. The Vanquish body shells were
fitted with 300 horse power mounted as far back in the chassis as possible. When
most muscle car fanatics make reference. Initially built in 1969 and again in 1970,
combined muscle car performance with incredible handling. That car ignited lifelong
passion for race cars, and began racing on the historic and vintage car circuit, moving
to historic stock cars.
But unlike other corvettes, which cloak their power beneath stock skins, our test car
arrived under gift wrap special edition body kit penned by styling wizard designer of
the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray and the Ford Boss Mustang. The program was part of an
effort to win the Championship in 1969 and 1970. The new Racing Performance Parts
line was conceived because there was an unmet need for engines built from a block
stronger than original regular production engine blocks but more affordable than full
race prepped blocks.
Despite its strength and capability, surprisingly affordable because of its high volume
production. The suggested retail price for the Boss 302 block is affordable at $1,759,
while complete engines range from $4,650 to $10K for the 500 horsepower 331 cubic
inch engines. This had nothing to do with the Cleveland heads, as rules dictated a 302
cubic inch displacement, so stroking a 351 Cleveland block was not an option, so ford
engineers solved this dilemma by mating a Windsor block with high flow Cleveland
heads, a clover if you will, that had high revolutions per minute capability to make the
most of the high turbofan engines offered by the heads, which was conducive of the
large 4v ports and canted combustion chambers.
The new Ford Racing Performance Parts Boss Mustang car line was conceived
because there was an unmet need for engines built from a block stronger than original
regular production 302 blocks but more affordable than full race prepped blocks.
Making its debut in 1969, the original powered a limited production Mustang model
sold for two years. The program was part of an effort by the Ford Motor Company.
Features that separate the engine from its competition include 4-bolt mains for lower
end stability at high power outputs High 41,000 PSI tensile strength iron alloy for
ultimate strength Nodular iron main caps for additional strength Screw-in freeze plugs
for additional strength and stability front cross over lifter oiling for high revolutions
per minute valve train capability bores with specifically engineered drilling between
cylinders for maximum wall stability and gasket sealing with street-capable cooling
Ronald W. Firquain is a auto mechanic, musician, Arabian horse owner for 20 years,
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