> These cars, and other
> '69-'70's (iirc the "'70" Bud Moore cars were actually '69's with the
> '70 trim details swapped in) were the Mustangs that ran in '71 forward.
(Quick short history)- Thanks to a spectacular accident in Ste Jovite during
the '69 season, 3 of the 6 Ford corporate backed cars were totalled.
Parnelli Jones' shift linkage jammed taking him out of the race early. But
the worst happened in Lap 14. George Follmer's Boss blew an engine, throwing
oil all over the track and he ended up in a guard rail. He had just gotten
out of the car when a Mini nailed his Mustang. Due to the accident, Horst
Kwech (from the Shelby team) slid into the fence pinning a race marshal,
breaking his arm. Pete Revson (also the Shelby team) hit the mess at full
speed, jumping one car and landing on the hood of a Firebird. The Mustangs
weren't damaged that badly until the tow trucks got to them. One tow truck
driver looped a steel cable around the roof of Kwech's Mustang to lift it
over the guardrail. You can imagine what THAT did to the body. All three
Mustangs were all but destroyed. They welded together 2 Bosses from the 3
destroyed ones. But they ran like crap after that. The Shelby effort was
basically finished after that race. (history over)
The '70 Boss 302 team cars were indeed '69's, but not Boss's. They were
originally plain jane Sportsroofs with 351 2V's sent to Kar Kraft for update
to '70 skin and full suspension mods. One cool thing to come from the rules
changes for '70 was that dual 4bbl carbs were no longer allowed, only single
4's. So Ford came up with the inline 4bbl carb, COOL!!
> Although I can't pull up a name from memory, at least one Bud Moore
> team driver campaigned one of these in '71,
Had to be either Parnelli or Follmer. Parnelli's car was sold after the '70
season to Tony DeLorenzo. He raced the car in '71, but in black and white,
not orange. And I doubt Parnelli drove much after that since he was
concentrating on his Indy car ownerships (he owned the cars that won the '70
and '71 Indy 500 With AJ Foyt driving) and he was getting deep in business
with Firestone distributorships by then too. Not much time for driving.
, he never got back into a Trans Am car again until he started doing
vintage racing. He liked playing with his trucks.
This leaves us George Follmer. He drove a Javelin for AMC in '71, so it
wasn't him. Besides, Follmer's car was sold to Warren Tope at the end of the
1970 season. Tope won the 1971 A-Sedan Championship and raced it until 1973.
Tope then stripped the drive train and installed the parts on a new 1973
Mustang fastback (NOOOOOOO, say it isn't SO!!!!).
>So again I feel pretty confident without looking it up that no
> 4th gen Stangs ran in the historic Trans Am.
Yes they did. The very '73 I talked about above. Owned by Warren Tope. Look
> That's really all you have to do to get the Trans Am look, lower it and
> shoe it properly. The lowering is done with the springs. You can
> adjust the ride height in front by cutting coils, and in the rear with
> lowering blocks or -- my choice -- mounting a short leaf from your old
> springs upside down on your new ones.
As long as we all remember that LOOKING Trans-Am and BEING Trans-Am are two
very distinctly different things. The Boss's were sent to Kar Kraft for them
to work their magic. Most of which was NOT found on ANY stock Boss 302. Just
lowering and shodding will NOT give performance.
'66 HCS Mustang 289
'68 Ranchero 500 302
'69 Mustang Sportsroof 351W