Re: Website up finally
Great car, Scott.
I feel for the P.O. I had a cam lobe go flat in a Crapmaro once and it
trashed the whole engine like that. But bent valves? That guy must
have driven the thing until the cam seized up.
I like those Minilites. Not many Mustangers seem to know they're still
available. The Vintage Wheel Works "V48" seems to have captured the
market. Not only a knock-off, they carry the dreaded fish casting.
Unsolicited advice on the "C" stripes: "Boss 399" lettering. (That's
what I get for a 4.06 x 3.85 stroker.)
Here's some cool '69 TA stuff from a post I typed up for
vintage-mustang.com in February:
On the bus on the way home this evening I was reading this article
about the 1969 Trans Am series in this old issue of Vintage Motorsport
magazine that my boss had lent me, and I came across this "as told by
Sam Posey" sidebar that I liked enough to want to share.
In 1969, Ford was coming off a poor showing in the previous year's
Trans Am series, caused largely by problems with 1968's experimental
"tunnel port" heads. Because the Shelby American team's regular driver
Peter Revson was busy with the Indy 500 on the same weekend as the the
1969 Lime Rock 2.5 Hour, an up and coming local driver named Sam Posey
was tapped to substitute for Revson. Posey not only substituted; he
won. Here's what Posey had to say about his '69 Boss 302 race car:
"When I drove the Shelby car at Lime Rock in 1969, that one-off ride
when I won? Boy, was I stunned by how good that engine was! The Ford
302 was far better than the Chevy. I would never have realized that, if
I hadn't driven both cars. The Ford just moved out in the high rpm
ranges in a way that the Chevy did not. The Chevy was torquey in the
mid-range, but it didn't have the Ford's straightaway speed.
"The Mustang was so strong. It could take being over-revved, it could
take beating on the transmission, it could handle whatever Parnelli
[Jones, of the Moore team] could dish out. That hadn't been true in
1967, but by 1969 they had learned how to build strong cars. Bud Moore
built a car to suit Parnelli's aggressive, physical style. To his
credit, Mark [Donahue, driving Camaros for the Roger Penske factory
team] was willing to slug it out with him. Especially in 1969, it had
become Mark versus Parnelli in cars that could go the distance without
Here's a reply:
In the "Trans-Am" DVD that's out for sale right (basically a tribute to
Mark Donohue and Penske). If you watch closely you can actually see the
Boss 302's driven by Parnelli and Follmer pull the Z-28's and Javelins
on the straightaways.
The difference in top end power was astounding.
I have a friend (Ed) who has talked to Donny Araki about the series. He
tells of Posey coming into the pits and the tattel-tail on the tach
registering 10,500 rpm.
Think about it next time you "wind it up" to 5500 before you
shift.....then think about going almost twice as high!