Field Find: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Update 9/22/20 – After almost a year since we last featured this poor Boss 302, it has been relisted here on eBay with no reserve. How high will it go this time around?

From 11/15/19 – As restoration projects go, this 1970 Boss 302 is a big one. When it was new it was a well-equipped and desirable car. Today it is a shadow of its former self and will require a pretty dedicated individual to breathe new life into it. If you’re that person, then you will find the Mustang located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, and listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has made it to $5,149, and the reserve has been met.

The Mustang started life finished in Competition Yellow, but this is now long past its best. There are a multitude of external components missing, including the hood, front bumper, grille, rear deck spoiler, sport slats, and original wheels. As for rust, the owner admits that the front frame rails will require replacement, but provides no information on the rest of the frame or floors. There is rust present in the quarter panels, although the rockers look surprisingly solid. Thankfully, all of the original tinted glass is there and looks to be okay. The news is no better inside the car, with the majority of the trim either missing or needing full restoration.

Being a Boss 302, the Mustang was originally powered by the G-Code engine, which produced 290hp. This power was sent to the rear end through a 4-speed wide-ratio transmission. Sadly, the engine and transmission are now gone, and the rear end is an 8″ unit. The owner is including a 9″ case with the car, but as for the rest, the next owner will be starting from scratch. At least the correct VIN tags are present, which is one piece of good news.

This is a massive restoration project, and even if the next owner is able to complete a full and faithful restoration, it will never be a numbers-matching car. This will impact its potential value, so it will be interesting to hear what our readers think of its future prospects.

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Comments

  1. Classic Steel

    Wow another rough stang but salvageable 👍👀

    This one a lil better than the other one with the busted block.
    .
    I guess if Christmas goes well i can get new tires for this one..

    On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
    Some parts to a Mustang GT.

    On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
    Two huntin dogs and some parts to a Mustang GT.

    On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
    Three shotgun shells, two huntin dogs and some parts to a Mustang GT.

    On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
    Four big mud tires, three shotgun shells, two huntin dogs, and some parts to a Mustang GT.

    Oh well you get the picture…

    Like 24
    • Phlathead Phil

      Classic Steel,

      Good man, your writing is creative! Double entendres. Tells two stories in one tale!

      Here’s mine on this Boss 302….

      Frank and Maude are living on the end of town. They are empty nesters living on a fixed income in a dilapidated old trailer, but are very nice people.

      One night Maude hears a weird noise outside and pulls the window curtain back…slowly.

      Frank gets a flashlight and his shotgun, (just in case) the two go out in the dark to see what’s going on, but by the time they get to the car the tow truck is long gone an the Boss 302 is dumped in their yard.

      Maude says; Oh Frank, look I think it’s the “Rat Finks” you remember them from church, don’t you?

  2. matthew B steele

    Always liked boss 302’s but man $5149 for nothing really ..got to be something better than a really bad deal like this out there. You would have to have a whole shop full of guys and unlimited funds to get a car that you paid way to much to restore. I don’t see how it could possibly be worth it

    Like 37
  3. sir mike

    To me something wrong here.Car is pretty much rust covered BUT both fenders are almost perfect.Is this a true Boss or just the fenders?? Sorry if i’m wrong seller.

    Like 13
    • Vince H

      If you look close you can see the front fenders have be replaced.

      Like 1
  4. PDXBryan

    Bummer, not even original wheels. It looks like it’s rolling (limping?) on Ranger rims.

    Like 8
  5. Gaspumpchas

    If the front rails are toast, what makes them think the rest will be any better? Big pile of rust and a vin number. Hope the new owner knows what he’s in for.
    Cheers
    GPC

    Like 11
  6. Maverick

    True rustang pick it up.watch it.break.

    Like 6
  7. SquirrelyGig

    GPC,
    That was my immediate thought as well, when I read it. Especially seeing as how the back half of the car is deeper in the grave…I mean dirt.
    Sir Mike,
    Great question.
    It is possible the fenders were stored inside the car for years, until time to take sale photos? Although, in some pics it appears @ least one or two of the fender bolts are in original (?) place. Hard to say if they were recently re-installed? If the fenders were removed that could help explain a little bit of the “front rail” deterioration. Although, I wouldn’t think the two would have much to do w/ each other? Theory #2 is that the car was wrecked in the front @ some point & therefore paint is not original? Something for potential buyers to think about.
    Last & final theory is that a restoration was originally started (intended) @ some point. Front fenders were pulled & the rest was covered in black primer over original paint. The primer has gradually worn off over the years due to sitting in the elements.

    Like 4
  8. ML190

    I want to see some better pics of that rear panel. It looks like someone added an extra set of taillights…I guess that was a cool thing to do at one time?

    Like 2
  9. Mike

    I wonder how much more money the seller could get if he pulled it out of its hole, pressure washed it and let it dry? Why give buyers this visual? Kinda like trying to sell a hoarder’s house with all the junk still in it.

    Like 15
  10. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    Considering it will never be a matching numbers car, you’d be better off just buying a solid and complete restoration candidate and making it into a Boss 302 clone. I’m sure Boss 302 reproduction parts are available. I see little to no value with this one.

    Like 26
    • JMB#7

      Maybe someone will buy it for the numbers matching VIN tag?

      Like 5
      • Vince H

        It is illegal to swap vin tags.

        Like 2
      • JMB#7

        Vince, you are correct… But a lot of people out there have swapped the car that is attached to the VIN tag. Buyers beware.

        Like 3
      • piston poney

        Vince H only wrong if you get caught

        Like 1
  11. Pat

    ^^^^^^^what he said!

    Like 8
  12. mjf

    Boss 302 with no motor… Makes sense

    Like 7
    • aamodel

      Make it a boss 302 again with a coyote swap and 6 speed, couldn’t hurt the value any, poor girl’s had a rough life though

      Like 6
      • David Ulrey

        You took the words out of my mouth before I said them. Since it isn’t a numbers matching car, do the Coyote and 5 or 6 spd sway.

        Like 5
  13. Troy s

    Right along with the early Z/28’s I’m not at all surprised about the missing original engine when it comes to these Boss machines. Another high winding peaky small block matched with a four speed transmission…..Kapow!! That’s okay with me, drive em hard as intended or buy the Grande version. Anything can be fixed, but to let one rot away like this is just….a shame.

    Like 9
  14. Joe Btfsplk

    Almost a survivor….. almost.

    Like 4
  15. Joe Btfsplk

    Where will the baby goats live now?

    Like 9
  16. TimM

    What a shame!!

    Like 3
  17. 38ChevyCoupeGuy

    Hey Adam, I’m going to say I’m the first one to catch your joke in the write up,if in fact you intended it to be a hidden joke, saying that the car was a shadow of a former self,when in fact there’s hardly enough metal to make a shadow..😁 Either way,thank you for the interesting reading material,and the eye candy that is in each article. Great job, keep it up!

    Like 6
  18. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Sold for $5749.

    Like 3
  19. Joe Machado

    Was a parts car after engine exploded?
    Had no problem beating these on a road course

    Like 1
  20. martinsane

    This one is even worse than the 1500 dollar demon and for 5 times the price. What the flip?

    Like 2
  21. Mike

    wouldnt matter if you got it for a dollar… you will never.. ever….. get your money back having this one restored…. theres a fool born every day

    Like 4
    • JMB#7

      You are correct, but we all seem to blame the people who restore cars for a living for driving the prices up. Are they really driving the prices up, or just getting paid for their time & knowledge?

      Like 4
    • piston poney

      that’s not true i could sell the glass and scrap it

  22. Jackie Hollingsworth

    Already bid up to $8100 plus…..Somebody must like it.

    Like 1
  23. Mike

    Well,……it does come with an extra set of tail lights….

    Like 1

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