Another One: 1969 Mach 1 Project


We covered another 1969 Mach 1 recently and you folks were interested, so we thought we’d feature a different one. This one is in nowhere near as nice condition, but it should sell for much less as well. It’s listed for sale here on eBay and is located in Baldwin, New York. Bidding is currently at just over $5,100 but the reserve isn’t met yet.


This one is listed as Candy Apple Red, but it’s not that different from the color on the other car. It appears that you are looking at original paint and decals as well. From this angle, things don’t look that bad, and the fact that the seller tells us this was their long term restoration project is a good thing.


I’m thinking that hood repair might be a little challenging to get done perfectly. If you’re wondering where the rest of the front end is, the seller includes many pictures of spare parts in the eBay listing, including a grille and front apron.


The interior is stripped for a reason. The seller is including some really nice dash parts, along with dash pads. Yes, pads. Apparently the seller decided to accumulate a lot of parts. The car was originally a four speed (note the clutch pedal still in place) but has been converted to an automatic. Even though the car has been off the road since 1986, it still seems like a lot happened to this car over the first (claimed) 33,000 miles. You’ll note the rust on the floor, and the holes through it. But there’s a plan!


And here’s the plan! That’s a brand new complete floor pan, so you don’t have to worry about the rust–once you’ve cut out the original one and put this one in.


This is a 351W V8, which according to the seller was originally equipped with a four barrel carburetor and is now restricted to a two-barrel. There’s a walk around video here if you’re interested! I think I’d rather pay more for the other Mach 1, but perhaps that will end up beyond my or your budgets. Would you take this one on?



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  1. Scot Douglas

    I thought 351W were only offered as a 2-barrel? (not to say it is an original engine)

    Duh – nevermind, I should have checked the ad first. :)

    • Karo

      In ’69 it was only the 351 Windsor. H-code two-barrel (250 gross hp) and M-code four-barrel (290 gross hp). The Cleveland came along in ’70.

  2. JW

    After viewing the video this car is not for the faint of heart, if you don’t have patients and welding skills go for the other one featured yesterday, still a project but not as bad as this one. JMO !!!

  3. Oddimotive Cason Oddimotive Cason Member

    Data plate indeed shows 351-4V with wide-ratio four-speed. Good specs, though it lacked a limited-slip diff at birth. As previously stated, though, not the easiest project!

  4. S. Brodie

    Needs a lot of sheet metal work and the dash all pulled apart is a huge task to rebuild. These cars were very competitive if properly ordered and their big dollar appeal comes from the shaker hood 428 Cobra Jet 428 cu. in model. The close ratio 4 speeds available with a 4.30 rear end would really make these small block cars get up and go but the same engine with a wide ratio and 325 rear end would just make a comfortable cruiser not a performance muscle car. Some people are just after appearance though, but not this boy. As a car wash boy in ’69 for a Ford dealership I got to drive the range of engines available in Mustangs and stock small block cars were certainly not my favorites. Different strokes for different folks, but I would consider this a poor investment as the cost to restore matches that of a Big Block car, while the end value is radically different.

  5. Steven

    Those guys at good shops can bring life to this one..

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