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Done Right: 1970 Mustang Super Cobra Jet

1970 Mustang 428 Super Cobra Jet

While I love preservation and the idea of keeping a car original, I will admit there are some cars that truly deserve a proper restoration when it is necessary. This ’70 Mustang was discovered in a barn a few years back and shortly thereafter, given a Concours level restoration. The seller doesn’t offer any images of it when it was found or of the restoration, but they state the project was well documented. Now if this were a plain old Mustang, it would still deserve being saved, but probably not given a full nut and bolt restoration. This one isn’t just a regular old pony though, it’s a very special Fastback. It left the dealership with the 428 Super Cobra Jet V8 and a 4 speed! You can find this well optioned pony here on eBay in Bettendorf, Iowa with a current bid of $1k.

428 Super Cobra Jet

The seller is a dealer, so I would be sure to do my own homework and due diligence. They put a lot of emphasis on this car being 1 of 1, but you really have to dig down into specific options to make this one of a kind. I will give them that not many Mustangs came with the 360 horsepower Super Cobra Jet and I’m sure only a few of those were optioned with the 4 speed and Drag Pack. I imagine this car would be quite fun at both the drag-strip and the road course!

1970 Ford Mustang Interior

Like with any car that has received a complete restoration, the interior looks great. I see some marks and scuffs on some of the panels, so I’m guessing this car has actually seen some use since being completed. I’m actually glad to see that, as most cars that are restored to this level are only driven onto and off of their trailers for shows. It’s possible that any damage it’s seen is just from careless transporters, but I really hope this car has seen miles as that’s what it was built for! I love this color combo, by the way! How about you?

1970 Ford Mustang 428 SCJ

I know we tend to stay away from already restored cars here on Barn Finds, but it’s nice once in a while to see what can be done with a barn find. Don’t get me wrong, if this car didn’t need a restoration when it was found, it’s a shame its originality was lost by restoring it. But it still looks great today and would still be an amazing car to have! So would you like to take a seat behind that big block V8 to do a few burnouts?


  1. Avatar photo Joe

    Very nice restoration. Great details. The only question that I have is the “date code correct” block. A slight impact on the overall value if it was not the motor the car left the factory with. Something to ask the seller. Overall, prefer 65-66 fastback, but this is so nice I would really like to own this Mustang.

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  2. Avatar photo rdc

    Reminds me of the Mustang I once special ordered new. Mine was a 351c 4V, auto with air and comp suspension, traction lock, fold down seat, deluxe interior and stereo. I added the 15″ Boss 302 steel wheels. Did not have the awful slats or unneeded rear spoiler.

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  3. Avatar photo Jim Capp

    This is Nice! A friend of mine had a 69′ Mach I, 428 SCJ Mustang,totality Stock he was the fastest car around until a Hemi Cuda from New Jersey beat him. I drove that car once, another friend with me told me to get on it, I did, the power of that car almost scared the shit out of me. Being in the car many times but not driving it was a big difference!! Wish I had photo’s of that car.

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  4. Avatar photo randy

    This is the last year classic Mustang that I really liked, I did not particularly like the headlight treatment though. The “shaker hood scoop” is a very nice and expensive option at this point. I prefer the slats and the rear spoiler, but this one needs to be adjusted, or he’s going to have lift, and separation! Listing ended due to “error”.

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  5. Avatar photo Bobsmyuncle

    Already gone?

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  6. Avatar photo JW

    Not my favorite color but with the 428 / 4 speed I can over look that. Nice car and not far from me. Surprisingly gone without a bid, could be a scam maybe ?

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  7. Avatar photo Rocco

    What self respecting hot rodder orders a hot rod with white interior? Yuk! But, I’d take it. But I wouldn’t car about the Marti Report, I’d have to change the interior. Seats and door panels.
    I remember when I was 15 and cleaning cars for the women at the beauty shop, and one had white interior. Just driving it back to the shop (1/2 block), the drivers seat needed touching up on delivery.

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  8. Avatar photo Jason Houston

    Seller already cancelled the listing. Most likely got a “wouldja take…?” offer and accepted.

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  9. Avatar photo Vince Habel

    It will bring big bucks.

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  10. Avatar photo Jack

    I really like this color combo, Lime green and white, my Boss was calypso and white, looks like a great restoration was done.

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    • Avatar photo Mike_B_SVT

      Very cool, Jack! I see some original stripes reflecting in gold ;-)
      I say fire it up and drive it as is! Why wait for “someday”? Enjoy it now :-)

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      • Avatar photo Jack

        Tthanks Mike. I sold it Sept 2014 after sitting in my shed for many years, i do have mixed feelings but I do enjoy my 2012 Boss 302 😜

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      • Avatar photo Jamie Staff

        Jack, I know what you mean about enjoying the Boss!

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  11. Avatar photo McQ

    Beautiful restoration of a very uncommon ’70 Mustang. One mistake by our excellent moderator – the 428CJ was factory rated at 335 hp not 360. The differences between an SCJ and the CJ were in extra durability provided to the Super’s crank/rods with 427 Style capscrewed rods. This due to the lower gears available to Super’s only – 3.91 or 4.30. Of course the oil cooler too. As for power production the 428 SCJ/CJ were the same. Now 429 CJ-SCJ’s……whole lots of differences.

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  12. Avatar photo piper62j

    The 69 & 70 Mustangs have gone out of site in value.. Unbelievable.. I had a 69 fastback 250-6cyl (early in my marriage)… Of course I was foolish enough to sell it for “the cause”.. Another boo-boo I regret..

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  13. Avatar photo Ronniecarlo

    I have s good friend here in Mexia, Tx who found a ’68 or ’69 fastback rotting in a pasture.The car had one fender two doors and a rearend, that’s it.It had been wrecked as the left side of the core support was pointing upwards. The taillight panel was caved in,the floors were gone as well as the trunk floor. Well he investigated the numbers only to find out it had I believe 26 options. Big block,4spd,upper and lower console etc.HE PAID $3300.00 for the thing. I am sure he will make a good bit on the sale and good for him,but there is a downside… He bought a decent running and driving ’68 coupe for the core support and miscellaneous other parts..Sad that a decent car died to make a buck.. sad,sad

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  14. Avatar photo james

    SCJ v/s CJ They where “rated” the same but that was a fib. SCJ had higher compression ratio,Le Mans rods, oil cooler, solid lift camshaft and a Holley carb. CJ only got an Autolite carb and hydraulic camshaft.(according to “The Complete Book of Ford,Petersen produced it in 1972-73) My uncle had a SCJ they tried a 3×2 set-up on it from a 406 and he declared it dangerous to drive on public streets. LOL

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    • Avatar photo james

      I am sorry,I stand corrected.I got my engines confused. This new info comes from { http://www.428cobrajet.org/cj-vs-scj } The basic strength of the Super Cobra Jet engine is in a more durable reciprocating assembly (crank, rods, pistons, wrist pins, flywheel/flexplate, and harmonic balancer) that was designed to withstand the higher RPM requirements of drag racing. For example, the SCJ used race-proven 427 “LeMans” capscrew connecting rods with shorter bolt heads, whereas the standard CJ rod used a more common press-fit bolt and nut to retain the rod cap. The SCJ timing pointer is slightly longer to clear the larger harmonic balancer.

      Connecting rod research seems to indicate that CJs used a variety of common high-end FE rods, with the C7AE-B rod being fairly common. I’ve heard from others who’ve reported finding C6AE-C, C6AE-D, and C6AE-F rods in what they believe to be original engines. I’ve seen written reference to a C9AE-C rod also being used, but I’ve never been able to confirm an installation. SCJs seem to use the C6AE-E rod most frequently, though again I’ve seen written reference to a C9ZE-A rod that I haven’t been able to confirm was ever actually factory installed.

      A common misconception seems to be that SCJs were originally equipped with forged pistons and CJs were originally equipped with cast pistons. George Anderson of Gessford Machine was kind enough to point me to a page from Ford’s “Muscle Parts Description and Interchange” book, a supplement to the original “Muscle Parts” catalog that was published in July 1970, that clearly states that “all 428 engines use “dished” cast aluminum pistons with two sets of eyebrows cast so they can be used in right or left bank”.

      It appears that Ford went through at least three piston designs during the 428 CJ and SCJ production run to address durability problems. The later piston, which appears starting around December 1968, is marked “428” and “SUPER” (thanks to Randy Pollock for the picture), and differs from the earlier pistons by having additional metal in the pin boss area. The “SUPER” mark does NOT mean that the pistons were used only in SCJs! Though different part numbers were used for standard sized CJ and SCJ pistons (perhaps to provide slightly different installation tolerances), most folks that I’ve talked to believe that the pistons were in fact identical.

      None of the parts of the 428 SCJ reciprocating assembly interchange with their 428 CJ counterparts. Mixing SCJ and CJ parts can cause severe balance problems. It may be possible to mix components if every component of the reciprocating assembly is dynamically balanced, but why bother?

      It’s important to note that all other components of the SCJ engine do in fact interchange with the CJ engine. Block, heads, manifolds, etc. are identical. Some original SCJ blocks were stamped “super” on the front; if present, this marking was likely there to tell the original engine assemblers to use SCJ internals when building the engine (here’s an example of such a stamping courtesy of Randy Pollock). Factory horsepower and torque ratings were the same for both CJ and SCJ engines.

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    • Avatar photo Jim

      I too had a 428 SCJ. we tried the Thunderbird Dual Holly setup on mine. I concur with your uncle, dangerous to drive on public streets.

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  15. Avatar photo rancho bella

    The wing and slants ruin the lines of the car. Always have

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  16. Avatar photo Jumping g

    Love it .would not change a thing.

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