Drive It As Is! 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Finding a running, driving project car is always a plus, and while this 1970 Mustang Mach 1 might not be ready to drive across, the country, the owner feels that there is no reason why you couldn’t drive it locally exactly as it currently stands. It has a few issues, but it also appears as though it is a car that might restore quite nicely. The Mustang is located in Houston, Texas, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has now reached $11,650, and with the reserve having been met, it is a Mustang that is set to move on to a new home.

When it comes to problems, this appears to be the worst of them in this Competition Yellow classic. The owner admits that there is Bondo here, but doesn’t reveal whether he knows why the Bondo was layered on there in the first place. The way it has lifted around the edges, there is a possibility that there will be rust to be addressed underneath. The rest of the body of the Mustang looks to be pretty solid, while the trunk pan looks good as well. There is a single photo of the underside of the car, and while it reveals that the rear half of the car seems to have nothing more than a coating of surface corrosion, we can’t really tell how healthy the front floors, front frame rails, or the torque boxes are.

The majority of the black trim inside the Mustang doesn’t look too bad, but there will be a few items that will need to be attended to. The center will need to be secured on the rim-blow wheel, while the car is also fitted with an aftermarket radio/cassette player. It doesn’t look like the dash has been cut to fit this, but the door trims have been to install speakers. There is also a crack in the dash pad, but the rest of the interior looks like it should generally respond quite well to some intensive cleaning. One potential bonus is the fact that the Mustang is fitted with factory air conditioning, but I don’t believe that this is currently working.

Powering the Mustang is a 351ci V8 engine. The car is also fitted with a 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and power front disc brakes. Since 1997, the Mustang has only managed to accrue around 8,000 miles, and only about 1,000 since the transmission received a rebuild. To bring the car back to reasonable health, it has recently had the entire fuel system flushed and cleaned, the Holley carburetor has been treated to a rebuild, along with the car receiving new sets of both plugs and tires. There are a few additional parts that are included with the Mustang, including the original air cleaner, and an additional rebuilt Holley carb. As the owner states, he would be happy to drive the Mustang to the grocery store, but wouldn’t trust it on a long trip at this stage.

After the 1969 model year, Ford chose to soften the styling of the Mustang slightly for 1970. There was a feeling within the company that the 1969 styling was too aggressive, but the restyle didn’t assist total sales, which proved lower than the previous year. This 1970 Mustang is quite a nice looking car, and I would love to know exactly what is hiding under the Bondo. If there isn’t anything too nasty, and if the underside of the car is solid and clean, then this could be a great project car for the Blue-Oval enthusiasts out there.


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  1. Troy s

    Fun project car here if you like Ford’s, or just Mustangs. I hate how much these wrecks are selling for nowadays.

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  2. Ken Carney

    Great starter car for my niece if she only
    had her license to drive. She’s a big fan
    of these cars and has a portrait of a ’73
    that I made for her not long ago. I can
    see her cruising it at Oldtown on the weekend. Slap a rear spoiler on it, add
    some louvers to the rear window, get
    some decent rims on it, and call it done–
    after the major tasks have been done.
    Surprised to see one in running condition.
    Most of them were run into the ground.

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  3. Woody

    Wheel covers are the same as available with ‘70 Torino and look great! This Mach-1 is ready to enjoy driving while working out the cosmetics.Just needs a 4-speed.

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  4. Gaspumpchas

    Not sure what happened to that quarter, but replacing it isn’t the end of the world.of course, no pics of the underbelly and cowl plenum. Look er over good. Mighy be great project, but bear in mind its still a rustang. good luck to the new owner!!

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  5. Steven Ligac

    No belt on the AC. Never a good sign.

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