Driveway Find: 1969 Ford Mustang Notchback


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This solid looking 1969 Ford Mustang is a classic that you can drive while you improve it, or even just leave it alone and drive it anyway. It’s located in Gibsonville, North Carolina and is offered for sale here on craigslist, where the asking price is $5,950.


While I personally prefer the 1969/70 fastback models, probably because my father owned one, the notchback models have their own following. The seller tells us that some body filler was used before a mediocre repaint and the repairs are now showing at the bottom of the doors and fenders. Surprisingly the plainly styled wheel covers are original and are all present. Bumpers appear straight, but could use rechroming, especially the front.


The seller also lets us know that the driver’s side floor is soft and will need repair, but they also note that the frame rails and structural components under the car are good. I’d like confirmation of that with an inspection before I went any further.


Inside there’s not a lot that has to be done, with a seat issue that might be able to be repaired locally on the passenger side. There’s at least one crack in the center of the dash, but as a whole this interior wouldn’t be too bad if it were cleaned up. The seller talks about using it as a daily driver, and I guess that’s possible given the air conditioning (if it works once the belt is reinstalled — not likely).


Under the hood is pretty much the highlight here, with a freshly rebuilt 302, the present air conditioning compressor and some newish auxiliary components. Solid shock towers and even what looks like a new idler pulley for the air conditioning compressor help the impression. It would be nice to know if the ac was ever converted over to R134A; if not that would be one of my first steps. While I may prefer the fastback, please give me your case for the notchback and whether you think this is a good one!

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  1. Rick

    Like those weird OEM wheel covers, never see them now, hardly ever saw them back in ’69

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    • nighttrainx03

      I have been into mustangs for 45years and I don’t think I ever saw these on a mustang. I would like to see the emblem on them, then I would know for sure. They look like LTD caps to me but I could be wrong and maybe I am, just my opinion.

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      • Blyndgesser

        I was thinking Fairlane/Torino.

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  2. audifan

    You never want to convert an old AC system from R12 to R134a. There is still plenty of R12 around. It’s just a bit more expensive but worth every penny.

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  3. JW

    I agree those hub caps look to be LTD ones, my 70 goes in Friday to have It’s a/c recharged with R12 because my mechanic said since I wanted to keep the stock compressor he would not recommend R134 because these OEM compressors like R12 for keeping the o rings / mechanicals lubed and R12 gets much colder, if I had changed to a newer Sanderson compressor then go with R134. I would want to check out the trunk area close as if that rear window channel has any pin holes guess where the water will end up, ask me how I know.

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  4. Mark Hoffman

    Whel covers? Think Mercury Comet @1973

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  5. kevin

    I believe the hubcaps may be off a early 70’s Mercury Cougar.

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  6. Roselandpete

    The 69 sportsroof is my all time favorite Mustang.

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  7. Rando

    Why go to the trouble of rebuilding the motor, putting everything back in place and NOT fixing the A/C? Just so it’s in place? Either fix it or leave it off. Rebuilt motor and not even be bothered to CLEAN the rest of the parts? Look at radiator. Battery cables – replace stuff to make it all look good and work properly. Kinda disheartening.

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