1970 351C 4V Sportsroof
The car on display at Convention 2002 in Hamilton
An especially good
example with the 300 hp 351C-4V engine, painted in a very attractive Vermillion
red, and fitted with an imported American made powered rack and pinion steering conversion.
(Under the bonnet.
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The car was imported into
New Zealand in 1979.
Nov 1970 at San Jose VIN Number:
Original Colour: Dark Ivy Green
Interior Colour: Black Engine:
351 4V Cleveland V8
FMX 3 speed auto
1 (std) 9 inch
Power disc brakes
Powered rack & pinion steering (TCP)
Colour keyed racing mirrors
Front Spoiler (Genuine factory fibreglass-not plastic)
Rear Spoiler (Genuine factory fibreglass)
Factory wood grain deluxe dash with clock
Original AM push button radio still fitted.
Rocker panel mouldings (Along under the door)
Fender edge trim strips.
Options subsequently added:
Chromed 14 x 8 12 slot GT Wheels with 235 x 60 tyres
(including a full size identical spare wheel)
Wood rim steering wheel
Xenon high output headlights
Driving lights (hidden behind grill)
Uprated front and rear suspension
Mach 1 dual stainless exhaust extensions
Sony "Explode" sound system with JVL GT speakers.
Powered rack and Pinion steering system (TCP).
Key improvements carried out
Rebuilt the rear brakes;
(new cylinders, shoes, replaced the drums with a fined set, new rear brake lines
Replaced the rear
suspension, (new uprated leaf springs, and new front and rear bushes).
Replaced the headlights with
new Xenon units, and relayed the headlights off for maximum power.
Fitted 14 x 8 chrome 12 slot wheels all round including the spare wheel.
Installed a shock tower brace in the engine bay.
Replaced the battery with a
heavy duty truck unit.
Installed Pertronix Ignitor, (electronic points) into the distributor.
Repaired a water leak
in lower left corner of rear window. (When
the window was removed it revealed a seam that had never been properly sealed in the
factory; a common problem with all 69/70 fastback models.)
Rebuilt the front suspension: New strut rod mountings, new top and bottom
suspension arm and spring perches. (Already installed were 600 lb/inch springs
and 15/16th inch front sway bar with new mounting rubbers). Included lowering the top suspension
arms 1 inch to improve handling.
Removed original manual steering system, and replaced it with a powered Rack and
Pinion Steering kit, from Total Control Products in the US. (This
is a very expensive conversion (NZ$5,000 ish) , but
Fitted 69 Mach 1 style dual stainless exhaust extensions with correct rolled
Fitted new Inertia reel seat belts on both front seats.
More Photos of the Car
This car looked terrific, ran
sweetly, and handled and steered brilliantly.