Wals 1969 Boss 429: "BIG BOS"
For a complete set of photos go to the bottom of this
This was the real deal. A
genuine factory built 1969 Boss 429. Original and full matching numbers.
These are one of the most
desirable and sort after collector cars you can find. There
only two of these 1969 model Boss 429's in NZ when I owned
here for a little more
general background information on the incredible Boss 429.
My car had only 4 owners,
and until I bought it and imported into NZ in May 2003, it
had spent all its life in Arizona. The previous owner had the car for 25
which time it was rebuilt mechanically from end to end
including front suspension. Total mileage when purchased was only 63,000,
and to the best of my knowledge the car still had its
original interior, including seat belts. While it had been
fully maintained (using NOS parts wherever possible) it had
not been subjected to a full restoration. (After all, they
are only original once.) Everything worked, including the clock and the original
AM radio, and the trunk still had the original space saver spare wheel which had
never been on the road).
One of the
heads from this car, photographed during the engine rebuild.
I maintained the car in fully drivable condition,
and was one of just two Mustangs that completed the
5,000km round trip Kaitaia to Bluff in the Mustang 40th
Anniversary in 2004. (Go here
for more information on this fantastic event The car sported the event
registration ID sticker # 001). These cars have huge power
and torque for fantastic acceleration, however
also sit solidly on the road with handling that is better than any other big block Mustang
of the era.
NZ show prizes to Sept 2004
place Boss at 2003 National Mustang Convention, and peoples
choice Wellington All Ford Day 2004.
KK #:1852 (Numbering
started at 1200 so this is the 652 Boss 429 produced by Kar
9 = Year = 1969
F = Plant = Dearborn
02 = Body style = Sportsroof
Z = engine code = Boss 429
198748 = Consecutive Production number.
Door Tag: 63B M DAA 23E
892001 V 6
63 = Body style = Sportsroof
B = Interior trim = Luxury Décor Group
M = Exterior Colour = Wimbledon White
DAA = Interior colour = Black comfort weave
23 = Day of production = 23 rd
E = Month of production = May
892001 = Order Number
V = Rear axle = 3.91 Equalock (Traction loc)
6 = Transmission = 4 speed close ratio.
Not so good...
Air cleaner snorkel was missing, and exhaust extractors were fitted (worth 30 bhp) : (I acquired
a set of standard cast iron manifolds but never fitted them)
I fitted a 3.0 gear
set, for quiet economical cruising. The factory 3.94 (drag pac) gear set came with the car, (and with lots more
cruising revs, noise and fuel consumption, but neck snapping
Smog: The original smog system had been removed. The
paint was not perfect, and there were two minor dents ..one in
the bonnet and one where the (trunk mounted) battery fell
over and gently dinged the adjacent guard. The fibreglass
bonnet scoop had bubbles in the paint and there was some
light surface rust on some components underneath. There was a
minor oil leak around the oil filter somewhere....and some
other bits and pieces. The tyres fitted were modern high
performance radials. The original style Goodyear Polyglas tyres can still be purchased, but the dynamics of
these tyres are (by modern standards) so awful that retro
fitting them would only be sensible if the car was to revert
to a show only car and not be driven regularly on the road.
I also had the following
Factory standard cast iron manifolds
Factory 3.94 gear set (mint)
Both original vehicle build sheets
Both original invoices (Ford to Kar Kraft, and Kar Kraft to
Original owners manual and Boss 429 Supplement
A full ownership and mechanical history with receipts
Fully detailed Show Card
Book: Boss 429 Performance issue 1 (B&W) by Steve Strange
Full set of original Boss 429 Newsletters by Steve Strange
Magazine articles from USA with pictures and articles about
Engine Dyno figures and graphs for this car.
Big Boss gives the Dyno a workout!
HP and Torque on
96 pump gas and prior to fitting the Fuelstar fuel
(Ign had to be backed well off to prevent pinging).
Below are some sample
photos taken during the time I owned this car.