One Beauty of a Classic 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Here’s one classic Ford Mustang we know as the ’69 Mach 1. It’s a beast to drive and very physically appealing. It’s got the classic muscle all in one package. It’s not one of those classics that takes awhile to get from 0 – 60. Not at all.

This is Craig Wade’s Mach 1 and it puts some of those classic stereotypes to rest with a Cammed 408ci. 351 Windsor block that has been worked from top to bottom. That includes the forged I-Beam connecting rods, Probe Industries forged pistons, Melling oil pump and seven-quart Moroso oil pan, ATI SFI Balancer, custom ground camshaft and ARP fasteners holding it all together. That’s not all, this ‘69 Mach 1 features custom ported Twisted Wedge heads and ported Victor Jr intake manifold flowed by Lynn Morris.

To keep the ride stiff and passengers safe, the Mach 1 has an 8 point chromoly cage and custom subframe connectors. The disc brakes keep the stopping power, well, powerful. The transmission is a PA Supercomp C-4 with Trans-Brake and a Neal Chance torque converter with 4800 RPM stall. It also features a Ford 9-inch axle with 3.73 gears and a Detroit Locker.

First glance, and someone is likely to say that this paint is an OEM factory Ford color, although, it is not. It’s a Viper Blue that looks mean with the OE flat black hood and chin spoiler. The entire undercarriage has been restored and fitted with all new original chrome parts. This ’69 Mach 1 has been fitted with Weld Prostars and 28×10.5 ET Drags. For night time cruisin’, a set of Magnum 500 wheels really set off the exterior.

A recent dyno performance, a first time dyno run with the previous Toploader 4 speed transmission put down 435RWHP and 429 lb. ft. of torque out of 91 octane. Not bad factoring in the ignition problems and fouling plugs. Pretty impressive despite the aforementioned problems! That equals out to be a 10.71 quarter mile at 122mph.

Craig, the owner, is a proud forum member of with this beauty of a 1969 Mach 1, a true American car built in the past brought to present day as one mean machine! Not that it wasn’t before!


About the author

Amie Williams

Amie's love and appreciation for fine machinery began when she was a kid spending summers with her father, a pilot and skydiving instructor. Her passion for everything automotive, and especially American muscle, continued after her dad passed. It was then Amie decided to become a journalist and photographer. She currently is a freelance contributor for Power Automedia.
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