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Old 01-16-2013, 07:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is way premature, but I'm on the scent of a barn Mustang. What I've been told, and none of this is verified, is there may be a 1970 Mach 1 in a barn about an hour from me.
I have to be patient and tactful in asking about the car. If I finally get to see this car, I'm going to write down every VIN, door tag # that I can find. Does anyone know of a Ford VIN decoder and Door tag decoder online or anywhere?
Another restoration is definitely not in my future. I don't have the work space or budget for it. But it would be great fun in just getting it running again. There was a thread recently about resusitating an engine that had not run in decades. Lots of good advice in that thread. Lots of stuff I hadn't thought of.
1970 Mach 1s had 351W, 351C, and 428 CJs. Were there any with just 302s?
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Damn!! California needs barns. haha. Well, at least in San Diego..
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is way premature, but I'm on the scent of a barn Mustang. What I've been told, and none of this is verified, is there may be a 1970 Mach 1 in a barn about an hour from me.
I have to be patient and tactful in asking about the car. If I finally get to see this car, I'm going to write down every VIN, door tag # that I can find. Does anyone know of a Ford VIN decoder and Door tag decoder online or anywhere?
Another restoration is definitely not in my future. I don't have the work space or budget for it. But it would be great fun in just getting it running again. There was a thread recently about resusitating an engine that had not run in decades. Lots of good advice in that thread. Lots of stuff I hadn't thought of.
1970 Mach 1s had 351W, 351C, and 428 CJs. Were there any with just 302s?
You've had 3 Mach Is and don't know how to decode one? You are kidding, right?


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Old 01-16-2013, 07:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The only Mach 1 I've ever owned was a 1978 2V 302.


I guess I could have worded that better. I'll try again.

Were there any 1970 Mach 1 mustangs with 302 engines stock?

I know the other engine options; 351W, 351C, 428CJ.

Thank You 69Canuck.

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I apologize. Looked at the bottom of your sig and saw three listings of Mach Is. Jumped to conclusion!

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The only Mach 1 I've ever owned was a 1978 2V 302.


I guess I could have worded that better. I'll try again.

Were there any 1970 Mach 1 mustangs with 302 engines stock?

I know the other engine options; 351W, 351C, 428CJ.

Thank You 69Canuck.
I would say I've never heard of any '70 Mach's with a 302 factory.
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Why yes, there is a good online mustang decoder, you just go to vintage-mustang.com and they will pretty much decode it for u. Bring pictures too.
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I thought the 351W was only available in 1969 and that it was replaced by the 351C towards the end of the 69 model year production thus making the 351C the only SBF engine for the 70 Mach 1's. Am I wrong?
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The 351 2 barrel engines all had the same code in the VIN but Ford indiscriminately switched between 351C and 351W.

The 4 barrels were always 351C s.
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This is way premature, but I'm on the scent of a barn Mustang. What I've been told, and none of this is verified, is there may be a 1970 Mach 1 in a barn about an hour from me.
I have to be patient and tactful in asking about the car. If I finally get to see this car, I'm going to write down every VIN, door tag # that I can find. Does anyone know of a Ford VIN decoder and Door tag decoder online or anywhere?
My '66 could be called a survivor. A garage find that I've been watching for 10+ years. I had to wait for the owners to pass before it was for sale.
In my research, I found a VIN decoder for iPhone called VIN tools. It's a classic Mustang VIN lookup that can decode a Shelby or Mustang VIN. It also has a part number look-up too. When you plug in your numbers and find a winner, keep your poker-face under control.

I've decoded mine and it's accurate. I still need to pressure wash the engine to get the number there.

Find it on iTunes and give it a try!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! So if its a real 1970 Mach 1, then at least its got a 351?

In the VIN was there a particular letter in a particular position that denoted a Mach 1 for 1970?

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Yes to a 1970 Mach 1 having at least a 351 V8. The 3rd and 4th characters of the VIN # starting from the left must be "05" for it to be a real Mach 1 for 1970.
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Also the 5th character of the VIN # starting from the left is the engine code.
H = 351-2V
M = 351-4V
Q = 428CJ (Non Ram Air)
R = 428CJ (Ram Air)
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I thought the 351W was only available in 1969 and that it was replaced by the 351C towards the end of the 69 model year production thus making the 351C the only SBF engine for the 70 Mach 1's. Am I wrong?
Wrong---some of the 70's had the 351W in them. H-code could be a Cleveland or a Windsor.
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