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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 - Sight Unseen

Mark Mathieu's 11-Second 1969 Mach 1 Was A Leap Of Faith

Photography by Mark Mathieu, Henry De Los Santos

CC: Did you make it?
MM: He runs 11.63 at 116; I ran 11.65 at 117.8 last year and the car's faster now. We've yet to actually line up.

The Details
Car: '69 Mustang Mach I
Owner: Mark Mathieu

Engine: Ford 351W stroked to 408ci with an Eagle crank, Carillo rods, and JE pistons (10.4:1); machinework by Ernie Brottem of Ernie's machine in Zim, MN

Heads: Edelbrock aluminum Victor Jr. with 2.05/1.97 stainless valves

Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake, Holley 4150 at 830 cfm fed by Carter electric pump

Camshaft: Comp Cams XR289-R solid roller with 242/248 degrees duration @ 0.050-inch lift and 0.609/0.616-inch lift, Crower roller lifters, Trick Flow pushrods, Comp Cams 1.7:1 roller rockers

Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp 171/48-inch headers, custom stainless 3-inch system with Hooker Aero Chamber mufflers

Transmission: Ford C-6 by Performance Automatic with full-roller bearing conversion and Performance Automatic 3,000-rpm stall converter

Rearend: Strange Ford 9-inch, Richmond 4.10:1 gears and Strange 31-spline axles

Front suspension: Stock '69 Mustang

Rear suspension: Stock '69 Mustang

Brakes: Stock '69 Mustang 10-inch disc front, stock 10-inch drum rear

Wheels and tires: Magnum 500 wheels, 15x7 front, 15x8 rear, with BFG Radial T/A 235/60-15 front, BFG Comp T/A Drag Radial 275/60-15 rear

Body mods: U.S. Body Source cowl-induction hood

Paint: PPG Smoke Gray by Mark Mathieu and Len Hujanen

Cost to build: Budgeted $13,000 spent that on the motor

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