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Offline Lindas69Boss

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Hello from 9F02G194815
« on: May 22, 2020, 09:19:40 pm »
The Boss 302 has been with us twice.  The car was ordered as a new vehicle (probably in Late April/May 1969) from Bill Watkins Ford in Scottsdale, AZ.  The dealer was the only Ford High Performance outlet in the Arizona.  We drove up from Tucson to put a deposit on one and waited. There were 6 due in.  The trade in might be a collectible car these days.  It was a 1965 Rambler Ambassador Convertible.  It was bright red and had a black and white interior.  It had been her step mothers car and was a hand me down.

At the time my car was a 1965 Shelby GT 350 Mustang that I bought used in Tucson.  I had joined the Army Reserve in Tucson and was sent to Ft. Ord for basic training and Clerks School.  At Christmas break 1965 Linda and I drove the Shelby up to San Francisco and celebrated News Year Eve there.  I had made arrangements with the Ford High Performance/Shelby dealer in San Francisco to store the GT 350 until I was out of Basic.  Then Linda flew to SF, picked up the Shelby and drove it to Ft. Ord.  I had to register the car with the base and it was parked in a specific lot.  I could only use it on the weekends.  Boy did I!!!!

It was while I was at Ft. Ord that I purchased a copy of Motor Trend with a bright Yellow Boss 302 on the cover and a teaser story inside.  I lusted for a Boss 302 from the first time I saw the magazine!!!
The Boss was my wife's wedding gift.  We had to wait for it to arrive.  We married June 21st. 1969 (we are coming up on 51 years of marriage).  We borrowed an old beat up VW convertible and headed to Rocky Point, Mexico for a weeks honeymoon.  We probably took delivery of the Boss in late June or early July.  We were the first order in line for the first six cars.  We picked a low option car in Yellow.  Within a week of delivery we headed to Chicago with the car.  We lived with my parents and Linda found work teaching Junior High in Fox Lake, IL.  For the next 2 plus years she drove the car from Deerfield, IL to Fox Lake.  With about 35,000 miles on it; the motor began to go south.  It began to rattle the pistons and then it threw the timing chain.  We fixed the car and traded it for a BMW 2002.

I always missed the car and in 1987 I attended the Shelby America get together in Dearborn, MI.  There were plenty of Boss 302's there as well.  I met Randy Rheem (I hope I got that right) and ask him if he could help me find the car.  I did have everything on the Boss because nothing went with the trade in for the BMW.  I sent him the VIN and he had nothing.  He suggested the DMV and I made a phone call down state to Springfield.  I spoke with a very nice guy who gave me instructions on how to mail them a request and for a fee they will look.  After telling the guy the back story of the car and it being a wedding gift he said "Give me the VIN."  Within seconds he had a match.  He gave me the registered name and the address for the car.  It was 10 miles from where we lived.  I was there the next day.  I could write a 5,000 word essay on purchasing the car.  It was very funny.  I'll save if for another time.

Linda's Boss had had a hard life.  It had been owned by at least 3 people (2 of which were related).  The OEM engine had been blown up by one of the lot boys at Knauz Continental in Lake Forest, IL.  The engine in the car I now had was a 351 Windsor.  The car had been painted three times.  White, back to yellow and the final insult was red that looked like a rattle can job.    There was over spray all over the car.  But, I was Linda's Boss!

Randy introduced me to Doug Monroe in Ohio and he helped me source parts including a complete 1970 Boss 302 engine from Missouri.  I also bought a 69 Boss 302 roller from him to get things like the complete wire harness, a correct hood, unique nuts and bolts, tail lights. OEM Ford headlights etc.  I spent a year collecting everything and then a Mustang specialty shop in the Chicago area went to work.  The whole under side had to be replaced,  The Boss had been hit in a rear quarter panel and the fix was to put on on over the damaged one.  And on an on.  The car ran and drove by May of 89 and it was the centerpiece for our 20th Anniversary Party.

The car was driven occasionally for several years and then parked for about 10 years.  We sold our house in Illinois in October of 2017 and moved to Santa Fe, NM.  The Boss needed some work so I left it at Zizzo Racing in Illinois.  A young fellow there has been going through it to make it road worthy again.  It is ready and as soon as we can travel again I will take the truck and trailer back to Illinois to retrieve the Boss.  It's stable mate for 52 years(the GT 350) was sold privately to a collector a year ago.  Linda and I are both retired and the plans are to use the Boss for traveling the Southwest.

The yellow Boss 302 is truly my wife's car.  Now it is titled under both names for estate purposes.

I will try to add a couple of photos.  I may have to load them in an outside location, but I will try to post a couple of shots of the car as it looks today.  Check back over the weekend.

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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 09:43:18 pm »
Welcom to the Forum. That’s a very cool story & glad it’s back where it belongs.
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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2020, 05:49:48 am »
Awesome story, can't wait to see pictures!  Welcome.
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Offline WillsBoss

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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2020, 06:08:16 am »
Great story and she will be back home where she belongs soon. Welcome and post some pics when you can. Would love to see what she looks like.

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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2020, 07:42:56 am »
     A Very  WELCOME !!!.......They All have a Story, & that is a Great one !

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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2020, 08:00:54 am »
Welcome to the Club! Awesome story and glad you got it back! Most of all Congratulations on 51 years of marriage she sounds like a very COOL Lady!!! Too  8)

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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2020, 08:50:37 am »
WOW,  Very kool,  Welcome to the place that we all love the Boss Mustang. Greg,    Seattle

Offline snolan

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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 01:31:25 pm »
Great story i was active in the Mustang seen in the 80's-90's  in the Chicago area i currently have a Red 70 if you ever need anything in the Chicago area message me i can also help post your pictures email them to me.

Couple of my cars in the 80-s-90's you may have seen them back in the day even know i'm in the south west suburbs.

Current Car

Sold in 1999 Went to Seattle

Sold in 1985-86 to guy in Wisconsin

Sold in 1983-84 needed school money, High school car  My first boss

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1970 B2 Metuchen Car Nov 5 1969 Build
1964 Ranchero 302 4 Speed
1967 Nova LS1 -T56 Six Speed


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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2020, 01:44:52 pm »
Welcome to the site. Great story, glad you could get her back home.
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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2020, 05:31:30 pm »
Now that's Devotion!!
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Re: Hello from 9F02G194815
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2020, 02:06:47 am »
What a great story. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures.

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