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1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ Road Test

The 1969 Ford Mach 1 Mustang was one of those Mustangs designed to put some fire into the belly of the enthusiasts. It was the first year for this particular body style and remains as attractive today as the day it came out. I am partial to the 67/68 fastback bodies but this one is right there running a very close second.

Adding the 428 Cobra Jet engine is over kill if you want to drive it and cruise around but those extra cubic inches and torque are lots of fun. I have never owned the 428 CJ Mustang but do have a 1969 428 CJ Cougar XR7 and can tell you it is a blast to drive and one of my favorites to just play with.


Back in the day this Mustang was a lot of engine for a Pony car. Today’s new shocks and radial tires help a bunch to make it a much better car. Do some of the more sophisticated suspension upgrades available today and it would be a much better handeling car than in 69 but still a lot of weight over the front end. How about some aluminum heads, intake and lighter headers!

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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