As much as we’d like to wish that it’s true, not all Mustang lovers get the chance to finally acquire and drive their dream car. But after a glorious 60 years of model history, the Ford Mustang offers owners and fans a lot of choices to serve as their “favorites” – as well as a canvas to make their dream Mustang one that Ford had never produced in the factory. That’s precisely the case with Frank Vorderbruggen of Minnesota. Frank’s dream Mustang had long been a Boss 9 – but he doubted that even if he had one, he’d feel safe driving it a lot because if its rarity. So he got together with his son to build a beastly substitute – albeit now with 557 cubic inches of big-block Ford under the hood. Here’s the cool explanation he sent us:
“Hello Ford Performance! My name is Frank Vorderbruggen. I’d like to share with you my Ford story – well, at least one of them.
“My first vehicle purchase was a used 1963 F-100 for $600. When I bought my first new vehicle, I sold the F-100 and bought the somewhat redesigned F-150 in November 1977 --which I still own and drive sparingly. I had an opportunity to purchase this 1970 Mustang Sportsroof as a basket case project for $200 back in 1980 and had always dreamt of owning a Boss 429. But I knew even then that even if I owned one, I would be reluctant to drive such a rare piece of automotive history.
“So . . . I built the car that Ford never did -- but should have. I call it a 69-and-a-half Mustang Cobra 429 SCJ (now a 557). Big power, yes, but plausibly authentic with factory tach and all the bits and pieces to make it look right -- including the original Boss color. I built it as project with my son, who is now 21 and a little dismayed by this car as it is a beast to drive! Regards, and thanks for letting me share my Mustang story.”
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