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  • 1969 Mustang race car that I have owned since 1970

    Mustang is back at the shop. Need to do a lot of work getting it ready to race in A/SA or B/SA. The 428 CJ will be on the dyno later this week. I painted this in 2005 using SPI clear and it has never been waxed. It has been in an enclosed trailer for 6 years in the Florida heat. I wasn't sure what to expect when we unloaded it. After washing it the paint still looks great.





    Rusty Gillis

    Gillis Performance Restorations
    727-847-7973
    www.gillisrestorations.com

    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

  • #2
    That's awesome, Rusty! Does look great for having been painted so long ago. Looking forward to seeing that sucker on the track again!

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    • #3
      Very cool!
      '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '05 Sable LS
      My Mach's restoration progress
      My Sprint's restoration progress
      It is much more effective to teach people how to swim than to try to dry all the world oceans.

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      • #4
        Wow, I would have figured that was painted back in the 70's with a wild job like that! I like it! I don't see how you keep up with all you have going on Rusty, I have trouble with two cars, seems like you have about 20!
        ----1999 F150 XLT Lariat Super Cab 4X4 5.4----
        -----1947 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 5.0-----
        -----2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4----
        " Sometimes you fix the car, sometimes the car fixes you" Steve L.

        "Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America". President Donald J. Trump

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ford84stepside View Post
          Wow, I would have figured that was painted back in the 70's with a wild job like that! I like it! I don't see how you keep up with all you have going on Rusty, I have trouble with two cars, seems like you have about 20!
          This is how it looked in 1972



          Rusty Gillis

          Gillis Performance Restorations
          727-847-7973
          www.gillisrestorations.com

          Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
          Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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          • #6
            I have a question . . . its a '69 Sportsroof with no quarter scoops behind the door. Whats the story? Boss 302?
            Mark C ~
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            1965 coupe - owned since '79
            1970 Mach 1 T-5 (export Mustang) - owned since '86
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            • #7
              still looks great !
              34 FORD coupe...Cleveland POWERED

              it`s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 70MachT-5 View Post
                I have a question . . . its a '69 Sportsroof with no quarter scoops behind the door. Whats the story? Boss 302?
                Hubert Platt told me he had a 1969 body for sale with no drive train. It was a Q code that had been used as a Boss 302 test car. It was built in Oct 1968 and had no quarter scoops, had the front fenders rolled, blacked out hood, deck lid, taillight panel and around the headlights. The quarter panels were made with no brackets for the scoops. Hubert saved it from the crusher

                This was the first race after I turned it into a Super Stocker in July 1971 before paint.


                Rusty Gillis

                Gillis Performance Restorations
                727-847-7973
                www.gillisrestorations.com

                Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                • #9
                  I see where the design comes from Rusty! I thought that looked like a 70's design, there were some very artistic paint jobs I remember seeing in pics back then, mostly in black and white in magazines. I bet that took a while with all the masking, fogging, etc. Really stands out in a color pic. So, what's the plans for it, you going back to racing it?
                  ----1999 F150 XLT Lariat Super Cab 4X4 5.4----
                  -----1947 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 5.0-----
                  -----2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4----
                  " Sometimes you fix the car, sometimes the car fixes you" Steve L.

                  "Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America". President Donald J. Trump

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ford84stepside View Post
                    I see where the design comes from Rusty! I thought that looked like a 70's design, there were some very artistic paint jobs I remember seeing in pics back then, mostly in black and white in magazines. I bet that took a while with all the masking, fogging, etc. Really stands out in a color pic. So, what's the plans for it, you going back to racing it?
                    From my first post: Need to do a lot of work getting it ready to race in A/SA or B/SA.
                    Rusty Gillis

                    Gillis Performance Restorations
                    727-847-7973
                    www.gillisrestorations.com

                    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                    • #11
                      I guess I need to read better!
                      ----1999 F150 XLT Lariat Super Cab 4X4 5.4----
                      -----1947 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 5.0-----
                      -----2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4----
                      " Sometimes you fix the car, sometimes the car fixes you" Steve L.

                      "Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America". President Donald J. Trump

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                      • #12
                        Rusty,
                        Those vintage pics look like your '69FB wore Keystone wheels back in the day..... are you planning on staying with them or changing them to ????

                        Ryan
                        Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ryan Wilke View Post
                          Rusty,
                          Those vintage pics look like your '69FB wore Keystone wheels back in the day..... are you planning on staying with them or changing them to ????

                          Ryan
                          Keystone wheels are not available in the right offset to fit the Mustang and they are heavy. I have these wheels just need new tires but may upgrade in the future to something lighter.


                          Rusty Gillis

                          Gillis Performance Restorations
                          727-847-7973
                          www.gillisrestorations.com

                          Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                          Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                          • #14
                            I think it looks better without the wheels and tires used for storage

                            Rusty Gillis

                            Gillis Performance Restorations
                            727-847-7973
                            www.gillisrestorations.com

                            Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                            Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                            • #15
                              Picked up 12 hp with Harland Sharp rockers. Peak hp was at 5850 rpm now it has 512 at 6200 and 509 at 6500. We will be testing the PI aluminum intake next.
                              Rusty Gillis

                              Gillis Performance Restorations
                              727-847-7973
                              www.gillisrestorations.com

                              Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                              Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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