71 Boss 351 Quick Flip Turned Into Full Scale Restoration

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In the beginning......A coworker I've known for almost 10 years owned a 1971 Boss 351 he bought in Jan 1977.  This car was his baby and for the last 40+ years has tried to faithfully maintain it even though his mechanical skills are limited. 

So, five years ago he retired and moved with his English wife back to England (he used to be in the Air Force).  Before he left he practically begged me to buy his Boss because he knew I could/would take care of it....almost an adoption.  In a former life I used to work in the service dept of a new car dealership and possess the mechanical tools and skill-set that he lacked. However, I was in the middle of a divorce and was in no position to take on a project car.

 


Fast forward to Summer of 2018 and out of the blue I received an email from the Boss owner informing me he was visiting the colonies for a couple of weeks.  The car had been in a storage unit since his retirement and he wanted to get rid of it and offered me a price I couldn't refuse.  My early goal was to paint it, maybe new tires and a tune-up, and bada-bing-bada-boom sell it for a handsome profit. That was before I received a phone call from the body shop who discovered damage to the driver's side sub-frame from a prior accident and a rusted floor pan. My options were to either disassemble the car and sell the parts or disassemble the car and restore it. Of course the new bride (remarried now) wanted me to sell the car one part at a time but I recognize the historical value and limited production number of the 1971 Boss 351 (1,806).  I decided to go for the restoration option and every time there's a package left on my front door step with a part for the Boss
(almost daily), my bride reminds me of how much this car is costing me (not one dollar of her money used in this project).  

Here's some pictures of the journey in the last 18 months:

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The day I purchased, July 12, 2018. (I know...incorrect bumper and wheels).



Bill of sale dated Jan 12, 1977 for $1,200 by prior owner (PO).  Car was originally Light Pewter Metallic but PO hated silver so had it repainted blue.  I will return back to original color.







First order of business was to rebuild this dirty beast.








Ready for the machine shop!





Mission Automotive in San Antonio did a fantastic job of returning this Boss to former glory.



I have the original D1ZX-9425-CA intake but not the original Autolite 4300-D carb.  Prior owner remembers the day he threw away the 4300-D after he replaced it with a Holley as all the performance magazines in the 70s were recommending.



Boss 3.91 axle before restoration.



"The Twisted Axle" of San Antonio are the local gurus for Ford 9 inch rebuilds.





The Jedi Knight of Toploader rebuilds, David Kee, rebuilt the 4 speed to include rechroming the Hurst shifter. 



Valor Restoration of Canyon Lake, TX replaced everything forward of the windshield.







New firewall and cowling.  Ready for the new floor.



New Floor!





The car is back in my garage where I will install the new power train and eventually return it to Valor Restoration to finish the body and paint.  My desire is to conduct a correct restoration vs a concours restoration.  I mean, I want it to look correct but not going to take the painstaking (and prohibitively expensive) concours approach.  Example: I'm going to paint the driveshaft the correct color but not going to paint the color bands or duplicate the inspection marks.  Where required I'm replacing some components with ACP or Scott Drake repros.  I was able to locate at great expense the correct Boss 351 exhaust manifolds (and heat shield and lift hooks) and will trash the Hooker headers the PO had installed. This Boss will not be at Pebble Beach or undergo the scrutiny of a MCCA inspection.  I just want a clean 71 Boss that I can drive to a local meet and be proud to show it.

My goal is to have it finished by September 2020 to compete in the all Mustang show in San Antonio.  I'll update once the engine, tranny, and axle are installed.

 
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Looks great. Glad to hear you did not part it out for the quick buck.

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Awesome work. Keep it up

 

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I feel your pain... and dedication to getting it done. Good work!

 
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Glad you're returning it to the original Light Pewter (code V) color.

When I had my 71 Mach repainted, I was unable to find a code (formula) for PPG 2287 in modern paint. A local PPG supplier was unable to match it, so I had the paint camera matched from a section of un-faded paint under the rear window trim. You may be able to find that code in the US due to different regulations than in Canada.

If you have not seen a copy of an original 1971 PPG Mustang paint chart, see the attached link. It also has the code for the hood black-out and trim. 

Depending on how close to perfect you wish to go with trim finishing, SEM Hot-Rod Black with Hot-Rod clear over it (optional) has proven to be very durable on exterior black-outs and SEM Trim Black for interior trim. While these are not "concours" correct, they do look good imo. BUT it's your car, your way. Other paints are available to chose from.

Geoff.

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Glad you're returning it to the original Light Pewter (code V) color.

When I had my 71 Mach repainted, I was unable to find a code (formula) for PPG 2287 in modern paint. A local PPG supplier was unable to match it, so I had the paint camera matched from a section of un-faded paint under the rear window trim. You may be able to find that code in the US due to different regulations than in Canada.

If you have not seen a copy of an original 1971 PPG Mustang paint chart, see the attached link. It also has the code for the hood black-out and trim. 

Depending on how close to perfect you wish to go with trim finishing, SEM Hot-Rod Black with Hot-Rod clear over it (optional) has proven to be very durable on exterior black-outs and SEM Trim Black for interior trim. While these are not "concours" correct, they do look good imo. BUT it's your car, your way. Other paints are available to chose from.

Geoff.
Geof,

That's awesome!  Thanks for sharing the fruit of your research.  I'll show to my restoration shop once I return the car for paint and body work.

Ed

 
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Glad you're returning it to the original Light Pewter (code V) color.

When I had my 71 Mach repainted, I was unable to find a code (formula) for PPG 2287 in modern paint. A local PPG supplier was unable to match it, so I had the paint camera matched from a section of un-faded paint under the rear window trim. You may be able to find that code in the US due to different regulations than in Canada.

If you have not seen a copy of an original 1971 PPG Mustang paint chart, see the attached link. It also has the code for the hood black-out and trim. 

Depending on how close to perfect you wish to go with trim finishing, SEM Hot-Rod Black with Hot-Rod clear over it (optional) has proven to be very durable on exterior black-outs and SEM Trim Black for interior trim. While these are not "concours" correct, they do look good imo. BUT it's your car, your way. Other paints are available to chose from.

Geoff.
Geof,

That's awesome!  Thanks for sharing the fruit of your research.  I'll show to my restoration shop once I return the car for paint and body work.

Ed
 Ed, happy to help out and hope you can find the PPG formula. If not was there any original paint with sufficient thickness to camera match? There are quite a few others here with code V paint, so perhaps somebody else has the formula they can share. Unfortunately the paint supplier who matched my paint did not write the formula on the can. I can't even match my own paint now, but I do have some left over if it's still any good.

As for the black-out, some was textured, but it depends on what you want for your car. For me, I was just wanting it to look good to the casual observer, not an MCA judge! Again there are many here who may have a better idea to the correct semi-gloss black if you are unable to match the codes on that chart. Also if you care to do a search I'm pretty sure you'll find more info in other threads.

Geoff.

 
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Nice work. I like your plan for the restoration to keep it real and enjoyable.

 

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What is the plan for that Urethane bumper?

Remember I asked first... :D

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Read, reREAD and looked at the photos! Nice to see someone that both respects a concourse effort and KNOWS they aren't going that way . EVERYTHING on a Boss 351 is expensive....so you can save $20K just in the manifolds, carb, distributor, fuel pump, alternator and pulley ! At least you can get a BA dip stick with all the money saved. Don't make me deliver a with a set of Small hole Magnums in January !



 
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