True Stories of The Muscle Car Fan: Rare 429 Ford Barn Find

Another very cool Muscle Car Fan Member story from
Sherwin M.

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It was about 4 years ago while checking out some local car ads when I came across and ad about a 1970 Ford Galaxie. The pictures shown were of a car that was barely recognizable because of the terrible photo’s. It peaked my interest so I gave the number a call. It so happens that the car was a 1970 Ford XL that was being sold by the original owner. It had been put away for the last 16 years and he was ready to let it go. We talked some more and I found out that it had the original 429 4 barrel engine in it…in fact the car was completely original except for a paint job done sometime in the 1980’s. It had the horseshoe shifter, high bucket seats, C-6 transmission, horn blow steering wheel etc. It was actually outfitted as a 1969 Ford XL-Gt would have been.

It was located about 2 hours away but I still made the trip the next day. When I pulled up to the house, there it sat in all it’s glory. It looked amazing for a car that had been sitting around for the last 15 years and it was starting to steal my heart. I could see it’s amazing potential and really, where do you find a car like this and buy it from the original owner..I had to buy it.

We settled on a great price and because I traveled 2 hours to see it, I couldn’t take her home that day as I couldn’t obviously drive both cars but the owner happily agreed to drive it to me the next day.

Over the last few year I have had the engine rebuilt to factory specs, changed the gears and really just prettied it. I added Magnum 500 wheels, some cool striping and a functional scoop on the hood.
It is a big and beautiful car that is now my summer daily driver as well as my track warrior on the weekends (14 second car). This is a rare, underappreciated full size Ford that you don’t see often (1640 XL’s made in 1970) but when I get in it, there is no way anyone could wipe the smile off my face. That’s my Ford barn find story. Cheers!

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Need to find a t top car

How much did it go 4

I’d drop a 3.0 PowerStroke into this

You can get fined for having trash laying around !

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Save your money !!!

V8 pinto

I would buy it

Yes, if the price is reasonable, whatever that means.

yes , they are hard to find

Heck yes I would.

Only good thing is the engine...I had 2 of them...cheaply built

I'll give them $500 right now!


I’ll take it


Yes, don't see many.



Yes if it’s not to expensive

Iv had a couple of these if you need some parts i still have some

Cobra II, yes, for a good price.

Hell yes

Hell yea if the price is right

If the price is right. When we was in middle and high school, if you had this or a cobra or king cobra, you were popular

I wouldn't haul it off for free but do you


Depends on the price would make a cool race car

Oh yeah

If it’s a real Cobra 🐍 then yes!!

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2 days ago

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Yep ! Buy it ! Nice project car !

This was mine and it was a BEAST!

I had one years ago, I bought it for my then wife now Ex, I put a lot of time and work on it . Sad to say we broke up, she kept it for awhile then sold it traded it ,or something. It had a 302at, T-tops . Yellow and black interior. Oh well .

Yes I want one. They are the most undervalued Mustang our there. I'll take it.

yes, quite uncommon

Yes.This friend must be save.

I had one bought it all ready set up to begin with, had a special motor with a duel feed holy four barrel carb I had 50’s and 60’s for tires that was a big thing back then and definitely had to put latter bars to stop the wheel hop it had a certain whistle when you stomped on the throttle. I was racing and beating brand new 1980’s mustangs ! That was my best car believe it or not! I’ve seen other mustang 2’s Cobra 2’s what ever nothing like that car! Only people that I know and that saw the car could appreciate it because I would be saying what a lot of people are saying on this post that they are junk and a joke like I said someone very smart and that knew what they were doing built one hell of a MACHINE!

<$2000, maybe. What are restored Cobra II Mustangs going for? Will cost of restoration exceed that?

Yes for heart, no from wallet. I had one 30 some years ago. Not exactly a race car. Unless you strait line it.

Had a 1976 cobra II was a blast miss it lots.

I'd buy it if the price was right

yes buy-in for the right price

I would

Damn straight if you don’t I will thats some good money right there

I would get it

Yes if the numbers match. Restore or race, that depends on the price. You already know what you want, just buy the thing.

Hell yea I'll buy it.

If would be worth 10% of the cost of restoring it after you were finished. Not a good investment. Pick something that has parts available. The cost of restoring is based on how much labor you do yourself and your skill level.

How much they asking? How much you got? Got access to parts, tools, storage and support? Now, with all resources known, you can decide. Good luck!

No. Not worth restoring. Bad year. Maybe a gasser..maybe.

Not a fan of the Mustang 2, I did have one of these for a short time, not much performance from that 302 2-barrel, maybe 170 hp

Scrap,just kidding

Looks like a flood car. $500 take a chance.

I have a friend with one the same exact color combo and his needs restored too! He needs a new hatch. His is rusted! And it’s all original!!!!How much are they asking??? I’d buy it!!!!!!

They were shot when new

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3 days ago

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This Chevelle is a 1968.
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Beautiful Bow tie!

I had a 69 SS 396 Delux 300 that had wing windows and posts! It was rare. Wish I still had it.

Marker lites look a little high and a little small for a 68 but I could b wrong this is my 68

Without question it is Frankenstein, front is 69, doors are 68 and so are the taillights, who cares it's nice.

Look at the Tail lights! I believe it is a 1968 with a 1969 grille.

68 also had chrome accented grills. 69 was black grill...nice ride

Is 69 the year,of astro ventilation?just wondering with the elimination of vent windows.

Those were fun days

The front bumper looks like a 69

He right it’s a 68 with the wrong grill.

69 grille insert, no badges on Fender park lamps.

It does have a blue bow tie.

Easiest way to tell is look at her ass end

69 post models had wing windows


Sick ride

I had one ss396 four speed it ran like a stripped ass ape

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