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Racing my Boss 302 1980-81 SCCA auto-cross at Pleasanton Fair Grounds
circa 1981-82.
When I bought this 'stang, was given photo of it in it's original Coral Green, and a Boss 302 sticker set for the sides. Week 2 it made a tapping noise. Pull head and one of the piston rings broke and embedded in the piston top 2 weeks after purchase. Enough reason for this kid to rip out the motor and overhaul top-bottom. Even a blow-proof bell housing, and roller rocker arms. Borrowing $1,000 from parent to paint the car Fire Engine Red, the loan was called and I was forced to sell it. Yes, sickens me to this day, yet it was my fault for not getting it painted immediately. Paid 4k, invested 4K, sold for 4 or 5K. I knew nobody with 1K to loan me. Most buyers at Wheels & Deals, San Bruno, CA did not believe it original. Made a mistake of selling it to a girl who I heard blew the motor. It was built by Wescott Racing and I warned her the rockers needed constant adjusting.

Had great times racing it. Once hit 140 mph as we entered a tunnel, freind then passed me in Mach 1. One trip to Pleasonton across the San mateo Bridge. This guy in a Mercedes was egging me and another with a Mach 1, to a race on the bridge.
I relented, and we both hit a top speed of 140 mph. Of course it was early going to this event (weekend at 7 am), with no traffic. CHIP came up behind, and to my surprise, pulled over the Mercedes. I kept my racing to the track after that. Hmm, or did I? There should be a car events track in every county, for responsible drivers to compete in racing.
Instead, they closed every drag stip in sight! City Councils Reap what they Sow.

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Originally, my dream car was a Cobra 429. A co-worker named Ron Greenberg at Bullock's had a Sunbeam tiger that he let me drive one night in Colma. He had been working on it, and I remember a moment in his garage, then one driving north by the Colma Cemeteries. He let me open it up, and out of the corner of my eye, on the right, darted out a black cat. He was amazed that...
A. I saw the cat.
B. That I actually avoided hitting it
It was the wee hours of the morning.
One thing dad taught me is, on country roads, never swerve for an animal, and put yourself at jeopardy. The cat got back one more life. Have no idea what the drawing I created to the left was about. Perhaps I copied over his cars in Maier's catalog?

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Left is the original flyer when I was forced to sell my Boss 302. Had borrowed $1,000 to paint it Fire Engine Red and apply the stickers to the side that came with the car. The Webber carb picture was a bit misleading. It only came with the stock carb and through the hood vent.
The loan was called in forcing me to sell it. Invested $8,000. As you see, I dropped the price, as nobody believed it was a Boss. I am still searching for the registration...and VIN.

It was placed on Wheel N Deal's lot and a "girl" bought it. I did not want to sell it to her. Told her the roller rocker arms would need constant adjustment. All the stock parts were kept and placed in the trunk,

Sure enough, somebody told me she blew up the motor.
Now they are worth...oh, about $50,000, strike that $100 - 150K.

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Here are some photos of Boss 302's from the internet.


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A Mach 1, yet looks similar to mine

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Not sure if above is same car as to the right

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Boss 302 Color Codes
1970 Ford Color Code Chart


Trans Am

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