Nov 30, 2011
Peter C Sessler
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1969 Ford Mach 1 Mustang: One Of The Mustang’s Most Popular Nameplates

1969 Mustang Mach 1

1969 was the second major restyle for the Mustang. Every dimension increased with the exception of wheelbase, it remained at 108 inches, and height, which was lowered by 1.5 inches.

Headlight configuration, for the first time, went to four inch units. The fastback body style, called SportsRoof, came with simulated rear side scoops and a spoilered rear. Convertibles and hardtops used a simulated rear quarter panel vent. Interesting is the 2005 Mustang – as it resembled the 1969.

The interior was totally restyled, with two separate dash pods available. The standard driver’s side pod housed, from left to right, alternator, speedometer, a combination of fuel and temperature, and the fourth gauge measured oil pressure. If the optional tachometer was ordered, it took the place of the fuel and temperature gauges. The temperature gauge was relocated to the far left, displacing the alternator gauge, while the temperature gauge displaced the oil pressure gauge on the far right.

The Deluxe Interior Group(standard on Mach 1) came with simulated wood grain appliqués on the dash, door panels and console. A clock is also housed on the passenger side dash pod. Numerals on the speedometer(and optional tachometer) are smaller than the standard interior’s and the speedometer is divided in multiples of 5. Instrument face color with the Deluxe Interior Group is dark grey, vs. black for standard. This interior was optional only on SportsRoof and hardtops.

The Interior Decor Group consisted of the molded door panels with woodgrain appliqué, comfortweave buckets, deluxe three-spoke Rim-Blow steering wheel and a driver’s side remote rectangular mirror.

The High-back bucket seats were optional with either interior option. 1969 was the last year that bench seats were available and only on the hardtops.

The dual color keyed race type mirrors were optional on all Mustangs. Standard wheel size was 14×5(four lug on six cylinder Mustangs) 10-1/2 hubcaps or a five spoke full wheel cover were standard equipment. Besides the styled steel wheel, wire wheel covers were available.

There were a total of ten different engines available. The 428 Cobra Jet was the top production engine option. Two versions were available, both rated at 335 hp. The non-Ram Air version has the letter Q for its engine code, while those equipped with the functional Shaker hood scoop have the letter R. The optional four-speed manual that was available with the 428CJ was the close-ratio version, with a 2.32 first gear. All 428s also came with the larger 31 spline rear. 15,733 1969 Mustangs came with the 428CJ.

If a 3.91(code V) or 4.30(code W) rear axle ratio was ordered, the 428CJ was automatically upgraded to Super Cobra Jet(SCJ) status. These engines used special capscrew 427 LeMans type connecting rods, different crankshaft, flywheel and damper and an external oil cooler mounted in front of the radiator, which reduced oil temperature by 30 degrees.

Service bulletins on the 428CJ recommend that an additional quart of oil be added during an oil change, to a total of six quarts.

The Mach 1 took the place of the GT as the premier performance Mustang. It was based on the SportsRoof and came with a long list of standard features. The hood was painted flat black along with a similarly painted non-functional hood scoop. Reflective side and rear stripes were coordinated to complement the body color, as were color keyed dual racing mirrors. Adding to the racer image were the NASCAR hood pin latches – a deletable option. Chrome styled steel wheels and chrome pop-open gas cap were also used. The Deluxe Decor Group was used in the interior. Standard engine was the 351-2V. The optional 4V engines came with chrome quad outlets. The Competition Suspension was standard equipment and included staggered rear shocks with the four-speed 428CJs.

There were 72,450 Mach 1s built.

Standard tires on the Mach 1 were E70x14s. F70x14 RWL Polyglas tires were mandatory with the 428s.

The Shaker scoop was optional on 351-2V, 351-4V and 390 engines. It was standard with the 428CJ-R.

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