1970 Mustang Boss 302 Emerges After 25 Years of Mothballing

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Gorgeous Stang’s drivetrain is in surprisingly decent condition despite being in less-than-stellar storage conditions.

These days, it sure seems like barn find classic Mustangs are coming out of the woodwork. But while we cringe a little every time we see one of these ignored icons, we also credit the heroes who save them. Especially when the rescue project is one of our favorite Mustang models of all time – the legendary 1970 Boss 302.

YouTuber Nick’s Garage came across the yellow beauty recently following two and a half decades in storage. And they documented the car’s second chance at life right here in this fascinating video. Right off the bat, it’s pretty clear that despite the depressing neglect this Mustang has suffered over the years, it’s no worse for wear. Clearly, the owner at least stored it properly, because this thing looks fantastic.

1970 Mustang Boss 302

Given the fact that it hasn’t been started in 25 years, however, the same can’t be said for the drivetrain. But as the owner explains, life got in the way and took priority over his beloved ride. “My kids went off to universities, other priorities,” he explains. “Now they’re all gone and I’m ready to work for myself.” Which means getting this beautiful Mustang Boss 302 roadworthy once again.

1970 Mustang Boss 302

Of course, something that hasn’t run in 25 years needs some work. “Gas tank, brakes, master cylinder,” the owner starts off with. “The heater core is leaking. We’re going to refurbish the engine, make it nice and fresh. And when it starts it’s ready to go.”

1970 Mustang Boss 302

On a more positive note, that’s about all this Mustang needs. The exterior and interior conditions appear to be nearly perfect. So with some basic maintenance work, it should be back on the road in no time. Which is exactly where it deserves to be.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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