1969 Mustang Mach 1 Restomod has Awesome Surprise Under the Hood

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Classic black and yellow California license plate gives the game away: CYTE PWR.

Everyone loves a good restomod, especially one that doesn’t sacrifice classic looks for modern performance. This 1969 Mustang Mach 1 that we spotted on the YouTube channel Mustang Connection 1 is a prime example.

From the outside, this Mustang looks pretty close to stock, right down to the 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels. However, the rear wheels are considerably wider than stock, with massive rubber that barely clears the quarter panel. The lowered stance also points to something a bit more interesting hiding beneath the exterior sheetmetal.

Coyote-Powered Classic Hides in Plain Sight

Before we get to that, the owner, Tim, shares some history on the car. It’s a real Mach 1, originally a 351 automatic car. It was very rough when he got it several years back, and nearly all of the sheetmetal forward of the windshield cowl had to be replaced.

Even the interior looks mostly stock, with the exception of an aftermarket steering wheel and shift knob. The classic black and yellow California license plate, however, gives the game away: CYTE PWR.

Coyote-powered Mach 1

Under the hood, of course, is a modern Coyote V8 out of a new Mustang GT. Making the wide, twin-cam V8 fit into the ’69 Mustang engine bay required a lot of work. The shock towers were modified, the brake master cylinder had to be moved, and several other small tweaks were made. Even after all of that work, the air intake nearly touches the radiator, and the hood just barely clears the massive engine.

Amazingly, the car retains power steering and air conditioning. it’s a tight fit, but they’re modern conveniences we can definitely get behind. As much as we love the 351 Cleveland, it’s hard to beat the Coyote for power, reliability, durability, and efficiency.  In our opinion, this 1969 Mustang is truly the best of both worlds.

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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