Publish date: 2016-05-05 11:02:41
The S-Code Ford Mustang was branded King of the Mustangs when it debuted in 1967. By 1969, the S-Code got the 390 4V big block engine but was considered less superior to the 428 Cobra Jet engine that was released in 1968. The 390 4V packed a punch and was great for those who wanted to have a big engine under the hood. The problem was that the 428 Cobra Jet was a few more bucks which was considered to be a better investment in terms of power per cost.
Because of that factor, from almost 300,000 1969 Mustangs were built but only around 3.5% of that are S-Codes. This classy Mustang owned by Nick Glowacki is one of the rare S-Code although originally it did not look like this when it came out of the Dearborn assembly line in 1969. Released from Toronto, Ontario by the Northtown Ford Sales, this convertible ragtop was delivered across the border in Code-I Lime Gold Metallic paintjob complemented with a code-2A standard black interior. The Ford C6 automatic transmission controlled the big block to the 3.00:1 open differential driving the slim E78x14 rubber tires completed with a full wheel cover. Due to the setup being uncommon during its time, 252 1969 Mustang convertibles were installed with a 390 and only 146 of those were equipped with a Ford C6 auto transmission.
Glowacki bought this S-Code Mustang in 1999 making him the 7th owner. Glowacki got to the S-Code from a “for sale” leaflet that was placed in this 1970 428 CJ Mach 1 in a car show at London, Ontario. Glowacki knew the value of the 1969 S-codes as he was a big fan of the Mustangs and says that he has owned 15 Mustangs from 1969 and 1970. Seven of those mustangs are either Cobra Jets or Super Cobra jets. Even though the car was in a really terrible condition and with a $2,000 price tag, Glowacki decided to buy the S-code. The S-code endured decades of the harsh Ontario environment and the beating it got being a dragster since the mid-1970s.
When Glowacki got the Mustang, it had a banana-yellow painjob with a “Widowmaker” name on the sides, the hood also had multiple levels of paint. The body was rusty and the internal parts taken, this project will take a lot of effort to pull off. And even though Glowacki bought it in 1999, he brought it home in 2002. The previous owner agreed to temporarily store it for 3 years. The S-code still got stored in Glowacki’s storage for 4 more years before Glowacki was able to acquire the necessary components for the restoration. He got a 1969 390 big block from Quebec and the correct 1969 vintage S-code intake he got from Columbus, Ohio.
In 2004, the 390 big block was rebuilt. The Mustang’s unibody struchture was repaired by skilled welder who got a 1982 Puma sports car in return. The full body repairs need was not completed till 2009 as the welder only worked on it part time. After the body repairs, it got stored again as Glowacki was searching for the right paint and body shop. In 2012, the body finally got the final repairs and got the paint job Glowacki was looking for all this time.
In the fall of 2013, Glowacki got in touch with his old friend Barry Bergmann who was a 1969 mustang expert. Bergmann has been known for his amazing builds of 1969 and 1970 ponies. With all the parts needed in hand, he can swiftly build the cars with precise details. Glowacki and Bergmann had to plan everything out before they would acquire all the necessary parts so that the build will not have any problems.
Aside from being an S-code, there was no longer any appeal for Glowacki to restore it to its original setup, they decided to give it a new makeover that make it into a unique package for the S-code. Although they are not restoring it to its original form, it would not also be considered a restomod as the build will only use Ford issue packages and components. To start of the final steps of building his dream car, Glowacki chose to have the Champagne Gold metallic paintjob that came out at the same time as the original Lime Gold tone. Dave Moniz was responsible for the stunning paintjob and you can clearly see the amazing quality of his work.
They also added all parts that was from the GT Equipment Group which was also a package that was rare in 1969. The front end was completed with a Boss chin spoiler which change the S-code’s cruiser look into a sportier car. The matte-black hood treatment was complemented with a shaker which was commonly used in CJ vehicles but was also available for the 351 and 390 models.
They used a Mach1-style Deluxe Interior Décor complemented with woodgrain appliqués and Comfortweave high-back buckets which went really well together with the Champagne Gold. Three-spoke, Rim-Blow steering wheel finished its interior beauty.
In September 2014, the S-code finally went out in its new and improved look. The amount of work and time was all worth it after seeing the car for the first time. Although the S-code looks classier with its Champagne Gold finish, it still hides a naughty side with its 4.88 gears that was installed during its drag racing time. This S-code has the class of a cruiser and the power of a quarter-miler dragster.
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