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Junkyard-Rescue 1969 Mustang Mach 1! - Roadkill Ep. 66

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An abandoned Mach 1 is a dream find! In this episode of Roadkill powered by Dodge, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan head to Colorado Auto & Parts in Englewood, Colorado, and visit the Corns family—builders of the crazy radial-Cessna-powered 1939 Plymouth truck you’ve seen all over the Internet and in Roadkill magazine. Colorado Auto is a giant you-pull-it yard with heritage back to 1959—with a good stash of vintage cars that have been there for decades. One of them was a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that had been melting into the ground since 1980. But 37 years of neglect are not daunting to Roadkill, so the guys figure out how to get it running and driving. First, they’ve got to deal with 37 years of raccoon poop, which is just part of bringing the Disgustang into the Roadkill fleet of project cars.
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This time on roadkill we're gonna try and rescue a Mach 1 Mustang that's been abandoned for 37 years yeah we're saving it from the jaws of death good this time we're at Colorado auto and parts in Englewood Colorado and how this all began is these guys built a thirty-nine Plymouth truck that's.

Powered by a radial Cessna aircraft engine and that thing was on the cover a hot rod magazine we had it in roadkill magazine and so we sort of got to know the guys who run this yard which is basically a late-model sort of you pull your own parts kind of yard but they also have a ton of classics because their grandfather founded this place in 1959 and a bunch of the cars are still.

Here so I came here last week and wandered all around just thinking man we got to do a junkyard rescue and then I spotted a car that I thought I would never be able to own in my life and these guys made it possible and now I'm going to go surprise Finnegan by showing them this car nothing good for me has ever happened on any road field trip in Colorado so I have a little trepidation.

Here but what I do know is we are going to rescue a car on David's bucket list I don't know what the car is but the fact that it's on his bucket list means it doesn't suck so this should be fun I'm going to keep it positive but I do want to point out the fact that our track record in Colorado has not been good you realize we tried to flat tail a 55 home from Colorado.

Let's latch there we jumped a Cadillac and left it there we really are not leaving this one here we're not we're not good at leaving this state with what we intended to leave in the bradley GP god these are so sweet except for the Volkswagen part up for the VW part yeah at home google it or YouTube it hard Allison mcCormick awesome shell kind of an obscure reference they shot it at my.

High school once though and they actually let me stop and park my super beam next to the Hardcastle McCormick car and get photos I have them at home that's why he's a legend it's true today is national Mustang day no joke whatsoever really because it's April 17th and on April 17th 1964 they unveiled the very first Mustang well wait don't buy a 64 to 66 because that's.

The girls must I hope okay you bought the man's Mustang 67 and yep okay well you have to guess which one it is all right well it won't be a coupe you do like convertibles but I really hope it's a fastback let me yeah the Mach 1 which one this red one is that a Mach 1 no it's a sport throw base model but the car we're actually getting is a Mach 1.

Oh you Sandbagger 69 Mach 1 Mustang was sent legit ah this is like not the end of junkyard Oh throw more rope this is arguably the best body style of Mustang this is B Mustang this is the only Mustang I looked for one of these for years I was like I'm priced out of the market can't happen I think I can get a new bumper out of the yard but air conditioning you'll notice the one thing.

Missing is the distributor this to me has like that general mayhem thing going on where it's like a radical body style but completely beat and just an open canvas for thrashing is it the Mach none or is it the discus dang the inside is pretty disgusting good disgusting disgusting is perfect so I think we've got to go get the big forklift take it inside and the first order of business.

Has got to be if it runs and after that if the transmission work because either one of those things are going to shut us down but I already gave them the heads up that if that happens I need to have something else ready to just sport right into it whoa either that on Bourbon do that on purpose this could go really well or really poorly well this is really cool.

Because it goes all the way to the rear end of mash the whole underside of a car it just sent the tie rod real bad Wow that's good yes oh my god this is cool we've never done this before this reminds me of the 67 CUDA from Texas then we'll report lifted back airhead oh I just shook the trunk on me glimmers in there okay your hoods a little more.

Smash than it was before well this is about as good a day as we've ever had on roadkill found the right car and moved the right car to a place where we can work on it and I feel like we're spoiled here on roadkill and doesn't have an awesome day not only did we pick up the Mach 1 but this whole yard is so cool the corn family over here is just awesome I cannot wait to.

Take this Mustang and make it actually do live away from here this is going to be cool they brought the razors stuff to the turd that part's not going to be cool at all not good the cars cool ooh they got us all set up I didn't even sleep last night I was all stoked to get working on this thing and move the car in a position they brought us some razors so that we can go cruise the yard.

And find parts that we need like a bumper and a valence and the distributor but number one thing we got to find out if this runs because if it doesn't then we're into an engine swap or something like that so that's the first thing that we're going to do second thing we're in deuce drop it in gear and see if that FMX transmission is going to even move I have my suspicions about that one this.

Cars got a 351 Windsor engine it at the factory two barrel color each code somebody put a four-barrel on it I got a rebuild kit for that hopefully it works chop back how about gaff Mack as better Carolee see anything at scary it really doesn't need to be beautiful it just needs to be rentable and running and not.

Give us any diseases we didn't walk in here with already yep reasonably clean inert not so much in here haha whoa leakages is frozen choke is stuck needs a for you bill okay I'm going hard shopping I need to find a distributor number one to keep my eyes peeled for food in June from birth they've got a giant you pull it yard but.

There's some classic back here they've been sitting around forever and ever and ever hey dirt I'm not distributors locked in there okay that's going to need an implement of leverage whoa what is that that's a dog guaranteed sentence back there right now going how long did it take to pull a.

Distributor out of an engine it's remarkable and I'm going to jinx myself here but I'm gonna say it anyway it's remarkable we haven't snapped a single bolt yet right about now Dave's on the other side of the yard and probably snapping everybody's touching just because I said that out loud there we go broke the distributor perfect what do you bet that was the only distributor in.

The art that would be my luck where's my tools coming in hot so does it have a blown head gasket okay I'm calling water down the carb for brain and take valve open okay it's probably okay sure let's go ahead so unfortunately I'm defeated we need auto parts store for a distributor I think let they have one already removed I'll ask them upfront but yeah I.

Found a great valence and and bumper the valence around balance Bay unless you say tomato I say tomahto dupit carburetor is going to beat me I spent like an hour dialing in every orifice in that thing and I'm going to give up because the throttle blades are just like bad I could probably spend a bunch of time perfecting that but the thing is with the vacuum secondary if it's not.

Moving totally free they're not even going to open I'm at a time I want to drive I want to see this thing run so I'm just going to go running by a chief carburetor you got it hey radiators got a bunch of holes in it I'm actually paying pre-emptive measures not to overheat imagine that what's happening right now is Dave's off getting the radiator fixed I'm going to change the.

Oil put new plugs in it get the engine on top dead center on number one and then at that point we had a distributor we could put it in and put the spark plug wires and if we had carburetor we put that on and fire this thing up but we don't have those things so I'm just going to do everything I can to make ready for when we do have those but after I sweep all the turds away so I.

Can crawl under the car or is water coming out of it that's not good there's oil there that's good news if anything in this car is going to kill me it's going to be whatever is in here ah look at that that is a home for wayward spiders so this might need alignment lookey lookey our first new piece of.

Bling for the discus tank this is a universal 600 CFM Holley 4150 carburetor we can find this at most auto parts stores when you're - and eps like we are - fix what you have this is season six we're restoring stuff here yeah we're going full on cable television virtually gas monkey garage you know what makes this exactly like a gas monkey garage we're cheating Aaron's not.

Here see what I did there I have complete guilt that we not only have a shiny new carburetor but an absolute Chinese knockoff of an MSD ready to run distributor all they had all I could get on short notice it looks suspiciously familiar right down to the cap called a pro billet the part number is the same as MSD .

So we need gas you need sawzall to cut off the folded up exhaust manifold sort of turkey baster type thing that's so that would be nice yeah we knew where that was that'd be great that's worse than Pigpen Wow look at that that is pretty awesome so we don't have any fuel source hooked up right now it's just going to be drinking whatever's in the bowl all.

We're really looking for is for it to fire a little bit grab a couple times let us know that it's actually going to do something let's enjoy it look at finally Hey the wheels are spinning Wow dude awesome dude that's going to work it's going to smoke like 14 mofos but okay work it's in Reverse you have reverse but smokes like a choo-choo.

Train and blows dirt everywhere there's little grit in my teeth smoke hanging in the air but it run I think it'll clear up a little bit it's going to be good now that we know that the engine is you know got some life to it the transmission might work a little bit we're going to do the fuel system because once we put a new gas tank in it replace the rubber lines and stuff put a.

Fuel filter then we'll be able to actually tune it and most importantly find out if the transmission works by driving it around after Finnegan you know vacuums the interior and gets in there with the 409 and stuff we're friends we're not that kind of friends really with exercise the demons and the Mustang the trunk floor is the top of a gas tank.

Maybe this actually we need to clean it out numbers matching jacks club buy yeah somebody might want somebody else might want who did this keep warm at night in prison blanket yeah why am i doing I don't know strangely fascinated by it it tastes like the spanked green shag carpet ladies and gentlemen dude we were these oh yeah wow I'm surprised do you.

Remember those I just saw on TV there was a time when oil actually came in a metal can or like a hard cardboard can with a metal lid and you would go boot and shove this into the top of it to pour the oil in your engine who wants to play baseball that was the original jute paddock yeah they can stay original go back from where you came.

Much smaller than I thought it would be under there we go maybe in Canadia that's you in Canada today's the day I can feel it we're going to be driving this thing today because the engine runs I'm going to get the radiator back from getting rotted out we're going to go through the brakes on it and if we can bear to sit in this thing we're going to take it around the block it's going to.

Happen watch this what is that that's coming out of the rudder hood new calipers and to go with the new calipers brand new brake pads these are from EBC brakes these are the sports compounds this is a sporty car so they go together Tenace drum is completely rusted to the access and I can't get it off we'll go into fire sake so the problem is that.

The center of the drum the hole in it is completely rusted to the axle would you I think that cracking noise you just heard might have been it actually releasing yep look at that BAM mix it with fire every time the hex book youth of peace so the master cylinder is not moving fluid to the back brakes and we think it's that instead of a clogged line so we're going to change.

The master luckily you bought one so I did because this isn't my first barbecue the studs are so long that you can't get the Masters a little tropical that hits the shock tower that's hilarious you got to apparently take the booster off with it or yeah you've got a gutter you got to cut a good amount okay good blade yeah that was really nice.

Mach one owners everywhere are going dude take the boost Rock floor right now victory now the brakes work and I got the radiator rotted out but Finnegan and I had to hit the junkyard again to buy the radiator hose and footage engine we are getting so close to firing this thing up in tuning it all right I think with that.

Dean we got water in the radiator and I think we got all the fluids in it transmission fluid even looks high so we're going to fire this thing up and hopefully tune it make it run right remember be mentioning that wasn't tight I tightened it really yeah okay fuel pump works.

God already clearing up all right not too bad it's a really really hardcore when we fired it up now as well coming out of their sauce look I've already cleared up out of the crankcase and it gets better out of the exhaust so not bad well we've reached the inevitable there's nothing left to do but clean the.

Poop up it's terrible it's truly suck yeah we've had some bad jobs on roadkill I think this might be the worst call microman here let me just add I have I'm gonna start big ready Oh aah this petrified breaking apart oh this is a kudu catch I will roundhouse kick you go fast you want to get this one there's a monster that's on your side I'm good what is.

This ashtray oh that's the we're going on up this one looks more like bunny did you use my quarter window to scrape that poop off the carpet damn right it is I don't have a trash can we go this is the quarter window well it's all you're going to lick it pink grapefruit juice ah there's a big bird right here big turd giant one you want this oh wow.

I mean that is genuine right there we need to set this carpet on fire this is not fake that's gnarly no matter how much I vacuum it we're not getting the disease out of the car these seat belts are worse than the ones for the missing link oh I'm not wearing them I am NOT putting that across my body if it snows I found your jacket Wow another clue peppermint schnapps dude.

That explains a lot oh my god there's a pile of food I'll say one thing they weren't lactose intolerant let's just solid that is some pacified - this is starting to look not worth it that is a lot of poo yeah oh yeah you get it all yourself now I drop it all over the floor billowing everywhere hey you know we need get the feet out and then just get.

Most of the carpet out by hand with a razor knife and then power washed it out of this thing yeah this is it like ah ha ha buddy you're killed oh this is this is ah how funny roadkill we're going to the ER if we drive this thing yeah the floor is a little bit rough to than we'd hoped for but the only reason.

We know that is that Mike and I stayed here really late and got the whole interior out of this thing because the Dookie was bad and so this morning we're going to go in here and pressure wash the whole interior and try and make it not so hantavirus II but the good news is there's plenty of drainage so there shouldn't be too much water left in the car when we're done before we start.

Pressure washing we wanted to do everything that involved lying on the ground if we didn't have to lie in the mud pit so I tried to lube the thing up spinning and sweeping up and this is Erik and Adam corns they run the place and they've been dying to fix this bumper because it's domain watch how fast they are going to be good wow that's really really good the front.

Bumper is key to the styling of the front end which is popcorn you get it free when you go to a colorado auto in parts right at the front I'm going to get me some of that can't work that popcorn how can you guys love your own bags okay it's all steamed up I get these I don't want to inhale the steam .

For the floor out of it like you're cleaning a dog kennel I feel like I can't wash it enough if a lake up - residue that he's standing in right there I don't want to get water in the gauges yeah right now the electrics work in this fire I know as he aims directly at the fuse panel.

I've never pressure washed a steering wheel in my life that records once again on roadkill but I feel good about it look how good it looks shiny well I know the paint's much better maybe we can wash them lasted clear Cody what everyone says these days here's our wheels and tires which I hope fit I consulted a friend and I think they do.

Cooper Z on our f3s and it's got a 275 40 in the back a 245 45:17 in the front this is a American Racing PR 70 our wheel kind of like a torque thrust with a different cap seventeen by eight with four and a half inch back spacing in the front and seventeen by nine with five inch back spacing in the rear so we'll find out if that is the key to success or not the other thing is you could fit.

Bigger 17-inch wheels on the Mustang then you can 15 because in the front the control arm hits the wheel if it's a 15 but if it's a 17 it actually goes over it like that okay going down down in front boom yeah it's it's way too high but I like it still looks good yeah we've come so far and we're getting so close but then I got the hood hinges off the wrong.

Year Mustang so it's back to the yard to find the right stuff trashed no hinges a mangled hinge wrong year the hood latch interesting shucks giving up not one functional hood hinge David struck out he's back at the shop putting hood pins on the car and I'm going shopping in an ATV searching for the elusive chrome air cleaner nope to burrow curb it's not going to work it's.

Potential it sucks at a training and it flux with this hood is smashed shut because under here is a 14 inch chrome air cleaner I need a pry bar or driveshaft alright it ain't pretty but it might work I have options it's really cold I may have assaulted a 66 Mustang to get this one and it's raining and it's raining and.

Then this one that's 5 liter Mustang stuff either that or it's off a Ford truck with a 504 truck yeah ok you know what the really bad news is though these are one of them work there will be no way to actually install them as a hood permanently attached yes so I put the hood pins on standing back admiring them like checking it out and I hear click then I realize that the hood release.

Lever is right here where it's bent and it wedged up against right there and needs to pull this way that's awesome well let's go to the strata then it's ready to go there we go the transmission works to me that's been the roll of the dice the whole time.

I think it's full but it's hard to tell - there's stuff in the tunic - by now but you know that's like low fluid like you rev it up it goes you know what else I'm going to do that's going to be very daring how we're steering fluid the dipstick those empty probably means massive leak power steering worked except for a blue fluid everywhere I'm Dukan water-pump.

That's awesome look at the positive side it banged into gearheart sure did about that test-drive Oh the lower radiator hope blew off thought you tighten that I did I ramrodded it but I also greased it so it obviously didn't like it oh so I'm actually like really really positive right now I think it's going to work the transmission worked oh yeah so far our starter switch has proven not too.

Reliable so I'm going to add a power wire from the battery into the car don't trust the wiring in the car either and then I'm going to run a wire from the solenoid into the car and we'll just touch them together movie car style and Hotwire this thing every time we want to start the new starting system okay driver and.

That's why they have new coach agent which is ready well there my dog would put it does break hard the first four doesn't work I can nail exhaust pulsing against a firewall Wow Howard Aaron work methods up we're.

Linking number badly dry at my lab I can't believe this car is Satyam person here - without driving that I though you're about to pass the gate they got out of the wind too much violence right here a lot of falls out of the freezer yeah so I raised a nervous.

I think you might have all three years I think it does as a fact Americus totally ran out of fluid Michael S Pen light on integral retract without honors alive it cause of the death and then venture out over this yeah what is that am i excited about coverage .

It's about telework oh look there's like a turd blood fire see the glowing embers oh it can keep freezing it's like the weeds of the supper on fire so that was a pretty good first test drive it gets all three gears it stops even though the booster doesn't work so it's a really heavy pedal the power steering works except for that it has a leak in one of the lines and pukes all the fluid out in.

The distance it took to go up the street so now it doesn't have power steering anymore I'm going to say not overheating yet although we can probably make that happen in the future and the thing that stopped us was a giant cloud of smoke that came out of it when I stood on it so that's either a piston ring deciding it's not so happy or it's just simply all these weeds on fire on top of the.

Manifold which is my boat overall really good our first test drive was so good and we made some timing adjustments and of course it was time for the first burnout in the disgusting yeah yeah you know we've won just looking for out of the engine to move out of the tires well well I think it's.

Everything we expected because it smokes are really really bad but it runs the drive the transmission was my biggest worry and it worked so I think now we got to finish the cosmetic restoration meaning installing the hood then go thrash it some more and decide what's next and by the way the Euclid hinges so they couldn't find any in this yard we were like 25 miles away at a Mustang.

Specialist guys place that one I think is already bent pre bent find out if we'll work the hoods bent so she'd online all adds up maybe it'll counteract itself to decrease these arrays I did that looks like it wants the fat see these are both this is exactly what's wrong with every Mustang hinge in the junkyard these are also garbage.

Let's take the springs oh you hope that's right a string off I'm just going to fling it my way yeah crisis of wood is one of Ford's better ideas or the coil springs are Ford's off the hinges Oh little heavy now done perfect it's a race car now look at that go flash it Hey thank you .

Every single size I survived I ah yeah looks like you cannot believe how long ago I gave up on ever owning a 69 Mach one I have got to spend huge thanks for the cornesfamily and Colorado auto and.

Parts for making this happen it is unbelievable to even find a Mach 1 in the junkyard much less be able to grab one that's been sitting since 1980 and make it run and drive and do burnouts and thrash in the dirt I've got big plans for this thing maybe I'll get around to them someday and you can find out first by following us on social media we are roadkill show.

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