Rare Ford Mustang Mach 1 with 429 Cobra Jet, factory four-speed, and A/C | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 45

Alaska: The last frontier … for discovering old automobiles! In this episode of Barn Discover Hunter, Tom Cotter heads to Fairbanks, Alaska, and locates a good sampling of Ford Mustangs, including a rare 1971 Mach 1 with a 429 Cobra Jet engine, manufacturing facility 4-speed, and air conditioning.

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45 Replies to “Rare Ford Mustang Mach 1 with 429 Cobra Jet, factory four-speed, and A/C | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 45”

    1. @Inigo montoya As a kid my dad had a 71 sport roof plan jane 6 cylinder.But he loved that car and today i have a soft spot for them.If i ever get the money ill build a pro touring/restomod mod 71 sport roof one day.

    1. @Joe Gardiner Not everyone has the tools/time/expertise to do DIY job, if that’s the case though, your much better off finding out how much it will take BEFORE you make an offer. With this car, it’s rust free but you have to examine the interior components and find out what’s salvageable, buying a dash, door panels, ect for a 48 yr old Mustang will not be cheap.

  1. Hagerty. You guys should really look into making these episodes longer. Tom has such a unique way of captivating the viewer to watch..I really wish these were longer than 15mins.

    1. @Hagerty If you pumped these shows out with adverts like you get on Free to air, you would have your 1/2 hour show.
      Keep it short… keep it precise as it is… keep it the same…. would be my advice.

    2. I always want more but these ( and Hoovie ) are the perfect length for my lunch break . If a deep dive version of each video was out there I would probably watch/scan them.

  2. Loaned you his Shelby GT350….damn, wish I had friends like that…that thing sounds magnificent too, ya lucky bastard…lol…and you’re correct, Alaska uses gravel instead of salt to deal with icy roads…

  3. It is interesting to hear people compare the time and money invested to the perceived lesser market value of the vehicle after all labor and parts. My dad always said “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. Many people sit all day and crochet. They enjoy it. People sit for hours and build a ship in a bottle. Or spend time gardening. At the end you’ll either thoroughly enjoy that blanket you made, that ship on the mantle, those home-grown veggies, or a dream car in the garage. I work on cars all the time. Not because I am bored. Not because I need to the money. Because it is my happy place and there’s a lot of satisfaction in building something tangible with your own hands. Take $40,000 and go buy a vehicle. You’ll get what everybody else has. Take $40,000 and restore a vehicle and have something YOU made, unique, thrilling, enticing.

    1. Yep, but, at my age, 63, for $40,000 I’d rather buy something that someone else spent the 3 or 4 yrs restoring, turn-key condition and just get in and drive and enjoy it, I don’t care if I didn’t spend the 5000+ hrs restoring it myself. I recently had a good friend of mine who restored a 57 Chevy 2 door hardtop factory fuel injected frame off restoration for almost 4 yrs, he wouldn’t even take a weekend off to party with us, every weekend was spent restoring this car and chasing parts all over the county and when it was done and ready for cruising he died of a massive heart attack one month later at 56 yrs old, not everyone dies after their hard work restoring a car, but, after all the time and money that he spent restoring this 57, he never got to enjoy it, and his wife sold it for $30,000 overnight 2 weeks after the funeral to an out of town buyer and she never even ask one of his friends if they were interested in buying the car, her reasoning was that he spent every waking hour/weekend working on the car and it consumed their lives and she just wanted it gone and never wanted to see it again in the city, that car was worth at least a minimum of $50,000+. He probably rolled over in his grave after she sold it.

    2. Crazy Canuck 聽
      At least the guy got busy and restored the car. So many “projects” often wind up in the junkyard. If he had “never gotten around to restoring it”, he might have maintained his relationship with his buddies. Though his marriage still might have been “consumed” after years of his wife saying “When are you going to get rid of that hunka junk? It’s obvious you ain’t going to restore it?”, and “Why are you always out partying on weekends with your buddies?”. Then he dies of a massive heart attack anyway from all the nagging. Then she might well have junked it (assuming it was a field find bucket of bolts).聽In any case, the guy could have used an adjustment of values. RIP

      Your story reminds me of a story a friend of mine told me a few years ago. He said that a neighbor of his was trying to get an old Simca to run back in the ’60’s. He told me that the neighbor had such a horrible frustrating time with it, that he would be cussing at it late at night, to the consternation of his wife. He would say “I’m going to get this car running if it kills me” (or words to that effect). Anyway, he was found dead of a heart attack one morning slumped over by his Simca in the garage.聽

      The moral of your story and my friend’s story is that I think you are doing the right thing by buying one already restored and enjoying it at 63 (my age as well), rather than slave away on it for years, at the cost of one’s marriage, relationships with friends and family, and sanity.

    3. Marshall Curtis it鈥檚 kind of worth it though, if you manage to see it and use it then that鈥檚 a win in my book

  4. “He really loved Mustangs “. Yes, thats why hes go a collection of rusty heaps. No quality car covers, etc. The more of these episodes I see, I am pretty convinced that most American “car lovers ” dont give a damn. Hell, whats it cost to pump up the tyres, every 2 years.

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