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

– This time on Roadkill, we’re going to try and rescue a Mach 1 Mustang that’s been abandoned for 37 years. – Yeah. We’re saving it from the jaws of death. (crashing) – Woah! (laughs) – Oh my god! – That was good! (rock ‘n’ roll music) (engine revs) – This time we’re at Colorado Auto & Parts in Englewood, Colorado. And how this all began is these guys built a ’39 Plymouth truck that’s powered by a radial Cessna aircraft engine. And that thing was on the cover of 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 him this car. – Nothing good for me has ever happened on any Roadkill 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 tow a ’55 home from Colorado, and left it there. We jumped a Cadillac and left it there. – (laughs) Uh-huh. – We’re really — – We’re not leaving this one here. – We’re not good at leaving this state with what we, y’know, intended to leave in. – The Bradley GT. – Oh, my god, these are so sweet. Except for the Volkswagen part. – Except for the VW part, yeah. – At home, Google it, or YouTube it. Hardcastle and McCormick. Awesome show. – Kind of an obscure reference. They shot it at my high school once, though, and they actually let me stop and park my Super Bee next to the Hardcastle and McCormick car and get photos.

I have ’em at home. – That’s why he’s a legend. – (laughs) 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 the ’64 to ’66, ’cause that’s the girl’s Mustang. – Nope! – You bought the man’s Mustang. ’67 and — – Yup! – 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 guess. Is that a Mach 1? – Which one? – This red one, is that a Mach 1? – No, it’s a sports roof, base model. But the car we’re actually getting is a Mach 1. – Oh, you sandbagger. – ’69 Mach 1 Mustang. – No way. – 100% legit. Ah. This is like not sample junkyard. – I was going to throw him a rope. This is arguably the best body style of Mustang. – This is the 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? Geez. – 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 Disgustang? – The inside is pretty damn Disgustang.

– (laughs) It’s the Disgustang. – Disgustang is perfect. – So I think we 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 works. 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 squirt right into it. – Woah. He did that on purpose. He did that on purpose. This could go either really well or really poorly.

– Well, this is really cool because it goes all the way to the rear end, it doesn’t smash the whole underside of the car. It just bends the tie rods real bad. Woah! 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. Remember when we forklifted that? – That’s not bad. Oh! – Oh! – Ah, he just shook the trunk on me! Who ever’s in there. Okay your hood’s a little more smashed than it was before. Well, this is about a 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. – Man, this has been an awesome day. Not only did we pick up the Mach 1, but this whole yard is so cool. The Corns family over here is just awesome. I cannot wait to take this Mustang and make it actually drive away from here. – This is going to be cool. – They brought the rzrs.

– What’s up with the turds? That part’s not going to be cool at all. – That’s good. The car’s 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. They moved the car into position, they brought us some rzrs so that we can go cruise the yard and find parts that we need like a bumper and a valence and a 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 going to do is 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 and it’s a factory two barrel car.

H-code. Somebody put a four barrel on it, I got a rebuild kit for that, hopefully it works. – Shop vac? How ‘about gas mask? – That’s better. – Can’t really see anything. It’s scary. – It really doesn’t need to be beautiful, it just needs to be wrench-able and running. – And not give us any diseases we didn’t walk in here with already. – Yup. – It’s reasonably clean in there. Not so much in here. – Woah. – Leakages is frozen, choke is stuck.

It needs a full rebuild. – Okay, I’m going parts shopping. I need to find a distributor, number one, and keep my eye peeled for hood engines, front bumper. They’ve got a giant you-pull-it yard, but there’s some classics back here that have been sitting around forever and ever and ever. Hey, dirt. That distributor is locked in there. Okay, that’s going to need an implement of leverage. Woah. (laughs) What is that? That’s a dog. Guaranteed Finnegan’s back there right now going: “How long does it take to pull a distributor out of an engine?” – It’s remarkable, and I’m going to jinx myself here, but I’m going to say it anyway, it’s remarkable that we haven’t snapped a single bolt yet. Right about now Dave’s on the other side of the yard and probably snapping every bolt he’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 yard? That would be my luck.

Where’s my tools? – (laughs) Coming in hot. – So does it have a long head gasket? – No, I’m calling water down the carb and tank valve open – Okay. – It’s probably okay. – Sure. – Right, let’s go with that. – So, unfortunately, I’m defeated and we need auto parts store for distributor, I think. Unless they have one already removed, I’ll ask ’em upfront. But, yeah I found a great valence and a bumper. – Is it valence or valence? – Valence, valence, you say tomato, I say tomato. (upbeat rock music) – Stupid 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 (banging) 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 out of time, I want to drive, I want to see this thing run, so I’m just going to go run it.

Buy a cheap carburetor. – You got it? Hey. – Radiator’s got a bunch of holes in it, actually taking preemptive 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 if we had a distributor we could put it in and put the spark plug wires and if we had a carburetor we could 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 things. Right after I sweep all the turds away so I can crawl under the car. Uh oh, there’s water coming out of this. (laughs) 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’s in here.

Oh look at that! That is a home for wayward spiders. Now this might need an alignment. Look-y, look-y, our first new piece of bling for this Gustang. This is a universal 600CFM holley 4160 Carburetor. You can find this at most auto parts stores when you’re too inept, like we are, to fix what you have. This is season 6, we’re restoring stuff, here. – Yeah. – We’re going full on cable television – This is virtually Gas Monkey Garage. You know what makes this exactly like Gas Monkey Garage? – We’re cheating? – Aaron’s not here. (Finnegan laughs) 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. – It’s called a pro-billet. The part number is the same as an MSD, I think.

– Oh, man. (rock music) – So, we need gas. We need a Sawzall to cut off the folded up exhaust manifold. – A sort of turkey-baster type thing to fill that would be nice. – Yeah. If we knew where that was, that’d be great. – That’s worse than pigpen. – Wow, look at that. – That’s 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, rev a couple times, let us know that it’s actually going to do something.

(engine revs loudly) – Yeah. Yeah! Listen to it. – Look at that! – Listen to it. – It’s idling. – That’s a lot of — – That’s a lot. It’ll clear right up Look at that! – Hey, the wheels are spinning. – Wow. – Dude. – Awesome. – Dude. – That’s going to work, it’s going to smoke like fourteen mofos, but it’s going to work. – It’s in reverse. You have reverse. – Well, it smokes like a choo choo train and blows dirt everywhere. There’s little grit in my teeth, smoke hanging in the air, but it runs. I think it’ll clear up a little bit and 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 ’cause 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 a 409 and stuff.

– We’re friends but we’re not that kind of friends. – Really? – No. – Let’s exercise the demons. – In the Mustang, the trunk floor is the top of the gas tank. So, we need to clean it out. – Ooh, numbers matching jack. – Buh-bye. – Yeah? Somebody might want it, somebody else might want it. Who did this keep warm at night? Prison blanket, yuck. Why am I doing this? – I don’t know. – Strangely fascinated by it. – I can taste like the stink. Green shag carpet, ladies and gentlemen. – Dude, remember these? – Oh yeah! Wow, I’m surprised you remember those. – I just saw it 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 boink 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 padding. – Yeah, it can stay original.

Go back from where you came. It’s much smaller than I thought it would be. – There we go! – Made in Canadia. – Actually in Canada. – Alright. (upbeat music) – Today’s the day. I can feel it, we’re going to be driving this thing today. ‘Cause the engine runs, I’m going to get the radiator back from getting rodded 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 rotor, dude.

New calipers. And to go with the new calipers, brand new brake pads. These are from EBC brakes. These are the sport compound. This is a sporty car, so, they go together. – Man, this drum is completely rusted to the axle, I can’t get it off. We’re going to fire. That was big. So the problem is that the center of the drum, the hole in it, is completely rusted to the axle. I think that cracking noise you just heard might have been it actually releasing. Yup! Look at that. Bam! Fix it with fire, every time. That was textbook use of heat. 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. ‘Cause this isn’t my first barbecue. The studs are so long that you can’t get the master cylinder off because it hits the shock tower, that’s hilarious, you got to apparently take the booster off with it. – You got to cut a good amount. – Okay – Good blade. – Yeah, that was really nice. – Mach 1 owners everywhere are going: “dude, just take the booster off the front” – I know. Victory. – Now, the brakes work and I got the radiator rodded out, but Finnegan and I had to hit the junk yard again to find a radiator hose and hood hinges. We are getting so close to firing this thing up and tuning it. – Alright, I think we’re set. (upbeat rock music) – Well, 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.

(engine runs loudly) – Whoa, cut it off. – Remember me mentioning that wasn’t tight. – I tightened it. – Really? – Yeah. – Okay. Fuel pump works. (engine runs loudly) – This is all smoke out of the exhaust. The smoke’s already clearing up . So it runs not too bad, it smoked really, really hardcore when we first fired it up and it was all coming out of the exhaust but look how it’s already cleared up out of the crank case and it’s getting better out of the exhaust, so, not bad.

Well we’ve reached the inevitable, there’s nothing left to do but clean the poop out. – This sucks, dude. – It’s terrible. – This truly sucks. – We’ve had some bad jobs on Roadkill, I think this might be the worst. – Call Mike Rowe, man. This is a dirty job. – I’m going to start big. Ready? – It’s petrified. – Oh, it’s breaking apart. – That is disgusting. – Oh, doo doo. Catch. – I will roundhouse kick you so fast. Eww. You want to get this one? There’s a monster here — – No, that’s on your side, I’m good. What is this? Ooh, ashtray. That’s the quarter window. – This one looks more like bunny. – Did you use my quarter window to scrape that poop off the carpet? – You’re damn right I did.

I don’t have a trash can, here you go. – Dude, this is the quarter window. – Well, it’s not like you’re going to lick it. – Hank grapefruit juice. – Ah! There’s a big turd right here. – Big turd? – Giant one. You want this? – No! (laughs) Wow, I mean that’s genuine right there. – We need to set this carpet on fire, this is not safe. – It’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 one from the missing Linc. – Oh, I’m not wearing ’em. – 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 poo.

– Tell you one thing, they weren’t lactose intolerant; that (beep) is solid. (Finnegan laughs) That is some decent poo. This is starting to look not worth it. That is a lot of poo and — Oh, yuck! – Did you get it on yourself? – No, I dropped it all over the floor. Now it’s blowing everywhere. – Hey, you know what we need? Get the seat out and then just get most of the carpet out by hand with razor knife and then power wash the (beep) out of this thing. – Yeah. – This isn’t like “ahaha, this is funny” Roadkill. This is “ahaha funny” Roadkill we’re going to the ER if we drive this thing. – Yeah, the floor’s a little rustier 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-y. 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 so that we didn’t have to lie in a mud pit. So I tried to lube the thing up, Finnegan’s sweeping up, and this is Eric and Adam Corns, they run the place, and they’ve been dying to fix this bumper because it’s so maimed. Watch how fast they are. This is going to be good. (drilling noises) Wow, that’s really, really good. The front bumper is key to the styling of the front end. – Where’d you get the popcorn? – You get it free when you go to Colorado Auto and Parts, right at the front. – I’m going to get me some of that. Can’t work without popcorn. – How can you guys not have your own bags? – Working on it. – Okay. It’s all steamed up, I can’t see. – I don’t want to inhale the steam.

– Oh, I’m blowing the floor out of it. – It’s like you’re cleaning a dog kennel. – I feel like I can’t wash it enough. – It’s just a lake of poo 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 car. – I know. – As he aims directly at the fuse panel. – I’ve never pressure washed a steering wheel in my life. Setting records, once again on Roadkill. But, I feel good about it. – Look how good it looks. Shiny. – Oh, I know the paint is much better. Maybe we can wash and wax it.

Clear coated, that’s 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 Zeon RS3S and it’s got a 275/40 in the back, a 245/45/17 in the front. This is American Racing TR 70R wheel. Kind of like a torque thrust but with a different cap. 17 by eight with four and a 1/2 inch backspacing in the front and 17 by nine with five inch backspacing in the rear. So, we’ll find out if that is the key to success or not. The other thing is you can fit bigger 17 inch wheels on a Mustang than you can 15s. ‘Cause 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 sits way too high, but I like it. 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, mangled hinge, wrong year. The hood latch is rusted shut. Giving up, not one functional hood hinge. – David struck out, he’s back at the shop putting the hood fins on the car and I’m going shopping in an ATV searching for the elusive chrome air cleaner. Nope. Too broke up, that’s not going to work. It has potential. It sucks that it’s raining and it sucks that this hood is mashed shut because under here is a 14 inch chrome air cleaner. I need a pry bar. Or drive shaft. 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 five liter Mustang stuff. Either that or it’s off a Ford truck with a 5-0.

– Ford truck. – Okay, you know what the really bad news is though? – Neither one of ’em will work? – There’ll be no way to actually install them. – Why? Is the 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’s wedged up against right there and needs to pull this way.

– That’s awesome. Well let’s go test drive it then; it’s ready to go. – There we go. Think the transmission works. To me that’s been the roll of the dice the whole time. (engine runs loudly) – I think it’s full but it’s hard to tell ’cause there’s stuff in the — – Tube, I know. But, you know, it acts 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? Power steering fluid. The dip stick says empty. Or it means massive leak. (engine runs loudly) Power steering worked except for it blew fluid everywhere. Whoa. Yeah! Boom! Where’s the puking? – Water pump. – That’s awesome. (laughs) Well, look at the positive side, it banged into gear hard.

– Sure did. So, about that test drive. – Oh, the lower radiator hose blew off. – Thought you tightened that? – I did. I ramrodded it, but I also greased it. So it obviously didn’t like it. 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 ’cause I 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 hot wire this thing every time we want to start it. – Here’s the new starting system. (laughs) Where’s the screwdriver? – And that’s why they have neutral safety switches.

– Yeah. – Ready? – Yeah. – Moving! – It doesn’t honk. We’re in a Mach One, we’re in a Mach One. – Let me test brakes. Hard. The booster doesn’t work. – I can feel the exhaust pulsing against the fire hole. – Wow, power steering works mint except we’re leaking super badly. – Enjoy it while it lasts. I can’t believe this car has sat here for 37 years and we’re now driving it out of here. – I know. – We’re about to pass the gate. Anything beyond that is a win. Second gear. – That’s a lot of smoke out of the breather. – If we had a hood you wouldn’t even notice.

– Oh, I have a rear view mirror. – I think you might have all three gears. – I think it does. As a fact. Oh, the power steering just totally ran out of fluid. – I call that success. Put align on it, figure out where it’s at, put a hood on it. – Align on it, exhaust system – Yeah, and then venture out a little further. – Yeah, not — – Oh, that’s smoke. – What is that? – I think it might have come out of the valve cover.

– Let’s have a look. Oh, look there’s like turds on fire. See the glowing embers? – Oh, we can keep breathing it then. – It’s like the weeds and stuff are 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 heaving petal, 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 to the street so now it doesn’t have power steering anymore. I’m going to say not over heating, 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 vote. Overall, we 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 Disgustang.

– Yeah. Come on. – Yeah. Now you know we’ve won. It’s smoking more out of the engine than it is out of the tires though. Well I think it’s everything we expected because it smokes really, really bad but it runs and drives. The transmission was my biggest worry and it works. So, I think now we’ve 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 these hood hinges, since I couldn’t find any in this yard, they were like 25 miles away at a Mustang specialist guy’s place. That one I think’s already bent.

Pre-bent. Find out if they work. – Well the hood’s bent, so — – It all adds up. – Maybe it will counteract itself. Did you grease these already? – I did. – ‘Cause that looks like it wants to bend. – This is exactly what’s wrong with every Mustang hinge in the junk yard. These are also garbage. – Let’s take the springs off. I’m going to hold this up. Pry the spring off. Just going to fling it my way. – Got it. – Crisis avoided. – One of Ford’s better ideas. – The springs are Ford, the hinges are not. – Little heavy now? – Done. – Perfect. – It’s a race car now. Look at that. – Let’s go thrash it. (rock music) – Yeah! – Look at all the smoke. Woo! – We’re making more smoke than dust. – I know it. Why is this so fun every single time? – ‘Cause we’re alive.

Nice. Woah! Yeah! There you go. There you go. – That’s lots of smoke. – We’re not on fire, just looks like it. – You cannot believe how long ago I gave up on ever owning a ’69 Mach One. I have got to send huge thanks to the Corns Family and Colorado Auto and Parts for making this happen. It is unbelievable to even find a Mach One in the junkyard much less being 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 do ’em someday and you can find out first by following us on social media. We are Roadkill Show on Facebook and Instagram. – Yeah! That was a good one. – Support companies that support Roadkill. Buy your speed parts at jegs dot com. – That’s spot, I met spot the other day. He was going to be our pet ’til I dropped him and knocked some teeth out and I felt guilty about it so he became a hood ornament. I think he was a chihuahua. – He’s not right up here. Maybe I should drive. .