The original 260 cubic inch engine is gone, replaced by a visually identical 289 cubic inch unit from a slightly later vehicle. No matter, because it runs great and looks right under the hood, from the Mustang-spec chrome air cleaner to the chrome valve covers to the big A/C compressor. A few upgrades include the red plug wires and an alternator, but for the most part, this is a pretty stock powerplant. It starts easily and runs great, offering smooth torque that’s right for a pickup, but thanks to the 4-speed, it’s eager to run. A nice-sounding dual exhaust system with chrome tips offers a suitably muscular soundtrack, but everything else under the car appears to be stock. It has lived its life in a warm climate, so everything underneath is clean, if not restored to perfection, and it has just the right stance. Custom aluminum wheels are color-matched to the bodywork and wear 185/70/14 blackwall radials that fill the fenders properly.
Fort Worth, Texas, United States