During the next five months, the Mach 1 gradually began its transformation to its former glory. Aside from receiving new brakes, suspension components, and an AM/FM stereo with a multidisc CD changer, the big revamp was in the powertrain department. Evanuik Performance of White Oak, Pennsylvania, was given the 351 with the mission to warm up the V-8 a bit. Beginning with a 0.020 bore, the Windsor was balanced and fitted with flat-top pistons, roller rockers, a Hydraulic Performance cam, a ported Edelbrock Performer intake, and a Holley 600-cfm carburetor. An MSD ignition system was selected to bolster the firing component and improve streetability. Finally, Greensburg Transmission rebuilt the FMX and installed a shift kit to augment the engine upgrades.
The interesting part about this entire restoration came after the project was completed
"On one of my many visits to the shop," says Bill, "a passenger tire warranty was discovered on the inside of the trunk lid. The name on the warranty was not the person from whom I had bought the car. After a little digging, I came up with two phone numbers that matched the name. One evening, I gathered up enough nerve and called one of the numbers. As I was telling my story about the found warranty, the voice on the other end of the phone began to describe the car to me. During our talk, we decided that when the car was finished, it might be nice to get a picture of all three owners with the car.
"The interesting thing to me is that we live within only 15 miles of each other in the same county where the car was purchased. We're all about the same age, and we all still share a love for Mustangs. I have the '70 Mach 1, Jim-the original owner-has a '72 Mach 1, and Fred-the middle owner-has an'86 GT.
"Sometimes it's a small world."
In case you're wondering, the trio did get together a couple of years ago for that photo. And heck, the little Pony didn't have to leave home to do it!