You have to wonder why someone would order a '70 Mustang convertible with the 428 Cobra Jet and four-speed combination. But after further consideration, why not? It was a great combination of top-down fun and all-American muscle.
Only 137 buyers ordered a CJ in a convertible Mustang for '70, but less than 20 came with the R-code (Ram-Air with Shaker hood scoop) 428 Cobra Jet and four-speed transmission. Today, these cars are coveted by collectors like DeVoe Moore, who keeps this Calypso Coral CJ convertible on display at his Tallahassee Antique Car Museum in Florida.
When Moore bought the car, it was "a mess," as described by Ed Meyer, who restored the convertible at his southern Indiana restoration shop. "It was painted red with a white interior," Ed continues. "Someone had tried to turn it into a Mach 1 convertible in the 1980s, then it sat disassembled for years. People stole parts off of it. If I had known that it was going to be so difficult to find all the rare pieces, I wouldn't have taken it on as a restoration."
But if anyone can dig up rare parts for performance Mustangs, it's Meyer, who specializes in '69-'70 Shelbys and Boss 429s. Adding to the task was the fact that the convertible had been delivered from the factory with nearly every option, and most were missing when the car arrived at Meyer's shop. Try finding an NOS set of chrome moldings that were part of the '70 Exterior Décor Group.
In spite of the missing parts, the Mustang arrived at Meyer's shop with its original drivetrain, smog parts, and never-wrecked body sheetmetal. From there, it was a matter of finding original parts--including rust-free doors and front fenders from California--and restoring the car to factory condition, right down to the paint daubs and dated-coded components. Although many of the parts are not original to the car, Ed says that 99 percent are original for a '70 Mustang CJ convertible, including the gas tank and mufflers.
He should know--he had to search for most of them.