Muscle Car Review # 3: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

1970 Mustang Boss 302

Owned by: Mike and Ronda Strapason, Tulsa, OK

Restored by: Auto Craft Body Shop, Norman, OK

Engine: 302ci/290hp V-8

Transmission: Ford Toploader 4-speed manual

Rearend: Ford 9-inch with 3.50 gears and Traction-Loc

Interior: Black vinyl bucket seat

Wheels: 15×7 Magnum 500

Tires: 215/60R15 BFGoodrich Comp T/A HR

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Well, this is the real boss!!  The car that survived F5 tornado when everything else around it didn't. Incredible power.

“Owned by Mike and Ronda Strapason of Tulsa, the Boss was purchased back in June 1984 from Buffalo, New York, resident Bob Butler with 68,827 miles on the odometer. “

On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, Oklahoma, and traveled up the Turner Turnpike on its way through Tulsa at a whopping 318 mph, some of the highest winds ever recorded,” says Mike. “

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“The entire car was taken down to bare metal and was repainted in DuPont Grabber Orange with clearcoat. Classic Mustang of Oklahoma supplied the new 3M reflective Boss 302 graphics along with one of the running horse wheel caps that had either been blown off or washed away in the tornado.”

The Boss's black vinyl interior had to be completely removed and all the water damage repaired. Upon reassembly, new carpets were installed, but everything else inside remains factory original.

After being seriously damaged by water and mud, the original black vinyl sport interior looks nearly new. Only the carpets have been replaced.

Mike Strapason had to replace one of the Boss’s running horse wheel caps, which was either blown or washed away in the tornado that leveled his home.”

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“Powering the Mustang is the original Boss 302 small-block engine, which was rated at 290 hp back in the day. Note the presence of the day two Moroso canister-style fuel filter, along with some overspray and 42 years worth of patina.”

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And this is the real Tornado Boss!

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