Street Freak! Boosted 1969 Twin Turbo Mustang
Jonathan’s 1969 Twin Turbo Mustang is a wild, outside-the-box (and hood) build. It’s refreshing as it runs more along the lines of “No-Touring.” It’s a clean restoration whose owner went all out to finish it off. Best of all, it’s daily driven. And driven hard. In an era of zero wheel gap, we like the fact he took the opposite approach of the current Pro-Touring trend. Ya just don’t see cars set up like this. Bonus points for originality.
We sat down for some coffee with Jonathan to get the details on the old Ford and to talk about his future plans for the car. Jonathan tells us he’s had the Mustang for three and a half years now and it has always been a work in progress.
He’s been working construction with his dad throughout high-school to afford car parts and just started his first semester of college. Seeing as how it is a street and not a track car, we took it out on the street in its native environment to grab some photos before the sun went down.
Of course, the most obvious part of this build are the two turbos sticking out of the engine bay and through the hood Mad Max style. Jonathan says this was really an experiment, and he plans on eventually upgrading the setup. But he’s proven that it’s possible. The end game is massive power making this an absolutely badasss ‘Stang.
The block underneath the twin hairdryers is the original 302; definitely good for the power that Jonathan puts down. Since there are hardly over 500 miles on the rebuild, the car hasn’t been dyno tuned yet.
The long term goal for the project is to hit 600 horsepower which is ambitious but doable. The engine has been converted to a roller cam setup with 1.6 ratio rockers with Edelbrock cam and heads. A Fitech EFI unit capable of running E85 or pump gas gives Jonathan some options in the future.
Power is sent to the 4-speed top loader then out through an 8-inch rear axle, for now. Jonathan has lined up a Ford 9-inch swap already, and that should be going into the car shortly. With it, disc brakes in the rear will also come.
While the new rear end will definitely wake the car up, the Mustang is already a blast to drive as you can see. The exterior has been re-finished in competition yellow paint with those iconic Mach I stripes down the side. In the back a custom spoiler was installed then sticker-bombed. A sticker-bombed front lip adds even more aesthetic.
Inside, everything has been redone. The period correct seats and dash were upgraded with modern materials. The final product is a good place to be; cleaner and more comfortable than it was forty-eight years ago when it rolled off the lot.
Underneath the big body resides a Grab-a-Trak kit with stiffened suspension, subframe connectors, and traction bars for the coming launches. The brakes are 4-piston calipers up front and a two-pot setup is coming soon with that rear axle.
All-in-all, it’s a crazy, clean build that’s only getting better. With guys like Jonathan building these classics in high school and college, we’re sure hot rodding will never die. Leave it to the kids to have a new take on contemporary street freaks!