1969 Mach 1, 390 ci, 4V, 4 speed, traction lok differential

I gave up my last bona fide hobby when my oldest son started driver’s ed. The engine was not original. It was a transplant from a Ford Fairlane GT. The “GT engine” as it is/was known, was a 390 ci engine that was the pre-cursor to the 428 Cobra Jet engine. It was forever more fast!

In a teenage boy’s hands, it was a death machine.

Now, it seems my hobby is cash flowing the two youngest kids through college without pulling any money out of savings and my retirement accounts.


My old Z28 with a 454 LS6 engine was also pretty sweet… The LS6 wasn’t a stock engine for the Z28.

It was rumoured that some engineer often used to drive it at 150 mph… Heard that he went from Assinaboia, Sask to Regina in 45 minutes… over 100 mile trip.

Back in the early 70s.


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Kind of like making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, huh?

I hear it’s much more fun…


I drove the part of that trip between Assiniboia to Moose Jaw last fall.
It didn’t impress me as a fast road.
Two lane and narrow.
Where there any shoulders at all almost 50 years ago?

Narrow if I recall… and almost no traffic at the time. It was a paved road… not really a highway, and no mounties. I was in my younger stage… 10 feet tall and bulletproof.

…and flat and straight as I recall…


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