The Boss Up And Down Pikes Peak

By Kirk B.

In 1977, my wife and I took The Boss on a long distance run from Omaha, Nebraska to Colorado and made the run of a lifetime up, and down, Pikes Peak. Before leaving, all our friends told us to lean up the carb and give it all the air we could. I laughed them off and we headed for The Peak. The closer we got to our destination, the better the Boss ran. The Dept. of Roads in Colo. just finished banking the curves and doing their best on the road. We made it up in just under 45 min! Then, back down in 31 min., all without touching a thing on my carb!! The higher up we got, the better The Boss ran! Used 9 lbs. of transmission grease gearing down on all curves to make the fast downward run, and filled it up at the Sinclair Station at the bottom. As the mechanic filled the tranny he said "you had a lot of fun. I heard your motor and tires for the last 15 miles coming down and wondered what kind of machine was running today and why." I smiled and said, "just out for a nice run." Paid the man and talked about that run all the way home. 682 miles. Never touching my carb or adjusting anything. That's the best The Boss ran......ever. God Bless Ford Racing and The 1970 Boss 302. Pure Stock and 10.91 E.T. was my best run at the track in Nebraska. I love that car.
Kirk B 03/05/2012
Thanks for the interest in my car, or simply, the data. First I had Arbor Garage in Omaha, Ne. clean up and replace any part that George and Duane thought it would need, as long as it stayed P/S. The Fomoco pistons went for a set of TRW solids, same as the Boss came with only differt brand and quality,keeping it stock, according to guidelines. Then a new carb [780cfm] with quality parts,keeping it stock. About that time, gold-tiped points came out and I began buying them. At 7,000rpm or more, I went through a set of points in 2-3 runs. The gold-tipped gave me about 8-10 runs. Stock tires [F-15 60 Goodyear Polyglas on the front, and Goodyear L15 on the rear], keeping it stock since the rear tires fit well under the wheel wells, as guidelines state. And last of all, when I have ever bought a car in my life, I never got a "middle-of-the-road" car. It either smoked the tires from the git-go, or it was a lemon. The Boss happens to fall into category one, making it an exceptional running car. I can say that other than points and plugs, I replaced all parts on the motor [PS pump,Water pump,radiator,etc.], but never needed to replace any parts in the motor. The Boss simply ate them up[parts]. It's immense quickness off the line and sheer HP got me some great E.T.'s and careful with the wheel-stands. Going up 6-8 inches is fun, but coming down is HARD on the front end. I raced B-Stock, but after beating everything in my class, I raced A-Stock beauties all night after the track closed and we went to 156th and "F" Sts. Some great races took place in those years! [1972-1978]. The track I raced at was called "Cornhusker Raceway" and is long-since a landing zone for private planes in Millard, Ne. Good luck with your Mach, but the parts I just mentioned would now cost you about $2500.00, in the box, or more, simply put. By the way, it dyno'd out at 455 HP. A lot of horses for a small,unibody,Fastback that scared even me, at times! Drive on, fellow Mustang Lover. What year is your Mach?
boss302kirk 03/03/2012
When I bought the Boss from my brother, I had Arbor Garage remove most stock Fomoco parts [pistons,and mostly upper end parts to TRW Steel] which is absolutely considered P/S according to NHRA specs. Everything else from the dual-point distributor to the bottom end is original. It has been my experience that when you buy a car you either get a lemon, or a hard-running great car. That is what the Boss is. A hard-running car from the start. You can also bore to .030 and still be stock. The new TRW pistons upped the compression to 13.0 to 1, which gave me a great jump off the line. My worst problems were replacing the points every 3 runs or so, and the stock Fomoco 780cfm carb. That piece of junk blew diaphrams every time I opened it WFO! However, that problem can be fixed by removing the pressure line to the secondaries and wiring it with any small piece of wire to WFO! The continual gas mileage was 4 mpg, which hurt the wallet but no complaints from me! I wish you all the luck in the world on your Mach. After all, we are Ford fans. especially Mustangs!! Give em' tire smoke.....always.
John Bailey 02/17/2012
What did you do to the car to get it to run a 10.91 and what kind of trap speed did you hit? I haven't run my Mach yet but everything I have read tells me I should be able to best the numbers of a stock Boss 302 but the numbers you put up are stellar for a 1/4 mi! Keep the faith!