Not to be outdone by Chrysler, Ford had to build and field its own
race-duty big-block to compete with the 426 Hemi in drag and stock car
racing. In competition trim, the Boss 429 powered Ford and Mercury stock
cars to victory in NASCAR and the Mustang to many wins in drag racing.
With this exclusive racing pedigree, the Boss 429 is among the most
valuable and rare Mustangs ever built.
The project was the brainchild of Bunkie Knudsen, noted stylist Larry
Shinoda, and other talented Ford personnel. The semi-hemi Boss 429 was
so large, it couldn’t fit in the small Mustang, so Kar-Kraft, a
specialty car builder, had to shoehorn the engine into the compact
Mustang fastback. Author Dan Burrill collaborated with Boss 429 expert
Denny Aldridge to give you the straight story on the car, its special
equipment, 429 engine, 4-speed Toploader transmission, interior
appointments, paint codes, and options. Also featured is the exciting
story of developing this monumental engine, engineering the components
and parts to fit the engine and chassis, and assembling the cars.
Each volume in the In Detail Series provides an introduction and
historical overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved
in creating the car, a look at marketing and promotion, an in-depth
study of all hardware and available options, and an examination of where
the car is on the market today. Also included are paint and option
codes, VIN and build tag decoders, as well as production numbers.
About the Author
A veteran automotive journalist and magazine writer, Dan Burrill
co-authored How to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass and Carbon Fiber
Parts. Dan is a former editor of Kit Car Illustrated magazine and he has
been working on hot rods, kit cars, and other collector cars most of his
life. Burrill collaborated with noted Boss 429 expert and parts dealer
Denny Aldridge in the creation of this book. Aldridge has been a Ford
Racing dealer for 31 years, won multiple drag race championships, and
owns many Boss 429s.