2017 August Car of the Month

Ricky's Mach

As we all reminisce about our younger days and the awesome cars we had, I too joined the Mustang “in" crowd, again. Around 2003 I had decided to get my hands on another Cobra Jet. I had no idea of the difficulties I would have finding a 70. I was searching for a 1970 CJ Mach, due largely to the aluminum rocker paneling that looks so cool. As I proceeded I discovered that there were only around 2000 R codes for 1970, where there were 10,000 produced for 69. The challenge was on! The car I found was factory blue on blue with A/C, power brakes, and power steering, and VERY complete. Acapulco blue was not my favorite color, but since the interior was blue, I knew that was very rare. The blue Mach was found on a farm 45 miles north of Houston in a little place called Normangee.

So my wife and I hauled this thing from Normangee to Lubbock, (attention from spectators was flattering), we get the car home, and after a couple weekends of very light surgery (broken valve springs), I got to drive it on the country roads. It was a pure stock 428 CJ, and ran just the same. WOW, what an experience. And then… the painful restoration began. Part of the process was to get a Marti report, and to our total surprise, we had a 1 of 1 CJ Mach. BONUS! As the next few years dragged on, I completed everything myself except the body and paint work. After I put the all new blue interior in the freshly painted Acapulco Blue body, it looked better than I could ever had hoped. Now blue is my favorite color. And my maiden voyage? The MOCA annual Ford roundup show in 2008!