From too Rusty to be Saved to an Astonishing Mustang Mach 1

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The Creative Workshop presents: a Mustang Mach 1 with a 351 Cleveland engine.

10 years it took The Creative Workshop to restore this fabulous 1970 Mustang Mach 1. Rather than anything else, however, it emphasizes the firm's commitment to its customers. "It's not the best way for business to operate, but you do so when you deal with great people," says Jason Wenig, The Creative Workshop's owner. "My client was not able to fully fund it. He is a guy we really like very, very much. He didn't have a lot of money and we worked with him for a long time. He sent money whenever he could."

The beautifully restored car has its original cream color back with the typical Mach stripe at the center of the hood that also covers the air intake. All the chrome components were brushed and are now shining gallantly under the Florida sun. The white upholstery is finished in exemplary manner and is very prominent in the rather dark color passenger compartment. The 351 Cleveland engine is back in its original place coupled to an automatic gearbox. The air conditioning and the radio are just like they once were with their chrome coated handles and buttons.

Equipped with a 351 Cleveland engine and a long list of options, this Mach 1 is one of only four ever to leave the showroom equipped with the same items on the bill sheet. When it arrived to the workshop it was extremely rusty, as can be seen from the photographs in our gallery. That was the biggest challenge: to save it from further deterioration and to improve the structure's strength. Another challenge was keeping its attribution as a matching numbers car. "80 percent of that car had to be welded together," explains Wenig.

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"With new panels, with reproduction panels, the biggest challenge was the rust on this car, and because it was a matching numbers type of vehicle, getting some of them correct and making sure all the correct parts were date coded. In the Mustang world it's pretty easy to do that."

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