VIN 0F02Z110-429 KK 2155
This SUPER BOSS 429
had been kept alive by a collector over
years, has been reunited with Elton Al Eckstrand in the late 90ies and is still in unrestored condition. In 2000 it was for sale via Orlando Mustang. Pete Geissler offered this unique car in the name of Elton Al. Eckstrand - the LAWMAN himself.
The Lawman's Super Boss 429 and 428CJ Mach1s
Two '70 Super Boss 429 - fuel-injected and supercharged - and
11 or 12 stripped 428CJ MACH 1 Mustangs are known to have been used by the American Command Drag Team (later United States Performance Team) for training of the european and south east asian US army guys.
6 of them have been reshipped to the US acc. to recent confirmation by Al (Oct.2001). The upper title picture shows 1 Super Boss (middle) and 5 of the 6 428CJ Mach1 that were used in Europe. Acc. to a Kevin Marti research only 5 were build in the second group, not 6. The picture was probably taken in Sweden back then.
(picture Tord Jönsson from Sweden/CARLISLE).
The Eye witness:
Larry James was one of the lucky US army soldiers who had an opportunity to have a ride in these Cobra Jets. Here is his report:
I was on the Coral Sea CVA 43 when the Lawman Tour came to Japan. They put the Big Boss on the flight deck and fired it up. No burnouts on the nonskid. Even so it was loud and made me think of home town racing, though not with any thing like this. Well I did get to drive one of the CJ Mustangs. I got on it a little to hard going in to a corner and went of the designated course. They forgot to tell me that these things did not have power steering and they are front heavy with that 428. Besides the driving of one of these monsters at 19 years of age what I remember is the paint jobs. Pearls inches deep. Beautiful. I have seen the pictures and they do not do justice to the workmanship that went into these artistic expressions.
The motors were fine and the sound of it rumbling made my hear race, but the over all experience has stayed with me long after the engine stopped and the smell of the fuel drifted out to sea. It stayed with me so much that I now have a 1970 Mach I of my own. I have looked for the Lawman story before and I am so glad that I have found it. If there was a way to thank Al Eckstrand for what he did not only for me but the thousands of others who he helped keep sane in the midst of hell and chaos I would want to do that. "Thanks for the memories", to quote an other great warrior who is 100 this year.
Elton sent us this shot himself when being reunited with
The full interview with Elton Al Eckstrand
Follow this link for detailed information from 'The Lawman' himself. I was fortunate enough to get him on the phone on the 31th of December 2000.
KK2155 was transferred from Bill Goldberg to Anghel Restorations for a
complete restoration. |
Follow the process on www.lawmanmustang.com
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