Baby Boss was originally purchased in 1969 by a father sending his daughter to Georgia Tech. He chose the color package yellow with a black vinyl top to match the school's colors. She drove the the car to school everyday until the car was sold several years later.
Many years down the line, Baby Boss had suffered severe rust problems, and had been hit in the driver's door by an anonymous drunk driver in the middle of the night. He was never fixed until his final destiny with the Allen family.
In 1992, Baby Boss was purchased by Vernon and Pattie Allen as a parts donor for a 1969 T5 Mustang. Mrs. Allen had planned to use Baby Boss to rebuild the T5 Mustang to concours restoration. Baby Boss, however, struck a nerve with the couple's 4 year old daughter. (thats me!) As soon as I found out what a "parts car" was, I cried and pleaded for the fate of the poor little yellow Mustang. I struck a deal with my parents, if I promised to make "good grades and work real hard," they would build the '69 for me. Baby Boss sat for another 11 years out behind our old shop, rusting away, and housing armadillos and squirrels. Just before my 16th birthday, with much persuading, I finally convinced my parents that I really did want to build this sad version of a Mustang. By this time, the rust was so extensive that almost all of the trunk had rusted away. The taillight panel and gas tank had fallen out of the car. The floor pans were non-existent, and both doors had been crushed by time and trees. Amazingly, with a little gas and some stubborness, Baby Boss cranked right up, rust and all! However, the years of armadillo nests and squirrel nest that had built up around the car resulted in a fire that helped ruin most of the rest of the car. Even through all the setbacks... I still wanted this car! I had worked all of my school years towards building my prized '69. I even surprised my parents by graduating a year early and Valedictorian of my Senior class. Nine months of hard labor, all new sheet metal, and alot of blood, sweat, and tears later, a Chrome Yellow Mustang rolled out of the shop for his debut drive. He almost made it out of the driveway... Just a few of the setbacks of rebuilding a classic Mustang.
Baby Boss got his name from my love of the original Boss 302, Boss 429, and Boss Shinoda Mustangs. I wanted a "Boss" Mustang, but didn't want the stripes to say "Boss 302," so with a little customization the name Baby Boss was born.
For the most part, Baby Boss could be considered a stock exterior... That's if you ordered all the options that Ford had available in 1969. Although the car did not originally come with the rear spoiler, the chin spoiler, or the shelby style side scoops, they were available as add ons from Ford. This was something that we wanted to keep a theme with on the car. Even the color, although not an original 1969 color, is a factor Ford color, 1998 Chrome Yellow. Baby Boss was originally Meadowlark yellow. The stripes are the original stripes from the '69 Boss 302 Mustang, we just took out the Boss and instead added the running horse and the original scripted "Mustang" from the '69 side emblems, it even has the reflective properties of the original Boss. The vinyl top is original to the car, and while many people today decide to scrap that part of vinyl top cars, I instead chose to keep this unique part of the car.
While many people restoring classic cars today decide to go restomod and add a big set of chrome wheels, I wanted to go vintage. A set of Magnum 500 wheels fit the bill perfectly! And it kept with the yellow and black theme of the car. I like chrome, but I like to keep it to a minimum in most cases, not to mention the Magnums help carry out the "Boss" feel of the car.
The engine of Baby Boss is usually the biggest shocker to most spectators of the car. While all true Boss cars have a big beefy road killing V8, Baby Boss has a big beefy purring 250 inline six cylinder! So many people opt to switch out the little six cylinders, but I wasnt having any of that. Not to mention Baby Boss was built to be a daily driver and I just knew that a V8 would eat my whole paycheck with a 70 mile round trip to town.
But not to be held back, I did have to give my little 250 a few goodies. A Clifford's Performance Package with true dual exhaust gives Baby Boss a little extra oomph with a purr to match. Most people question the size of my "small block V8" when they hear the exaust... only to be surprised by the yellow 250 that meets them under the hood! And yes I'll admit, he did get to play on the dragstrip one time, and beat the poor little 302 lined up next to him. I guess Clifford's knows what they are talking about with the motto "6=8"
Baby Boss sits on a stock 1969 suspension for now, including the original non-power steering. With a car like this though, who needs power steering? A little bit of coil spring removal resulted in handling that hugs the corners at Barber Motorsports Park. In the future, there is the possibility for a better suspension package... but for now I'm happy with how he drives.
In keeping with the "originality" theme of the car, Baby Boss has a pretty much 1969 interior. A modern center console insert dresses things up a bit with my initials "AJA" embroidered in the headrests, in yellow of course, and a set of yellow custom gauge inserts out of California brings a little more of the exterior inside.
As a young owner of a classic Mustang, I did have to add a decent sound system, so Baby Boss features a set of twin Infinity 10" subwoofers mounted in the trunk, powered by twin Infinity amps. Dynomat and seam sealers keep the music and bass inside though and reduce that annoying bass rattle that comes from so many cars these days.
A few shiny details dress up the engine bay, as well as yellow accents spread sparingly throughout. Mustang logos can be found all over the place, such as on the oil pan. A thing we like to tell people is to spot all of the Mustangs on the exterior of the car because we like to add little details like that to all of the cars we build... Hint: There are 17 and a half on Baby Boss!