Dennis Collins’ latest YouTube video is a lesson in the Mustang alphabet as he goes to Mooresville, North Carolina to meet a quartet of classic cars.
His targets are A-code, K-code, M-code and R-code Mustangs from the 1960s.
This adventure includes other Ford-related distractions, including a Model A body making its way into the trailer – Blue Oval nostalgia buffs will appreciate seeing a rare Tri-Power upgrade kit for the 289 V8.
A classic K-Code Mustang that is “automotive art”
Collins takes on the beauty of a 1965 K-code Mustang fastback – a vehicle he equates with the striking looks of the Jaguar E-Type and Mid-Year (C2) Corvette.
As a K-code car, it came with a four-cylinder 289 cubic-inch small-block V8, which originally produced 271 horsepower.
Strangely enough, the engine is not under the hood but in parts elsewhere.
Saving a Barn Find R-Code Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet
In the back of a garage is a 1969 R-Code Mustang that has stood still for over 30 years.
It’s worth noting that this is no ordinary R-code vehicle – the 428 cubic inch V8 is from the Super Cobra Jet variant, meaning the reinforced crankshaft, rods, pistons and other components are well suited to high-rpm racing.
This now black but formerly lime gold fastback is well optional with power steering, power brakes and a four-speed manual transmission.
Retrieving a faded Candy Apple Red M-Code Mustang
Collins comes across another 1969 Mustang, but this one is an M-code version – his 351 Cleveland V8 came out of the factory and produced 290 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque.
M-code Mustangs only appeared from 1969 to 1971, mostly in Shelby GT350 and Mach 1 models.
While the Candy Apple Red exterior has seen better days, the factory-installed air conditioning, power steering, and power brakes add to the car’s appeal.
A 1965 A-code Ford Mustang Fastback completes the quartet
In a separate building sits like an undiscovered treasure a 1965 three-speed fastback with A code.
An A code designation (offered from 1965 to 1967) means it has a 289 V8 with a four-cylinder carburetor that once had 225 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque.
The maroon exterior isn’t perfect, but 30 years of storage has undoubtedly helped preserve things.
Unfortunately, the decades have not been kind to the parchment interior, which is in need of a revamp.
Sources: YouTube/Dennis Collins, cjponyparts.com, 428cobrajet.org