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Spring 2016 11


My Dad ordered his Boss 351 new

in February of 1971 and it was deliv-

ered in April. He ordered it with a

“radio delete” option because he said

he wanted to “

hear that engine

.” I

don’t think my mother thought very

much of it, and a year and a month

later he replaced it with a new ‘72

Mercury Montego. I bought the Boss

from him. I put a factory AM/8-track

stereo radio in it, along with Shelby

10-spoke wheels, rear window louvers

and a Mach I urethane front bumper.

I pulled the Boss 351 engine and

dropped it into my Pantera. The

12,000-mile Pantera engine went into

the Boss. Back in those days at Ford, I

was working so much overtime that I

didn’t have time to get the Boss run-

ning. I sold it to a friend who owned a

Pantera with the 351-C installed. He

got the car back into running condi-


About a year later, 1976 or 1977, I

got a call from the guy I had sold the

Boss to. He said that the car had died

on him on the road and he had to walk

to a phone booth to get help. By the

time he had gotten back to the car,

somebody had tossed a Molotov cock-

tail into it. It burned up and was de-


When I sold the Pantera I kept the

Boss 351 engine which had originally

come in my Dad’s Boss. I knew that

someday I would build a Cobra kit car

and this was the engine I wanted to

put in it. I took the engine to a builder

friend of mine who had previously

done some small jobs for me. I had

planned to have him rebuild it; it had

over 100,000 miles on it. To my horror,

the guy went bankrupt, closed his

shop and sold my Boss 351 engine.

– Jeff Burgy

Burgy [


] drove the Boss on his wedding day. Note: the decorations didn’t last long.

Since that episode I have checked

eBay on occasion, hoping I might find

my old Boss 351 engine. Imagine my

shock when I found my old car, the

Boss 351, for sale. I had thought it had

been destroyed, but apparently not. I

guess the Molotov cocktail damaged

the engine compartment but didn’t in-

cinerate the entire car as I had imag-


The sale of the car on eBay gener-

ated a lot negative press on the site.

Almost everybody said it was a fake

and could not be a


Boss 351 be-

cause it had a Mach I bumper, was set

up for an automatic transmission and

a regular, non-Boss 351C engine. Even

though I, myself, had installed the

Mach I urethane bumper and con-

verted the car from a four-speed to a

C6 automatic, most of the naysayers

on eBay and the Boss 302 Exchange

remained unconvinced.

The car was still in Michigan, so I

went to look at it. I was 100% con-

vinced it was my old Boss. Although I

would have liked to get it back, it was

just way too rusty for my taste. I’m

done with rust-buckets.

The car still had the rear window

louvers I had installed as well as the

rear bumper, which I had painted with

rattle-cans. It was amazing that it

held up that well. Whoever painted

the car screwed up and painted the

hood in the Mach I style black-out in-

stead of the Boss-style black-out. The

Boss 351 side scallops were also posi-

tioned too high on the front fenders. I

got a call a few months later from the

guy who bought the car from eBay. It

was still in Michigan, but I’ve since

lost his contact information. I never

found the engine, either.

Burgy was involved with a similar Boss

351 that was owned by a friend of his, John

Denyer. A friend of Denyer’s was street

racing the car when he crashed it.