Ames Automotive Foundation

The Ames Automotive Foundation in Marlborough, NH, is proud to present over ninety Muscle Cars and Classics on display, spanning 100 years of automotive history. Most of these cars are completely original, including tires and paint, and typically have fewer than 10,000 miles on the odometer. The rest are high quality restorations of rare “one of” cars. When Steve Ames started this collection, he realized how rare it is to find such a stunning, original example of classic cars and focused on ultra low-mileage, untouched, original vehicles. Realizing these vehicles needed to be preserved for future generations, Steve and his wife Joan created the Ames Automotive Foundation in 2016 to allow future generations to have the opportunity to learn how the workers could assemble these cars in a matter of hours on a moving assembly line. The Ames Automotive Foundation allows these extraordinary vehicles to live on for years to come. They invite you to come see these wonderful examples of American ingenuity and hear their stories. Tours are currently available by advance appointment. Please fill out the contact form to schedule a tour today!

Below are some snap shots of a couple interesting displays, click the Ames Museum Website for more!

1970 Ford Mustang Restoration at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

A Long-Time Family Member Mustang Is Renewed!

We’ve recently completed a 1970 Ford Mustang convertible restoration here at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. This is a cool Mustang Restomod with a rich history, and has been in the same family since the summer of 1972! The V8 Speed team completely disassembled the car for rust repairs and suspension upgrades, fixed the rusty and damaged body, and repainted the Mustang in a nearly-original color.

It’s powered by a Ford 302 V8 backed by a C4 automatic transmission, and was equipped from the factory with air conditioning. Our customer drove the car often, as it was her first car back in 1972. Over the years, the ‘70 Mustang was driven by the next generation in the family, until it was wrecked in 1993 and subsequently parked. It had not been driven since then, and we were happy to return it to the road once completed.

The Restoration Process

The V8 Speed and Resto Shop team disassembled the entire car, and stripped all the paint to reveal previous damage and rust repairs. The convertible Mustang was mounted on a fixture in our fabrication shop to keep the body structure supported and true, and sheet metal repairs began. The quarter panels, rear tail panel, doors and floors were all replaced with new steel.

While this car is restored to appear original, we modified a few aspects of the car for better drivability, reliability, performance, and more enjoyment. For example, we installed an upgraded front suspension system from Rod and Custom Motorsports, which provides a tubular upper and lower control arm assembly based on the later Mustang II geometry. It also features an oversized sway bar and a rack and pinion steering unit for more precise control and modern Mustang Road feel. Improved front disc brakes are also installed, along with all new plumbing and brake lines to help the Mustang stop better. Familiar but upsized 17” Magnum 500 wheels from Scott Drake are wrapped in Bridgestone tires.

Watch The 1970 Ford Mustang Restoration Videos

Adding Complimentary Technology That Fits The Theme

The 302 small block Ford V8 was rebuilt, and is now topped with a FiTech fuel injection system for modern-day reliability, which is also controlling the electronic distributor and ignition timing. This car came from the Ford factory with air conditioning, but we elected to install a more efficient A/C system from Vintage Air, which uses current refrigerant to cool the air. The front accessory drive is a black serpentine system from CVF Racing, complete with a high-flow water pump and higher output alternator.

The color is very close to the original Ford Medium Bright Blue, but it’s been tweaked a bit as preferred by the owner for a bit more… pop! And where the original paint was a single-stage blue, today’s urethane 2-stage basecoat / clearcoat shines far more than the original finish ever did.

New Interior With A Familiar Look

The V8 Speed and Resto Shop interior shop rebuilt the bucket seats and rear seat, upholstering them in the original white / parchment hue, and a new black carpet covers the sound-deadened floor. The top frame and hydraulic system was restored, and we installed a new white convertible top. Fresh glass looks crisp and clean, Dozens of new trim pieces from Classic Industries were installed to make things new again inside.

This family heirloom 1970 Mustang Convertible is nicer looking, and nicer to drive, than it was when it rolled off the assembly line brand new. We at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop are honored to have the opportunity to bring it to a new level for many more years of family enjoyment.

V8 Speed and Resto Is Ready To Renew Your Classic or Muscle Car!

Weather It’s a stock original restoration, a mild restomod, a road-hugging pro-touring machine, a fiery hot rod, or a full-out custom, the V8 Team has what it takes to bring your dream car to life. Contact us anytime to chat about your desires and how we can create a one-of-a-kind ride just for you!

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Author: Miguel Pujols
Content: Great job, she’s better than new, hope the family enjoys for many smile per mile of years ahead! The classic always appeal to me its like stepping in a time machine, but a RestoMod where it counts makes it so much sweeter…

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Author: James Hutchins
Content: Absolutely beautiful! Love the very sensible upgrades making her a sweet daily driver or a show car. A true win win.

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Author: Jason Hull
Content: Looks so sharp and clean.
You guys sure do good work. I would be honored to build classic’s with you guys ! Keep em coming. We can’t get enough of them.
I’d love to see what you could do to My 1970 Camaro too. Lol

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Author: Rick Read
Content: Absolutely gorgeous! I like every thing that was upgraded to modernize the car, I’m loving it!

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Author: JSR Roadrash
Content: Your team does outstanding work. Beautiful Mustang with a great history.

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Author: Annatar the Maia
Content: What comes out of your workshops isn’t work, it’s art.

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Author: Trip Reviews
Content: Although I like an all original mustang this is a fantastic updated 1970 Mustang. The classic look has been maintained and yet it is new. Nice. 👍

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Author: GPLIPP
Content: Another home run guys. Well done!!

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Author: Plymouth Die-Cast Replicas
Content: Gorgeous pony car. Incredible job, guys. The biggest thumbs up👍👍👍

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Author: J. G.
Content: Beautiful work 👍

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Author: Charles Dalton
Content: There are so many things well done on this car but I kept coming back to the panel gaps. They look like they were cut with a laser – holy mackerel!

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Author: KFH
Content: More great work… A Real Beauty!!!

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Author: Codename C.A.R.S
Content: Nice car!

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Author: John R Smith
Content: I had the identical car, except mine had the deluxe interior, which included a console. Absolutely the worst car I ever owned, because of a complete lack of quality control during assembly. Virtually everything was wrong with the car, and I only owned it for 3500 miles. Sad, because it was a neat little car.

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Author: Kenan Turkiye
Content: There’s something about metallic blue and chrome on a good car.

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Author: echoi
Content: This restomod is the gold standard on what a restomod should be. Compared to cars with chrome air cleaners, chrome valve covers, Obnoxious 20″ rims, those generic jeep LED units, and obnoxiously loud speakers in the back. Eeewww

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Author: Jerome Hansen
Content: Nice

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