Featured Member of the Week: Gerry Hiltz

1968 Ford Mustang Ragtop


Please tell us a little bit about yourself…

Hi, My name is Gerry Hiltz & I live in Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, Canada. I’m 66 years old and married. I have 3 daughters, all grown and married, 4 grand children and have been retired from Michelin Tire since 2005 after working there for 35 years.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?

I was looking one day for Mustang pictures and came across your website and decided to have a look. Once I did I registered myself and set up an album with a few pics of my 1968 ragtop. I think I have 3 albums there now.

1968 Ford Mustang Ragtop

What Cool Rides do you currently own?

I have a 1968 Mustang Convertible.

1968 Ford Mustang Ragtop

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?

My Mustang is powered with a “Bogus Boss” engine. It has it’s original 302 block, but is now outfitted with a set of Cleveland 351, closed chamber 2 V heads. A 287, 512 lift cam, FOMOCO roller rockers, 1.55:1, TRW forged flat top pistons, a B&A Ford Track Boss intake manifold to enable the big block heads to be fitted to the 302 block.  A MSD coil with Accel electronic ignition as well as a flex blade fan have been installed. It is equipped with a 650 double pump Holley with automatic choke. With a breather on top of all this I had to cut a hole in the hood to be able to close it. To keep the car clean and looking as close to stock as I could I installed a hood scoop from a ’69.

Power steering and power brakes, disk front, drum rear, keep it between the ditches and stop it when it has to slow down. It has a top load 4 speed transmission. Rear end ratio of 3:1.

The engine has been dynoed at 301 HP at 5500 RPM.

It’s a fast and fun car to drive (makes me feel like a teenager again). I’ve had the car since 1993 and have put about 30,000 miles on it over the years. It still shows and drives well.

1968 Ford Mustang Ragtop

What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?

The next planned work is replacement of brake pads on the front and shoes on the rear.

After that the replacement of window rubbers and seat buns.

1968 Ford Mustang Ragtop

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?

Getting  the carburator jetted and adjusted to work well with the 512 lift camshaft and other  engine mods.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?

The  day that I found it in a barn partially restored.

1968 Ford Mustang Ragtop

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?

A dream car was the one I have now. The next dream would be a 1968, Mustang, Shelby, convertible.

1968 Ford Mustang Ragtop

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy.  Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?

For storage, keep it dry. For a daily driver, keep it clean inside, outside and underneath. But by all means DRIVE it.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I find that a classic Mustang gets a favourable nod from ALL generations. My grand children like my car as much as folks from my generation do.

1968 Ford Mustang Ragtop