Bob Perkins
November 28, 2018

Correct Caps for Magnums
What is the correct Dill valve stem and cap used on a 1970 Boss Magnum 500 wheel? Is it the 621 or 627?
Billy Northrupt
Dallas, Texas

The correct Dill valve stem and cap used on 1970 Magnum 500 wheels are typically the Dill 627 cap and TR 413 stem. I have included a couple of pictures for your reference.

Antenna Fitment
Question on a 1970 antenna installation. I have been told all Mustang antennas have a round mast. The antenna on my car has a round mast, but at the base of the mast is a black teardrop insulator. Does the teardrop face the front of the car or the windshield? I think my restorer installed it backwards? Name Withheld

The antenna in the picture you supplied is definitely installed incorrectly. The teardrop should face the windshield.

Unrestored With a Repaint?
I have a pet peeve I would like to get your opinion on since you are the MCA authenticity head judge and SAAC concours head judge. I get upset when I see a car for sale or a magazine article on a Mustang claiming to be a survivor or unrestored barn find only to read it has “only had one repaint 25 years ago.” How can a car be considered unrestored with a repaint? Original paint is the most important criteria for an unrestored vehicle in my opinion! What do you think? Fake News?
Name Withheld

It’s my opinion that a car that has had a repaint is no longer an unrestored car. There is a 100-point mandatory deduction for repaint in the MCA unrestored class. I also question auction descriptions, eBay ads, and publication headlines promoting unrestored cars with repaints. Minor paint repair is not a disqualifier. MCA allows up to 30 percent with no mandatory deduction. There could be a quality/workmanship deduction in addition to the authenticity deduction. Paint and body is the most important category for both unrestored and restored concours cars. A total repaint is a disqualifier in my book!