Vintage Mustang Concours Technical Questions Answered
I heard recently from a very reliable Mustang restorer that 1971 Mustangs with the Y-code 4.11 rear axle ratio came from the factory with a special Detroit Locker owner’s manual similar to the 1965 Shelby G.T. 350. Is this true or just a myth? If true, I sure would like to find one for my SCJ Mach 1.
It’s true. There was a Detroit Locker owner’s manual packet, and I have included a picture of the items included. Notice the chrome-faced “Detroit Locker” sticker for the dash, changed in design from the earlier 1965 Shelby version for 1970-1971. Unfortunately, I don’t believe there is a reproduction of the later-style dash sticker. I also included a photo of the Ford dealer Detroit Locker color brochure.
Steering Wheel Resto
I have an old ’65-’66 deluxe steering wheel that needs restoration. I once had one done by Dallas Mustang Parts, where they replaced the original plastic woodgrain rim with real walnut and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, they no longer do that. Who do you use to restore steering wheels? I’m having difficulty finding a service that can do this. Thanks. Blair des Rochers Via the Internet
I use Bill Herndon at the Pony Car Warehouse. The address is 2025 Monthaven Drive, Wake Forest, NC, 27587; the phone number is (919) 435-0396; and website is ponywarehouse.net. Bill has been restoring wheels for Mustang owners for 20-plus years.
Correct Boss Shift Knob
We have a 1969 Boss 302 with standard interior and low-back seats with headrest. I’m not sure what the correct shift knob should be? I’ve seen the solid black with white letter and the woodgrain with blue stripe in Boss 302 applications. What is considered concours correct? Thanks!
Typically the C8OZ-7213-A black knob was used on standard interior cars. I would recommend the black knob.
Tiffany Dealer Materials
I have a 1964½ Mustang that has been in our family since new. The car is unrestored with a bit over 50,000 miles. I have been doing a little research on the early 1965 Mustangs. During a conversation at a Mustang show here in California your name was mentioned as having an original Tiffany “dangler” that hung in Ford dealers in 1965. I was hoping you still have this award and could supply a picture for reference? Sounds like an interesting piece.
As you requested, I am providing a photo of my Tiffany “dangler” that hung in Ford dealer showrooms during the 1965 model year for your reference.
Photography by Bob Perkins