1964 1 2 Ford Mustang Regulator
Bob Perkins
December 14, 2013

Regulator Cover

I have a ’64½ hardtop with the 260ci V-8. Of course, it has the generator-style voltage regulator. I recently discovered that I need a protective cover for the terminals. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these covers so I don’t know what it looks like. My Mustang is a concours show car so I would like to have all of the unique ’64½ parts. Do you know where I can find a regulator cover?

Bill Buffet
Via the Internet

The accompanying photo will give you an idea of the terminal cover for the ’64½ voltage regulator, Ford part number C3AZ-104555-A. The cover was not unique to the Mustang. It was also used on early 1960s Falcons and Fairlanes, which are good sources for used original covers.


Tag Bracket

For a car built at Dearborn in February 1970, should the bracket be black or slop gray?

At a recent Mustang Club of America show, points were deducted from my ’70 Mach 1 because the front license plate bracket was painted black rather than slop gray. For a car built at Dearborn in February 1970, should the bracket be black or slop gray?

Jason
Via the Internet

The typical color was slop or batch gray for the tag bracket on Dearborn-built 1970 Mustangs. The main bumper brackets (straight) and the small bracket from the front valance to the bumper bracket are also gray. Often these items are overlooked.


Top Dollar

What did you think of the $92,000 sale of the Hi-Po GT at the Mecum Auction in Indianapolis? How nice was the car? I’ve heard that the car was not that great. Did you get to see it?

Johnny G.
Via the Internet

Yes, I did see the ’65 Hi-Po GT that sold for $92,000, a good price for a nice driver with a quality restoration. It looked really good under the lights at 20 feet! However, the car had some serious rust and collision issues in the front end. It was also restored with reproduction parts all the way.


Heater Hose Routing

When I removed the heater box and hoses during the restoration of my ’70 Boss 302, I forgot to note the hose routing. Does the hose from the water pump go to the straight nipple or the elbow on the heater core?

Earl C.
Via the Internet

The heater hose from the water pump goes to the top opening in the firewall, which is the elbow end on the heater core. The hose from the intake manifold goes to the straight nipple. There is a good illustration in the Ford Shop Manual that shows the flow direction and routing of the hoses.


N.O.S. vs. Repro Exhaust

What is the current points deduction for the Fuller system versus an N.O.S. and correctly date-coded Ford exhaust?

I’m sure that you’re familiar with the reproduction ’69 exhaust system from Scott Fuller. What is the current points deduction for the Fuller system versus an N.O.S. and correctly date-coded Ford exhaust? I have a chance to purchase an N.O.S. Ford system but it is very pricey! I need to know if it’s worth the cost.

Name withheld by request

First, I want to say that the Fuller exhaust systems are probably the best reproduction parts I’ve ever seen for a Mustang. Scott is an originality fanatic and owns some of the finest unrestored Mustangs and Shelbys that I have ever seen. His exhaust systems are so good that they will fool most judges. However, it is still a reproduction, so it is not possible, per MCA guidelines, to give full credit for it in the Thoroughbred class. It is my opinion that 50 percent credit is fair. This is a subjective call and may vary slightly among judges.


Let us hear from you.

Send your restoration questions to: Resto Roundup, c/o Bob Perkins, Perkins Restoration, North 2123 Hwy. 16 & 26, Juneau, WI 53039. Send email to mustang.monthly@sorc.com.