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Resto Roundup, November 2013 - Restoration Questions
General Tire for ’67?
I have a fairly original ’67 Mustang hardtop that has what I believe to be the original 6.95x14 General spare tire. I have a good friend who is a pretty sharp Mustang guy and he questions whether General Tire was an OE supplier for Ford. How can I verify if the tire is original to the car?
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General was an original OE supplier to Ford in the 1960s. I have a ’67 convertible with all five of its original tires—6.95x14 General white sidewalls. Some build sheets have a tire code on them, although most don’t. I don’t believe anyone makes a reproduction of the 6.95x14 Generals. Depending on when your car was built, the tire may have DOT or non-DOT information on the back side. Based on your description, it’s very likely that your spare tire is original to the car.
Acorn Lug Nuts
As the owner of a ’69 Boss 429 Mustang, I try to stay informed about the features and details of the special model. I recently read a post on one of the website forums about a second version or style of the Boss 429 lug nut. I purchased a set of the reproduction stainless ’69 lug nuts for my car. They were nearly identical to the originals, yet I’m hoping you can supply a photo of the “acorn” style stainless lug nut for reference. I may have seen them before but did not know what I was looking at. I’m sure some other Boss 429 owners are curious about the acorn-style lug nuts.
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I have provided a photo of both styles of stainless capped lug nuts. I have not seen enough of the acorn-style lug nuts to determine a pattern of KK numbers that used them. I know that KK1260 and KK1354, both very nice original and unrestored cars, have them. I also have a factory photo of a ’70 Boss 302 with the acorn nuts, along with a Kar Kraft invoice for 6,000 stainless capped lug nuts dated April 29, 1969. Unfortunately, I don’t know if they were the acorn or the more typical style. My thought is that more than one company supplied lug nuts through ’69 production.
Later in the year, after Boss 302 production started in April, the Boss 429 Magnum 500 wheels and G60 tires were mounted and installed at the Dearborn Assembly Plant rather than Kar Kraft.
Both styles of original ’69 Boss 429 lug nuts are rare finds!
Black or Blue/Green?
Please set the record straight: Is the front grille on ’67 Mustangs painted a blue/silver color or black? I used the blue/silver, which works very well with my Brittany Blue car. Most ’67s I’ve seen have black grilles, which work well with red or black cars. Is it true that all factory original ’67s were built with the blue/silver regardless of the model, build date, assembly plant, or exterior color?
I’ve also heard that some Ford service replacement grilles were painted black.
You know my next question for my fellow readers: what is the correct paint formula to use for either the blue/silver or black paint?
The ’67 Mustang grille is indeed painted a blue/green color. The new-old-stock (NOS) grilles I have found in Ford boxes were also blue/green. Mustang Club of America rules also state that the ’67 grilles should be a blue/green color. It’s possible that later Ford service grilles were not painted the original blue/green hue. However, I have not seen any. Also, you might note that the braces riveted to grille are semi-gloss black, while the rivets are a natural finish.
National Parts Depot has the ’67 grille paint in an aerosol can, part number AP-GPC.
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