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Late Model-Corral, ’79-’13 Questions - December 2013
I have recently purchased a ’13 Boss 302. In your April 2013 issue, you had ’12-’13 Boss 302 production numbers listed. I was wondering if you had a breakdown of how many were produced in each color and how many were shipped to Canada. Secondly, do you know of anyone making 19-inch wheels in chrome or polished that look like the Magnum 500 wheels which will fit the new Boss 302, preferably a 19x9 in the front and a 19x9.5 or 10 in the rear.
Fredericton, NB, CA
There are several online sources where Boss owners congregate to discuss that build info that you’re seeking. One of the best is www.bossmustangsonline.com. Using Ford compiled data along with user input, they keep a rather detailed record of the new generation Boss cars to help owners (and future owners). The information on production breakdown by color is under their registry threads in their forum. Of the complete ’13 Boss production, Canadian spec build numbers are estimated to be 497 Boss 302 MLink text....ustangs. Their production by color breaks down as follows (also an estimate):
Race Red 103
School Bus Yellow 141
Performance White 89
Gotta Have It Green 103
Grabber Blue 61
The site also lists a breakdown by state/province/export and they show 11 Boss 302s sent to your province as well.
As for wheel choices, there used to be a 20-inch Magnum 500 available, but that wheel option seems to have dried up. Currently the largest we’ve been able to find is an 18x9 in billet aluminum.
Smooth Riding Fox
I have an ’87 Mustang GT. I purchased the car new right off the showroom floor back in August of 1988. The car runs fine, however the problem is that I have a bad back and it pains me to drive the car with its stiff suspension. I was wondering if I can make modifications to get a softer, more luxury car ride. The roads are terrible where I live (pot holes, etc.). Where would I start? Springs and shocks, struts, or maybe tires? My GT is 95 percent stock with just a Flowmaster cat-back exhaust, K&N air filter, and the intake silencer removed. I really don’t want to get something else, as it is still a head turner and only has 63,000 miles.
We feel for you, Tony. We love driving our ’90 Fox hatchback every day, but getting in and out of a lowered Mustang, plus the stiff ride, means it can sometimes give our back a real workout. You’re already running 15-inch wheels and tires, so the sidewall does offer some cushion (unlike the 17-inch Bullitt wheels we converted to long ago), but you might want to consider a “premium ride” tire that is smoother and can absorb road imperfections more than the performance tire you most likely have now. There’s not a lot you can do to the suspension itself, as aftermarket springs and shocks will usually just firm the ride up more. Don’t count out a good aftermarket set of bucket seats too. A good seat will absorb a lot of what you are feeling and make your back feel better. A supportive high back with lumbar and seat heaters will really help you.
Blue Light Special
I have owned a ’03 Mustang convertible for about two years now. There is a little blue light right under the driver’s side dash. It can be seen from the driver’s seat and you can see it when looking in through the driver’s window. It is always on, even when the car is off. Any info about what this could be?
One more thing; the convertible top stopped working about two weeks after I got it. What could the problem be?
Lord James Henderson
Ford does not use any sort of indicator light on under dash components, so the light you are seeing is most likely from an aftermarket component such as an alarm module, keyless entry module, or some sort of audio equipment. A simple poke under the dash with a flashlight should confirm what it is. If the light bothers you, simply cover it with tape, as removing the light/module will naturally render whatever it powers useless.
The convertible top circuit is fairly basic. You’ll find a 30-amp circuit breaker in the battery junction box under the hood, which powers the raise/lower relays. Under the left side of the dash is a 20-amp fuse in the central junction box, which powers the top switch. Check both for proper operation. Rarely do both relays go bad, so if the top will not go up or down (remember that you need to apply the parking brake for the top to work), it is usually the power to the relays or switch, the switch itself, and once in a while the actual top motor.
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