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Rivets or Screws, Dearborn Caps, and More Vintage Mustang Tech
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Rivets or Screws?
I have a 1967 Mustang convertible with the inline-six. The car is unrestored with 80,000-plus miles. A few electrical parts under the hood have been replaced over the years. I was at a local show here in Illinois this summer and a judge indicated the voltage regulator should have rivets attaching the cover to the base, rather than screws. I doubt the one on my car is original. I’d appreciate a little advice on this comment please.
The Autolite voltage regulator for a 1967 Mustang used screws to attach the cover to the base, so yours is currently correct. I have included a picture for your reference.
I keep hearing I need a “Dearborn” radiator cap on my 1969 Boss 302. I have an Autolite cap on it, but apparently not the correct one? Would you please show a picture of the correct cap for a 1969 Boss 302 Mustang?
I have included a picture of the “Dearborn” Autolite radiator cap and the Autolite RS-12 Radiator cap. Note the small center rivet on the “Dearborn” radiator cap on the left.
Bumper Bracket Finish
I recently removed the rear bumper from my 1969 Mach 1 and noticed the nuts pressed into the bracket had what appears to be some type of plating on them, rather than black paint like the bracket? Have you seen this? I can’t determine the finish on the nuts due to age and oxidation. Can you help? Thanks!
De Sota, Iowa
The rear bumper brackets were typically painted black before the nuts were installed. The nuts appear to be clear Cadmium. I have included a picture of an N.O.S. original Dearborn assembly plant bracket.
Hot Wheels’ Sizzler
I know you like and collect toy Mustang collectibles. I found a 1970 Boss 302 Sizzler, pink in color at a local rummage sale. I have not seen a pink one before. Is the pink a rare color? We talked in Charlotte at the 50th. One of your employees showed me pictures of his Hot Wheels’ collection. It was massive. I’m sure he must have a pink Sizzler Boss 302.
The pink Boss 302 Hot Wheels Sizzler is a rare find. I had Dennis, my employee you spoke to in Charlotte, share a picture of his new-in-box pink Hot Wheels’ Sizzler to tease us. No, he won’t sell it, as I’ve been after it for years!