Bob Perkins
July 10, 2017

Strut-Rod Bushings

I have a 1966 Mustang 289 2V hardtop. The car has been in our family since 1968, and we try to keep it as original as possible. I need to replace the strut-rod bushings, as I’m pretty sure the ones in the car are original. I have ordered two sets from the aftermarket, but they do not resemble the ones in the car. Can you provide a picture of the correct washers and bushings?

Betty Frank
Osceola, Iowa

The original strut-rod kit is Ford PN C4DZ-3A187-A. The washers are phosphate and oil finish, and the bushings are black with the letters “FRONT” embossed in the front bushing.

Correct Lug Nuts

I have a 1973 convertible that originally had standard wheel covers, according to the Marti Report. I recently purchased a set of mint optional alloy wheels at the Carlisle Ford Nationals. I can’t seem to find the correct lug nuts. I have not been able to get a Ford part number for them. The ones I’ve seen on original cars are longer than the ones used on Magnums. Can you provide me a part number?

Bob Jones
Springfield, Ohio

The Ford part number for the D3ZZ-1007-B alloy wheel lug nut is PN D0OZ-1012-A. The PN D0OZ-1012-A lug nut is 2 1/4 inches in length.

Slop Gray Paint Use

I have a 1973 Mustang question. Did the Dearborn assembly plant use the “slop gray” paint on the export braces and hood-latch brackets like they did on the 1971 Mustangs? If so, what other brackets were slop gray?

Billy Banks
Biloxi, Mississippi

The Dearborn assembly plant did use the “slop gray” on several under-hood brackets during the 1973 model year. Typically, the hood-latch braces, the headlight bucket support braces, and the inner fender panel to cowl braces were painted slop gray. I’ve provided a few pictures for reference.