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Strut-Rod Bushings, Correct Lug Nuts, and More Vintage Mustang Concours Tech
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?
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?
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?
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.