Bob Perkins
February 14, 2018

J-Clip Finish
I have a detail question concerning the original finish on the J-clips holding the taillight harness to the studs on the taillight bezels. I know the clips are dipped in black rubber, however there seems to be debate on the correct plating on the clip and if they were blacked out over the plating. What is concours correct?
Bill Northrupt
Dallas, Texas

The original finish appears to be clear Cadmium. Looking at originals on cars and the couple N.O.S. assembly line examples I have they appear to be clear Cadmium as well, but could possibly have been clear Zinc. After nearly 50 years of age they may have dulled a bit, but look Cad to me. I have not seen any original clamps painted black. I have included a couple of pictures for your reference.

The MCA judge was spot on regarding the correct color for the front license plate bracket on your Boss 351. Typically the bracket was dipped in slop gray. Pretty easy fix as the bracket is a bolt-on item!

Boss License Plate Bracket
I have a 1971 Boss 351 Mustang. I have been showing in MCA trailered concours class. At a recent show one of the judges told me the front license plate bracket should be painted slop gray rather than semi-gloss black. I have shown the car numerous times before and the color was never questioned. I want to confirm before repainting my bracket. The judge seemed very sharp on the Boss 351.
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Leaf Spring Stripe Colors
I have a 1971 Boss 351 Mustang built in November 1970. My rear springs are stamped D1ZA-5556-AA. My buildsheet is missing so I can’t determine the four stripe colors. I can see marks in the metal, but no discernable color. Can you help me with this? Thanks!
Charles McKinley
Pella, Iowa

The paint stripe colors on my November 1970–built Boss 351 are two brownish red and two pink. I’ve included a picture for your reference so that you can properly paint and detail your leaf springs.