Bob Perkins
May 31, 2018

Boss Scoop Placement

I was hoping you could answer a question for me. I have a 1969 Mustang SportsRoof. It’s an F-code without a factory hoodscoop. I purchased a Boss 429 fiberglass copy from a friend of mine. The price was certainly right at just $50! So my question is, from the rear edge of the hood (that butts up to the cowl panel) what distance should it be to the rear edge of the Boss 429 hoodscoop from that rear edge of the hood? Thank you!

Tony Vergara
Via the Internet

The distance from the Boss 429 hoodscoop to the rear edge of the hood is 6.25 inches. I have included a measurement photo from a real 1970 Boss 429—KK2512.

Factory Orange Peel

I have a Mustang Club of America (MCA) judging question and your answer will help determine who I will have paint my Boss 429 Mustang. My best painter refuses to refinish my Boss 429 with single-stage paint with noticeable factory-look orange peel. The MCA rules state a 3-point deduction for no orange peel in concours classes. I’ve heard that in the Thoroughbred class it could be more. Is that correct? I personally don’t like orange peel in the paint, but I like everything else as close to original as possible. Please explain the Thoroughbred rules on orange peel.

Name Withheld
Via the Internet

The MCA Thoroughbred class has a mandatory 3-point deduction for no orange peel in the paint. Orange peel must be consistent throughout the exterior body panels, jambs, and underside of hood, decklid, etc. If only the highly visible areas of the exterior like the sides, roof, hood, and fenders are orange peel free and the not so visible lower doors, fenders, quarters, and bottom of hood have orange peel, then there is a workmanship issue. The workmanship deduction could be more than the mandatory deduction. At the MCA Grand National the Thoroughbred class cars are judged on a 4-post lift highlighting the orange peel or lack of orange peel for the judges.

Boss 351 Owner’s Manual

We have a Boss 351 Mustang that has been in our family nearly 30 years and it is my turn to be the curator of the car. I recently read on one of the Mustang forums that the Boss 351 had a unique owner’s manual. I have not seen one. I would like to find one if they exist. I have included a picture of the packet in the glovebox of our Boss 351. Thanks.

Johnny Culver
Calhoun, Georgia

The 1971 Boss 351 did have an owner’s manual supplement (pictured) in addition to the typical 1971 owner’s manual packet that Ford shipped with all 1971 Mustangs. The Boss supplement is a rather rare manual. Ford literature dealer Richard Radtke usually has them, and one will make a nice addition to your Boss. You can contact Rick at (414) 762-6711.