Bob Perkins
May 10, 2018

Rotunda Trailer Hitch
I have been collecting genuine Ford 1966 Mustang accessories for nearly 25 years. I have a N.O.S. 1966 Mustang trailer hitch kit in the original FoMoCo box. I have a N.O.S. C6AZ-19F503-A hitch ball as well. The ball is in a later Ford box. The ball has a Ford oval stamped on the top. My question is this: would an earlier ball in a FoMoCo box be stamped FoMoCo or Rotunda, rather than Ford, to be more period correct? I have not seen one, but was told they did make them?
Name Withheld

Yes, Ford did service the C6AZ-19F503-A trailer hitch ball with the Rotunda Logo. I do not know when the logo changed from Rotunda to Ford, but it usually happened in late ’67-’68 model year with many parts and accessories. The Rotunda logo is a cool detail.

Metuchen Radio Ground Strap
Did all 1970 Metuchen Boss Mustangs come with a radio ground strap? I have one, a 1970 Boss 302, and so does a friend, both with no strap or marks indicating it had one. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Bob Bream
Augusta, Georgia

If your car was ordered with a radio it typically would have had a radio ground strap. The Metuchen cars typically had the two fingers facing the windshield and Dearborn cars the fingers facing the engine bay.

Luggage Protection Caps
We have a 1967 Mustang convertible that has been in the family since 1969. We are nearly finished with a concours-level restoration on the car. We do have one question on a trunk area detail we’re not sure about. Did the studs on the taillight buckets have a plastic cap over them? I see them listed in the National Parts Depot catalog. However, I don't remember any on our Mustang when we took the car apart.
Don Moore
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The 1967 Mustang used what Ford called luggage protectors on the taillight studs. I have included pictures of an unrestored example here for reference. The gray plastic protectors were utilized on the studs to prevent the studs from poking holes in your luggage or other bags placed in the trunk. There are five used per light assembly, with the upper outermost stud left uncovered, as you can see in the images I’ve supplied here.