October 1, 2005

Spoiler HardwareI have a question about the factory-installed '69 rear deck spoiler for the Boss 302. This question also surfaced on the Boss 302 web site (www.boss302.com). What is the correct hardware for mounting the spoiler to the decklid? Is there a larger hole on the bottom of the decklid for the insertion of a spacer? If you can include a picture, I'm sure many Boss owners will appreciate it. Any additional information will be appreciated.Frank MurrayVia the Internet

The '69 Boss 302 rear deck spoiler is bolted from the bottom of the decklid. Unlike the '70, which has studs on the pedestals, the '69 uses four bolts marked "Tritonium" on the head with loose washers and a spacer to prevent distortion of the decklid when installed. Shown is a picture of the underside of the decklid, along with a photo of the bolt, washer, and spacer.

Also shown are the three different style gaskets used on '69-'73 rear deck spoilers. The correct gaskets for '69, '70, and '71-'73 Mustangs is a common topic of discussion at many car shows. There are actually three different sets of gaskets used for the '69-'73 Mustang rear deck spoiler. The '69 Boss 302 used a very generic-type gasket with no Ford logo or engineering part number. Both left and right are symmetrical. The '70 gaskets are marked left and right with Ford engineering numbers: D0ZB-6344229-B LH and D0ZB-6344228-B RH. The '71-'73 gaskets are also marked left with D1ZB-6344229-AA, and right with D1ZB-6344228-AA. Note in the pictures, the '71-'73 gaskets are much thinner than the '69 and '70. The hole spacing is also different on '71-'73. Correct original spoiler gaskets are a rare find today.

Fender Date CodeI just purchased an N.O.S. '68 right fender, still in red primer. About halfway up the lip where the fender attaches to the body is a series of numbers: 126D3. A friend says the fender was made in 1973. The shipping label says November 1971. Can you shed some light?Cal SolinskiKnoxville, TN

The date code indicates December 6 at the Dearborn stamping plant, third shift. It is not possible to determine the year the fender was made by the date code, only the month, day, and shift.

Suspension DetailsI recently called the Mustang Club of America office for some information about suspension details for my '70 Boss 302, and they suggested I contact you. The MCA rulebook provides some details on the front suspension, but I'm looking for extra details. In looking at the trailered concours or thoroughbred class guidelines for front suspension detailing, what is the correct finish for upper and lower control arms, tie rods, tie-rod connectors, idler arm, pitman arm, and power steering box? Are there any paint identification codes for the above parts? Also, I need information for the strut rods, strut rod washer, and insulator parts.Keith SneiderGrand Island, NY