Bob Perkins
February 9, 2015

Boss Battery Bracket

We had a discussion on the Boss forum recently on the correct finish for the battery hold-down bracket that attaches to the inner fender panel. Most reproductions are phosphate and oil. Many members on the site thought the bracket should be black. What is correct in your opinion? Did this depend on the assembly plant?

Doug Jones
Chicago, IL

It’s my opinion the L-shaped bracket that attaches to the inner fender panel is semigloss black. I have included a picture of an original paint bracket with original battery still in the car for reference. Ignore the black tape a previous owner used to prevent scratching the paint when removing the battery.


To Overspray or Not

I have a question on the painting of my ’70 Mach 1 hood with factory Shaker scoop. I understand the hood is painted with textured low gloss black. I have located a quart of the old Ditzler DDL 9381 you have recommended over the years. I have all the dimensions to paint the top side of the hood. I have seen a few unrestored shaker cars that have a bit of black overspray on the underside of the hood. Should I try to duplicate this? What’s your opinion?

Daniel McClure
Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Great question! Yes, I believe you should duplicate what you have found on your car. I have included a picture of an original paint ’70 Metuchen-built Shaker hood with overspray on the backside of the opening. The amount of overspray depended on the painter, like many other areas on the car, where overspray and blackout was applied. It’s always nice to have an original picture to document for reference during judging.


Getting Grounded

I just realized I’m missing the radio ground strap on the firewall of my ’67 Mustang convertible. I got my judging sheets back from the MCA National in Georgia this past October. The problem is I really don’t know what this brass ground strap is supposed to look like. I do not see a reproduction in any of the major Mustang parts catalogs. Would you have a picture?

Derek Sina
Jacksonville, FL

I have enclosed a picture of the correct ’67 Mustang radio ground strap. I would suggest you call one of the Mustang shops in your area, such as Orlando Mustang. Pete should have one in stock. Otherwise it’s time to check out eBay for a good used or N.O.S. part to use on your convertible.


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