Oem Nos Parts
Jim Smart
January 1, 2016

This is the eighth installment of our Restoration Mistakes series, dealing with common mistakes made when building or restoring a classic Mustang and how to avoid them. As we said at the beginning of this series, “We’ve been horsing around with classic Mustangs for more than four decades and have come to the following conclusion: we’ve never stopped learning from our mistakes nor have we stopped making them. When you’re restoring a classic Mustang or building a hot restomod it is important to see the pitfalls before you find them, not after stumbling and falling into them. Silly stupid mistakes we make time and time again. Whatever your reason for screwing up, we’re here to remind you we have been there ourselves and know how not to make the same mistakes again.” Our newest tech tip deals with:

When New Old Stock Is Just Old

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of new old stock (NOS) Ford parts in their original boxes. If you’re talking hard parts they have withstood the test of time, but if you’re talking soft parts like weatherstripping and plastic/nylon pieces, you’re wasting time and precious money with NOS parts. New old stock soft parts tend to deteriorate over time even though they’re still in original Ford packaging and have been carefully stored. We have opened nylon steering column bushings originally packaged in 1968, went to install them, and had them crumble in our hands. The same can be said for other soft parts. Items fitted with seals of any kind can leak because seals have hardened over time. Know what you’re getting before putting your money down for new old stock parts.

Talk about the cookie crumbling?