|Here you will find the answers to some old
frequently asked questions (FAQs) from our original messageboard and some general BOSS 302
facts. Please understand these FAQs are printed here with some editing but generally are
direct quotes from the person(s) who originated them. People like yourself. While we think
these answers are mostly correct and useful please note: the BOSS 302 Registry and its
authors make no claims or guarantees to the accuracy of this information and cannot be
held responsible if you use this information and things do not work out the way you want
or expect them to.
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since this page was created. Some of this goes back to before the year 2000 and may not be
accurate. Please note this page is no longer being updated since we have gone to our new
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item is in bold print. Some questions have more than one answer which
will be noted A1, A2, A3, etc.
Q: Was the air filter
element in the shaker hood different than the air filter element
in the regular air cleaner for a 1970 BOSS 302? What was the original Ford part # and
diameter and height? A: The books I've got handy show an Autolite quick
reference of a F-41 and no difference (on this engine) between the two (ram-air,
non-ram-air) As far as part number I don't see anything except the common
replacement/service filter (Ford number B7SZ-9601-A) Used on tons of applications.
Described as 11.32" I.D., 13.30" O.D. and 2.22" high.
Q: Were the deleted rear air
scoops on a '69 BOSS 302 filled in or was it a full rear sheet metal stamped
pressing? A: A full rear sheet metal stamped pressing.
Q: How do
I find my car's original block? A1: Contact the BOSS 302
Registry. A2: Try to learn as much history on the car as you can. Contact
past owners and know locations where the car has been. Look for advertisements of engines
for sale. Call the person and ask if the block has a VIN stamped in it.
Go to swap meets looking for blocks and engines.
Q: Body build (buck) tag codes
PB Power Disk Brakes
DE Dual Exhaust
CL Courtesy Lights
PS Power Steering
RS Rear Spoiler
RM Remote Mirror
CT not in my book
BL Backlight Louvers (Sport Slats)
TT hood paint details
BO - Black out??? (of trunk and taillights)
BTRAC Dual painted mirrors
Q: I have a'70 BOSS 302 that is missing
the original buck tag and would like to see if there is any way to
reproduce it. The car is really nice and very original, so I would like to get a buck
tag for it. Does anyone know if these are available? I know that there are
reproductions for the data plates/stickers. Any help would be appreciated. A:
Buck Tags along with Door Data Plates, Ownercards, Engine Tags, Carb
Tags, and Axle Tags can be obtained from: Marti
AutoWorks Glendale, AZ. A2: I just spoke with Kevin Marti at Marti
Autoworks. The price is $37.50 for the buck tag plus $2 for shipping. The
correct phone number is: 623-935-2558; fax: 623-935-2579.
Q: My '70 BOSS 302 has the words "BOSS 302"
hand written in script with factory seam sealer on the inside of the right quarter panel,
in front of the inner wheel housing. Is this a documented "BOSS
thing" or did some assembly line worker just get happy with the applicator gun. My BOSS
is a low option car so it would be fun to know that it has at least one unique original
feature. Has anyone seen this before? A1: I have seen that on 3 BOSS
302s. Either "BOSS 302" or just "302"
written in either grease pencil, undercoating or "smutz." Don't know the
technical name for the stuff but it was there. A2: I bought an original BOSS 302 from the original owner in
1979 and still have it. Years ago I had cause to remove the rear inner panels and on the
inside of the rear quarter panels "Boss 302" was written in yellow grease
pencil. My car is a Metuchen car built in late 1969.
Q: Did Ford make a 1971 BOSS 302? A: No. Ford did
have a plan for a 1971 BOSS 302 but it was cancelled in favor of the BOSS 351.
Q: Are the brake
shoes for BOSS 302 special? A: There is nothing special about
the brake shoes and pads for a BOSS. A quality semi-metallic pad/shoe
from any of the big manufacturers will work great.
Q: I have got a 289 HIPO cam
and was wondering if I can run it in
the BOSS 302 or if it has too much lift? .460 with 1.6 rockers,
approx. 0.497375 with 1.73 rockers. A: Yes, you can run it in the BOSS
302. No, it does not have too much lift. No, it is not the best cam for
the BOSS 302.
Q: How many Cougar
Eliminators were built with the BOSS 302 engine? A:
In 1969 there were 168 Cougar Eliminators built with the BOSS 302. There
were 469 BOSS 302 Eliminators produced for 1970. 323 with the close ratio transmission,
146 with the wide ratio transmission.
Q: My data
plate is missing does any one know if any can make replacements with the
information from my invoice? A: Marti
Autoworks is a licensed reproducer of the door labels and tags.Kevin @ Marti Autoworks
(623) 937-4122 or 935-2558 12007 W. Peoria, El Marize, AZ. 85335. Send copy of your
Q: I have a 1969 BOSS 302
I am in the process of restoring back to original condition. I am trying to find a correct
intake manifold for this car. The build date on the car is May 5, 1969.
What would be an acceptable casting date on the manifold to keep my car
valid? A1: I think its fair to say a generally accepted principle is that
parts should be dated up to 90 days before the car's assembly. I also
think this should be applied with some caution, but it certainly seems to hold true for
the vast majority of Mustangs. However, this "common wisdom" falls short when it
comes to low production models, like the BOSS. Many low-demand parts were run off fewer
times during a model year, mainly to save money with economies of scale. Fewer runs means
more parts per run and more profitable man-hours without downtime for re-tooling. How does
this affect you? It's my experience there were only two or three runs per year of
hard-to-find parts like BOSS carbs and intakes. And, since you have a '69, there might be
only one or two manifold dates available before your car was built. Thus,
it's likely any part you find will test the 90-day theory to its limits - or pass beyond
it, completely. A2: Since you have such an early car it should be a
pretty easy answer IMHO. Early intakes did not have a cast date pad just
forward of the carb flange like later manifold did. What is even more interesting and
slightly off subject, is the fact that the date on your door could be off
from the real finish date on the car by a number of weeks. So guessing at
a "correct" date is fun. What you might be more interested is
what is acceptable or expected. First "rule" would be to have one with a date
cast before your stated build date or the date on your
engine tag. It's real simple to understand why a later date would cause
some problems. Another discussion would be which intake manifold you should hunt for if
you have a choice. You should find (for your car) the following intakes out there 1.
Intake manifold with the words "FIREING ORDER" on the rear upper runner. No
Casting date 2. Intake manifold with that area ground smooth (likely to
remove the incorrectly spelled words) No Casting date (at least on the
ones I've got) 3. Intake manifold with the words "FIRING ORDER" on the rear
upper runner. Had casting date on all the ones I've seen. It appears (and
the story goes) that there was a mistake in the first castings and because of the mistake
and numerous intakes in the system yet unused that the words were removed. Once the supply
had run out a new casting was made with the correction.
Q: My VIN is
0F02G145115, and my original invoice seems to indicate it was delivered Dec. '69 to an
Iowa dealer. Where is the build date info? The little holes on the side
of invoice seem to indicate 12/69. My door panels are stamped Nov. or Dec. '69. A1:
Since your door sticker only includes the month and year you'd be correct in using 12-69.
In looking at cars built before and after (140903 to 146731) they all list 12-69 as theirs
on the door sticker. Even though cars were not built in sequentical order this should be a
safe bet. A2: It's not on the invoice, that's for sure, unless someone
wrote it there in longhand. Many dealers did this, transcribing the door tag info onto
their invoice-copy. The "punched" date is the "date
shipped". This usually bears little resemblance to a car's date of
production and cannot be directly related in any way to the "date"
code stamped on your door tag. Unless you'd be happy guessing at the build date,
my advice is to contact Marti Auto Works. As licensee to Ford's assembly records, MAW can
tell you just about anything you want to know about your car - dates,
options, you name it. They charge a small fee, with individual factoids costing only $5,
each. See their website for more info: http://www.martiauto.com/.
Q: Can anyone help me with chassis detailing tips or relevant
information? A: A good source for this is the December '89 and June '97
issues of Mustang Monthly.
Q: 1970 door data tag is missing. How can I
determine what information was on the original label? A: Check the
invoice if you have it, the body build tag, transmission tag, rear axle housing
(differential) tag, and engine tag if they are on your car.
Q: Was the Drag Pak available on BOSS 302's? I have read in books
that it was not. A1: I am the original owner of a 1970 Boss 302 that I
ordered new with a Drag Pak. It included the oil cooler in question, 4.30
gears with a Detroit locker differential. It was listed on the window sticker as optional
ratio axle and Detroit locker differential but included the oil cooler. The factory
figured with the 4.30 gears that you might need some help keeping the oil temperature
down. The option listed for $65.00. From the owner of 0F02G190780.
Q: Could someone please
enlighten me on the proper way to set the dwell on a ,70 BOSS 302? My
book calls for 30-33 degrees I believe. My question is, do I block off one set of points
at a time and then take the reading, and if so what should that reading be? I get a
reading of 30 degrees with neither set blocked off. Both sets of points are set at .0020
with a feeler gauge. A1: Sounds like you're on the right track. Donald
Farr's book says dwell angle is 30-33 degrees. The Ford shop manual says
the most precise method to adjust dwell on dual point distributors is to
disconnect one set of points while adjusting the other. This way spring tension on the cam
is equal. The example the shop manual gives is "where a 33 degree combined dwell
is specified, the points are set separately at 25-25 1/2 to secure the specified 33 degree
dwell." The shop manual also says NOT to use a feeler gauge to check
the gap on USED points because the points are rough and the roughness "makes an
accurate gap reading or setting impossible." Procedure is 1) follow the instructions
of your dwell meter 2) operate engine at specified idle speed and note dwell
reading. 3) stop engine and make adjustments to points. Decreasing gap INCREASES dwell.
Check dwell again. 4) repeat as required until specified dwell is
obtained. A2: My favorite way is to block off one set of points with a
matchbox cover folded double right between one set of points. I also use a remote starter
(between the 's' terminal and Battery), first making sure I have the car in neutral! Level
ground and a good parking brake are also good safety tips. I prefer adjusting the dwell
while doing a full tune-up, and having all the plugs removed. This helps the starter spin
the engine faster. (You can do this with plugs in, but cranking speed will be lower and
the dwell meter will bounce more). Now simply spin the engine with the
remote starter while having a good dwell meter hooked up. Placing the
meter on the engine helps your viewing. Watch out for the fan!! You don't need the
ignition on either, because the 'I' terminal on the starter solenoid gives voltage to the
coil during cranking, thus driving the dwell meter. CAUTION! Because the
coil is energized anytime the solenoid is engaged, do NOT do this with the cap on and the
plugs in! The engine will momentarily fire (until you release the remote starter button).
If you accidentally left the car in gear, it will run over you! I go for about 24 deg. on
one set of points. If the dwell is off, it is a simple matter to loosen
the set screw and adjust the dwell as you spin the motor. Yes, adjust as
the starter is cranking so you can watch your efforts on the dwell meter!
(Points closer = higher dwell) This approximates the car running at
(albeit very slow) idle. After you think you're close, tighten the set screw. Of course,
the act of tightening the screw will change the dwell, so test after
tightening. Now remove the matchbox cover and place in the other set and repeat. V-8 SB
Fords have always been approximately 28-32 deg of dwell, and this method
gets you very close to 30. Oh, before you go for a test drive, hook up the 'S' terminal
again. Now you know why people yank 'em and put in Pertronix!
Engine block casting dates. What and when? What is the correct engine
casting numbers for a BOSS 302 block? What casting date code ranges should be on
a BOSS 302 block? A1: My car 9F02G194310 has its original block which is
a C8FE casting. These are the race block castings not machined for dry deck. These blocks
were used for a time in place of the C9 castings. I read that late '69 cars were built
with D0ZE-A blocks. This is possible since I have a D0ZE-A block cast in late June 69. A2:
Casting numbers on a BOSS 302 should be C80E-6015-B, C8FE-6015-B for early '69. C9ZE-6015A
or B or D0ZE-6015-A for '69. D0ZE-6015-B for '69 & '70. D1ZE-6015-B for service block.
Example of date code in casting C9ZE is C meaning the decade, 9 meaning year, Z meaning
car line, E meaning Eng. div. If the engine is originally installed it will have the
Mustang's partial VIN stamped into the rear of the block, just above the area where the
bellhousing attaches. Example is 9F02G196957 will have 196957 stamped into it. Up front a
small flat area on the driver's side carried another code that identified the engine build
date. Several digits appeared only the first two decode as the date. The first digit is
the last numeral of the year. For example, 9 is 1969, the second is the month. Example A
Q: Will 351C four barrel exhaust manifolds fit in a BOSS 302
Mustang? Obviously I'm not looking for concours here, just tired of those noisy headers
and unwilling to pay $$ for original manifolds. Upon inspection, it appears that the 351C
manifold interferes with the oil filter. A: No, you'll have problems on
the passenger side also, the manifold hits the block.
Q: On Car and Driver,
there was a red BOSS 302 that had '69 GT exhaust tips. Was there an
option for GT exhaust tips on a BOSS, or was this the owner's idea? A:
Owner add on/modification. Actually, if you look closer, those aren't even '69 quad tips
to begin with - they are much too large in diameter to be the rolled quad tips found on 69
351W 4V and 428CJ. The BOSS had no optional exhaust package and did not come with the rear
exhaust cutout valance as pictured on the Car and Driver car.
anyone know if you can take regular Mustang fenders and roll them? Know
anyone who can do it? A: Dave Shanahan, who runs PonyWorks (413) 637
1017, can handle that. He is located in Lee, Mass. He is just finishing my Boss and his
metal work is impeccable.
Q: Are the BOSS 302 fenders interchangeable between '69 and '70? A:
No, not without a lot (and I mean A LOT) of modification. The cars have different styling.
Different headlights and side marker lights are the main features.
Q: I need to replace the floor
pans in my '70 BOSS 302. Who makes the best repro pans to replace the originals? A:
The Paddock makes the best I've seen. Heavier gauge than original with correct bead
stamping patterns and cleanout holes. Easy to trim.
Q: I am planning on
replacing the floor pans on my newly acquired '70 BOSS 302. Does anyone
have any helpful hints or advice they would like to share? This car is not concours,
however it is a complete and driveable car worth the effort. A: I have never had the need to
personally replace floor pans, however, I do know that the repro pans
available do not have the correct ribbing unique to the 69/70 floor design. Rather, the floor
pans are configured like the 64 1/2 - 68 design. Do you have some original rust
free pans or are you planning on using repos? Depending on the extent of the rust, you may
also want to use some detective work and check out your torque boxes, outer rockers, frame
rails and so forth. Sometimes, a floor pan job turns out to be a bit
more, again, depending on the extent of damage.
Q: I am rebuilding my 1970 BOSS 302 engine and keeping the stock 10.5:1 compression
ratio (although .040 diameter oversize). What fuel, fuel additive, racing fuel,
etc. will work without damaging the engine? A: At selected stations in
your area, you can purchase CAM2, Union 76 Racing, Turbo Blue (101 MON), Trick Racing Gas
(108 MON) either with MEL (8 oz. bottle) per tank full. Make sure you rebuild with
hardened valve seats (I used Manley) in the event your lead percentage is low to prevent
the seats from sinking after use. You can mix unleaded premium (3 parts) and unleaded
regular to get to 95 MON. I usually use a blend of 100/130 aviation fuel (one part) with
three parts of unleaded premium which gives a blend of 96-97 MON which works well in my
BOSS (10.5:1 CR). Aniline is OK as an additive 20:1, but you need to run the fuel out of
the tank to avoid corroding fuel lines and carb. fittings.
Q: What is the BOSS 302 fuel pump? A1: The BOSS
302 came with a Carter X pump which was a high volume pump. It has a large X in the
casting. The Pep Boys part number is HP-43. A2: I replaced my old fuel
pump with a Carter hi-flow unit that was available at my local speed shop. It was no big
deal and not that expensive. A3: Rebuild kits will allow you to keep the
pump original. Companies like AMK were offering new rebuild kits for these pumps. A4:
I recently rebuilt my original Carter fuel pump with a kit from AMK, it was easy and now
runs like a BOSS should!
the '70 gas cap different for a California emissions car? A:
Yes. I have heard about people using a new cap on their new/restored gas tank and causing
it to collapse due to the vacuum caused by the pump. The caps are available in
reproductions for around $50.
Q: My car has been in the resto
process for the past 3 years, and sat for approx. 4 years before that, however at that
time the engine, transmission, brakes, had all been rebuilt. Now that the car is done, I
went to put it on the road for the first time in about 7 years. This is what happened:
After going through all brake hydraulics, and checking all fluids, the car seemed to run
ok, however I had a lot of pinging on premium fuel, I do have a cam in it and don't really
know where to set the timing. Also after winding up the R's, my radiator foams through the
overflow. It seems to be somewhat restricted in the exhaust as well, when the engine was
rebuilt I had a muffler shop install new pipes and mufflers. One muffler blew in the first
couple weeks, and the car doesn't have that throaty sound, it sounds like it needs to flow
more. I thought about installing flow masters or the original equipment. A1:It
sounds to me that you may have a bad/blown head gasket which would
account for the foaming/regurgitation out of the radiator. If that is the case, then it is
overheating and would cause the car to detonate under load which is a dangerous condition
for your motor. Most good shops have an "exhaust sniffer" that detects exhaust
gases in the coolant. IF that is the case, thaen a head gasket job is in
order. A2: I think it might be beyond a blown head gasket.
(look for water in the oil for that) BOSS motors, especially when cammed, are very
sensitive to both ignition and cam timing. Did the muffler blow due to backfire? Does the
car run well and make good power? If not, all these symptoms, including overheating, could
be traced to timing issues. That might be a good place to start. A3: I
think you should check the head gasket. When my engine was rebuilt I
found out that the head water passage had been drilled this caused some of the same
problems you are experiencing, especially with the radiator. When the head was taken off
and plugged, it ran much better.
Q: Will a 351C (4V) heat
stove work on a BOSS? Do they share the same general size and shape? I know the
manifold bolt pattern is the same, but block dimensions are different. A:
It might depend on which 4V shroud you're referring to, but I've seen several that work
"well enough". Appearance is another matter, altogether. I know of no commonly
available heat stove which looks and fits like either of the BOSS
assemblies. And that's partly because the BOSS used a 2-part heat stove.
Of course, once you've jammed it into that snug space, few people could spot the real
Q: How can I find out my car's history? A1:
Contact the BOSS 302 Registry. A2: contact your state's Department of
Motor Vehicles (DMV). Beware that most state DMVs only keep records for a certain amount
of time (maybe 10 years). A3: Contact previous owners if you are lucky
enough to find them.
Q: How do I get a "History 999 Report" from Ford? A: Call
1-800-392-3673. Have the VIN ready. Note, the accuracy of these reports has come into
question and some have been known to be wrong. Just keep in mind you are not dealing with
Ford Motor Company personnel. This is a service provided by a non-Ford company and these
people are not as classic Mustang/Cougar smart as you might like them to be.
Q: Were hood pins/hood twist locks an option? A:
No, they were not an option on BOSS 302s from the factory. But some dealerships may have
installed them on their own or at the request of a buyer/owner.
Q: What is the proper placement of a
dealer installed hood mount tach pod on a 1970 BOSS 302 with a shaker
hood? I want to know if mine was done correctly. A: Since these items
were installed by the dealer, there was no set location for their positioning. I used to
own a '69 Mach 1 with a dealer installed hood tach, and over the years encountered a few
other cars which claimed "dealer installation." Each of our cars had a slightly
different location. So, I guess if it looks good where it is and it is easily visible from
the driver's seat, then I would consider it a "correct" placement.
Q: What's a quick way to identify
a BOSS 302 motor in a vehicle? A1: Find the freeze plugs --- if they are
pressed in then it's not a
BOSS 302. If they have a large square indentation in the middle of what looks like a giant
set screw, it's a start. A2: Check if there are 8 bolts holding down the
valve covers. Next, check the radiator hose inlet at the top of the engine. If it enters
the manifold it's a BOSS 302. If it enters the block, it's a Cleveland (351C).
Q: What is the proper
setting for the ignition points? The gap setting and the dwell settings? A:
From the 1970 shop manual, dwell angle at idle speed is 30-33 degrees. Distributor point
gap is 0.020, dual points.
Q: What is/are the right
casting numbers for the intake manifold? A: C9FE-9424-E or C9ZE-9424-D.
Q: What do you recommend to stop
the oil splash while doing lifter adjustments? Crane doesn't show any in
their catalog, my car has Crane roller rockers. Will the Mr. Gasket units work on the
roller type? Should I just use a shop towel? A1: The old trick is to get
a second pair of steel rocker covers, then cut an access hole with snips...turning the
flap so as to become a splashguard. Not a perfect solution and dangerous to your fingers,
but it does work. A2: Set them static! This works well and is very clean.
See the HP Books on how-to rebuild small block Fords for standard instructions. A3:
Check out Mustang Monthly October, 1998. There is a story about solid lifter
Q: I haven't been able to
find anyone who stocks the small nylon louver grommets on my BOSS 302. I
have come up with a temporary fix (take this for what its worth). Take a tire air stem cap
with a good edge running around the open end. Using a sharp razor, cut about a 1/4"
from this open end. To match the smaller hole in the louver you will have to carefully cut
a piece out of the side to match the hole(cut this at an angle). The edge on the tire cap
will stop it from falling through the hole. A1: A good temporary fix and
a good anti-rattle aid is to measure the hole diameter and go to a large hardware store
like Home Depot or HomeBase and find the small doo-dad section (tech-no-speak for small
hardware, nuts/bolts, etc). You're looking for black rubber grommets of the correct inside
diameter. Since rubber grommets are used for things like firewall pass-through holes,
they're ideal. Mine still work great after 5 years.
are the correct paint stripe and part number/stamping for the '70 Magnum 500s?
A: See January 1990 Mustang Monthly article.
Q: I'm thinking of getting
8 inch Magnum 500s for my '70 BOSS 302. Does anybody know what the
biggest tire that will fit? I do have the car lowered about 1 inch and the negative roll
kit on it. have 265 50 R15's on 8 inch Magnum 500s with no problem.
Q: My BOSS 302 was built pretty early in
production, specifically on April 21, 1969. The car really was without options except for
power steering (e.g. no folddown seat, etc.). It was apparently a drag car and all
modifications seems to have been done for that purpose. My question relates to the
authenticity of the exterior mirror(s). When I got the car, it appeared
not to have been repainted, not wrecked, and the doors appeared have been original (i.e.
tag on drivers door, paint looked the same...). However, the driver's door didn't have a
sport mirror but instead had the rectangular chrome "deluxe"
style remote mirror (with a '69 part number). There was no mirror
at all on the passenger's door and apparently never was one. I received the original
invoice from Lois and it doesn't list "sport mirrors" as an
option. Did all April 1969 BOSS 302s have sport mirrors or was the chrome
mirror that was on my car correct? A: According to
Donald Farr's book, Mustang BOSS 302, Ford's Trans-Am Pony Car, color-keyed dual racing mirrors
where optional for 1969. But if the rear window louvers were ordered, the color-keyed dual
racing mirrors were mandatory. If your invoice doesn't show the mirrors
option or the louvers, your car is correct with the chrome mirror.
Q: My Eminger sheet says
my BOSS came with optional Decor Group. The '70 facts book states that Decor Group
included chrome wheel opening moldings. My rear wheel openings do have
small screw holes that appear to be for molding. Did BOSSes come with
this? Will the special front fenders accept a molding? A:
The dealer ordering guide says a BOSS could be ordered with this option, but the bright moldings
(wheel lip & rocker panel) were deleted. As you suspect, no, the front fenders will
not take the molding. You need that lateral flange, or there's no place
to anchor the screws....hence the deletion of those parts when ordered with the BOSS
package. I presume the rocker moldings were deleted because they clashed
with the whole "blackout" look. This also would explain why the Ford History 999
report says "Interior and Exterior Decor Group", yet there is nothing on the
outside of the BOSS in the way of that trim package.
Q: Where can I get back issues of Mustang
Monthly? A: http://www.mustangmonthly.com/
anybody know the oil capacity for the BOSS 302? The books say 5
quarts with the filter, but I've heard Ford had an update in the seventies which said to
put in 7 quarts with filter. I just finished rebuild and want to make sure. A:
7 Quarts with filter. 8 quarts with an oil cooler. Use the updated dipstick (casting #
D0ZE-6750-C). This might still be available from FORD. It was a couple years ago.
Q: Should my car have an oil
cooler (Drag-Pak)? A1: Oil coolers started to
appear on 1970 BOSS 302s with 4:30 rears and some 3:91 cars. It also appears that all 1969
BOSS 302s had the horns placed as if it was to receive a cooler. I have a '69 3:50 open
rear car with the horns placed as such and a '70 3:50 Traction-Lok with the horns in the
normal one left and one right position. A2: According to Donald Farr's book, Mustang BOSS 302, Ford's Trans-Am Pony Car,
"In 1969, BOSS 302 engines received a 299-S engine code in the lower right hand
corner of the engine identification (sic) tag. In 1970, the engine code was either 299-B
(standard BOSS 302 engine) or 300-B (BOSS 302 engine with oil cooler). A3: After
much discussion on The BOSS 302 Exchange and
taking into account information in Donald Farr's book, in order to really know if your car
is a oil cooler
(Drag-Pak) car, you would have to have a build sheet
showing the 300-B code. Or have the original engine tag and letters from previous owner(s)
swearing the car came from the factory with an oil cooler.
Q: Does anyone use oil
restrictors in their engines? My engine runs about 70 psi at 6000 rpm and I get A
LOT of oil up in the heads. I've seen in the BOSS 302 Engine book where the T/A engines
had drains from the valve covers back to the pan. Any comments? A: I
purchased a '70 BOSS 302 with 78,000 miles and rebuilt the engine last winter. Inspection
showed major wear in all the valvetrain components. Cam and all parts were stock except
for trans-am roller rocker pivots. The wear was so bad I couldn't use the roller pivots
again. Valve guides were replaced at some point but now had major guide and valve stem
wear. Crank, bearings, and bores all looked normal. The only reason I could find was the
block had upper end oil restrictors. So based on my experience, I
would not recommend them for street use.
Q: I'm wondering if there is a way to
verify a car's originality, like the options on it being correct for the
car, but the owner not having the build sheet or invoice? These are cars for sale. I read
somewhere that Ford has a # you can call about this subject, is there a way to to do this?
A1: You can decode the buck tag but only the options
related to body and trim will be listed there. A2: Contact Ford for a
"History 999 report" and they can send you a list of
options your car came with. (Not always complete nor correct due to decoding process.) A3:
Contact Kevin Marti at Marti Autoworks. He
recently got access to all Ford records for this time period. For a basic report he asks
anyone have the correct paint code and manufacturer name for the black paint
on the trunk and hood stripe on a 1970 BOSS 302. A1: The correct finish
for 1970 BOSS 302 hood black is the textured low-gloss black, PPG/Ditzler code DDL-9381
Hi-Performance black. This paint is available in factory pack only. You
can have your paint store order the DDL-9381 in factory pack quarts. The
rear deck spoiler and taillight are also textured low-gloss black DDL-9381. The tail lamp
bezel, however, is low-gloss black without the texture. You can use PPG/Ditzler DDL-9423
low-gloss black by paint gun or Krylon semi-flat black 1613 for correct color and finish. A2:
The only company that recently made the paint was PPG/Ditzler, code
DDL-9381. However, this paint has been discontinued for a few years (I
tried to get this paint approximately 1 1/2 years ago for my car. The
rep. from PPG told me it was no longer available). Also, the rear spoiler and louvers (if
equipped) as well as the molding around the back glass and the taillight panel should be a
textured low gloss black (i.e. DDL-9381). The tail lamp bezel and shaker hood scoop trim
ring should be a low gloss black without texture. Your paint shop should
be able to use a painter's trick called "dry shoot" when they paint
to replicate the texture paint.
Could a BOSS 302 be ordered with a special paint color? A:
In 1970, you could order a special paint color on a BOSS 302 Mustang. In 1970 Ford
expanded the color choices over 1969, which supposedly could not be special ordered. In
1970, the cars would have Special Paint on the Option list with Sport Mirrors deleted and
the drivers mirror in chrome due to the production sport mirror only being painted
standard colors. Some cars supposedly got the dealer to put on the right colored sport
mirrors, though. Also, reportedly, the paint code is blank on the data decal on the car.
There are a few '70 special order color cars out there including silver.
Q: What paint
color were the 1970 Bud Moore Trans-Am race cars? A: The cars were
actually 1969 Dodge schoolbus yellow.
Q: What is the right color for paint code T, red? I
believe PPG paint #'s were used. A: For code T red, I used PPG Delstar
Acrylic Enamel DAR71528 SC. Perfect match.
Q: Where can I get the
silver/grey paint to paint the export
brace struts and the hood latch supports. A: The color/paint
you describe is commonly referred to as batch or slop paint. It is a
combination of grey primer and left over exterior colors such as grey, black, white, green
and blues. Versions of it are available in spray cans. Expect the spray can colors to be
different from your original color since the color varied greatly.
Q: What paint
is used for the interior pieces such as interior quarter panel, sail panel, hat tray
(non-folddown)? Mine are black fiberglass (original) in good shape. A:
Though it appears to be (or been repainted) the original color (even Ford called it black)
it is Dark Charcoal Grey Metalic. This color was used starting in '67 for all of the
Mustangs and Shelby black interiors. Ford p/n 2083, Ditlzer #32586. On the rear package
tray (on non-folddown cars) and the dash extensions (the thin plastic pieces of the dash
at the bottom - 4 of them) use Ditzler.
Q: Are BOSS 302 pistons
available from any other supplier than TRW? A: A possible source is Ross
pistons. They are all custom made. They start at standard bore and go up in .010
increments. Ross needs to know the compression you want to run, valve lift (for the relief
cuts) and your deck height.
Q: Can you run regular
flat top 302 pistons with 4 valve relieves in the BOSS 302? A:
No, you cannot run a conventional 302 piston in the BOSS 302 because the
pin height (compression height) is not the same. And even if you did the compression ratio
with a flat top would be low.
Q: After a recent engine
rebuild, I reinstalled power steering with all new hoses. At initial
start up a leak was discovered and stopped after fluid was lost. After a short drive I
remembered to top off the power steering fluid level. The dip stick says to use
transmission fluid, I had used off the shelf power steering fluid thinking they were all
the same. The system was drained and type F transmission fluid was used. Very shortly
after start-up, the system started to go crazy. The wheels and steering wheel would
violently rotate in very short turns. I could not control the wheel. It would then make a
very sharp right turn. I tried to dry steer with the wheels raised to release an air
pocket but there still was a lot of resistance. Any suggestions? A1: It
sounds like to me that you have the hoses reversed from the control valve to the slave
cylinder. A2: I concur. If you do this with the front in the air, you can
break a finger as the wheel whips back and forth!
Q: Should pucks be
installed in Boss 302 heads? On the flow bench it seemed to help, but it's peaking at 5400
rpm on the dyno. Any advise would be helpful. A: Any build up of the
floors will help. We have welded the intake and ex. ports all the way back to the short
turn radius. This fills the port about 30%. The intake ports will flow the same total CFM
but at a much higher speed and increase the low end. On the ex. port you will pick up
another 20% over the best porting methods. The BOSS 302 T/A heads used by P.J. and Folmer
had the floor of the intake ports raised when the heads were cast. That is why the
Mini-plenum manifolds have smaller ports than a standard BOSS 302 head.
face="Arial" size="3"Q: Did '69 & '70 BOSS 302s come from
the factory with the rear wheel lips rolled? A: No.
Q: Does a '69 (early build date if
that matters) rev limiter have 5 wires coming from the box without any
branching, or 3 wires coming out of the box with 2 splitting to form a total of 5
connectors? A: 3 wires coming out of the box with 2 splitting to form a
total of 5 connectors. There are 3 wires coming out of the box for both '69 and '70. The
'69 rev limiter wire harness has two splices under the tape that result
in five separate wires at the end. The '70 has three wires under the tape and two pigtails
crimped at the end of the wires totaling five connections. Check out Mustang Monthly's
Dec. '89 article on rev limiters if you run across an old copy.
Q: I recently purchased a rev
limiter, but I am not sure where the
wires are supposed to go. There is a B,F,G on it. Does anyone
know what they mean? The G is a red wire, go figure? You would think it would be for
ground. A1: First, the B,F,G don't really mean a thing for rev
limiter wiring. The box Ford used for the rev limiter was
adopted from another application, a voltage regulator for trucks. I believe the B,F,G
stands for battery, field and ground. If you hear of "fake" rev limiters
usually they have a rev limiter harness run into one of these old voltage
regulator boxes. The only way to tell the difference is to open the back cover. The guts
are completely different between the rev limiter and the voltage
regulator. There is a picture of the rev limiter wiring on page 45 of
Donald Farr's book, "Mustang BOSS 302 Ford's Trans Am Pony Car." The ring
terminal goes to a combination stud/bolt on the left
(driver's side) front of the intake manifold and is held on by a
nut. Take the battery feed off your coil and put it into the mating red
lead on the rev limiter. Tape the connectors together. Put the red
lead from the rev limiter on the coil. Take the distributor lead off you
coil and put it into the mating black lead from the rev limiter. Tape
these connectors together. Put the other black lead from the rev limiter
on the coil. What this does is "daisy chain" the rev limiter
with the coil. When the RPMs get too high, the rev limiter cuts off the
coil firing to the distributor. A2: fyi- the rev limiter
was a good idea for Ford to keep people from blowing up their engines. However, at high
RPMs, not giving a spark at all times when the air/gas mixture is in the cylinder may not
be good for you. If you are lightly modifying your car and don't care if you lose show
points the modern ignition systems can be programmed to retard your timing at high RPMs.
The larger distributor is the biggest give away if you hide the "brain" box
under your dash or elsewhere. My friends '71 351C Mach 1 has a rev limiter
mounted for looks only and the box hidden. I haven't made up my mind yet so I keep an eye
on the revs.
Q: Would like to know how
to jumper the wiring inside the rev limiter box when you are building
"dummy" or non-functional units. I have both a '69 repro harness with a black,
yellow, and red wire as well as a '70 repro harness with two black and one red wire
leading into the rev limiter. A: You don't jumper any of
the wires inside the box. Cut the wires and tape over the ends with electrical tape so
that none of the ends can make contact with each other or the box. What you have in those
three wires is battery power, spark and ground. Any combination of the three would
definitely not be good and could be potentially dangerous.
Q: I'm having trouble with the key
cylinder in a '70 tilt column. When I insert the key/lock cylinder into the column it
won't rotate fully to the off position, and the key cannot be removed. There is no reverse
lockout connected to the transmission. The steering column has been changed from
a straight column to a tilt. The straight column didn't have a reverse lockout
and all operated fine. Could a former owner have made some kind of adjustment?? Is the
transmission lockout really important? A: The transmission lockout isn't
really important unless you are going concours. The funny thing is the reverse
lockout isn't located in the transmission, it's located in the steering column.
When the transmission is shifted to reverse, a rod connected from the transmission to the
steering column turns the lockout device. If you look at the end of the steering column in
the engine compartment, you'll see a lever with a hole through it. The rod fits through
the hole. If you look at the steering column in the passenger compartment, you'll see a
metal ring about an inch thick going around the column. That's part of the lockout
mechanism. With no rod connected to the transmission, you can turn this ring on the column
to lock or unlock the key cylinder.
Q: My BOSS is running
rich. I have rebuilt the carb and have tried to adjust the mixture, but it still
smells very rich. I do not have a cross over tube on the exhaust, but the
right bank is dry and the left bank is wet. The fumes are overpowering. A:
If you have had the intake manifold off recently, retorque the bolts, then adjust the carb
again. While leaking air into the induction system actually causes a lean condition, many
people (I've done it too) adjust the carb to be rich to try to get it to
idle before figuring out that a loose intake manifold was the problem.
about moving the driver's seat/rails back for more leg room. Has anyone
out there done this who could provide some details on what's involved? A1:
Ford had a Technical Service Bulletin that addressed the problem of tall drivers. The fix
included two small brackets (one per track) that was approx. 3" long flat steel with
a hole at each end. In one hole a carriage bolt appears to have been inserted and welded.
The stud was placed in the stock rear seat bolt location and tightened
down. At the rear of the bracket a hole was drilled so that the seat rear
bolt passed through and it was tightened down. At the front two new holes are drilled
approx. 3" to the rear of the original ones. There is just enough room to reach these
(to put nuts on) through the stock front holes. A2: Change the standard
column to a tilt. I am in the process of this swap and it is very straight forward. This
is much simpler in a '70. The '69 has the tilt away column that is very different. The
tilt column will allow the necessary left knee room for clutch action.
Q: Does anyone have a template for cutting
the hole for a shaker hood? I have seen the template advertised before,
but now that I need one I can't locate the advertisement. A1: Jeff James
has advertised having the template to cut the shaker hood, here is his email: email@example.com. A2:
Got a copy of it converted to a .pdf file (Adobe Acrobat) if that will help. It's a series
of pages (finished product/hole is larger than 8.5" x 11") Sent it to a few
others with no problem and haven't found time to post to my web site as of yet. http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/6473/
Jeff Speegle MCA ANHJ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A3: Download the .pdf file here: shaker hood hole
template. Adobe Acrobat is required to open this file. Once you have the file, print
all the pages, then cut and paste them together to create the template. Yea, it's not
pretty, but it's functional and FREE!
Q: Was the shaker hood
scoop available in '69 for the BOSS 302? I have seen photos of cars with the shaker,
but think this may have been an add on. A: No, the shaker
was a factory option for 1970 only.
Q: When I bought my 70 BOSS 302 I received
a shaker set up with it but I don't know if it is the correct for a 302.
I believe the shakers were all different for each, 428, 351C, 351W, and
302. Are they different and how are they different? A: This is to the
best of my knowledge! All shaker tops were painted satin black - only the
BOSS 302 had the upper ribbing painted argent. The BOSS top had no eng. id. or cobra jet
inscriptions pinned on the sides. The bases were all different to allow the base to clear
the distributor - plus the mounting stud on driver's side of the "can" was in
different positions. mounting brackets were different too ! I believe the 351 Windsor shaker
used in '69 was very similar to the '70 BOSS 302 except for the eng. id. on the sides. I'm
sure there's more! The parts identifier book for '69/70 lists the shaker
part numbers used in all eng. applications. A2: Click here for more.
Q: Does anybody have a
template or location measurements for the side stripe placement on a '70
BOSS 302 Mustang? A1: I recently "supervised" the installation
of stripes on my 1970 Boss 302. Prior to beginning, I researched as many photos and
specifications as I could find with the following conclusions: The hood and side stripes
all index to the flat black painted section on the hood. I recommend using the stencil
from Graphic Express. It makes it much easier and leaves a very
fine edge on the paint. As you mentioned, hood stripe placement is shown in "Mustang
BOSS 302 by Donald Farr." The spacing between the rear hood edge (next to the cowl)
and the stripe needs to be aligned with the painted section on the hood regardless of the
dimensions shown in the documents if it is to look good. The stripes on top of the fenders
align with the stripes on the hood and stop at the peak of the outer fender (before it
rolls over to the vertical section of the fender). The front fender, door, and forward
section of the rear fender stripe pieces should be aligned with each other just above the
body crease. Fore/rear placement of the front fender section visually aligns with the
stripe on top of the fender (you have to eyeball this one, trying to measure this might
result in it not aligning with the stripe on top of the fender). Stripe on the forward
section of the rear fender (also the stripe on the rear section of the rear fender) does
not extend around the fender lip. Placement of the stripe on the rear section of the rear
fender is variable. Every car I looked at was different. Some very high (almost touching
the rear marker light), some parallel to but higher than the rest of the stripes on the
side, and some angled up slightly toward the rear. The only guidelines I can give on this
one are the rear of it should end somewhere in the indentation in the bodywork for the
bumper and the front of it looks best (to me) when it begins above where the stripe on the
front section of the rear fender ends. In other words, this stripe is not a continuation
of the same line as the other stripes on the side. A2: Click here for a photo of 0F02G168350 circa 1972 showing the side
Q: Has anybody ever seen a silver 70 BOSS 302? A1:
Yes, it was a Lincoln color in '70. It is closer to metallic gray than silver.
A2: I know there was at least one 1970 silver BOSS built
in 1970. I ordered one with a special paint job. The color was a Thunderbird color called
Light Metallic Gray.
Q: I was told that not all
'70 cars had smog. Depending on the DSO, some cars were shipped w/o smog.
My DSO is 25 should I have smog on the car or not ? A:
All '70 BOSS 302s that were sold to the public had Thermactor systems. In '70 BOSS 302s
sold in Calif. also received a vapor return system in addition to the Thermactor one.
Q: Anybody know where I
can get a complete repro smog system for a '70 Boss 302? A:
Try KAR Auto Group or CJ Pony Parts. Look in back of Mustang Monthly.
Q: Is the space
saver spare a 15 inch or 14 inch ? A: 14 inch.
Q: What is
the correct space saver spare for a '69 BOSS 302 with a :June 27, 1969
build date? A: According to the sources available to me 7.75-14"
Early 69's used 7.35 - 14". When each started being used or ended is a
Q: Can someone please confirm if indeed a
full size spare tire fits (secured) in the trunk of a BOSS. If so, please
confirm position and required parts. If not, are there any workarounds? Smaller rim size,
different storage position, etc? A: Yes a full size spare will fit, just
check any non-BOSS they are all made the same. Parts are available from most Mustang
Q: I have a '70 BOSS with
a 71D for the DSO. The Mustang Decoder indicates the D as (Special Order
Unit D). Does anyone know what this means? A: As a past owner of a number
of special order cars I've never heard of a letter being used as part of
the DSO. All of them have had a 6 digit DSO that related to the order paperwork. Looking
through my decoders and Ford documents I see nothing to support a D being used.
Q: Is there info. available for positioning the tape stripes
and painted hood section on a '70 BOSS 302? A: The book "MUSTANG
BOSS 302" by DONALD FARR on page 111 has a diagram and specifications for the '70
BOSS 302 hood stripes.
Q: Can anyone tell me how to clean water spots or just how to keep the
black rear window louvers clean and also the shaker and the stripes on
the hood? They get dust on them and I wipe the off easy and they scratch very easy. A1:
Use Turtle Wax Black Chrome. Use a good amount then wipe off. Helps color in scratches on stripes
also. A2: I use Mothers Back to Black on mine and it does the best of
anything I've tried.
any one know of someone repairing tach instrument clusters? The tach is
not working. A: When I bought my Boss 302 a few years ago. My tach
was also broken. Last year I located a repair shop that accomplished the fix for my tach.
The name of the shop is H&H Auto. Gary Herbert runs the shop. I do recommend him
because he worked with me in finding out what was wrong. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
His website is www.tachman.com
Q: When did Ford switch to Goodyear Polyglas GT tires with the size
printed on the sidewall? A1: If your BOSS is a 1970, the only difference
in tires is your build date, early cars get no size tires,
later cars get the Polyglas with the sizes in white letters. A2: That is
correct. The cut off date is somewhere in the 12/69 - 1st quarter '70 timeframe. As a
point of reference ALL BOSS 429s came with no size tires. The last BOSS 9
came out in 12/69 so one can estimate that the cut off date is somewhere in that
proximity. Also, repop "size" Polyglas GT's are NOT exactly the same as the
originals. The repop tires have a "symmetrical" spacing between
the final "s" in Polyglas and the "f" in F60. The original tires
have a larger gap between the two letters. Minor detail but a detail none the less. There
is no repop for no-size tires. A3: There was an article
written in Mustang Monthly but I don't know what issue.
Q: What size, brand, and model of modern RADIAL tire is close to
the OE tire in appearance for a 1970 BOSS 302? A1: Size
P235/60R15 are a close size. Tires are measured as follows. The 235 is
the width of the tire in millimeters, 60 is the height as a percentage of
width, R is for radial, 15 tills you wheel size in inches. A2: There are
some cool tires on the market raised white letter "PARNELLI
JONES". Call Progressive Custom Wheels 800-726-5335 and ask for a catalogue. They
look great and may befitting on the BOSS 302.
Q: I know this is heresy but has anyone
got experience on swapping a modern T5 5 speed transmission into a BOSS
302 (or any '70 Mustang). I would keep the original trans. to swap back
of course! Sacramento Mustang has a swap kit and only thing "hard" would be
shortening a drive shaft. Looking for improved driveability. A1: As the
proud owner of a '69 Boss 302 and a 1986 Saleen Mustang that had a Borg-Warner T5, I
can offer the following advice: Your BOSS 302 would "grenade" a T5 in short
order. I have installed an aftermarket transmission made by Tremec in my
Saleen, which is rated to handle the torque produced by our Boss Mustangs. The Tremec is a
direct replacement for Fox Chassis (79-93) Mustangs, and would also be adaptable to the
Boss. The Tremec uses mainly parts from the Toploader 4-speed, so even if Tremec
disappears from the scene, the parts would still be available. It is an excellent tranny,
and I would recommend it. The cost is around $1200.00. A2: Search around
the Internet. There are a number of websites showing articles about transmission swaps.
Q: What is the fluid capacity of the 4
speed Toploader? A: According to the 1970 Ford chassis
shop manual, the fluid capacity of the 4 speed Toploader is 4.0 pints to
the bottom of the filler hole.
face="Arial" size="3" color="#000080"Q: The manual
calls for 12 in. manifold vacuum at idle. I am reading 15 in. at idle. Is
this ok? Is it possible to have too much vacuum? A1: You need at least 12
in. vacuum to run the power brake booster. Too little vacuum
and no brake assistance. A2: 15 in. does sound a tad high at idle but
nothing really to worry about. You may want to check your air/fuel ratio. Low vacuum
(or normal, in the BOSS 302 case) at idle is generally caused by a shade bit of overlap in
the cam. This is the neat-o thumpada-thumpada exhaust noise with a slight engine
roughness. If you still have a stock cam, then perhaps the idle is too high.
Q: What is the correct valve lash settings for a BOSS 302? A:
Published specs for a stock BOSS cam is .025 hot for both intake and exhaust valves. This
specification and the procedure can be found in the Ford Car Shop Manual for your vehicle.
Q: I need some assistance
pinning down a driveline vibration on my BOSS 302. The vibration
is quite severe in all gears starting at about 4000 rpm, it's most severe in 3rd & 4th
gear. I have changed the tranny mount, clutch, had the drive shaft rebalanced, and of
course the tires have been balanced. It's so severe you cannot drive the car over 70 mph.
There is no vibration when the car is in neutral and being revved up, its
only there under power and it's real brutal! A1: I had a similar
problem--After weeks of looking at the whole driveline, I discovered the yoke on the front
of the drive shaft that fits in the transmission shaft, was worn. You might want to check
that. A2: Keep in mind that your vibration is sensitive
to rpm, and that the only things turning during the times you mention are the engine, the
clutch, and the input shaft of the trans. The fact that its worse with speed is a bit
confusing as the speed of the driveline increases with the speed of the vehicle,
contradicting the rpm idea. Perhaps you have two problems at once. A3:
You might want to check the splines on the shaft and the yoke to make sure they're not
worn. A couple other things you might try: You said you are getting vibration around 70
m.p.h.--I would try jacking up the car, putting it on stands and removing the wheels and
drums. Then take the speedo up to 35 m.p.h. which should equal 70 m.p.h. off the ground.
If the vibration is still there, this would eliminate the wheels and
brake drums for run out. Note--don't use the brakes with the drums off. You never
mentioned if you checked the harmonic balancer. You might want to put a dial gage on the
driveshaft to see if it's straight and true. Sometimes it's best to balance the wheels
while on the car. Final solution: I have changed the pilot bearing it was
worn about 8.5 thou, had the tranny rebuilt, new bearings, new blocker rings etc., had the
driveshaft taken apart and reassembled. It seems the yokes were not in perfect phase, the
rear one was out about 1/2 inch, this was a great tip and most likely played a role in the
vibration. I am now trying to track down a wheel vibration.
One of the rear ones is bent a bit.
Q: Where is the VIN
stamped on the engine block? A: The number is visible on a flat area on
the driver's side of the block just behind the intake. This flat area is about 2-1/4"
long and 3/8" wide. I find it best to look between the hood and cowl at the base of
the windshield when the hood is open. Take a cloth and reach around the open hood and wipe
the grease away, use a flashlight and get in there. The number is right next to where the
bellhousing bolts on. But it is hard to see especially if filled in with paint. Beware,
the original stamping looks pretty poor, is not in line (done 1 letter/number at a time
and only contains the "02 187691" without the "G").
Q: Will a 351C water pump
fit on a BOSS 302? A1: No. Different animal. A2: Nope. A
Windsor pump will, though they differ from '69 to '70. Also, the BOSS 302 water
pump had a different impeller.
Q: Are water pumps
for BOSS 302 special, or will a water pump for a 302 work? A:
The BOSS 302 water pump has a different impeller than the 302W water
pump. It was designed to reduce cavitation at high rpm. A 302W water pump
will bolt right up and will work fine if you can't find or afford a BOSS pump. Make sure
you get the right year as the radiator hose locations changed between '69 and '70.
Q: My car is freshly
painted and getting ready for its first coat of wax. I have been told not
to wax the black paint or the stripes. Can anyone confirm this, or give
any input or related experience? A: Yes, do not wax the
low gloss black. What to use? Well, I've always used (first clean any wax
that does get on it with wax and silicon remover) then I apply Pledge to
the area. It does tend to give it a deep shine but also tends to collect a little more
dust (read magnet) when uncovered.
Q: What is the correct roofrail weather-strip retainer seal?
A: The 1970 Body Installation manual shows D0AB-63516A02-A, Seal, or Ford
spec. ESB-M3G102-A, P.V.C. Tape, 1/4 inch thick, 3/4 inch wide, applied between the
retainer and the body the entire length of the retainer. Extend seal 1/2 inch beyond ends
of retainer. It's very likely the original is not available from Ford. Look for an N.O.S.
part or another current maker of similar P.V.C. tape.