The BOSS 302 Registry 1970 Snorkel Tutorial

by Pat Whelan

with a little help at the end from a messageboard member

In this tutorial, I'm going to try and show you how to correctly identify an original 1970 BOSS 302 air cleaner snorkel with Ford engineering number D0ZF-9A626-B. Hopefully this will help the person just starting out in the hobby or some that are already in the hobby and want to reference the correct parts. As to common belief, the 1970 BOSS 302 snorkel is not unique to the Mustang and Cougar. The 1970 429 SCJ Torino also sported the Ford engineering D0ZF-9A626-B snorkel. The snorkel I will use for this tutorial is off a Dearborn BOSS 302. This snorkel is an early take off part with original paint and is a good candidate to reference from as it has never been modified and is the way it left the factory.

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Note paint runs give the appearance this part was dipped. Details like this are usually lost during restoration.

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Note part number stamp location below.

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Following two photos are from John Slack. One final detail that many fakes get wrong is the flange that attaches the BOSS 302 snorkel has a 90 degree edge all of the way around the opening that bolts against the air cleaner body. Snorkels from other Fords have a small step on the face that bolts to the air cleaner body. This is about 1/2 inch wide or so and is actually at the bottom of a regular Ford snorkel and is an assembly indexer. When a regular snorkel flange is cut down this step is evident.

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vs. an original below under restoration prior to painting.

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