2013 MUSTANG ROUNDUP:
With temperatures in the 80’s, it will be a beautiful weekend for the Mustang Roundup! Join us in Bellevue, Washington for the 33rd Annual Mustangs Northwest Roundup, where nearly 1,000 Mustangs come together for a spectacular car show! The MCA Regional Judged Show is on Saturday, July 20th from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, July 21st, the popular “People’s Choice” show takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Both events are located at Bellevue College. This is the “World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Mustangs”! Visit Mustangs Northwest for more details.
Stop by and see us at our vendor stalls located near the Classic Mustangs. We will have treats and free Mustang coloring books for the kids. Additionally, we will be bringing original Classic Mustang parts to sell. As always, if you need something in particular, just contact us and we’d be happy to bring it for you. Here is a list of some of the items we’ll have at the Roundup:
- Boxes of 1964 1/2 – 1973 Mustang interior, exterior and mechanical wiring
- 1968 Mustang consoles
- 1979 Mustang console
- 1970 – 1973 Mustang Space Saver spare tire
- 1966 Firestone Deluxe Champion spare tire
- 1966 Mustang all steel Shelby hood
- 1966 Mustang NOS hood
- 1971 – 1972 Mustang tilt steering column
- 1965 – 1972 Mustang miscellaneous hubcaps
- 1971 – 1973 Mustang Fastback and Convertible trim
- 1965 – 1973 Mustang radios
- Plus MUCH MORE!
Stop by our booth at the Roundup to check everything out. Just look for the FastbackStack signs and lots of Mustang parts!
Portland Oregon Automotive Swap Meet
PORTLAND SWAP MEET: Are you attending the largest automotive swap meet on the west coast? The Portland, Oregon swap meet starts in 2 DAYS!! Located at the Portland Expo Center, this swap meet runs from Friday, April 5th through Sunday, April 7th. The swap meet is held in two locations: the Portland Expo Center and the Portland International Raceway. Visit the Portland Swap Meet for more details.
We’ll be there in all the action! Come see us at our vendor stalls #9009-9011, located at the Portland Expo Center (outside area). Some of the items that we’ll be bringing with us include:
- 9” Posi N Case 31 spline 3rd member axles
- 9” Posi 3.25 31 spline carrier
- 1957 Ford 9” rear end with axles
- 1969-1973 Maverick 8” rear end housing with axles
- Mexican 302 block
- 4V J code heads Date code May 23
- 1965-1966 Air Conditioning console (Convertible)
- 68 Deluxe consoles (3)
- 67 Deluxe seat-backs (2 sets)
- 67 Deluxe interior (2 sets)
- 70 Boss 302 Space saver spare tire
- Coupe, Convertible and Fastback misc. trim
- 1967, 1968, 1972 AM/FM radios
- 1964 1965-66, 1969, 1971 AM radios
- 1966-68 new carpets, seat covers, misc. interior parts
- 1965-68 Pony door lights, Deluxe door lights
- 1965-68 Trim panels
- 1969 Mach 1 gauges
- 1970 Fenders
- 1967-1968 Fenders
- 1971-1972 Fenders
- 1971-1973 Fastback trunk lids
- 1964-73 seatbelts (singles & sets)
- 1964-73 jack/hold downs – misc parts
- 1971-73 Fastback parts
- 1969-70 Fastback trim and parts
- 1971-72 Tilt steering
- 1967-68 A/C dash vents
- 1973 Mach 1 wheels (full set)
- 1968-69 Mercury Cyclone GT Dashes (black)
- 1969 429 SCJ Holley Carburetor
- 1966 and 1967 GT 390 4V Carburetor
- 1965-1966 6 Cylinder P/S complete rack
- 1966 Shelby all steel hood
- 1965 Shelby R model heater delete unit
- 1967 Shelby grille
- 1968 Shelby tail panel, tail lights and Shelby wiring
- 1968 Stuart Warner gauges (1968)
- 1968 GT wheels with hub caps (full set)
- NOS 1965-67 Export Brace
- NOS rocker trim
- NOS 140 mph speedometer
- NOS 1970 left hand strut rod, NOS bushings
- NOS 1966 Hood
- NOS 1965-1966 Rocker trim
- NOS 1967-1968 Console shifters (2)
- NOS odds and ends
- Plus MUCH MORE!
Stop by our booths at the Portland Expo Center to check everything out. Just look for the FastbackStack sign and lots of Mustang parts!
If you are planning on going to the swap meet and want us to bring anything in particular for you, just contact us today. If, by chance, you’re not able to attend but want us to keep our eyes open for particular Mustang parts, let us know that too!
Happy bargain hunting and we look forward to seeing you soon!
P.S. If you would like to purchase something from our eBay store this week, please keep in mind that we will be gone from April 4th – April 7th. Our priority upon our return will be processing all orders that occurred while we were out.
1968 Mustang California Specials are rare and finding original parts can be difficult. Here are some options you might consider as you search for parts:
California Special Tail Light Sockets
If your GT/CS has a corroded tail light socket and you need to replace it, but are unable to find a replacement, you can use a 1956 era Ford Pickup Truck tail light socket. The same tail light sockets were also used on a 1965 Ford Thunderbird tail light. T-bird lights are still out there, but are also becoming increasingly hard to find.
Marchal Fog Lamps
Early models used the very rare Marchal 656/322 fog lamps. These are very scarce today. In the Fall of 1968, Marchal fog lamps were recalled because they were too bright. Ford has since phased them out and they were replaced with Lucas fog lights.
If you are looking for Marchal fog lamps, try sources in France, Germany or England and perhaps some early Ferrari restoration shops. These rare fog lights were used on other vehicles from 1962-1970.
You might also want to contact us about GT/CS parts availability. While we don’t have any more Marchal fog lamps, we do have a few GT/CS tail light parts and twist lock brackets.
Question: Can you tell me the difference between a 1969 Mustang pedal housing for the Power Brake and a Manual Brake? What about MT vs AT housings? Is the ’69 housing specific to the ’69 Mustang?
Answer: The difference between a manual brake and power brake pedal housing is in the the mounting flange at the firewall.
Power brake boosters have threaded studs that protrude through the firewall and housing flange and are held on by 9/16″ nuts. Manual brake master cylinders use bolts that protrude through the firewall and screw into a threaded insert in the brake housing.
Housings that do not have the threaded inserts on the firewall flange are for power brakes. Housings that do have these threaded inserts are for manual brake applications.
As far as the MT vs AT, for a 1969 Mustang, there is usually not any difference between manual and automatic transmission housings. Sometimes there is a bolt-on clutch spring hook (depending on the Mustang year). The factory punched the same mounting holes in all of the Classic Mustang housings.
The longer power brake pedal does not swing from the same pivot point that a manual brake or clutch pedal swings from. The long power brake pedal swings from a bolt at the very top of the housing. All housings also have these holes.
1969 Brake and Clutch Pedal Housings
Classic Mustang Seatbelts 1964 1/2 – 1973
Seatbelts came in many styles in Vintage Mustangs. Not all Mustangs were factory equipped with lap belts. The seat belt was optional until 1968, when it became law to have them factory installed. I have a number of early 1964 1/2 – 1965 Mustang Fastbacks that did not have holes in the rear floor for seatbelts. I have seen at least 2 different styles of 1964 1/2 Seat belt buckles. These seatbelts did not bolt directly to the floor. They had a double hook mechanism that latched on to an eye-bolt that was screwed in to the floor. These hook mechanisms also differed slightly.
If you’re looking for the original seatbelts for your Vintage Mustang, check out our selection.
If you are looking for an original sport lamp for your Mach 1 or Boss Mustang and can’t find one, here is a tip for you. Often times, reproductions are not available and originals are scarce.
If you don’t mind using a substitute for an original sport lamp, there is a substitute that is readily available.
Find an early Ford Maverick or Mercury Comet GT (1969-1972). The sport lamps on these vehicles are very similar to Mustang sport lamps. The list below outlines the similarities and differences:
- Mustangs, Mavericks and Comets used the same chrome bezel.
- Mustangs, Mavericks and Comets used the same lens and light housing.
- The wire pigtail and plug differed on all cars and varied from year to year.
- The bracket that holds the light in the grille differed on all cars and varied from year to year.
If you are able to find a Maverick or Comet sport lamp, you can easily modify or fabricate it to fit your Mustang. You will need to modify the wire pigtail to fit the wire loom in your Mustang. You will also need to fabricate a bracket to hold the light in the grille.
Dual point distributors and engine applications varied from year to year. During 1964½-1973, there were four dual point distributors used (two of these were Autolite, one was FoMoCo and the other was Motorcraft).
* Autolite: These were used in 1964½-1967 K Code and Shelby Mustangs. They had a dual point distributor with the centrifigual advance. These High Performance (HiPo) 289’s were the only engines using dual point ignition without the vacuum advance.
* FoMoCo: In late 1967 through 1971, all other dual point and HiPo distributors used the vacuum advance. Some engines using these distributors include the late 1967 HiPo 289’s, GT 390’s, 427 side oiler, 428 SCJ, 429 SCJ. These distributors used the vacuum advance.
* Motorcraft dual point distributors: In 1972 and 1973, some 351 Cleveland 4Vs, mainly CJ’s, used a Motorcraft dual point distributor.
You may find other variations that aren’t listed here, such as a 1965 date coded distributor that says “Motorcraft” or “FoMoCo”. Pehaps these were service replacements that were made from 1968-1973, or later.
Autolite Dual Point Distributor
The early Ford distributor (1964½ – 1973) has evolved over the years. These distributors served many purposes, from daily driver vehicles up to NASCAR competition.
There were four basic distributors used in this era.
* 1964½ and earlier: These were Autolite Distributors that had an oil access hole with a small cap located just under the main body of the distributor.
* 1965 through 1967: Autolite distributors were used, but the oil access hole had been discontinued.
* 1967 through 1971: FoMoCo distributors replaced the Autolite distributors.
* 1972 and 1973: The Motorcraft distributor replaced the FoMoCo distributor.
We’ve just listed some distributors in our eBay store. Check them out!
1969/1970 Mustang A/C Dash Vent
Original 1969 and 1970 Mustang and Cougar A/C dash vents aren’t reproduced. So what do you do if you have an original, but it is missing the felt or the felt is loose?
You will need to replace the felt. Doing so ensures that, when your vent is installed in your Mustang, your vent remains in the desired position. The felt helps to hold the plastic vent assembly in place.
To replace the felt, you will have to take the vent apart. This involves using a dremmel tool or small grinder to grind the heads off of the swedged pot metal studs. Once this is done, you can take the round plastic vent out and clean and repaint the housing. Then, line the inside of the vent housing with black felt purchased from a fabric store. The felt should be about 1/16″ thick and about 5/8″ – 3/4″ wide and long enough to line the area of the inside of the housing. Before cleaning the housing, check for evidence showing where the original felt was and let this be your guide as to where the felt would go (look for glue residue, fading, etc.)
When you put the vent back together, you would need some kind of epoxy to stick the housings together. This takes the place of the swedged studs that had been ground off to take the vent apart. Looking for original 1969/1970 A/C vents? Check out our inventory. We will be listing a lot more A/C parts soon. So, if there is something that you need just contact us.
Original 1968 Shelby GT 350 Mustang Interior
How do you decide to purchase original parts or reproduction parts for your Classic Mustang? In most cases, original parts fit the best. Reproduction parts are often flimsy and not of the finest quality. For instance, original Mustang fenders fit and line up nicely with the door, while some reproduction fenders are made of a lesser gauge steel and do not line up well.
In the early days of the reproduction industry, the parts were made with presses and dyes that were worn down from the original assembly line machinery. As a result, these inferior reproduction parts did not offer the best fit, nor did they offer the quality that the original parts did. In recent years, reproduction parts have gotten better, but are still of inferior quality.
Ford recently began to offer original Ford tooling body panels. These panels offer good fit and quality, but still need a little fitting work when installing them on a Mustang. Unfortunately, these tooling parts are expensive and run about double the price of other reproduction parts.
Original parts, being between 40-45 years old, often need a little clean-up. However, once original parts have been restored and placed on a Mustang, the Mustang’s appearance and value have been preserved and the fit is all-original.