Hood Hinges, Hood Latch & Shock Tower Caps
The Hood Hinges, Hood Latch and
upper Shock Mount Cap and were Phosphate treated. Samples with the
factory original coatings are shown above. If you don't want to go to the trouble of getting
this special coating, you can simulate this appearance with a special
spray paint (sold by Eastwood). There is also a product called "DeOxy Does
It" sold by
North Coast Mustang Supply for $30/gallon which works very well. Group
member Dean Louisiana has provided photos of parts he has coated with the
To get this appearance, Dean wiped the part down with a rag (after
treatment in Deoxy), then sprayed it with a product from Rustoleum called,
"Frosted Glass Semi-transparent Finish" to get a flat clearcoat on the
part. Dean's photos are below;
& Bracket/Shock Tower Braces/Headlight Housing L Brackets
The hood latch bracket, headlight
housing L brackets and shock tower braces used "slop gray" which
started off as black. Other extra colors
were thrown in at the factory to replenish the paint supply, leading to
various shades of gray. For this reason, these parts could have been
anything from black all the way to gray. The Hood Latch itself was
believed to be Phosphate and Oil coated.
The engine was painted Ford Corporate Blue. It seems
there were several shades of Ford Blue engine paint over the years. The
correct one for the 429 CJ/SCJ engine is the one shown in the picture
above and can be best duplicated today with either Plasti-kote Ford blue
#224 or DupliColor DE1621.
Engine Compartment Color
The engine compartment was satin black. A good match is
Krylon Semi Gloss #1613.
The Master Cylinder, Cover and wire retainer were all
black (see photos above). Note the original Master Cylinder cover has the
brake fluid specification number stamped into it as is visable above
right. At right is a cover from an all original 1973 Mustang with only 193
miles. The MCA also allows the replacement un-painted cover to be
Hood Pin Brackets & Catch Bracket
Both the Hood Pin Brackets and the Catch Bracket were
plated. The hood pin brackets were cadmium plated, which is a bare,
natural looking very dull silver. The catch bracket that attached to the
hood pin bracket was a shinier zinc plating, like a standard hardware store
nut or bolt. An installed view of a correct bracket is shown at right.
Note the two fasteners securing the Catch Bracket to the Hood Pin Bracket
are phosphate and oil coated.
The Steering Gear Box was left natural iron from the
factory and quickly oxidized to a rust color. The aluminum portions were
left natural aluminum. If you are restoring your gear box, you might want
to consider painting the gear box casing with Cast Blast paint to simulate
the natural iron color but prevent rusting and leave the aluminum portions
The Power Steering dipstick was silver cadmium plated and the
The Powersteering Pump itself was semigloss black. Ford used this same
shade of semigloss on their black engine parts, pulleys, brackets, etc.
Hold down bolts were silver cadmium plated as shown in the photos above.