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  1. Hello David, As an original '73 owner, I knew you would be more than familiar with the mystery involving the chrome/no chrome exhaust tips. I was aware of the part number and had only seen them once before, and that was at the Charlotte auto fair years ago. There was no part number tape or Ford oval on them, and the appearance and finish made them look aftermarket (Which at the time I thought they were). There was a low-quality stamping of D1ZZ-5255-D on the part, but I knew Ford didn't mark the part number permanently on any part. At the time, I was purchasing the Ford A & B tips for under $30.00, so I passed. I had heard of Perkin's claim on the 1 of 1 '73 with chrome tips. MCA has come a LONG way from the days of more than vague, almost non-existent rules for the 71-73. At one time, it seemed as if MCA had as much disdain for 71-73s as the Mustang II!! Agree the rules usually were adapted from what was on "Someone" else's cars. ("He" may also have a magic elixir he poured in the tank that made the mileage reverse)! And believe it or not, MCA finally updated and clarified the rules to reflect that factory chrome tips were on Mach 1 only, and all 2bl engines have single exhaust! As far as the Ranger truck, we always caught a lot of flack for not having a four-door crew cab. Ford sold a mind-numbing number of standard and extended cab models. What made it so bad is that I knew there was a four-door crew cab Ranger sold by Ford outside the US. I had even seen them in use by the Mexican Policia, so they were close!
  2. David, starting in 1984, Ford started painting the Fox Mustangs "9L" Oxford White. So while you feel the rest of you is falling apart, your eyesight is fine. Oxford white is a pure white, so no yellowish look!
  3. Hello Mac, I'm afraid some of these mysteries we run up on may never get the answers we seek. We are dealing with fifty-year-old cars where even if the engineers were in their twenties in 71-73, they are now in their seventies and retired long ago. So we don't have anyone to ask, "Why did this happen" that would have a clue. Like I mentioned in my previous post, design and engineering development start 2-3 years before these vehicles even get near a production line. Thousands of parts, both existing and new are entered into the parts and service system for each vehicle line. These are constantly modified as engineers make inevitable changes. Just like the 71 Boss 302 decals that were in the parts system and sold for a car that was never production built. The D1ZZ-5255-D tip looks like a part that has the vendor ID stamped on it (T 4710 V2K) since that is not any kind of Ford formatted part or engineering number. Another oddity is the part number being stamped on the actual part. What most people don't understand is that these parts belong to the respective engineering department that designed them. They are the ones who decide which ones are released to parts and service. Only then are they assigned part numbers and they are NEVER cast or stamped on the part. They will have tapes, tags, or boxes with the part number, but nothing where the part number is permanently on the part. Not saying this is the case, but since the finish on this part doesn't look as nice as the D1ZZ-A & B tips, and there is the discrepancy of the part # stamped on the part (Ford Policy) this could be parts rejected by QC and never made it to the scrap pile. It has happened!
  4. If no one here has a nice used set, you can purchase them from Don@ Ohio Mustang Supply. Don is a site member/supporter/vendor here and offers what he knows is the best of aftermarket/repo parts. https://www.ohiomustang.com/store/order_page.asp?itemid=432
  5. The blackout was sprayed on the rear underside of the hood on all 71-73 Mustangs. Ford felt that the open area created by the new cowl parking wipers was distracting and was treated to the blackout paint on all light colored cars.
  6. This D1ZZ-5255-D tip is much like the '71 Boss 302 stripes. Parts that were assigned a service part number, but were never used in actual production. Thousands of parts are released by engineering and assigned part numbers months before the vehicle hits the production line. Right up to the day of production and during, constant changes were still being made. This "D" tip was going to be used on the '73 Mach 1 (63R) with the Q engine. Unlike the left and right '71-72 tips, this "D" tip was for both sides and was secured to the exhaust pipe with a standard 2 1/4"saddle clamp. For reasons unknown to us commoners, Ford decided against this look and used the non Mach1 exhaust system with the turn down tips. The strange part is the D1ZZ prefix (there was never a 71-72 application) and that they were in the parts system until the '80s. Many feel as though Ford was so busy de-contenting the '73s (during their lame-duck period) and preparing for the Mustang II launch, that things like these unused production/service parts were not on Ford's radar. It might just be me, but the D tip just doesn't look as good as the '71-72 chrome tips. The following are the part numbers and engineering ID numbers for the 71-72 chrome tips. The right side tip is D1ZZ-5255-A, and the engineering numbers are D1ZA-5202-AA, BA, BB. The left side is D1ZZ-5255-B, and the engineering numbers are D1ZA-5203-AA, AB, and D1ZA-5263-AA.
  7. A lot of confusion over the proper antenna stems from the fact that no radio was standard in our Mustangs. Even when a radio was ordered from Ford, the radio and the antenna was not installed at the Assembly plant. A radio kit was placed in the trunk along with wheel covers, floor mats, and other loose items to be installed at the dealer when the vehicle was PDI'd. (Pre Delivery Inspection) Many dealers ordered cars without radios so more profit-producing aftermarket units could be installed. Dealers would then pull an in-stock antenna off the parts shelf (Usually an LTD unit since they were considered a one size fits all) and hopefully drilled the antenna hole in the correct location. Unless the dealer had saved the template from the factory radio kit that didn't always happen. MCA rules allow for the telescoping antenna for 71's, telescoping AND fixed mast for the 72's, and fixed for the 73's. During 1972 production, the '73 style fixed mast antenna was phased into production. With no practical way of telling exactly when this change took place during 1972, MCA wisely chooses to allow both versions for 72. I'm sure the assembly plant was receiving and installing both versions with no thought of the confusion we would be trying to sort out nearly 50 years later. I hated the telescoping version on my 71's. Over time water would work its way into the mast and cause poor reception. Some stations I couldn't pick up even if I was in their parking lot! They also seemed to be a favorite target of parking lot vandals. If not concerned about concourse correct there is a detachable mast antenna (Like on the Fox Mustangs) that Don @ Ohio Mustang sells. Perfect for those who cover their cars and don't want to cut an antenna hole or don't want one with the antenna pocket.
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