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Title: Rear shock plate finish
Post by: MikeG69 on March 18, 2017, 12:37:45 PM
I am rebuilding the rear end assembly in my 69 Mustang Coupe & was wondering what color was the rear shock plate that the rear axle U bolts & the rear shock bolt to?. I have a November 26th, 1968 Metuchen, NJ built Mustang Coupe.
Title: Re: Rear shock plate color
Post by: Bob Gaines on March 18, 2017, 12:43:17 PM
I am rebuilding the rear end assembly in my 69 Mustang Coupe & was wondering what color was the rear shock plate that the rear axle U bolts & the rear shock bolt to?. I have a November 26th, 1968 Metuchen, NJ built Mustang Coupe.
The color of bare steel. I take decent originals and tumble them in stainless steel media for a brand new look before treating with T9 rust inhibitor.
Title: Re: Rear shock plate color
Post by: jwc66k on March 18, 2017, 04:31:36 PM
The color of bare steel. I take decent originals and tumble them in stainless steel media for a brand new look before treating with T9 rust inhibitor.
Gee, I don't seem to have a tumbler big enough any more. There was one in the metal shop though. It was the size of a small cement mixer, the used ceramic pyramids, about 1/2 inch size.
Seriously, a good alternative is to bead blast, then "lightly" treat (60 to 90 seconds) the items with 190F plus phosphate bath and then oil.
Look up "Phosphating 101" in the processes section (It's on the third page).
Jim
Title: Re: Rear shock plate color
Post by: J_Speegle on March 18, 2017, 05:58:30 PM
+1 on bare steel as a final look. Most of us have different methods to get to the final look. Allot depends on what you have to start out with., If they have serious pitting might want to search for some better ones. For mine I can often get by with a light bead blast, a little fine sanding, a wipe of gun bluing followed by the protective oil as shown in a number of threads or bare steel restoring.
Title: Re: Rear shock plate finish
Post by: MikeG69 on March 18, 2017, 09:53:37 PM
Thanks for the info guys.