First, thanks to all of you doing this. It's so hard to find factory fox Mustangs.
I'm slowly getting into restoring my 87 coupe (factory 5.0/5 speed, radio delete, no AC, no option), starting with the engine bay. So I have a few questions since I am having an extremely difficult time researching what a factory 87 looked like. It's amazing how most of these cars have been modified.
1) I saw a few people put in zinc coated fender bolts and hood hinges (the ones on the cowl). But from my experience this is all body color, I think Ford painted the engine bay assembled. So all the fender bolts, hood hinge (even the rubber cup) have overspray?
2) I know the valve covers could either be raw aluminium or painted Ford grey. I think the 87 was painted. Is there a close match to the factory paint. Also I think the oil fill was zinc plated... is it possible to restore this, can it be removed?
3) The stock air-tube I think had some "white dust" over it. I can't think of any method to replicate this. Any ideas?
4) The brackets holding the front clip. I see a bunch of variations on restored foxes. Some paint it silver, others get it a kind of zinc phosphate (oil)? (sorry don't know the term) looks like iron color. My best guess is the zinc phosphate finish with yellow chromate zinc bolts.
5) The BAP sensor bracket on mine I think was the same zinc phosphate finish... but I see some people paint it silver...
6) As far as the engine block, from reading here, it should be just painted grey over the pan and overspray grey over the block. Timing cover and water pump are raw aluminium while the timing cover could have some overspray. Looks like someone sprayed the engine from under it on the assembly line.
7) I've been working hard at restoring the labels on the wire harnesses (injector, main computer harness, O2 sensor, and body). I got them in illustrator and just need to find a way to replicate the factory labels. I think the factory had them printed on a "roll of tape", probably flexography. I'm still researching this as my 87 was missing a few labels, I'll post a separate thread once I get my facts straight but if you have any good quality pics of factory harnesses with labels (even the "made in mexico" ones), please share...
I would love to see 100% factory pictures of how these foxes looked underneath. When I cleaned up the underbody, there was still enough paint to sort of match what the factory did but I'd feel more comfortable in seeing how it should look. Also not sure about the diff, I'm assuming Ford never painted those and left it raw save for the diff cover? Or a thin layer of semi-flat black (at least that's how the new ones are made). Also any labels on the diff or markings I should be doing?
Ouuff, sorry for the barrage of questions. My car is going through various stages. I found all the stock parts (intake manifolds, heads, headers, H-pipe, etc...) and have been restoring those parts to keep in storage. For now I want the chassis to be correct. I already removed years and years of oil grime and that nasty yellow rust proofing stuff with a wirewheel and painted the underbody that grey primer (I think zinc primer) and tried to do the correct level of body color overspray. Although I think I have to redo it this winter. I feel like I'm getting addicted to this "making it factory" deal.
Anyway... Thanks for reading this post (if you made it this far). I appreciate any help I can get. Thanks again and cheers.