Ford Mustang II Parts And Ford Mustang II Accessories
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The Ford Mustang II is a league of its own, and in a literal sense. Designed and built in the midst of the 1973 oil crisis, the Mustang II pony car is smaller and more compact than its predecessor, the first-generation Ford Mustang, and shared more similarities with the Ford Pinto subcompact. This means the Mustang II shared no common components with other Ford Mustang models. And while this exclusivity makes the second-generation Mustang a one-of-a-kind collector\'s item, it also makes maintaining and repairing this vehicle a much trickier affair.
Maintaining a vintage Ford Mustang II pony can be quite a challenge, given its age and design. But here are some tips on how to keep this beautiful vehicle in good condition:
The Ford Mustang\'s factory and OEM air filters are made of paper media, and these can become dirty depending on the environment you are driving in. This is why it is recommended to do regular visual checkups of the filter to determine whether it has become too dirty to use. And given the disposable nature of paper filters, replacing them with a new unit would be a better choice. Better yet, replace the Mustang II\'s stock filter with an aftermarket washable filter. As their name implies, washable filters are durable enough to be cleaned and reused. In addition, many aftermarket filters are designed for increased air intake volume, so you\'ll also have the added benefit of significantly better throttle response and horsepower.
The Ford Mustang II\'s stock paint job is not as durable as its more recent counterparts, so cleaning it far more often is recommended. Use a mild car shampoo, preferably one that\'s formulated for use with vintage vehicles, and apply to the car\'s surface using a soft wash mitt or lint-free cloth. For tight spaces or hard-to-reach crevices such in the grille or air vents, use a wet paintbrush or toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and detail with your preferred wax or polishing product.
Regular oil changes have been tried and tested to not only promote optimum engine performance but also prolong the engine\'s service life. The length of time before the engine oil needs replacement depends on its chemical makeup, usage, and the environment you\'re driving in. Fully synthetic oils, for instance, last much longer than conventional oils, and even more so if the Mustang is only used occasionally and in temperate climates.
In addition to engine oil, changing the transmission oil and axle oil are also recommended. These oils usually need changing once at least every 100,000 miles, ensuring that the moving parts of the powertrain and steering the components inside the axle are well lubricated and free of harmful contaminants.
The Ford Mustang II uses a classic two-barrel carburetor configuration, making its ignition system more delicate than that of the computer-controlled units found in more modern Mustang models. This is why the Mustang II\'s spark plugs need to be inspected and replaced at intervals of 30,000 miles. If you had your Mustang supercharged, annual tune-ups are also recommended.