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Grease boots ( OR just a Dust cap???)
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[Image: DSC04050.jpg][Image: DSC04051.jpg]Hi folks,
1971 mach 1 351c
I took my steering gear box out and did a refurbish on the old girl. I went on a search for some grease boots for the tie rod end and cant find them. Napa auto had a 5/8th universal one but it doesn't work at all because the boot is open on the bottom. Can someone give me a link to buy them? seems like such an easy find.......not so here in Boise Idaho.

I looked at it closer, scrubbed it down and it carries these ford #s c4za-3a  195-a  kf60  on the rubber cap ( looks like 1/2 of a boot but its not). There is no grease zerk on the tie rod end. This tie rod end is the opposite end of the pitman arm off the steering box. 
The pics are top and bottom of original, and so called replacement boot. There appears to be nothing missing from the old boot cover on the left.

Thanks for your help!
Rod
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https://www.cjponyparts.com/tie-rod-end-...KU13019BK/



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(02-19-2020, 10:10 PM)Don C Wrote: https://www.cjponyparts.com/tie-rod-end-...KU13019BK/


Hi Don, and Thanks for the reply. 
Please look over the post again because it has changed due to unseen ford#s.
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You must be referring to the boot on the pitman arm, then.

You might try Energy Suspension:
https://www.energysuspensionparts.com/un...-boots.asp

Here's more (Edit, correct website)
https://www.suspension.com/universal-dust-boots.asp



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(02-19-2020, 10:44 PM)Don C Wrote: You must be referring to the boot on the pitman arm, then.

You might try Energy Suspension:
https://www.energysuspensionparts.com/un...-boots.asp

Here's more:
https://www.energysuspensionparts.com/un...-boots.asp

Hi Don,
I posted a picture of the original and the so called replacement. Keep in mind there is NO grease zerk on this joint so it doesnt hold grease.. I should of posted a pic initially just forgot.........Sorry.
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(02-20-2020, 12:56 AM)machattack Wrote:
(02-19-2020, 10:44 PM)Don C Wrote: You must be referring to the boot on the pitman arm, then.

You might try Energy Suspension:
https://www.energysuspensionparts.com/un...-boots.asp

Here's more:
https://www.energysuspensionparts.com/un...-boots.asp

Hi Don,
I posted a picture of the original and the so called replacement. Keep in mind there is NO grease zerk on this joint so it doesnt hold grease.. I should of posted a pic initially just forgot.........Sorry.
Thanks for the info sir!
I emailed these folks https://www.energysuspensionparts.com/un...-boots.aspwith a picture of the old boot. I havnt heard back yet. 
Thanks for chiming in...... you was the only one who went for a fix. Thanks
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One last possibility is to make your own. Way back when some of these were made out of a closed cell high density foam type of material. You could possibly make your own if you could find some good material.



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runninpony 
I was lucky enough to find an original dust seal for my pitman arm when my steering box was rebuilt. I think there are reproduction seals for $4.95
each at Virginia Classic Mustang!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
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#9
Beware that some replacements rubber is poor quality that begin cracking shortly after.
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#10
Hello machattack,
Glad you posted a picture since I along with others assumed you were talking about the tie rod end boots. The number on the seal you illustrated is C4ZA-3A196-A and is an engineering number and not a Ford part number. Ford never released that part for service so there was never an actual part number assigned to it.
Part number searches on NOS Parts, Green Sales, etc are not going to show anything since technically the seal never existed as a separate piece outside the assembly plant. The C4ZA indicates a part designed in 1964 when the Mustang first entered production and for whatever reason, the chassis engineers did not feel the need for any part of the pitman arm to be serviced.
There is a repo seal available from Virginia Classic Mustang https://www.virginiaclassicmustang.com/S...?k=su+1651
I believe NPD also offers the seal https://www.npdlink.com/product/seal-stu...?year=1970 The 3a352 and C5ZZ-3352-S they show are numbers they have pulled out of the air and actually refers to a Ford part# C5ZZ-3352-A which is an arm and bushing kit for an idler arm. As with any repo part, opinions vary on how well they fit.
You will also notice the listings stop in 1970 which is normal since we are not part of the 65-70 club. Forum members here have found the same seal on their 71-73's so we do exist!  Big Grin

Steve

No Officer...I really don't know how fast I was going, my speedometer stopped at 140!
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