1970 Mustang – Getting the Boot!!!

Replaces that is, boot as in shifting boot.  (Were you thinking…since I just got back from the Barrett Jackson Auction.. I was considering getting rid of the Stang ?   Nope..but I tell you there were a couple of cars I’d even swap for…that’s for sure!!)

When the 4 speed trans got installed we used the old rubber boot and it did tear.  So I replaced it with a nice leather replacement from Scott Drake.

Ripped Rubber boot

See the boot:

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Boot Replacement 1, posted with vodpod

Here is a quick look gaping hole:

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Boot replace2, posted with vodpod

Holes to be drilled:

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4, posted with vodpod

The chrome plate (well not really chrome) was originally held in place by the last fold of rubber on the boot.  This isn’t possible with the leather replacement so I had to improvise.

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boot replace 3, posted with vodpod


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Boot Replacement 6, posted with vodpod


So the  boot and trim are in stalled, but of course you leave those ugly bolts sticking out.  I originally thought that I would get some chrome bolts to replace, but they aren’t inexpensive as I found out when I replace my 1984 Corvette’s valve cover bolts with chrome…hey..they keep the chrome locked up at the local Ace Hardware!!!  <<>>  So since I still have to replace the carpeting (I could change my mind later about the bolts) I opted for some plastic chrome-like covers – they are actually cover for license plate screws.  Here  are a couple of pics:

One cap on and one off.


Both caps on, held in place with a touch of easily removed household rubber silicon glue


Thanks for reading.


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3 Responses to 1970 Mustang – Getting the Boot!!!

  1. Steve says:

    For some reason I don’t care for the leather boot but hey it turned out well. My Australian friend here put a 5 speed hydraulic clutch set up in his 67 fastback. What a difference. It required lots of fab work but you can’t tell by looking at the shifter. It all looks original on top. Now he’s running about 3200 rpm at 70 vice 4800 rpm. He’s got a 3″ exhaust so it sure did quiet the interior at speed too.

    • timsweet says:


      Wow that sounds like a nice fastback ‘stang!!! Have him send me some pic and I’ll post them up. Right now my Mustang is pretty loud, but I won’t be changing the exhaust any time soon. As for the boot, the after-market rubber is just cheap. The leather will last longer I hope. I should have taken a final pic.

      • Steve says:

        Oh I’m sure the leather will last. Even actual Ford parts are being made everywhere but the US now. I just bought a couple of teflon seals for the pressure switch on the power steering pump and although I did not check I’ll bet they are made in China.

        The Aussie also lowered the front suspension so the car is level, installed front disk brakes and installed GT40 replica wheels (17″). He bought the car about a year ago and it came with Shelby repop wheels that looked OK but they were 14″.

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