I've been looking to replace my idler arm on my 67 for a while now. When I restored the car back in 95, I tried to get one but couldn't find one like it. ... I have never been able to find one like this. Can anyone tell me if some Mustangs(Besides Mine) came with this type arm?
Ok, I know I'm resurrecting a 5-year-old post, but I'm running into this issue as well on my '68 straight six coupe with power steering. When I got the car it had this idler arm with plastic bushings:
This looks like the part in question in this thread. It tends to come up if you search for C7ZZ-3350-CR (Summit for example
). I'm guessing the CR indicates a late revision Ford service part number. The one on my car certainly looked dirty enough to be original but I can't be sure. It had some play in the frame end so I replaced it with a Moog K8158:
Then I drove the car for three years, frustrated all the while by an elusive front end shimmy and vague steering. Eventually I figured out the Moog K8158 had a ton of play in the linkage end, so I figured I'd order something better. AC Delco 45C1124 looked like a more solid design:
But guess what showed up? Moog K8158 again, wearing an AC Delco box.
This one was a little tighter, but still shimmied and vague steering. So I said some choice words and reinstalled the C7ZZ-3350-CR idler arm (good thing I saved it!). Despite the deflection in the frame end it took care of most of the shimmy and made the steering a lot more precise. Now I'm looking for something better. I'd order the C7ZZ-3350-CR part from Summit but now I'm traumatized and afraid that if I order it that steaming pile of Moog garbage is going to show up again.
Another option is this original style rubber bushing idler arm from ACP
, but would that have even more deflection with rubber bushings?
Or I could go with the Opentracker roller idler arm, but that looks terrifyingly identical to the Moog garbage:
Opentracker has a great reputation, so I guess I'll call them and find out. I think my second choice would be the C7ZZ-3350-CR part, then the original-style part from ACP.