COIL BRACKET ISSUES
My coil on my 1969 Mustang’s 351 engine won’t mount up with the chrome coil bracket I bought. It says it is supposed to fit. Is the factory 1969 bracket different?
In 1969, Ford moved the coil back to the passenger-side cylinder head, where it was from 1965-1967 (with the exception of emission control when it was mounted on the intake), but the dipstick tube now ran to the inside of the coil rather than the outside as it had previously. To compensate, Ford used a truck coil bracket, part number C8TZ-12043-A. To better confuse the issue, there were four different versions of the B8S-12043-B bracket used on all the other applications, and I think they used the truck piece on the 302 as well in 1969. The Motorcraft replacement part number is DY-70 if you want to look for it online. Pretty sure they don’t make it in chrome, so if you want to use your chrome strap you can also run an aftermarket dipstick and connect it under the alternator.
The bracket on the left is the standard bracket, which carries Ford part number B8S-12043-B (Motorcraft DY-52) and was used in most applications, even though there are a couple of variants. In 1969, Ford moved the coil back to the passenger-side cylinder head and used the bracket on the right, which carries part number C8TZ-12043-A (Motorcraft DY-70), to help clear the dipstick tube.