Product Condition Grades
Below is a general description of what the criteria is for our product condition grades. These are generalizations that are intended to give you an idea of the condition of the product at a quick glance. Because different parts degrade at different rates, there are variances in what the letters represent, please see the products description for details about the condition of any particular product.
A = Excellent / Above Average
B = Average / Some flaws / Good to Excellent Driver Quality
C = Obvious flaws / Poor to Average Driver Quality
D, E, F = Worse, Worser, Worsest
The Wittek Company manufactured the tower clamps used on the Cougar from 1967 to 1973, the Mustang from 1964 1/2 to 1973, as well as many other Ford and Mercury cars during that period.
In October or 1993, the company filed for bankruptcy. This has made the tower clamp unavailable to the classic car restorer.
Our supplier was able to bid at the auction for enough of the original tooling and parts to make these clamps available again.
Other companies have also reproduced these clamps, but neglected several critical factors in their design.
These Wittek clamps are hardened to the correct Rockwell hardness. Other suppliers did not take this into consideration and now customers are experiencing breakage of the clamps upon tightening. These clamps have the correct hot-dip galvanized plating so they have the correct appearance. Our supplier has every unique bridge for the clamps, not one size fits all that distorts the clamp and does not provide sufficient sealing.
These are date stamped 2/67 (February 1967), a correct date stamp for the 1968 Cougar and Mustang.