OEM Mustang 5.0 parts

Whether you’re working on your Camaro or your Mustang, having the right OEM parts is essential to restore your iconic ride to its original glory. 

We’re here to walk you through finding Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts for your Chevy or Ford. In this article, we’ll explain how to find OEM part numbers and how to shop for high-quality parts. We’ll also go over the basic pros and cons of DIY vs. professional OEM part installation. 

First, let’s look at how Original Equipment (OE) and OEM parts differ from aftermarket options.

OEM Mustang 5.0 parts

OE, OEM & Aftermarket Parts 

While aftermarket parts can be acceptable for certain repairs or upgrades, OEM parts are generally superior in craftsmanship and compatibility, and will ensure you preserve the performance and the value of your car. Plus, you’re more likely to keep related repair costs down with OEM parts in cases where aftermarket parts require modifications.

OEM parts are designed and produced by the vehicle manufacturer or authorized maker. Because these parts are engineered to meet the exact specifications and quality standards set by the original manufacturer, Camaro and Mustang owners typically go with OEM parts to gain optimal performance.

Here’s a quick recap of OE, OEM, and aftermarket parts:

  • OE parts: Identical to the original part that was on your vehicle when it was new. OE parts often bear the manufacturer’s branding and are sourced directly from the dealership.
  • OEM parts: Produced by third-party manufacturers authorized by the vehicle manufacturer. OEM parts adhere to the same specifications as OE parts but may not have Chevy or Ford branding.
  • Aftermarket parts: Made by companies independent of Chevy and Ford. Aftermarket parts often will be cheaper and easier to source but the quality and vehicle compatibility varies. 

The first step to buying OEM parts is to verify your part number. In the next section, we’ll show you how to find OEM part numbers for Camaros and Mustangs. 

How Do I Find the Exact Part of My Car?

For any car you’re working on, the quickest and most reliable way to get a part number is to look at the OE part you’re pulling out to replace. To spot a part number, find the manufacturer’s sticker or plate that lists a number on the part. If that’s not an option, there are other ways to look up OEM part numbers for your vehicle. 

To start, have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ready. A VIN is a unique 17-digit alphanumeric identifier for your car or truck. Commonly VINs are used to produce vehicle history reports and identify cars for title, registration, and insurance purposes. 

Your VIN can also be a great starting point to find Chevy Camaro OEM parts or OEM parts for your Mustang. For any car made before the 80s, the VIN will likely be shorter than 17 digits.

The first three numbers of a VIN indicate the vehicle’s manufacturer and country of origin. The 4th through 8th numbers and letters in the VIN give you information about the vehicle’s components, such as the engine. The 10th character corresponds to your vehicle model and the 11th character will indicate which auto assembly plant your car came out of. The final six digits of the VIN function as a serial number specific to your car. 

We’ve included a section further below that will help you find your VIN if you don’t have it.

Using your VIN, you can contact a dealership or use a number of online part catalog resources to look up part numbers for Camaros or Mustangs. 

Part numbers serve as a unique identifier for each component, conveying essential information such as the part type, the model(s) it fits, and the production run. 

bright green mustang 5.0 with carbon fiber hood

How Do I Find OEM Part Numbers?

For Chevy Camaros, the part number from General Motors typically will be an 8-digit number. Keep in mind older Camaros will carry 7-digit OE part numbers. 

For Ford Mustangs, the length of the alphanumeric part number will vary depending on the model year and type of component. Take for example a 10-digit part number. The first two (a letter, followed by a number) signal the manufacturer decade and year. The “Z” indicates a part for a Mustang. And the 4-digit numbers toward the end serve as the basic part number. Diving deeper, each additional letter on a Mustang part indicates a particular aspect of which Ford department designed it – explained in more detail here

Additionally, a Ford part too small to carry a 10-digit number will have a basic 4-digit casting number which you’ll need to find OEM replacement parts. 

Below, we’ve listed a handful of options for you to research and source OEM part numbers:

1. Owner’s Manuals & Service Manuals

Owner’s manuals and service manuals from the manufacturer are valuable resources for finding OEM part numbers. These documents often contain detailed diagrams and part listings specific to your vehicle model.

2. Online Databases & Catalogs

Manufacturers and third-party websites offer online catalogs where users can input their vehicle’s details (year, model, engine type, etc.) to find the correct OEM part numbers. These databases provide convenient access to comprehensive parts listings and compatibility information.

3. Dealerships & Authorized Service Centers

Dealerships and authorized service centers typically can look up OEM part numbers for you based on your VIN. Many times you’ll find an employee or service technician who is experienced enough to give you expert advice on part compatibility. 

4. Forums & Enthusiast Communities

Online forums and enthusiast communities dedicated to Camaros and Mustangs are valuable resources for sourcing OEM part numbers. Members often share part numbers, sourcing tips, and personal experiences.

5. Reputable Parts Dealers

Experienced dealers who specialize in sourcing OEM parts can help you find vehicle parts for any project – from a Coyote 5.0 engine swap to replacing classic Camaro trim components. Dealers often can find high-quality OEM parts from salvaged vehicles and offer a good price on original equipment. 

chery camaro rear end

DIY vs. Professional Installation

Once you have the right OEM part, you’ll need to decide if you want to work on your car yourself or find a trusted mechanic with professional experience working on Camaros or Mustangs. In the table below, we’ve compiled a few key points to consider as you decide.

DIY vs. professional parts installation pros and cons chart

Ultimately, the decision between DIY and professional installation will depend on factors such as the complexity of the job, your level of expertise and comfort with automotive projects, and your budget. Whether you choose to roll up your sleeves and tackle the installation yourself or entrust the job to skilled professionals, prioritizing proper installation ensures that your Camaro or Mustang continues to perform at its best with genuine OEM parts.

Where Is the VIN Number In a Camaro?

On newer Camaros, the VIN is visible from the driver’s seat, located on the windshield’s lower left corner, and on the inside driver’s side door jamb/frame. 

On 1967 Camaros, you’ll find the VIN on a plate on the inside of the driver’s side door. For 1968 and ’69 models, the VIN was placed on the dash on the driver’s side of the Camaro (visible from outside the vehicle).

Additionally, Camaros from 1967 to 1985 have cowl tags with numbers that will specify the body style, manufacturing plant location, and other details to help with restoration, including body paint color. 

Where Is the VIN Number In a Mustang?

Like newer Camaros, Ford placed VINs on Mustangs on the driver’s side door jamb and the dashboard. For old Mustangs, a shortened VIN can usually be found on the fender apron (under the hood).

Where To Buy OEM Ford Parts & Chevy Camaro OEM Parts?

For interior or trim parts, there’s a wide selection online to buy OEM parts for your Camaro or Mustang. Many dealerships can source and ship OE parts to you for vehicles made in the 1980s and later. 

For older cars – and savings on OEM parts – you’ll want to buy from a trusted dealer. And when it comes to sourcing high-quality engines and other powertrain parts for swaps, you’ll want to make sure you’re buying parts that aren’t damaged or otherwise past their prime.   

At Wade’s Motorsports, we specialize in used OE and OEM parts for Camaros, Mustangs, and F-150s. If you need help identifying the specified part for your vehicle or don’t see the part you need in our online inventory, give us a call! We’ll be glad to help you check for fit and start looking for your part. From engines to suspension components, we have parts that will help you with any aspect of restoration – including interior components and hard-to-find OEM Camaro and Mustang equipment. Wade’s can ship internationally and we fully test and guarantee the quality of every part we sell.