I think another technical name for the rod it is a "tension strut," but I mentioned that to the Ford place in town and got the blank stare.
You can get some cheap bushings at rockauto.com, but some people say they wear out fast. I never tried them so I don’t know.
1995 T-bird 4.6l - Eibach lowering springs, Cobra R hood, One 12" sub woofer, Alpine type-R front speakers. 16.249 @85.11mph 1/4 mile
2001 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 - Cam, headers, HPtuned by me.