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Archive for August, 2009

1967 Mustang and Shelby Deluxe Interior Tidbits

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Most 1967 Mustang Shelby’s came with the deluxe brushed aluminum interior (some were standard interior). This deluxe option included:

* door panels with moulded-in arm rests with stainless steel trim
* brushed aluminum door panel applique

Most deluxe interior cars included a lower console. Some cars (Fastbacks and Coupes only) included an overhead console with map lights.

An option called the “exterior decor group” was also available. This included the following:

* a finned cast aluminum pot metal tail light panel
* a GT style pop open gas cap

1965 1966 Mustang Shelby Interior Tidbits

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Most 1965 and 1966 Mustang Shelbys came with the following interior:

* Black standard interior
* Pony interior woodgrain GT steering wheel
* Pony interior woodgrain door handles
* Dash mounted tachometer
* AM Radio; AM/FM Radio; or 8 Track

The Pony interior style woodgrain door handles were originally used in the 1964 Ford Thunderbird. These handles were incorporated into the Mustang assembly line in 1965 and used in the deluxe Pony interior option.

The evolution of the Mustang 428 CJ

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

The FE 428 cid (cubic inch displacement) engine was originally engineered for the 1966 Ford Thunderbird. At first, this engine was a sleeper (somewhat sluggish in such a big full-size car). With numerous modifications, 428′s entered the Mustang assembly line on April 1, 1968. This engine was then transformed into a high performance brute…a tower of horse power!

The 428 was a combination of a Medium Riser Ford 427 and a Ford 390 Police Interceptor. From this combination, the 428 Cobra Jet was born (nickname: CJ). With further refinements, this engine evolved into the Super Cobra Jet. The 428 SCJ engine was equipped with an external oil cooler that was called a “drag pack option”. This rare option cooled the engine oil, while also extending the life of the engine.

Click it or Ticket! Buckle up…it’s the Law.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Classic Mustang Seatbelts 1964 1/2 – 1973

Seatbelts came in many styles in Vintage Mustangs.  Not all Mustangs were factory equipped with lap belts.  The seat belt was optional  until 1968, when it became law to have them factory installed.  I have a number of early 1964 1/2 – 1965 Mustang Fastbacks that did not have holes in the rear floor for seatbelts.  I have seen at least 2 different styles of 1964 1/2 Seat belt buckles.  These seatbelts did not bolt directly to the floor.  They had a double hook mechanism that latched on to an eye-bolt that was screwed in to the floor.  These hook mechanisms also differed slightly.

If you’re looking for the original seatbelts for your Vintage Mustang, check out our selection.

Restomod: A hot growing trend

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

It’s getting increasingly hard to find original Mustang parts to restore a Mustang to Concours factory condition.  Restomod (restored modified) Mustangs use new innovations to improve performance such as rack and pinion steering, disc brakes, 9″ rear ends, fuel injection systems and 5 speed manual transmissions to mention a few.

Perhaps the most popular vehicles being restored lately are 1965 and 1966 Mustang Fastbacks.  Others include Mustang GT 350 SR’s  and the 1967-1968 Fastback and Convertibles that are being restomoded as a GT 500 E or KR.

Vintage and Classic Mustang Disc Brake Conversion Tip

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

If you install Ford Granada, Ford Maverick or Mercury Monarch front disc brakes on your Classic Mustang, keep in mind that the wheel rotor hub diameter is larger than your average Mustang hub.  Therefore, some wheel center holes will not be large enough to fit over these disc brake hubs.  Check your measurements before purchasing expensive wheels.

If you’d like further information and “how-to” tips on converting to disc brakes, see our Mustang Guide, 1965 1966 Mustang Shelby GT Power Disc Brake Conversion.

Favorite Mustang Options?

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

If you had a favorite Mustang with any option at all, what would it include?

Here’s mine:

1965 GT Mustang Fastback 2+2

FAVORITE OPTIONS:

  • K-Code hipo 289 (this optional engine backed up by a close ratio top loader 4 speed transmission is a race-ready combination)
  • 3.89-1 trac lock posi traction 3rd member rear end differential
  • Front disc brakes
  • Styled steel wheels
  • Heavy duty dual exhaust
  • Coil and leaf springs
  • Anti-sway bar
  • Fog lights
  • Red colored Pony interior
  • Exhaust trumpets exiting rear valance
  • AM/FM stereo fold down rear seat
  • Shelby stripes
  • “Raven Black” colored body

And, the list wouldn’t be complete without my 2nd favorite:

1967 GT Mustang Convertible Shelby Clone

FAVORITE OPTIONS:

  • K-Code hipo 289 (this optional engine, backed by a C-4 automatic transmission, makes for easy cruisin’
  • 3.00.1 standard 8″ rear end
  • Front power disc brakes
  • Styled steel wheels
  • Fog light grille
  • GT pop open gas cap
  • Brushed aluminum deluxe interior with lower console
  • “Aculpulco Blue” colored exterior
  • Optional exterior decor group (tail light panel)

Feel free to share your favorite options.  We always look forward to hearing from other Mustang enthusiasts!

1965 Mustang Headliner

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Did you know that all 1965 Mustang Coupes came from the factory with a white colored headliner?

Also, most 1965 Mustang Fastbacks also had white headliners.  Some, however did have black headliners.

A lot of cars from this year had black interior.  Which begs the question, what was Ford thinking?  White headliner with a black interior?  Were they going for a zebra look?

Stranger things have happened!

1965 Mustang Bench Seat Vehicles …hmmm

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Things that make you go hmmm……

In 1965, there were 2,111 bench seat Convertibles produced (a bench seat is one long seat in the front of the vehicle, rather than two bucket seats).

The body code stamped underneath the lower left-hand (driver’s side) rocker panel on bench seat Mustangs would be coded as follows:

* 1965 Mustang Convertibles would read “76C”
* 1965 Mustang Coupes would read “65C”
* 1965 Fastbacks did not come with the bench seat as an option

I have noticed on many of my 1965 Fastbacks, the body code on the rocker panel is “65A” or “65B”, which indicates Coupe Standard Interior (65A) or Coupe Deluxe Interior (65B).  Some of my Fastbacks are correctly stamped “63″, which does indicate Fastback.  Why didn’t Ford stamp all of the Fastback rocker panels with this Fastback number “63″?

Hmmm…..in too much of a hurry at the assembly line?