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68 S-code GT
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posted 01-24-2001 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did all 68 Mustangs have shoulder harnesses? When I rebuilt my Fastback it didnít have the threaded piece welded into the roof in order to bolt the shoulder harness in. It also didnít have any holes where the retainer clips screw into the roof.

I added them anyway because I donít like the taste of steering wheels, but that's another story.

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mustangs68
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posted 01-24-2001 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My son 68 did not have sholder belts with a early Dec 67 Build date.
My Fb has them with a July 24th '68 Build date..

sam

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68 S-code GT
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posted 01-24-2001 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My car was built in Metuchen and has a build date of December 27, 1968. I also picked up some kind of booklet that was sent to stockholders showing the new models for the year along with options and prices. It says that the front shoulder belts were a $23.38 option.

I've got to check out this date thing!

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68 S-code FB GT 4spd/3.25
68 J-code Coupe C4/3.00 PDB PS AC
99 F150 XLT Ext/cab, 4X4, 5.4L, 3.55LS

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JT
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posted 01-24-2001 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a '68 coupe with a build date of 12-13-67 at the San Jose plant. It does not have shoulder belts, but does have the mounting point for them under the headliner. I'm also going to add 3-point harnesses for safety reasons.

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JT
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68 S-code GT
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posted 01-24-2001 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are what the other 68s that Iíve owned had,

Body Date Shoulder Harness
FB 05A Yes
Cp 24D Yes
FB 19F Yes
Cp 07B Yes

All are Metuchen built cars except for the last one was built in San Jose.

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mustangs68
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posted 01-24-2001 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could we be looking at a Federal Law change in Jan,1968(?) which the safety items were required?
sam
Our are NJ built too

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mustangs68
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posted 01-24-2001 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68 S-code GT:
My car was built in Metuchen and has a build date of December 27, 1968. I also picked up some kind of booklet that was sent to stockholders showing the new models for the year along with options and prices. It says that the front shoulder belts were a $23.38 option.

I've got to check out this date thing!


You mean DEC 67 right?

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68 S-code GT
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posted 01-24-2001 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
December 27th of 1967

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mustangs68
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posted 01-24-2001 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also Keep in mind that there was a UAW strike also in 68..may or may not be a factor.
I know some items were deleted such as the knee padding on the dash after the strike..

Anyone have details of the UAW strike.

sam

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68 S-code GT
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posted 01-25-2001 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This booklet that I mentioned talks about the strike a little but its all fluff. It was sent to the stockholders so I guess that explains the fluff.

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68 J-code Coupe C4/3.00 PDB PS AC
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jkilroy
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posted 01-25-2001 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had two 68's, one with the shoulder belts one without. The belts were an option, they were not required by law until 1969. Not all 68's came with the upper mount either, come look at my current car, it sure isn't there.

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Jay Kilroy
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mustangs68
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posted 01-25-2001 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay whats the date code on them you know.

I also check my Option listing I recv'ed with my report from Marti for my 68 and the Shoulder belts are not listed.
sam

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Nos351C
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posted 01-25-2001 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nos351C   Click Here to Email Nos351C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My feb 16th 1968 San Jose built coupe has them,
my unknown date (built before it) most likely Dearborn built car doesn't have them. I will check for the mounts when the new headliner goes in..

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Fastback68
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posted 01-26-2001 02:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 2 cents' worth ... My January '68 San Jose car has them.
Simon

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mellowyellow
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posted 01-26-2001 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Re the UAW strike. I have a Marti printout on my San Jose 68 cvt. It's an early, 6065 th, car scheduled for production. It was actually built on Nov.17, l967, 63 days BEHIND schedule. Being a cvt, it does not have the 3 pt. belts. Also, it does not have the lower dash knee pad.

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mustangs68
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posted 01-26-2001 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks MEllow,
Thats a very interesting tidbit there...Geeee my fb was only 3 day behined
sam

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sounnder
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posted 01-28-2001 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sounnder   Click Here to Email sounnder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 68 CS was built on 02-08-68 in San Jose and does not have the shoulder belts or the attaching points. Just for info.

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1968 GT/CS
1965 C code Fastback
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jkilroy
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posted 01-29-2001 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll check on that code as soon as I get the car back from the shop. I am having upper belt mounts fabricated and welded in. I sure hate not having a shop! Paying someone to do the easy stuff really gives me the red a$$!

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Jay Kilroy
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JT
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posted 02-06-2001 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My '68 coupe built in San Jose on 12-13-67 has the mounting ponits, but no shoulder harnesses. I plan on installing some from Soutnhern Rods. There web-sire is http://www.southernrods.com/

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68 S-code GT
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posted 02-10-2001 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The coupe I have with an earl Feb build date has them but it also has the deluxe seatbelt option with light. All of the literature I have states that the deluxe seatbelt option includes the shoulder harness.

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68 S-code FB GT 4spd/3.25
68 J-code Coupe C4/3.00 PDB PS AC
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posted 02-18-2001 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I just got the printouts from Marti Auto Works on both of my cars. My fastback has no mention of the shoulder harness but it seems that itís a low optioned GT. The Coupe has no mention of the shoulder harness but it has the deluxe belts and that would include the shoulder portion also.

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68 S-code FB GT 4spd/3.25 PS PDB
68 J-code Cp Sprint"B" C4/3.00 PDB PS AC
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mustangs68
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posted 02-18-2001 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,
this is such and interesting thread to 68 owners mind if I save it and use on my site..as always link back to M&M and credit
sam

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68 S-code GT
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posted 02-18-2001 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I donít see why not!

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460-67Stang
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posted 02-18-2001 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 460-67Stang   Click Here to Email 460-67Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe all 67/68 Mustangs came with the square holes punched in the sheetmetal for the optional shoulder belts. Not many cars came with them though. Just saw a set of original shoulder belts at ebay as a matter of fact!

I fabricated my own shoulder belt system using newer, self retracting belts. I don't have my car on the road yet, but I I've "driven" about 5k miles and they fit just fine. Take a look at:

http://users3.50megs.com/brib/67shoulderbelts.htm

Regards,
Brian

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posted 02-18-2001 10:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mustangs68:
Steve,
this is such and interesting thread to 68 owners mind if I save it and use on my site..as always link back to M&M and credit
sam

No problem, Sam!

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JT
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posted 03-03-2001 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Brian, great article. I'll be heading to my favorite salvage yard in search of a Hyundai.

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JT
1968 Coupe w/351W

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posted 03-03-2001 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve,
I harvested the Thread today..
Guys (68 Owners) see another good one we need to archive holler.
sam

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