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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 02-11-2002 05:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think I've learned the first 3 rules of Stang restoration:
1: Osborn's is King.
2: Osborn's is sometimes wrong.
3. Ford did some funny things.
So, I'm not that surprised that some things are strange on my "new" '68 GT. There are no pillar pads inside, coming up from the dash pad, and there are no side reflectors at the rear. More important, there is absolutely no indication that these parts were ever there or that the car has been modified in these areas. Are these two omissions common? Are there any other '68 parts you know of that sometimes simply AREN'T THERE?
Thanks
Simon

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mellowyellow
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posted 02-11-2002 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The pillar pads, yes. They were dropped at some point in the year model run. Also, some cars built just after the strike did not have them, like my early 68.

Concerning the side marker reflectors in the rear quarters. NEVER would they have been omitted as it was a govt. mandated requirement. That is obviously a later car, but if there is no evidence of ever having them, than the quarters were changed. Things like that were not missed on the line.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 02-11-2002 08:16 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
Ditto with what mellow said!! Sometimes the lower dash or knee pad was not put on. Things like these were left of due to the strike to cut costs. The reflectors were Gov. mandated and should have been installed.

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68 S-code FB GT 4spd(now C6)/3.25 PS PDB
68 J-code(now 289) Cp Sprint"B" C4/3L00-9" PDB PS AC
99 F150 XLT Ext/cab, 4X4, 5.4L, 3L55

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mustangs68
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From: Hampton,Virginia,USA MCA#39406 M&M #12
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posted 02-11-2002 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ditto above,
the pillar pads and knee pads were dropped after the strike ended on Nov 11,1967.

As for the side reflectors anyones guess will do..
sam

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mellowyellow
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posted 02-11-2002 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not true re pillar pads. They were on a Feb. 68 cv that I did. Remember having to dye some black ones red 'cause the originals were shot. And it did have the knee pad. Build date was around 2/10 and still had the recessed lights that were supposedly changed to the Cougar style on Feb 1. Those lights were NOT left off because the quarters and fenders came down the line pre drilled for emblems, etc. So even if it got out without the reflectors, there would have been holes in the quarters.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 02-11-2002 01:22 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?ve owned quite a few 68?s and in the later production ones some had the soft trim and some didn?t. The ones that didn?t were Bone Stock Plane Jane models.

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mustangs68
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posted 02-11-2002 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I'm corrected..the info I had showed these dropped....but someone working on one means more than what a books says to me

sam

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mellowyellow
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posted 02-11-2002 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had to go into my storage shed this PM and had to move an NOS 65/6 Ford hood to get at another part. Noticed the hood had pre- drilled holes for letters.

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New '68
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posted 02-14-2002 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for New '68   Click Here to Email New '68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to agree my '68 build date Jan 31 has pillar pads.

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JT
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posted 02-14-2002 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My coupe built at San Jose on Dec. 13, 1967 has pillar pads and the knee pad.

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JT
'68 Coupe w/351W
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bibbs68
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posted 02-14-2002 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't know if this helps, but my '68 was built in April and does't have pads. It does'nt have signs of pads assuming they were screwed to the pillar.

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mustangs68
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posted 02-15-2002 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
mine was a July build and nothing in it either...

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mellowyellow
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posted 02-15-2002 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got a question for those with later 68's. Did your car come with bumperettes? Mellowyellow was also a July build and it never had bumperettes. No holes ever for the rear ones.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 02-15-2002 10:55 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
All of my cars had them, but I'll have to find the dates.

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Originally posted by mellowyellow:
Got a question for those with later 68's. Did your car come with bumperettes? Mellowyellow was also a July build and it never had bumperettes. No holes ever for the rear ones.

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Greenstang
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posted 02-18-2002 12:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greenstang   Click Here to Email Greenstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my feb built 68 has the pillar pads also, no knee pad (center console)
my earlier built 68 ( unsure on exact month) has the inset markers, knee pad nad pillar pads.

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