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troublesome1
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posted 02-01-2005 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for troublesome1   Click Here to Email troublesome1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi guys,
I'm new to the forum and need some help. I recently bought a '78 hatchback and am trying to identify it. Vin and door tags show it to be a normal II that originally had a 6-cylinder in it (switched to a now defunct 289 before I bought it). I'm now planning to put a 5.0 out of a 88' Marquis in it. But back to business.
On the vinyl strip behind the T-tops there are medallions on each side with LE on them. Can anybody tell me what these mean. I have been told on other forums that these may be an add on but it looks like a factory job to me. (It also has the rear spoiler and quarter window louvres. I can't provide much more info because it's been repainted in grey primer by the previous owner-Troublesomr1

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posted 02-01-2005 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for missing link   Click Here to Email missing link     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like you have a Mach 1 that someone put "LE" badges on. Never heard of a "LE" II. Thought I had seen a badge on the targa band though in one of my books. Looked up the pic and turns out it looks like a circle "sun" but the caption on the picture didn't make any referance to it. Only badge that I am aware of is the ghia.

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posted 02-01-2005 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for missing link   Click Here to Email missing link     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By the way welcome to M&M. Glad to see another II owner on here. Keep posting.

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troublesome1
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posted 02-02-2005 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for troublesome1   Click Here to Email troublesome1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Missing Link
I also originally thought that this might be a Mach 1 also but the door tag puts it as a standard body style, and the title doesn't say anything about it. The guy I bought it from said that he had seen one with the same medallions sell on E-bay but I always take that sort of info with a huge grain of salt.
Also, would you happen to know how to i.d. the different rear axles? I'm wanting to change to 14" tires and bigger brakes yet most of the replacement rear axles I find are 5-hole and mine are 4-. Can you help?-Troublesome1.

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posted 02-02-2005 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for missing link   Click Here to Email missing link     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well the 14" wheels off of the older fox-bodies will work on your axles. Right now I have a set of American Racing wheels (14's) that I had on my 82 GT. The plain steel rims from those models also will go right on. The first II I had, had a set of 13" Crager SS style wheels on it.
If you have found 5 lug replacement axles for the II you might consider upgrading the front end also to 5-lug and go with larger front brake setup.
A 69R will be a mach 1 and a 69F is considered a 3 door. My King Cobra is a 69F designation. Also if you have the buck tag still on the radiator support it will have the body style on it. Should be on top row of the tag.
Will get back to you on this post for info on rear axle id's. What does your door tag say?
Dave

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posted 02-02-2005 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for missing link   Click Here to Email missing link     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
go to mustangii.net and go to the tech center. In the middle column at the top there is a section that has the decoders for door tag, vin and axle codes. Good luck.
Dave

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