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Adrian Clements

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    I do not own a 1971-1973 Ford Mustang, but am requesting admission to the forum so that I can learn about these cars.
    I own 6 1967 FoMoCo products: 5 1967 Ford full-size cars, and 1 1967 Meteor (a product of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.).

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  1. pheonix75, Your 1971 Ford Mustang SportsRoof, VIN 1F02H131846, was a Special Paint Order (SPO) car, meaning that it was painted a non-standard (i.e. non-1971 Mustang) paint color when it was built on Friday, November 6, 1970 at the Dearborn Assembly Plant. It was painted under special order number 1495 out of the Los Angles, California District Sales Office. Based on your description, it sounds like your Mustang may have been painted Medium Blue Metallic, which was COL code Q on the 1971 Ford, Maverick, Torino, and Thunderbird lines. Email me at adrian.clements@me.com and I'll send you a photo of what that paint color looks like for comparison to the original paint areas that you've uncovered on your car. Of the 23,955 SportsRoofs built during the 1971 model year, only 163 had blank COL codes (0.68%). Only 8 of those 163 units had TRIM code 1E, and your car is the ONLY ONE of those 8 with Engine H, 351-2V. That makes your car a "1 of 1"! The Ford production database does not show what the original paint color of your car was, so don't expect it to show on your Marti Report. You would need to get your hands on the original DSO (Domestic Special Order) paperwork for your car, or a copy of the 6-digit DSO microfiche-like files that were distributed to each DSO after the end of the 1971 model year to have documentation of your car's original paint color. I hope that this information proves to be interesting to you. Yours in old Ford iron, Adrian
  2. Folks, Here are the production numbers for the 1,865 Ford Mustangs produced during the 1971 model year with the C-code 429-4V CJ & SCJ non-Ram Air engines and the J-code 429-4V CJ & SCJ Ram Air engines: C-code 429-4V CJ non-Ram Air V-8: 294 total - 91 4-speeds: 5 hardtops, 0 Grandés, 7 SportsRoofs, 78 Mach 1's, 1 convertible - 203 C6 automatics: 6 hardtops, 12 Grandés, 12 SportsRoofs, 164 Mach 1's, 9 convertibles C-code 429-4V SCJ* non-Ram Air V-8: 59 total - 39 4-speeds: 6 hardtops, 0 Grandés, 8 SportsRoofs, 25 Mach 1's, 0 convertibles - 20 C6 automatics: 3 hardtops, 1 Grandé, 3 SportsRoofs, 13 Mach 1's, 0 convertibles J-code 429-4V CJ Ram Air V-8: 958 total - 251 4-speeds: 7 hardtops, 1 Grandé, 9 SportsRoofs, 230 Mach 1's, 4 convertibles - 707 C6 automatics: 14 hardtops, 20 Grandés, 5 SportsRoofs, 648 Mach 1's, 20 convertibles J-code 429-4V SCJ* Ram Air V-8: 554 total - 367 4-speeds: 6 hardtops, 1 Grandé, 29 SportsRoofs, 326 Mach 1's, 5 convertibles - 187 C6 automatics: 1 hardtop, 3 Grandés, 13 SportsRoofs, 167 Mach 1's, 3 convertibles * Denoted by a V-code 3.91:1 Traction-Lok or a Y-code 4.11:1 Detroit No-Spin rear axle I hope that this information proves to be interesting to you. Yours in old Ford iron, Adrian
  3. Folks, The 1,865 Ford Mustangs produced during the 1971 model year with the C-code 429 CJ & SCJ non-Ram Air engines and the J-code 429 CJ & SCJ Ram Air engines were built between August 3, 1970 and August 5, 1971 - the entire 1971 model year. Similarly, the 449 Mercury Cougars produced during the 1971 model year with the C-code 429 CJ non-Ram Air engine and the J-code 429 CJ Ram Air engine were built between August 3, 1970 and August 3, 1971 - the entire 1971 model year. Yours in old Ford iron, Adrian
  4. Folks, This looks like another case where the Car Facts binder and actual Ford assembly plant practices disagree. Of the 79 Mustang Mach 1's with Q-code 351CJ Ram Air engines built during the 1971 model year, ALL of them had a 3.50:1 rear axle ratio. 52 of these 79 had the A-code rear axle (indicating a 3.50:1 non-locking unit), and 27 of the 79 had the S-code rear axle (indicating a 3.50:1 locking unit). The presence (or absence) of factory air conditioning made no difference, nor did the transmission type (4-speed manual or C6 3-speed automatic). Here are the build numbers broken down: 1971 Mustang Mach 1's with Q-code 351CJ Ram Air engine: 79 1. Toploader Wide Ratio 4-Speed Manual Transmission (TRNS 5): 29 a) 3.50:1 non-locking (AXLE A): 17 - non-A/C: 9 - A/C: 8 b) 3.50:1 locking (AXLE S): 12 - non-A/C: 11 - A/C: 1 2. C6 SelectShift 3-Speed Automatic Transmission (TRNS U): 50 a) 3.50:1 non-locking (AXLE A): 35 - non-A/C: 14 - A/C: 21 b) 3.50:1 locking (AXLE S): 15 - non-A/C: 10 - A/C: 5 MG42, I believe that your new car has the following VIN and production data: VIN 1F05Q227226, DATE 07/71, BODY 63R, COL C, TRIM 5R, TRNS 5, AXLE A, DSO 24 I hope that this information proves to be interesting to the group. Yours in old Ford iron, Adrian
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