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    71 J-code/SCJ 4-speed sportroof
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  1. FWIW, all this could be answered by finding the date code stamp on the hood. IIRC, the stamps on mine were on the hinge pad location and are not visible installed. If it doesn't fall within the window prior to assembly, it's not original. The later date code on the hinges supports this theory. Keep in mind that dealers can and did do whatever was necessary to make a sale. You don't like that goofy silver paint on the hood? No problem - we'll swap it with the plain one on that other car and put the locks and ram air in. for ya! No date codes anywhere on the hood or doors of this ca
  2. Quick question - did ALL 1971 Ram-Air cars get the two-tone hood scheme? I've been looking through photos of 1971 non-Mach 1 429 cars and almost all seem to have it. Question because we peeled back the paint on our 429 sportsroof's hood and did not find argent under the layers of paint. There is a possibility that the hood is not the original, but it certainly looks like it was a factory Grabber Blue Ram-Air hood, though there are no date code stampings to confirm what it originally came on. The hood hinges on the car are likely not the original, as they are dated September, 1970, while the ca
  3. If you are that person whose father built the factory racing program, please reach out! We need your input! Did this person work for Holman-Moody? Our car's chassis was separated from its engine & transmission at the Ford Tech Center and we have the second owner telling us that the drivetrain went to Holman-Moody to be warmed up. It also had the hood removed and the car sat waiting for the engine to come back so it could go to Dearborn Steel & Tubing for prep (the hood was never to be seen again). The Ford racing program was scrapped a few weeks after the engine was sent away, so the
  4. It was ordered by Ford Marketing as a "Special Purpose Vehicle" on July 10, 1970, but the car is in the 106xxx range for some reason. It was actually built 2 weeks ahead of schedule, where most of the cars in the sub-100100 VINs were built a month behind schedule. This one was built August 14, 1970, ahead of a few of the show cars, and sent to Dearborn Steel & Tubing on the following Monday, August 17th. It may be the first Sportsroof, so that might have something to do with it. Why would the Mach 1s have different parts, though? Edit: I just remembered that some of the car's parts ar
  5. I should have clarified - "prototype" may not be the best term here. Ford recycled a lot of parts from 1970 model cars to make things work on this car, and some parts mimic usual 429 parts, although the part numbers don't exist. The plates are unquestionably different from the usual if we compare pictures 2 and 3 - the top has a different profile, and it also has the support rib that's not on the usual 71-73 part. Notice it also only has 2 holes punched out instead of 4. It's likely these plates came from a 1970 production car, but I can't find anything that looks similar, so I'm hoping some
  6. Our 71 SCJ (presumed factory drag car, first few days of production) has a lot of prototype and oddball parts. My father and I just had a lengthy conversation about this - years ago, we improperly assumed that this car had wind-down rear windows installed due to the odd plate, which does not match the shape of a stock sportsroof plate, and which has staining on the passenger's side that seemed to match the profile of window channels that were removed. This plate had marks from being hand-formed with a hammer and other oddities. We know now that they were fixed into place. As you can see, the p
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