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Thanks. I appreciate the feedback. Always like to read about how others have found ways to creatively research and preserve their car's history, as well as, reproduce or restore its documentation. For me, researching and learning about a car's history is as interesting as the restoration itself.

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1973 H Code Convertible - Medium Copper Metallic - June 8, 1973, Built Ford Marketing Sales Vehicle

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Great work by all who continue to contribute! Hopefully, this work to decipher the build sheets will keep making progress for all years.

 

Question - on the Marti Reports there are a bunch of alphanumeric data listed under

"VEHICLE ORDER IMAGE". Does this data correlated directly to the info on the build sheets????

 

Here is what Marti says:

 

http://www.martiauto.com/faqfocus.cfm?qid=25

 

Thanks.

 

Ray

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Ray, that's a good question. Best I can tell some of the punch card values are an exact translation, while other values are abreviated or reduced to a single punch card position. Remember in the old mainframe computer days storage was expensive so values were reduced (compressed) as much as possible to conserve computing space.

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Maybe some of you have noticed the masking tape on the top of the build sheet. I had heard that one was taped to each quarter and one on the radiator support. Here is a picture where there was a piece of masking tape still on my 73 Mach 1 radiator support. That could be how some cars had three build sheets in them they tossed them all in the car. 

Also when I ordered my car I specifically gave the dealership instructions for no dealer prep. The IBM punch cards were still in the floor of the car and I did put them up but have not located their hiding place to this date. There was an extra set of the stainless pedal trim, various screws and I got my shipping brackets that were bolted to the rear frame for tie down. 

The pic of my build sheet in the 73 with no hope of removing what was left. The reason it was stuck so bad is my car had a roof rail leak brand new. It had 2" of water in that floor well the second day I owned it. If it had been dry would have been good. 

Lots of great info in this thread had lots of input from many members so we can all learn more. 

I think I have a full box of that track feed paper somewhere will have to see if it matches the build sheet and maybe try to build my own like others have.

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I know I've posted on my 3 build sheets before elsewhere, but here are a few pics of the one I found in my 71 Mach 1. There were two under the driver side under pad, rear seat and one under the front floor under pad just in front of the seat. All in excellent condition, though not perfect.

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This one is what I saw when the carpet was removed. ( should have been 1st pic)

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Is the blank build sheet available somewhere? Mine are long gone.

Link to my 72 Q code: pics added 2/16/19

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/28719/88030-2

 

Link to my now sold 72 H.O

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/5858

 

My 70 Boss racecar

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/6520

 

 

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Is the blank build sheet available somewhere?  Mine are long gone.

 

Try here.... https://www.ecklers.com/assembly-line-new-vehicle-build-sheet-ford-1972-42-75583-1.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&adpos=&scid=scplp42-75583-1&sc_intid=42-75583-1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvbbYn6TZ6AIVDp6fCh2qMQIiEAYYASABEgLL8fD_BwE#tab-label-details_tab-title

 

The easy part is buying a black buildsheet. The hard part is figuring out all the codes you will need to match your car build and options. Finally figuring out the correct font and overlaying and printing the values on to the blank sheet. My first suggestion is to scan the blank buildsheet you purchase and set it aside. Work with the scanned image until you get it the way you want it.

 

I spent a lot of time researching the codes for my car and then creating the right font and creating a template as an overlay to print the final version. See pages 7 & 8 in this thread.

 

Rich

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I read rackerm's post above and used the link to find this https://www.ecklers.com/assembly-line-new-vehicle-build-sheet-ford-1971-90-75584-1.html

Would that work for my 71 M code? I tried looking under the drivers carpet only so far but I am guessing the people who restored it trashed the build sheets. I guess I will have to make some myself :o

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I read rackerm's post above and used the link to find this https://www.ecklers.com/assembly-line-new-vehicle-build-sheet-ford-1971-90-75584-1.html

Would that work for my 71 M code? I tried looking under the drivers carpet only so far but I am guessing the people who restored it trashed the build sheets. I guess I will have to make some myself :o

 

Try this one for a 1971 ... https://www.ebay.com/itm/1971-FORD-GALAXIE-MAVERICK-PINTO-MUSTANG-THUNDERBIRD-TORINO-LTD-BUILD-SHEET-/391894426403. Yes you will have to recreate the codes. See if you can find someone who has the same car (base and options, interior and exterior colors, etc) or a car as close as possible with a legible buildsheet and start piecing it together from those build sheets. Also, if you have pictures of the original paint marks from your car for such things as drive shaft, coil and leaf springs, also the buck, engine, trans, and rear metal tags. These paint codes and tag codes were on the build sheet to help the assembler pick the right part from the parts bin.

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I was thinking the overlay font was a file posted. I didn’t see it. But the link to the blank build sheet is perfect! Thanks. I am fine hand lettering the info. I have enough info from cars similar in build and build date that I can populate the form. Many thanks.

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Link to my 72 Q code: pics added 2/16/19

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/28719/88030-2

 

Link to my now sold 72 H.O

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/5858

 

My 70 Boss racecar

https://www.supermotors.net/registry/6520

 

 

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