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An interesting note to pass on.

I have 73 yellow convertible with the bright molding down the side with black out on the bottom. I recently purchased a part car that had been crashed it is a 72 with the bright molding and black out. I did not notice until yesterday they are different:-/

When I got the 72 it came with the two front pieces NOS that go between the fender and the lower valance panel. They sandwich between the two and held by the three screws. They have 71 part numbers so I assume 71 & 72 are the same. D1ZZ-16C068-A & D1ZZ-16C69-A

I was looking at the 73 and they are not between the fender and valance they are fastened to the valance panel. The 73 is factory paint car so I don't think there was anything changed. Who else has one to verify that 71-72 and 73 are different.

I would be willing to swap the NOS trim pieces for the 71-72 for 73 NOS pieces if anyone has them. See pictures the gold car is 72 and yellow 73.

Another of the odd changes for 73.

David

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David

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My 73 is the same way. I purchased the reproduction Décor molding and it came with the 71/72 style pieces that go between the fender and valance. I reused my old pieces for the front after polishing them up.

Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony
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1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06

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I guess they thought it lined up with the bumper.

David

 

I agree, it would look funny if it followed the gap between the valance and fender on the 73's.

 

 

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1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06

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Yes I remember this too. Great pics and discussion! I remember it looking funny and having a discussion with a guy showing his 73 convertible WAY back in 1980! Another one I remember was a 73 convertible and it had the Boss side stripe and the Décor Group lower body blackout. I tried to say the Boss side stripe was incorrect for his 73 convertible. The stripe looked VERY weird and very out-of-place in the front lower fender area!!!! But over the many years I learned Boss side stripes were offered optionally on 1973 Convertibles and Hardtops that were ordered with the Décor Group! ---Has to be on the invoice...

Learning all the time! :)

 

Ray

1971 Boss 351  

1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 

1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 

1971 Hardtop (parts car)

1973 Mach 1 (parts car)

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It does look strange, since it doesn't line up at all, but it is correct. Had to check my pics. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

David

No your car is correct just one of the many 73 only changes that make some difficult to restore.

One thing that hurts the 71-72 guys is the rear tail light panel. I was also different on the 73 but when Ford goes to service they pick a model that will work for any year. It might have a different form or extra holes but it saves the number of service parts they have to stock. Most of the NOS Ford panels you find will be the 73 and you have to work on them to make them look like a 71-72. Quarter panels were also another service part that went 73 and had a couple extra holes. Rear valance panels, 71-72 fit but not the same.

ALWAYS know what your parts look like before spending big bucks on one that is not right when you get it. I made an eBay seller mad when I told him his part would not be correct for all three years. He pretty much told me I was an Idiot that he had the Ford interchange part number book and it said they were the same. It was the rear valance and had eyebrows in it so not correct for a 73. That is how so much stuff gets off on these cars parts fit so people use them.

David

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Guest Pastel Blue

Here is a shot of my rear tail light panel purchased for my '71 vert. It is a '73 service replacement and in order to make it look like a '71, we had to cut out the licence plate light wire hole area and weld in the piece from my '71 panel. Also note there are no holes in the panel for future rear black applique and chrome trim installation. You have to add those. More then likely did not come with the holes as the Boss 351 did not need the holes... this '73 piece added additional expense to my restoration costs when you make the necessary repairs for the earlier '71 model.

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David,

 

Any pics showing the valence differences and tail light panels? It would be good to have a pic to better illustrate.

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

Ray

1971 Boss 351  

1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 

1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 

1971 Hardtop (parts car)

1973 Mach 1 (parts car)

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David,

 

Any pics showing the valence differences and tail light panels? It would be good to have a pic to better illustrate.

 

Thanks,

 

Ray

Ray,

Pastel Blue pretty much filled you in on the tail light panel differences. The rear lower valance in 71 and 72 had the eyebrows for the dual exhaust with the chrome tips to come through. In 73 that was another of the Ford cost reductions to remove the Chrome tips and the exhaust has turn downs and no eyebrows in the panel. I don't have a picture to show. You will see them on eBay for big bucks saying 71 - 73 but they are not. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-1971-1972-1973-FORD-MUSTANG-MACH-1-REAR-VALANCE-/390288746194?hash=item5adf05a6d2:m:mrskzdFjLs9b1nQNvEK0chw&vxp=mtr

He also has one without eyebrows for same price, crazy.

The license plate mount is also different on the 73.

I know of one MCA judge that says there were cars made in 73 with the eyebrows. He has one but I know the person that changed the rear panel on that car to a 72 because he liked it better than the 73. He then sold the car to a dealer and the MCA judge bought the car from the dealer and says it is original.

That is how things get screwed up on originality.

I will try to get some pictures of the different variations. For sure no 73 models had the eyebrows. Same panel for 6 cylinder or Q code 351. Big cost savings not having the chrome exhaust tips and multiple part number skews.

David

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

David

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Here are the stripes that separate the lower body (Décor Group) contrasting argent or black for cars ordered with factory side stripes - aka hockey sticks etc. They used the bottom one to ensure a nice straight line over the color change from contrasting color to body color.

 

 

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Ray

1971 Boss 351  

1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 

1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 

1971 Hardtop (parts car)

1973 Mach 1 (parts car)

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Here are the stripes that separate the lower body (Décor Group) contrasting argent or black for cars ordered with factory side stripes - aka hockey sticks etc. They used the bottom one to ensure a nice straight line over the color change from contrasting color to body color.

 

 

 

 

 

Ray

Now you have confused me. The Mustang brochure for 73 says that the Decor group gives you the lower black or argent with the trim strip but not as you see a lot of them. I thought the paint on lower argent or black and the stripe was a Mach 1 think only for certain styles. You got the chrome on ones with out the side stripe with Mach 1 verbage but not ones with side stripe and Mach1.

Will we ever know?

David

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

David

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