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Codes for the three assembly plants which can be found as the first letter in the vehicle identification number (vin) are as follows: ''F'' denotes Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, ''R'' designates San Jose, Calif. ( which has since been converted to a shopping mall ), and ''T'' for Metuchen, New Jersey

Air conditioners don't ''cool'' the air, they remove the heat through absorption and is dissipated through the condenser (under pressure) generally in front of the engine's radiator. For this reason, cooling systems are usually enhanced to compensate for the extra heat generated.

The ideal length for an f.m.radio antenna is 27 inches

The' 68- '70 mustang seats were recalled through Ford for having weak seat back pivot brackets. Ford's repair program left something to be desired.

You can't judge a mechanic by the size of his oil can

In 1969 printed circuit technology found it's way to the instrument cluster. Vent windows were eliminated. Quarter windows were added to the fastback body which was re-named the ''Sportsroof''. Door glass was glued in and eventually needs to be re-glued (when the adhesive fails)

Fords service bulletins for six cyl. exhaust manifold installation condemns the use of a manifold gasket. FoMoCo says to use a silicon grease compound which allows manifold to use head as a ''heat sink'' thereby reducing exhaust manifold warping and cracking. They also specify use of an exhaust support bracket at the engine

All the earliest '65 Mustangs came standard with 13'' wheels and tires. All early ' 65 headliners were white.

When installing door panels, align clips in the bottom of panel first then snap in. Install top clips last. Unless you enjoy laying on the ground.

Chicks dig Mustangs. Particularly fast ones (Mustangs) with nice paint and shiny wheels. Not necessarily loud exhaust, but it does attract attention!

Antifreeze/summer coolant doesn't alter coolant temperature, it merely raises the boiling point of water, as does the radiator pressure cap. Be safe, before removing a radiator cap on a hot engine, squeeze the upper radiator hose, if you can feel pressure DO NOT remove cap

1966 and later 289 and some 302 heads have '' air injection '' (smog pump) castings that block exhaust ports. Cheap horsepower AND milage can be gained by grinding exhaust ports. Headers are practically useless with stock restricted ports.

Tighten the door latch retaining screws at rear of door. Metal fatigue causes door jamb to crack out!

A few drops of oil on battery cables at terminal will reduce corrosion. DO NOT over fill lead- acid batteries. As it charges, boiling of electrolyte (acid) causes top of battery to develop a layer of acid. Tops of batteries must be kept dry to prevent corrosion. Water dilutes electrolytes rendering it less efficient.

No 1964 1/2 Fastbacks were produced!

Some original Ford radiators incorporated a ''baffle plate'' which was located in the upper tank. The purpose of this plate is to distribute water evenly across the radiator, improving circulation and cooling efficiency. Radiators as a rule, no longer use this feature. Most radiator shops that must remove the baffle plate for service seldom replace it.

If radiator coolant becomes acidic, electrolysis can destroy aluminum parts, if this is the case, drain the fluid, fill with water and add 1/4 cup of baking soda. After a few hours of operation,drain and refill with water, repeat. Check ph with litmus paper or soil test kit. When the ph is neutral, fill with distilled 50/50 antifreeze. Try a radiator cap (13#) with a sacrificial anode from Shasta Mustang to reduce degradation of dissimilar metals due to electrolysis.

Reversible keys introduced by Ford in 1966 (1967 for Mustang) can be cut to open two different locks.

1968 Mustang ignition switches that have become worn and loose can short the main power feed wire and burn the wire loom from the starter solenoid all the way to the ignition switch. This is a fairly common trait with this model and carries a costly repair bill.

On January 1, 1965 left hand outside mirror and rear seat belts became mandatory equipment. 1968 featured the addition of the shoulder harness.

Any Mustang with power steering MUST have it's hoses routed correctly (especially 1968 models) and use a hose clamp to anchor pressure and return hoses to the tie rod to prevent metal fatigue. Incorrect routing causes hose to burst and catch fire against the exhaust manifold (or header). Never drive with a "dry" power steering pump, damages may result!

It's o.k. to run with certain scissors, just not on the freeway.

1968 is the first year of Mustangs that ''radial'' tires were an option

Power disk brakes were not an option on the 65-66 Mustang.

In 1967 when the ''select shift cruise-o-matic'' was introduced and replaced the regular ''cruise-o-matic'' with the green dot (normal driving) , and drive 2 which has only a 2-3 shift. With Select Shift, you could do just that, hold your gear in first, second, or drive.

Convertibles should have their door windows down at least an inch when driving at highway speeds (when the top is up) to equalize pressure and to prevent ballooning of the top and strain on top fabric and frame

1969 is the only year Mustang to feature a four headlight system

1973 was the last year for the '' Ford built'' convertible

To quote Henry Ford ''any color you like, as long as it's black''!

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