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Offline don.piotrek

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1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:39:12 AM »
Hi guys, thanks for letting me join.
Few months ago I bought a neat 1968 C-code GT. Over the years I has been slightly modified over what does the door data plate say.
Honestly it looks now better black on black interior, but I would like to restore it as the Marti report says:
65B Mustang Decor 2-Door Hardtop
Y Sunlit Gold Paint, Ford #3073-A
6Y Nugget Gold Vinyl Luxury Bucket Seats
Your vehicle was equipped with the following features:
- Black Paint Stripes
- Black Vinyl Roof
- 7.35X14-4 Ply Rated White Sidewall Tires
- AM Radio
- Interior Decor Group
- Tinted Glass
- Deluxe Seat Belts
- Heavy Duty Battery

As I had a brief google search over the above mentioned options, I couldnt find any details about the 6Y interior trim. Neither I found it in any online shop. All the nugget gold seats come in standard trim, not luxury... and what does the interior decor group consist od? I do have a roof central console, but nothing on the floor. Is there anything more that comes in the dashboard?
I also have a turn signal hood but it is not indicated in the report. Does it mean it was added at some point later?

Below come some pics of the car as it is right now.

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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2017, 12:15:07 PM »
Hi guys, thanks for letting me join.
Few months ago I bought a neat 1968 C-code GT. Over the years I has been slightly modified over what does the door data plate say.
Honestly it looks now better black on black interior, but I would like to restore it as the Marti report says:
65B Mustang Decor 2-Door Hardtop
Y Sunlit Gold Paint, Ford #3073-A
6Y Nugget Gold Vinyl Luxury Bucket Seats
Your vehicle was equipped with the following features:
- Black Paint Stripes
- Black Vinyl Roof
- 7.35X14-4 Ply Rated White Sidewall Tires
- AM Radio
- Interior Decor Group
- Tinted Glass
- Deluxe Seat Belts
- Heavy Duty Battery

As I had a brief google search over the above mentioned options, I couldnt find any details about the 6Y interior trim. Neither I found it in any online shop. All the nugget gold seats come in standard trim, not luxury... and what does the interior decor group consist od? I do have a roof central console, but nothing on the floor. Is there anything more that comes in the dashboard?
I also have a turn signal hood but it is not indicated in the report. Does it mean it was added at some point later?

Below come some pics of the car as it is right now.

 FIRST, Welcome...I hope we can all help you with your questions as you venture into your project.

It might help to know more from the Marti Report to answer about the hood but the other items, I'll take a swing at. A date code from your hood could also help determine if it is likely original to your car but we would need your actual build date to help on that detail. Moving onto the rest of your questions...
1.) Nugget Gold Luxury seats will be difficult to find the right material but I think you should be able to find it. Hopefully, the few others who have can help you with "where" to look for it.
2.) Your steering wheel is incorrect for any 68, an original would have simulated wood center pad insert. I don't think it is 100% clear right now but some had "chromed" circles & trim in the steering wheel insert, while others were a satin silver color. We have an MCA certified Gold Card judge who regularly chimes in, maybe he can shed a little more light on the steering wheel comments.
3.) You have the correct wood dash trim mostly intact but it will need replaced/restored. There should also be a center filler panel over the radio (with wood inserts). The door panels have the correct wood inserts and lower speaker grille covers for the deluxe interior. The upper console is also part of this option and would also have a simulated wood insert. The LOWER console is optional, so it would be called out on a Marti report if it were original to your car.  Also, the rear seat quarter trim is upholstered on a deluxe interior car. It looks like yours is also. I think those are the major components of this option. I am better versed on the 67's but have a good general idea on the 68's (though we do not see many coupes with the luxury interior)
« Last Edit: October 18, 2017, 03:43:38 PM by 67gtasanjose »
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2005 (04/05) GT Premium Convertible, Windveil Blue, Parchment Top w/Med. Parchment interior,  Roush Body Appointments

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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2017, 09:00:41 PM »
The steering wheel wrap looks a lot like a sport grip 500.

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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2017, 09:16:53 PM »
Hi Richard, many thanks for all the points! They are already very helpful.
Regarding the dates, the car was built in Dearborn on Dec 1st, 1967 (5 days ahead of schedule - 06M).

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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2017, 10:56:00 PM »
Yes welcome to the site - hope you find your restoration/concours related needs meet here. Lots of stuff already posted so practice a bit with the search feature or just start scanning through the 67-68 section.  Sure you looked over the site well before joining so you already have an idea of how things work here and the level of discussion or members will go to to discover and discuss the finer details.

Again welcome
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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2017, 10:57:14 PM »
The steering wheel wrap looks a lot like a sport grip 500.

Think you will find that is an over the counter one rather than a 68-69 version sold and/or installed through Ford and Mercury
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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2017, 10:15:23 AM »
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Think you will find that is an over the counter one rather than a 68-69 version sold and/or installed through Ford and Mercury
I know, thats why I said looks a lot like one ... not exactly. Probably should have been clearer with my post. :-[
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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2018, 04:07:44 PM »
Ok so my Mustang will be heading to the bodyshop. Meanwhile other guys will take care of the upholstery and the engine.
So there come some more questions about the details.

1. I'm clear the steering wheel is not correct. It should look like this, right?


2. Is my instrument panel correct? Or should I change it to other design/ layout? All is rounded, similar to the one pictured however instead of the rpm I have alternator.

How about the switches? I have the lights switch on lower left side by the steering wheel and the wipers within the instrument panel. The hazard lights switch is on the steering column. The heater/ defrost is on the far lower left side. Should I have something more? It is a no AC car.

3. Which carpet color goes with the 6Y Nugget Gold Vinyl Luxury Bucket Seats? Am I free to choose or is it any certain black/ brown/ ivy gold/ light saddle/ parchment or saddle?

4. The same for the headliner. Which color should it be to match te seats?

5. I am still not very clear about the overhead console. Mine is in very bad shape but it looks like it was aluminium, not wooden. Also haven't seen many pics on the Internet with wooden overhead console...

6. Should the rearview mirror be glued to the windshield or mounted on the roof?

7. The engine bay should be painted black or the body color? If black which paint code is it? Gloss or matt?

8. The underbody should be painted black with rubber protection or bare metal/ body color paint?

9. The 289-V8 engine is now blue and should be kept like this? Both engine block and valve covers? Water pump and other "surroundings" should be black?

Thanks.

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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2018, 04:48:24 PM »
Most of what you are asking can be found in either the library or the search feature. You did take a positive step in getting a Marti report, so use that and ask your questions in the search feature.
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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2018, 06:45:49 PM »
Small bites since you asked a long list of questions  :)

2. Is my instrument panel correct? Or should I change it to other design/ layout? All is rounded, similar to the one pictured however instead of the rpm I have alternator.

Your gauge arrangement unless I'm missing something is just fine. No tach mentioned in the marti report

How about the switches? I have the lights switch on lower left side by the steering wheel and the wipers within the instrument panel. The hazard lights switch is on the steering column. The heater/ defrost is on the far lower left side. Should I have something more? It is a no AC car.

Sounds like everything is covered

3. Which carpet color goes with the 6Y Nugget Gold Vinyl Luxury Bucket Seats? Am I free to choose or is it any certain black/ brown/ ivy gold/ light saddle/ parchment or saddle?

No you don't get a choice. There was an carpet made specifically for your application. Will see if I have a pictures to share though your monitor settings may make it not show up exactly as it would in person


5. I am still not very clear about the overhead console. Mine is in very bad shape but it looks like it was aluminium, not wooden. Also haven't seen many pics on the Internet with wooden overhead console...

I think Ford just applied the wood grain applique over the metal


7. The engine bay should be painted black or the body color? If black which paint code is it? Gloss or matt?

Semi-gloss black - the rest fo the details depends on where the car was built


8. The underbody should be painted black with rubber protection or bare metal/ body color paint?

No. Again depends on when and where the car was built. No "rubber " protection, no undercoating from the factory. Floor color would have body color and pinch weld black out over spray. I invite you to read up on how cars were painted (the process) in any of the other threads focused on that. The steps will in general be the same no matter the year. Its the colors and other details that differ


9. The 289-V8 engine is now blue and should be kept like this? Both engine block and valve covers? Water pump and other "surroundings" should be black?

Depends on what blue it was painted and what was painted. The complete assembled engine minus a few bracket and parts were painted as a unit then other parts were added after the painting.  There are a number of pictures in the Assembly Line members only section of the site that show pictures of original engines from 1968. That might answer many questions even though they are black and white photos.

Sorry for not dealing with all the questions and referring to other posts to get you started but I would guess this list would take about ten pages of printed text and another 30 pictures to even start addressing all the details
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Re: 1968 C-code vinyl top GT for full restoration
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2018, 02:12:35 PM »
You car most likely came with a vented hood, it was standard in early 68 production. If you car is a C code it is not a GT. Some how I must have missed this post earlier.
More information and less questions at a time will be helpful.