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Monday, March 31, 2008
That has changed, because we now have this exact reproduction that features the metal covering, the bracket and the rubber firewall sleeve. These cables for the 65-66 models just arrived, and we should have the 67-68 Front Parking Brake Cable soon.
Don't forget that we also have the exact reproduction cable available for the rear on a 1966 model.
Friday, March 28, 2008
This is just a great source of information on one DVD. We have been very pleased with the quality and, of course, it is Ford Licensed. The Ford Car Master Parts and Accessory Catalog is the original manual used by Ford Technicians and Parts Counter People in the '60's and '70's to identify the correct service part for a Ford vehicle. It contains a comprehensive list of thousands of part numbers, thousands of diagrams, when part numbers changes in the middle of a production year, and other information necessary for any vintage car restoration. This manual covers the following models from 1965 to 1972:
With 6,089 pages this massive catalog has been both hard to find and extremely expensive. However, with today's computer technology, the entire manual has been digitally scanned into a high resolution DVD at an affordable price. And because it is in Adobe Reader format, catalog pages can be viewed, printed, or enlarged to 1600%. So, for the first time the novice and the experts have access to the same restoration information! PC Windows compatible. Advantages of a DVD format:·
All 6000+ pages fit onto a single DVD
Searchable - easier to find parts than printed versions
Print only the pages you need (if pages get soiled in the shop, just print a new one)
Zoom-in to over 1600% - this allows you to see the exact details of a part, unreadable in printed books
No software to load or install. Everything needed to view files are contained on the DVD.
Please order Part Number LT-919.
Ever wonder what the old printed version looks like? It's big and heavy!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
We want to thank Curly and Karon for sending us this information and the pictures. That's a very unique Mustang. We've never seen a Purple one either!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Made from Red on Red 1965 Mustang 2+2, 5F09Cxxxxxx.
Owners: Joe & Barbara Boland.
1973 Ford 302 V-8, Approx. 240-250HP (194.2 RWHP 9/2006).
Weiand Stealth High Rise Manifold with new Holley 600 cfm 4 bbl. Carb.
Green Washable 14” Air Filter Element & K&N X-Stream Top Air Filter.
Re-built 1973 Ford C-4 3-Speed Auto. Transmission with Shift Kit.
1973 Ford Maverick 8” 3.00:1 Open Rear.
1965 Shelby Style Driveshaft Safety Loop.
Tri-Y headers, Flowmaster 40 series Mufflers & 2 ½” Aluminized Exhaust.
Shelby Style Export Brace & Monte Carlo Bar.
New 14-Circuit Painless Wiring Harness with 4-Way Emergency Flashers, New Auto Meter Gauges mounted in 1966 Instrument Panel.
Kenwood AM/FM/CD Stereo with 6-Speakers (Stereo Dash unit, 2) 5 ½” Pioneer Kick Panel .
1965 Shelby Package Tray, Spare Tire Mount & Trunk Mounted Battery.
Grab-A-Trak 620# 1” Lowering Front Coil Springs with Polyurethane Insulators, new Spring Perches & KYB Gas-Adjust Shocks.
Shelby Quick Ratio Steering Kit (Pitman Arm & Idler Arm).
Grab-A-Trak 4 1’2 Leaf mid-eye 1” Lowering Rear Springs & Polyurethane Shackle Kit, Cobra Automotive Heavy Duty Spring Plates with integral Traction Bar Brackets, Heavy Duty ½” U-Bolts, KYB Gas-Adjust Shocks, Traction Master Traction Bars & SMR Sub Frame Connectors.
SSBC Power Front Disc Brakes & stock 10” Rear Drum Brakes.
American Racing 15”x7” Torq Thrust-D Wheels with 215/60R15 Tires.
Monday, March 24, 2008
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Here's John's story:
Here are more images and information than you will probably need or
want about the Towne Top. Included you will find photos of the mounting
brackets and hardware, an instruction sheet that came with all of the tops,
a short history of these tops and details showing how different areas of the
top mate to the car. This top was made by Dory Development Co. of New York,
the design beginning shortly after the introduction of the Mustang on April
17, 1964. Mr. Moss had already made removable tops for the Corvair
convertible, and as soon as he saw his first Mustang he knew they were going
to be a popular car and wanted to supply a top for this stylish personal
sized car being sold by Ford dealers across the nation. He employed one
salesman who contacted "Ford dealers, upscale garages and trend setting auto
parts suppliers" and urged them to market the Towne Top. I have most of the
sales records for the Towne Tops showing where each was sold. At a retail
price of $289.00 they failed to attract the attention of many buyers, and
at some time the remainder of the inventory was destroyed.
As an interesting note, the Dory Development Corporation was not the
only company who designed and sold "take off" tops for the early Mustangs.
Parrish Plastics manufactured tops as well. You can see a picture of a
Parrish Plastic Company top in "Mustang Does It", a very nice hardbound book
published in 1978 by the Evergreen Press (Ray Miller, author). In 1994,
Jerry Hensley wrote an article for Mustang Monthly showing both types of
tops. The Parrish top used the rear glass from a Mustang coupe while the
Towne Top used a flat glass rear window. Both mounted pretty much the same
way, and both tops are very rare. Parrish also made tops for mid year
Corvettes (1963 - 67). At this time, we know of three of each brand of top
that are in good enough condition to be mounted on a car and used. I have
information locating several other tops but they are at this time either in
storage or "undergoing restoration"
I have driven this car with top attached at speeds in excess of 85 MPH
and can assure you that with fresh weather striping it is as quiet as a
coupe. The car is very tight and solid with the top on and also very quiet.
It is a "two man" job to install or remove, the top weighing about 85 pounds
and also too large for an ordinary sized person to grasp. The Towne Tops
came in either black or tan, and options included a stainless bar making it
look a bit like a Crown Victoria of the mid fifties, and a dome light.
Should you know of one of these rare accessories we would ask two things -
share this information with the owner, and ask him or her to contact John
Murphy, 309 13th St., Pawnee Il 62558 and share the story of their top.
Thanks for your interest in this very rare accessory for an early Mustang.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Recently, we decided to "re-restore" this Mustang. It is now at Maple Hill Restoration. It will probably be several years before the re-restoration is complete. We hope to provide periodic updates with photos. Stay tuned...
Friday, March 14, 2008
You may want to also visit the companion web site - http://www.hipomustang.com/ and the fantastic forum on the site. You will find lots of great information there.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
This car is loaded with creature comforts and is an absolutely rust free example of a 66 Mustang. The reproduced invoice lists the equipment, and we have had many enjoyable miles in this car over the last 20 plus years. In the evenings with the top down there is nothing better, and when the broiling sun is at high noon the top goes up and the air conditioning goes on. Tunes from an AM/FM radio on an oldies station, this car is a pleasure to drive. Have taken it to New Mexico, the East coast and the Florida beaches, and is a great road car. 17 - 18 miles per gallon can be expected which by today's standards is not great, but typical of cars with automatic transmissions and air conditioning during the mid sixties. The convertible top is white and helps keep the car cool on hot summer days. This car was restored in 1987 with the help of a great many members of the Central Illinois Mustang club. Mark Patrick installed the seat covers, and my good friend Kenny Crow furnished not only the paint booth but also the talent to apply the Ditzler base coat/clear coat in Springtime Yellow. Mechanically freshened with .030 bore; balanced, hardened valve seats and careful assembly, you really cannot feel it idle. The thermactor system is fully functional, and the bottom of the car is completely detailed to replicate its condition when sold in the fall of 1965. The car was shown in the MCA concourse driven category and now is an MCA retired car, still attracting positive comments at major Mustang shows. Always driven, never on a trailer! I feel fortunate to own such a nicely equipped example of an early Mustang, and Janice and I are committed to being good caretakers. Again, these cars just simply must be driven to fully appreciate their full value.
This car now is equipped with a removable hardtop, an extremely rare accessory. In the future you will get more images of the top and copies of the original sales literature that was given to Ford dealers as "sales aides" so they could sell customers of new Mustangs a winter top.
We want to thank John for providing this story and the pictures of this incredible car. This Mustang Convertible was also recently featured in the January edition of Mustang Monthly Magazine. You are probably thinking that he is lucky to have his beautiful High Performance Fastback that we have featured here, and then you see this Mustang Convertible! What a great collection!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
For just a bit more money, you can buy a much better USA Made cylinder. It is available in the correct 1965-66 size and the 1967-70 size. We sell lots more of the USA Made ones than the imported ones. We also have virtually no returns on these nicer parts.
Also, don't forget the boot kit. This is one of our most popular parts.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
There is also a USA Made version specifically for all of the 65-70 models:
Well, you are probably wondering what the difference is, besides the price. The USA versions are more complete by including the rear button mechanism. More importantly though, they feature much better and more durable chrome. The button mechanism works better also.
I had original N.O.S. Ford door handles on my own car. I actually took them off and installed the USA reproductions. The chrome looked better than the Ford ones and the buttons worked much better.
We hope to feature more Mustang parts here that offer you a choice such as these door handle kits.