We have been making some changes at Mustang Maniac in order to make things run more smoothly and efficiently. We are getting lots of orders now from the Web Shop and as a result we have taken on our new Office Manager: Beth, but her nick name is Yogette (pronounced – Yo-get. It has nothing to do with her going to get stuff either before you ask her). Beth has been brought up with cars and the sounds of American Muscle Cars ever since she can remember, so it was an obvious no brainer choice for us to welcome her to our team. Beth had made her mark with us after a day or so as she couldn’t find some of the stock as Adam was working on a car. As a result she has re-labelled the entire small parts stock room. This small difference has not only made her life a lot easier, but ours as well. If you ring up and get a woman’s voice instead of Adams, don’t worry she really does work here.
We have taken a few pictures of “Yogette” as she was proudly looking for a place to hang our new Silver Award from Scott Drake. “I also want the Gold Award to go with this one!” said Yogette with big a big grin on her face. So it looks like we will have to find a place with some space next to it then ready for the next one.
We have also had a new metal security door fitted to the front of the office which we will have sign writing with our logo so there is no mistake of the Aladdin’s cave you are now entering. Hopefully next week we shall be posting some pictures of our new “Barn Find(s)”. We are a little sceptical of some barn finds as they seem to be to good to be true, but what we have more than enough dust to show it has been laying around for a while!
Here is a little teaser for you.
The 1964 1/2 & 1965 Differences
At Mustang Maniac we can tell an original 1964 1/2 model from a 1965, some even say there was no such thing. But, there was a difference and we have listed a few of the important ones apart from numbering here etc. Our original Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, which can be found here, is a another such example of a true 1964 1/2 car. We often get asked what those differences are between the years or models. So as a little educational piece we have decided to list some of those differences along with some pictures to show you where those differences are. What prompted this post? Well a very nice ’64 1/2 has come back to us for some work to be done on her and we thought as she is to hand, and the camera is nearby why not take a few pics while we are taking a look over her.
How can we tell this is a genuine ’64 1/2 model? Well, there are some very subtle differences that we will point out here on this car. Some or all of these may appear on your car for a 64 1/2 model. It’s a known fact that the product line would use up what it had from the Falcon to Mustangs. It’s not inconceivable that consecutive number cars would have different fixings as the parts were used up and replaced by the newly fabricated Mustang parts.
March 1964 = C April 1964 = D May 1964 = E June 1964 = F
July 1964 = G August 1964 = H September 1964 = J October 1964 = K
November 1964 = L December 1964 = M
January 1965 = A February 1965 = B March 1965 = Q April 1965 = R
May 1965 = S June 1965 = T July 1965 = U August 1965 = V
Production began March 9, 1964 and ended August 17,1964 with only Coupes and Convertibles were manufactured during this period.
Only Generator equipped cars were produced during this period.
Date codes are OCO through OHO, (found on the VIN Data plate).
Engine Displacement & Code.
170 cubic inch 6cyl 1bbl “V”
260 cubic inch 8cyl 2bbl “F”
289 cubic inch 8cyl 4bbl “D”
289 cubic inch 8cyl 4bbl “K” (Available in June of 1964)
Under the Hood:
The first thing is the “Generator” and not an alternator. The generator sits quite high up on the block rather than the traditional place to the left of the block under the rocker covers. (Note towards the bottom of the picture here.)
This is mounted on the passenger side and is very long. See pic above.
The traditional place for the horns were larger and located on the front frame and not bolted to the front behind the grill at the front. The twin horns also had the relays on the side of the inner wing to cope with the larger horns.
The power steering is called an “Eaton” model and is a very distinctive design before the more horizontal barrel design was used later on.
The brake switch is mounted on the on the master cylinder itself.
The hood has stiffening skirts (flanges) and is quite different to the ’65 onwards.
The headlight extensions have a bevels that match the profile of the hood.
Hood Bumper Stops.
These rubbers are recessed with a cross head screw and not a domed. (See pic above).
The fuel gas cap has no security cable
The fender “Mustang” logo was 4 3/8″ long but was later lengthened to 5″
Door Locks knobs.
The Door knobs are colour-keyed to interior, changed to chrome in 1965
Fresh Air Vent.
The knob under the dash for the Fresh air on the drivers side is marked with a White “A”
Instrument Cluster has Red “GEN” light (Generator), later 1965 models had Red “ALT” light (alternator)
The heater blower is two speed with the “OFF” position located in centre
The carpet had colour-keyed rubber heel pad, no toe pad, as in later models
The carpeting stops at rocker stiffener plate, colour-keyed vinyl under door sill plate
There is a smaller “T” handle on automatic transmission equipped cars. (See above)
The front Seatbelts are secured with an eye bolt
The passenger seat was fixed into position with no fore/aft adjustment
Don’t forget if you can’t find what you are after on our Web Shop www.mustangmaniac.co.uk then please give Adam or Beth a call to see if they can help you out with your request.