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Ford Mustang, Coupe, Convertible
Jul 13, 2000 (4:38 pm)
The books show the DSO89 code as "Transportation Services" but no one explains what that means...rather annoying...the other codes are readily explained, such as 84= Home Office REserve, 85= American Red Cross and 90= Export.
thanks for the info...Ford launched the Mustang early to help generate that incredible publicity, but they list all Mustangs as 1965 cars, in spite of when they were made....uncommon practice then, but now we see this kind of thing all the time...pretty soon we'll be able to buy 2003 cars in 2001 at this rate!
Hey, that would be lucky to find the build sheet!
#55 of 184 Hey "Bullitt" fans
Jul 14, 2000 (3:35 am)
AMC is showing the movie again at 2:00 AM Eastern time this morning. I recorded it tonight at the earlier showing (8:00 PM Eastern). I still can't get over that GREAT chase scene. Somebody told me that Steve McQueen's car is a '67 Mustang GT, with a 427 engine. Is that true? The assasin's car is a '66 Dodge Charger, with a 440 Magnum.
Jul 14, 2000 (5:36 am)
Unfortunately, the teardown process for the restoration did not reveal any buildsheets (under carpet, attached to bottom of seat, behind interior trim, wrapped around wiring harness, etc.) The car is currently a shell which has been stripped to bare metal, rust repaired, misc. bondo patches eradicated, etc. I think the interior was spiffed up in 1980 due to a short note and name written in pencil on the back of one of the interior door panels. I am currently attempting to track down the name.
The VIN is 6F09A###### (1966, made at Dearborn, fastback, 'A' code 289-4v engine)
Trim codes are: 63B body (fastback, luxery interior, bucket seats), Z color (sauterne gold), 68 trim (ivy gold and white interior), 07J date (made 7 September, 1965), 89 DSO (transportation services), 1 axle code (3.00:1 open diff), 6 trans (C-4 Cruise-o-matic).
Had it all figured but the 'transportation services' bit. BTW, the car is an original GT (fogs, dual exhaust trumpets, disk brakes, etc.) near as I can tell.
Jul 14, 2000 (3:47 pm)
I don't think the DSO code is very important other than for mere curiousity, so I wouldn't break my back on it if I were you. It has nothing to do with value or authenticity, as you know, so you may have learned as much as you need about it.
Jul 14, 2000 (4:37 pm)
Good point. Curiousity was about the only thing driving this anyway. The car is certainly not going back stock anyway so why worry about it.
Jul 14, 2000 (4:51 pm)
From your data plate, it sounds like this could have been a special order for a Ford executive. GT, pony interior, all the right goodies for a pampered exec looking for a top-shelf Mustang. Did it have A/C? Other options, like styled-steel wheels, console? I'm a stock purist, so I would restore it to original, but I would do that with almost any car!
Is the hole in the dash face for the fog light switch "D"-shaped? That's a pretty good indication of a factory fog light set, which was a separate option but almost exclusively used with the GT package. Sauterne Gold is a pretty rare color on a GT, haven't seen one myself. It looks good when done well, but most Sauterne Gold cars I've seen are pretty faded. With the ivy gold/white pony interior, that would be a sharp combination!
Jul 15, 2000 (3:49 pm)
No A/C, no console. It does have the styled steel wheels and the high profile rally-pac. The rally-pac is painted ivy gold while the steering column is white. I thought they were supposed to match. I'll have to look at the dash tonight to check the hole for the fog-light switch. I got the car in '89 and all of the misc. GT stuff (lights, trumpets, stripes, emblems, brakes, etc.) looked like they had been on the car for QUITE some time.
I don't think I've ever seen Sauterne Gold fresh and new. When I got the car, the paint was in TERRIBLE shape and I hated the color. I've always liked the R code Ivy Green which was also available with the ivy gold/white interior. Needless to say, the car is now a lovely Ivy Green metallic.
Car also sports 4-wheel disk, T-5 trans, 4:11 9" trac-loc rear, rear panhard rod, over-rider traction bars, 5 leaf reverse-eye leaf springs, Koni's all around, tubular front a-arms dropped 1-1/2" with a negative wedge kit, subframe connectors, Shelby Pittman and idler arm, poly bushings, stiffer front sway bar, Boss 302 front springs cut 1", beefed-up shock towers, export brace, straight Monte Carlo bar, 15x7 Torque Thrust D's, 4-pt roll bar, racing harnesses, and a much massaged '68 mexican block 302. With the exception of being lowered and having the new rims, the car LOOKS pretty stock. I know you're probably crying about now, but a purist, I ain't.
Jul 15, 2000 (5:10 pm)
Well, you two guys are in different situations, with one car pretty rare and the other collectible but certainly not scarce or irreplacable, so I think personally you're both doing the right thing here.
Jul 21, 2000 (11:15 pm)
For jpstax: I think the "Bullit" Mustang is a '68, I seem to recall it had the rear quarter panel red marker lights. I believe 1968 was the first year for them.
#63 of 184 More Bullit Car
Jul 28, 2000 (10:21 pm)
I remember reading in an older magazine
(Sports Car Graphic maybe?) that the car
had a 390.