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Moldings
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My 71 Mach 1 had the 10 chrome moldings separating the black lower body paint, and the body color. My car was a "no side stripes" car from the factory. I have seen pictures of cars with and without these moldings, are these a 71 only deal? I would prefer to restore the car without them, as most of them ate missing. Would the car be correct looking deleting them, and adding the stripes?

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#2
Are you talking about the thin moulding above the rocker panel?
My 73 convertible has one at the bodyline between the front and rear wheels.
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#3
Some cars had them and some didn't. It was just another option I think.

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#4
Pretty sure it was an option. That is how mine came, chrome with no stripes, but is now painted on stripes and no chrome. If you are not going for a concourse job, build it how you want it.
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#5
It was standard on 71 and 72 mach 1 if the side stripe was not ordered, and came on 73 coupe and convertible models when the decor group was ordered without the 71-72 mach 1 stripes.








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71 ramair 4-speed mach 1;22606 Wrote:It was standard on 71 and 72 mach 1 if the side stripe was not ordered, and came on 73 coupe and convertible models when the decor group was ordered without the 71-72 mach 1 stripes.

I agree. The Decor Group reproduction moldings became available in 2010 as a set. I bought a set for my 73 Convert as my door molding was bent pretty bad and could not find a decent replacement so I ordered the whole set. The look and fit great, except for the first piece on each side at the front bumper. It appears those two pieces were made with a lip to go into the crack where the front valance meets the fender under the side markers. On my 73 convert the originals was lower and bolted through the side of the front valance. Maybe the Mach 1's were different for this piece. I polished up my originals to use with the rest of the new set.
Personally I like the Decor moldings because I grew up in the "Chrome Age", but that's what's great about Mustangs, make it look the way you like it best.


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Thank you all for the replies.

Sounds like the cars that didn't get stripes got the moldings, and later, owners of some of those cars added stripes? That would explain the cars I have seen that had both.

Just to be clear, if I understand this correctly then, from the factory the cars were built either with stripes, and no moldings, or moldings and no stripes.

Thanks, looks like I found a great place for info on these cars.

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71Mach;22635 Wrote:Thank you all for the replies.

Sounds like the cars that didn't get stripes got the moldings, and later, owners of some of those cars added stripes? That would explain the cars I have seen that had both.

Just to be clear, if I understand this correctly then, from the factory the cars were built either with stripes, and no moldings, or moldings and no stripes.

My 71 & 72 both were no stripe from the factory and neither had the decor group. I'm almost positive that the chrome pieces were part of the decor group and only came on cars with the decor group irregardless of stripes or no stripes. The 72 accessories pamphlet that some one posted on here shows what's all included in the decor group & if i recall correctly it lists the lower chrome pieces.

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Don65Stang;22644 Wrote:My 71 & 72 both were no stripe from the factory and neither had the decor group. I'm almost positive that the chrome pieces were part of the decor group and only came on cars with the decor group irregardless of stripes or no stripes. The 72 accessories pamphlet that some one posted on here shows what's all included in the decor group & if i recall correctly it lists the lower chrome pieces.
My 71 Mach1 has no stripe or decor group according to Marti, yet it has the chrome moldings.
Text copied from the "429mustangcougarinfo" site:
Lower Stripe/Molding

If you ordered your Mach 1 without the "hockey stick" side stripes, your car came with the chrome molding shown at left. Mach 1s equipped with the hockey stick side stripes had a black stripe above the lower blackout as shown at right.




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Don65Stang;22644 Wrote:
71Mach;22635 Wrote:Thank you all for the replies.

Sounds like the cars that didn't get stripes got the moldings, and later, owners of some of those cars added stripes? That would explain the cars I have seen that had both.

Just to be clear, if I understand this correctly then, from the factory the cars were built either with stripes, and no moldings, or moldings and no stripes.

My 71 & 72 both were no stripe from the factory and neither had the decor group. I'm almost positive that the chrome pieces were part of the decor group and only came on cars with the decor group irregardless of stripes or no stripes. The 72 accessories pamphlet that some one posted on here shows what's all included in the decor group & if i recall correctly it lists the lower chrome pieces.

BTW, welcome from Mobile! This is a great site! Be sure to pin your location on our member map.

The Mach 1 did not get the exterior decor group it was not available. If your cars did not have stripes and were Mach 1's they would of had the chrome strips. It says in the illustrated facts manual for standard features on the Mach 1 Quote "Bright lower body side moulding with lower panel below moulding painted black or argent" The 71-72 decor group only consisted of interior(deluxe dash, rear ashtray, dual racing mirrors and cloth insert seats. Exterior wheel lip and rocker mouldings) I used to own a 71 decor group standard fastback and it had (mostly) original paint. It did not have the mouldings on the body line. I hope this helps to staighten out the confusion.








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