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Factory ran out of Deluxe door panels?
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Can anyone varify this? Over the years, I have taken my 71 conv to judged car shows and getting gigged for Standard door panels cause the rest of the interior is Deluxe.. my car was built in May.. some say they ran out of Deluxe door panels... during the new body change. Did they run out? Is this rare? Should I switch to Deluxe or keep std. as a factory flaw?

I'm pretty sure my car came with the std panels since I bought it from the orig. owner in 1983 ( who would switch Deluxe for Std. anyway?)

Thanks for reply.. lovew this site
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#2
We've discovered some fairly odd occurences on our cars here. Anything is possible with end of model year production.

Post an introduction if you haven't yet and let us give you a proper welcome!

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#3
I wish my car came with standard panels. The deluxe are all cracked and the aftermarket still hasnt gotten their act together for replacements.
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wwhite72;165035 Wrote:I wish my car came with standard panels. The deluxe are all cracked and the aftermarket still hasnt gotten their act together for replacements.

Thanks for the insight.. was hoping new deluxe would be better

droptop73;165032 Wrote:We've discovered some fairly odd occurences on our cars here. Anything is possible with end of model year production.

Post an introduction if you haven't yet and let us give you a proper welcome!

Thanks for the input... still getting around the site... introduction coming soon!
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#5
I hear there are "workable" black and white panels on the market. I need med blu which is a common color for our cars but not for door panels. The guys with green interiors are screwed!
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wwhite72;165051 Wrote:I hear there are "workable" black and white panels on the market. I need med blu which is a common color for our cars but not for door panels. The guys with green interiors are screwed!

Fortunately my int. is white
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dhvidston;165030 Wrote:Can anyone varify this? Over the years, I have taken my 71 conv to judged car shows and getting gigged for Standard door panels cause the rest of the interior is Deluxe.. my car was built in May.. some say they ran out of Deluxe door panels... during the new body change. Did they run out? Is this rare? Should I switch to Deluxe or keep std. as a factory flaw?

I'm pretty sure my car came with the std panels since I bought it from the orig. owner in 1983 ( who would switch Deluxe for Std. anyway?)

Thanks for reply.. lovew this site

In 1971 your car would have come with standard door panels unless you had the interior decor group. If you have the door tag you would be able to tell by the trim code or if you get the Marti report. The interior decor group is a rare option on the 71 convertibles.
"Deluxe" refers to the interior "Decor Group" option which included cloth or comfortweave seat covers, rear ash tray in right quarter trim. Black instrument panel appliques, deluxe 2-spoke steering wheel, molded door trim panels, color-keyed racing mirrors, rocker panel moldings and wheel lip moldings.
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#8
If your car truly came with the deluxe interior, I doubt it came with standard panels. If so, there would have been some kind of credit on the window sticker. Do you have access to the original sticker?
This is what I think may have happened:

The car was probably delivered with deluxe panels, but in a convertible the deluxe panels perished pretty quickly. Probably within 3 years or so they may have been cracked and split so badly that the owner was compelled to replace them sooner rather than later.
There were no NOS deluxe panels available at anything other than stupid money, so the owner may have just bought a pair of easily-available and cheap repro standard panels. I've seen this scenario many times over the years.

The repro deluxe panels that came later were big expensive, and really ard not very accurate and are quite ill-fitting. I have bought and returned 3 sets over the years because they were poorly executed.
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#9
My 71 sounds like your description, it has Deluxe seats but standard door panels. The window sticker is posted in my Photo Album, it lists Decor Group. It has been this way since purchased in 76.

1971 Mustang
Grabber Lime with black deluxe interior
302 engine with C-4 transmission and 9" rear end with 3.50 gears
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#10
I believe all the convertibles came with woven seat covers. Getting deluxe interior probably added the deluxe door panels and dash panel upgrades. It should be in the build manuals. I'll check soon to verify.
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