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Lower Body side Bright Molding
#1
An interesting note to pass on.
I have 73 yellow convertible with the bright molding down the side with black out on the bottom. I recently purchased a part car that had been crashed it is a 72 with the bright molding and black out. I did not notice until yesterday they are differentUndecided
When I got the 72 it came with the two front pieces NOS that go between the fender and the lower valance panel. They sandwich between the two and held by the three screws. They have 71 part numbers so I assume 71 & 72 are the same. D1ZZ-16C068-A & D1ZZ-16C69-A
I was looking at the 73 and they are not between the fender and valance they are fastened to the valance panel. The 73 is factory paint car so I don't think there was anything changed. Who else has one to verify that 71-72 and 73 are different.
I would be willing to swap the NOS trim pieces for the 71-72 for 73 NOS pieces if anyone has them. See pictures the gold car is 72 and yellow 73.
Another of the odd changes for 73.
David


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#2
it was done because of the different shape of the 73 5mph bumper.
I remember reading about it some years ago, great photo Big Grin
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#3
My 73 is the same way. I purchased the reproduction Décor molding and it came with the 71/72 style pieces that go between the fender and valance. I reused my old pieces for the front after polishing them up.



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

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1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06


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#4
David...very interesting. The 73 trim piece just doesn't look right though.

Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
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#5
I guess they thought it lined up with the bumper.
David


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Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs;248314 Wrote:I guess they thought it lined up with the bumper.
David

I agree, it would look funny if it followed the gap between the valance and fender on the 73's.


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Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06


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#7
Yes I remember this too. Great pics and discussion! I remember it looking funny and having a discussion with a guy showing his 73 convertible WAY back in 1980! Another one I remember was a 73 convertible and it had the Boss side stripe and the Décor Group lower body blackout. I tried to say the Boss side stripe was incorrect for his 73 convertible. The stripe looked VERY weird and very out-of-place in the front lower fender area!!!! But over the many years I learned Boss side stripes were offered optionally on 1973 Convertibles and Hardtops that were ordered with the Décor Group! ---Has to be on the invoice...
Learning all the time! Smile

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#8
It does look strange, since it doesn't line up at all, but it is correct. Had to check my pics. LOL


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dhfawcett;255863 Wrote:It does look strange, since it doesn't line up at all, but it is correct. Had to check my pics. LOL





David
No your car is correct just one of the many 73 only changes that make some difficult to restore.
One thing that hurts the 71-72 guys is the rear tail light panel. I was also different on the 73 but when Ford goes to service they pick a model that will work for any year. It might have a different form or extra holes but it saves the number of service parts they have to stock. Most of the NOS Ford panels you find will be the 73 and you have to work on them to make them look like a 71-72. Quarter panels were also another service part that went 73 and had a couple extra holes. Rear valance panels, 71-72 fit but not the same.
ALWAYS know what your parts look like before spending big bucks on one that is not right when you get it. I made an eBay seller mad when I told him his part would not be correct for all three years. He pretty much told me I was an Idiot that he had the Ford interchange part number book and it said they were the same. It was the rear valance and had eyebrows in it so not correct for a 73. That is how so much stuff gets off on these cars parts fit so people use them.
David


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Here is a shot of my rear tail light panel purchased for my '71 vert. It is a '73 service replacement and in order to make it look like a '71, we had to cut out the licence plate light wire hole area and weld in the piece from my '71 panel. Also note there are no holes in the panel for future rear black applique and chrome trim installation. You have to add those. More then likely did not come with the holes as the Boss 351 did not need the holes... this '73 piece added additional expense to my restoration costs when you make the necessary repairs for the earlier '71 model.


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