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Original Documentation
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For all of the "original" guys out there this question is mostly for you.

What documentation and other printed items do you feel completes this car and are must have's?
- invoice
- owners manual
- brochures
- vintage ads or posters
- original decals and stickers

Anything else? Also if you have something original that went above and beyond that you are proud of please post up some pics!
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Restoring my car and keeping it original is a decision that I have already made. Now I also feel it is important to have some of these original items as well to complete the package. One thing I found online that I thought was pretty cool and will print out (maybe excessive Big Grin ) is a picture I found online of the actual dealership where my car was first purchased in CA.

   
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ITMike5.0;289265 Wrote:For all of the "original" guys out there this question is mostly for you.

What documentation and other printed items do you feel completes this car and are must have's?
- invoice
- owners manual
- brochures
- vintage ads or posters
- original decals and stickers

Anything else? Also if you have something original that went above and beyond that you are proud of please post up some pics!
thumb

Restoring my car and keeping it original is a decision that I have already made. Now I also feel it is important to have some of these original items as well to complete the package. One thing I found online that I thought was pretty cool and will print out (maybe excessive Big Grin ) is a picture I found online of the actual dealership where my car was first purchased in CA.
That picture is a great addition. I'll have to check and see what little things I have amassed and others will surely give you ideas. Two things I did was I found someone who had an original old state inspection sticker for the year of my car and I also found plates from 73 and registered them to my car.
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Twins;289276 Wrote:That picture is a great addition. I'll have to check and see what little things I have amassed and others will surely give you ideas. Two things I did was I found someone who had an original old state inspection sticker for the year of my car and I also found plates from 73 and registered them to my car.

That license plate idea is really cool. I looked up the rules here in FL and it looks like I could do the same thing! The other option is to get a license plate from California where the car was purchased that has 72-73 stickers on it and put it on the car for car shows. Heck...I guess I could do both!
Bravo
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ITMike5.0;289291 Wrote:
Twins;289276 Wrote:That picture is a great addition. I'll have to check and see what little things I have amassed and others will surely give you ideas. Two things I did was I found someone who had an original old state inspection sticker for the year of my car and I also found plates from 73 and registered them to my car.

That license plate idea is really cool. I looked up the rules here in FL and it looks like I could do the same thing! The other option is to get a license plate from California where the car was purchased that has 72-73 stickers on it and put it on the car for car shows. Heck...I guess I could do both!
Bravo
My antique motorcycle comes from a family member from California and I still have the plate although I run with a NY one when driving. If you can do it in Florida I would try and get a period correct plate registered to your car. It's a great look. Makes the car faster too.
Were are you in FLA? I just got back from there last week. Both coasts.
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Twins;289276 Wrote:My antique motorcycle comes from a family member from California and I still have the plate although I run with a NY one when driving. If you can do it in Florida I would try and get a period correct plate registered to your car. It's a great look. Makes the car faster too.
Were are you in FLA? I just got back from there last week. Both coasts.

I'm south of Tampa in North Port
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ITMike5.0;289318 Wrote:
Twins;289276 Wrote:My antique motorcycle comes from a family member from California and I still have the plate although I run with a NY one when driving. If you can do it in Florida I would try and get a period correct plate registered to your car. It's a great look. Makes the car faster too.
Were are you in FLA? I just got back from there last week. Both coasts.

I'm south of Tampa in North Port

Ahh. I was further south on Marco Island.
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#7
I think you left out one. You need to be on the lookout for any dealer promotional items. Like pens, pencils, rulers, coffee mugs, etc. Get on ebay and save a search with the dealer name. That way you will get email notices of anything related that comes up for sale on ebay.

If you feel like getting serious, you can get access to old newspaper archives. (the ones located near the dealership)
Sometimes you really have to do your homework because newspapers change owners and actually go out of business/print. Usually the state of record keeps the archives and might have all of the papers on microfilm. You will be searching for articles and ads.

You just have to research/inquire. And just because you hear a "no", don't quit. Look for other avenues to get what you want.

I have been very fortunate in my own searches!

Good luck!!!!

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
My car came from California. I have the original license plates and the dealership's plate holders. That dealership is still in business, but unfortunately have no records back that far. I was able to contact the family of the original owner, who unfortunately had passed away. They were able to send me the original window sticker and a ledger that was kept up for the first 3 years recording every drop of gas that was put in it, along with the complete history since new.
I have the factory invoice, window sticker and 3 build sheets found in the car when it was stripped and repainted. From the California DMV, I was able to get a complete list of previous owners, including myself! The only document I don't have is the original dealer sales invoice, but as this car was bought as a graduation present, that would explain that. Also missing were the Operators booklets, which are available as reproductions. I have the deluxe Marti Report as well which shows my car to be a 1 of 6 "Plain Jane" , only 3 options listed!!
When I show the car, I have a board that has copies of the Marti Report and factory invoice along with a brief description of the car and history. That alone brings people in to look closer.
Hope that helps,
Geoff.
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#9
Mike,

Here you go...

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Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
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#10
I have the original plastic bag that the owners manual and warranty information came in. It has the Ford logo on it and a hole that I'm guessing was for hanging it off one of the dash knobs. I think most people used it as a litter bag back in the day. I also have the Dealers sticker that was never put on the car. Sweeney Ford of Greenfield Mass.

Going fast is fun but life is short so slow down and enjoy the ride Big Grin Frank
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