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Originality of wheel trim moldings on 73 Mach 1's ???
#1
The question would be to all the knowledgeable 1973 owners and anyone else possessing good understanding of the 73 model Mustangs:

Could a 1973 Mach 1 be factory ordered with wheel lip moldings?

My initial thought is no but Don (OMS) at Ohio Mustang thinks 1973 Mach's could have been so equipped from the factory.

To be honest - I am not so sure either way. Any help would be appreciated. I am not near my literature now so I can't search... Sad

THANKS AGAIN!

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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#2
71-73 Mach 1s could not be ordered with bright wheel-house trim or rocker moldings. The 71-72 Machs could not be ordered with horizontal edge gaurds, but the 73 Machs could ( in black only).

The "dechromed" look was part of the "sporty" theme of the mach 1. However, MANY dealerships installed those parts once the cars landed at the dealer.
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#3
When looking through all the available options list for 1973 there is no bright trim moldings that I see called out separately.

Interesting though is that my 73 has the factory holes for it in both the quarters and fenders.

Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
1973 Q Code Mach 1 Ford Marketing Sales Vehicle
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#4
jeff8877;212812 Wrote:When looking through all the available options list for 1973 there is no bright trim moldings that I see called out separately.

Interesting though is that my 73 has the factory drilled holes for it in both the quarters and fenders.
The wholes were not drilled...My 73 conv. also has the holes and never had the trim moldings because I ordered it with the decor group.
Those holes were punched ( I know because I worked in Tool & Die at Ford). all the panels at the stamping plant were punched so they could add the moldings if they came on that particular model. So they could use the same part for different models.
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#5
I don't think the moldings were a seperate option...I believe they were included in certain models as standard equipment.
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#6
My 73 Mach 1 Had the 3/4 vinyl roof, wheel opening moldings and rocker panel moldings from the factory.

- Travis



I'm an analog man in a digital world.
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Doug The Dog;212852 Wrote:My 73 Mach 1 Had the 3/4 vinyl roof, wheel opening moldings and rocker panel moldings from the factory.

Travis,

Do you have any paperwork that shows them that you could post? I have never seen one with them and all the literature seems to say you couldn't get them?

Thanks

PS...you missed your projected finish date on your profile page...

Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
1973 Q Code Mach 1 Ford Marketing Sales Vehicle
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jeff8877;212857 Wrote:
Doug The Dog;212852 Wrote:My 73 Mach 1 Had the 3/4 vinyl roof, wheel opening moldings and rocker panel moldings from the factory.

Travis,

Do you have any paperwork that shows them that you could post? I have never seen one with them and all the literature seems to say you couldn't get them?

Thanks

PS...you missed your projected finish date on your profile page...

Hey Jeff! Unfortunately I don't have any paperwork (or the car, for that matter), I do have a picture that was taken in April of 1991, that shows the trim on the car. It was a Q code Mach 1 (05) body. I bought it from the original owner and it was unmolested. If I can find an old registration for it, I might get a Marti report on it. For that matter, I might do a title search and see if I can locate it and buy it back. Big mistake to let that one go.....

   

- Travis



I'm an analog man in a digital world.
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#9
It is quite possible that the trim was added by the selling dealer before being sold. That was somewhat common.
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#10
Either way, my car has them, and the wear on those parts to match the rest of the car.

1973 Mach 1 Q code 351 4V, 9A paint, standard interior, 3.50 rear, C6 trans.
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