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Plant of manufacture for 71-3 Mustangs
#1

OK I learned something new from this forum.
I 'thought' all 71-3's were built in Dearborn, Mich.
But while reviewing some online Marti reports, I noticed a 1971 built in Metuchen! Does anyone have the breakout for how many each year were built at each plant?

Thanks, 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
I think there were three plants producing '71's - if I remember right. Dearborn, Metuchen, and San Jose? Production dialed back in 1972. I think by the end of '72 they were only produced in Dearborn, and all in '73 were produced in Dearborn? I'm working off of memory here so the details are probably wrong.

No idea on quantities though.

Steve



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sm3570;64266 Wrote:I think there were three plants producing '71's - if I remember right. Dearborn, Metuchen, and San Jose? Production dialed back in 1972. I think by the end of '72 they were only produced in Dearborn, and all in '73 were produced in Dearborn? I'm working off of memory here so the details are probably wrong.

No idea on quantities though.

Sounds about the same i heard on production.
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#4
I don't think they were building them in San Jose by '72. The quantities were so far down they didn't need 3 plants.
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#5
I can not verify the correctness of this article but, it is from the Mustang Times. Chuck http://mustangtimes.net/12-4/pg26-27.pdf
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c9zx;64278 Wrote:I can not verify the correctness of this article but, it is from the Mustang Times. Chuck http://mustangtimes.net/12-4/pg26-27.pdf

Nice article, Chuck. Judging by that information, it looks like 1971 model year saw production at Dearborn and limited production at Metuchen, and 1972 and later just at Dearborn. 1970 model year and before saw all three plants. You learn something new every day.

Steve



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#7
At least one was made in San Jose, mine! (in Jan 1971, according to Marti).
So I definatly have reason to question that article.

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1971mach1;64414 Wrote:At least one was made in San Jose, mine! (in Jan 1971, according to Marti).
So I definatly have reason to question that article.

Made in San Jose or sold in SJ?
Mine was sold at Capitol Ford.
What is the second character in your VIN?
According to my shop manual there were 18 different
assembly plants in '71.

Hope that helps clarify the issue Huh

mike

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1971mach1;64414 Wrote:At least one was made in San Jose, mine! (in Jan 1971, according to Marti).
So I definatly have reason to question that article.
THAT is one of the real "positives" of a Site like this one, the fact that we so often find that information that has been accepted as "gospel" is sometimes discredited.

I often say, never say NEVER when it comes to what Ford (or any other Company) may have done during a production run.

Over the years, Jim Smart (for one) has often been cited as a great source but like so many others, he got his information from "someone" who apparently got it wrong in this case.

GREAT thread!

BT


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goodnigh;64418 Wrote:Made in San Jose or sold in SJ?
Mine was sold at Capitol Ford.
What is the second character in your VIN?
According to my shop manual there were 18 different
assembly plants in '71.

Hope that helps clarify the issue Huh

mike

Yer right! it's an "F" (Dearborn),,, just like everyone else on this site, according to the registry pages.
DSO code= San Jose must be the "district sales office" because mine was sold at Lutz Ford in Palo Alto CA.
Marti says that the dealers in the area must order thru their DSO, so the San Jose DSO is probably the
distributor for all the dealers in the bay area.

1971 Mach1
351C-4v
C6 is history-->>now TKO-500
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