Each day, a lot is happening at Mustangs Plus and with the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration. At Mustangs Plus, we’re working to get the next Mustangs Plus Sales Flyer and Mustangs Plus October Display Entry Form completed for our October Display so that we can get them mailed out and on-line at the Mustangs Plus website. www.mustangsplus.com The theme for our October Display is 1964 1\2 Mustangs! The reason we chose 1964 1\2 Mustang’s as the featured Mustang for our show is because they were the very first Mustangs. It’s as simple as that. They were the first Mustangs and if you have one, please bring it to the show!
Even though they are actually 1965 Mustangs, as the first run of production Mustangs, they have several unique features that actually make them very easy to identify as true 1964 1\2 Mustangs. Ford started to produce the Mustang in early 1964 as 1965 models. At the end of July, 1964, Ford made many upgrades to the Mustang and these upgrades are what sets 1964 1\2 Mustang apart from 1965 Mustangs. The biggest upgrade was a complete engine line up change. That is, with the exception of the “K” code engine, which was added to the Mustang engine line up in the first couple of weeks in June, 1964. When they upgraded the engine line up, Ford gave the new engine line up all new engine codes.
Checking the engine code is the easiest way to tell if a Mustang is a 1964 1\2 or not. With the exception of the “K” code engine, which was carried over through the production changes, the engine code will tell you if you have a 1964 1\2 or a 1965. What are those codes? They are, “U” for the 170 cubic inch straight 6 cylinder engine, “F” for the 260 cubic inch V8 engine and “D” for the 289 cubic inch V8 engine. If your Mustang doesn’t have one of these engine codes in it’s VIN number, it’s not a 1964 1\2 Mustang. It’s as simple as that.
If you’re lucky enough to have one of the very rare “K” code early Mustangs, you have to investigate a little further. There are many other ways to determine it’s a 1964 1\2 Mustang or not. But, outside of the engine code, the title will not tell you. I can’t tell you how many people have told me that they have a 1964 1\2 Mustang because it says on their title that the car was first sold in 1964. That’s true information, but it’s not how you tell a 1964 1\2 Mustang from a 1965. After all, it’s 2013 and you can buy a 2014 today. The year of the first date of sale on the title will be 2013. Enough said!
For more information on 1964 1\2 Mustangs and their different traits, plan to come to the Mustangs Plus October Show. Or, buy one of the event t-shirts which will have 1964 1\2 Mustangs on it along with some 1964 1\2 fun facts. For instance, did you know that the 1964 1\2 Mustang’s hood has “lips” and that the 1964 1\2 headlight buckets have “dimples”? It’s true. Be sure to look the next time you see an original 1964 1\2 Mustang!
As you know from our last Blog, Ford has just told us that they will be coming in force to both locations for the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration, Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). In fact, I have a trip planned for early September to go to CMS one day and LVMS the next with the Ford crew and others on the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration committee so that we can plan where we’re going to put all of Ford’s stuff! I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the trip!
Now, on to the “Old Business” section of this Blog. In the last Blog, I told you that I would tell you how you can win the 2014 Shelby GTS Convertible that has been built by Shelby American www.shelbyamerican.com for the Mustang 50th Half Marathon that will be a part of the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration in Las Vegas on April 19th, 2014. To be eligible to win it, you simply have to enter to run the Half Marathon or the 5K. Or, you can just purchase a ticket for a chance to win! All of the details are at www.mustang50thhalfmarathon.com so visit today and plan to win!
Your Mustang Buddy,
Owner, Mustangs Plus and The Restomod Shop
Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration Executive Director
Mustang Club of America National Director