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Old 12-12-2007, 05:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just over 23 years ago I purchased my current '66 Fastback. While putting around with it the first week I owned it, I discovered a copy of the build sheet (or broadcast sheet, if you prefer), wrapped around the main wiring harness under the dash. Unfortunately some of the sheet had deteriorated and was missing. The good news was, over 3/4 of it WAS there! I have kept the sheet safely tucked away ever since.

Through the years I've always wondered what the code entries meant. Folks with later models have some info available, as well as color code markings listed on their sheets. It seemed that information on the early models was lacking.

Recently Charles Turner posted an image link to a copy of a 1966 dealer order sheet he has. I got off my behind and scanned an image of my build sheet. While looking over the scanned image of my build sheet, I pulled up a copy of Charles' order sheet. I then realized the codes listed below the option descriptions on the order sheet coincided with the codes on my build sheet! While this may not be a shocking revelation to a few folks here, it sure was to me!! While I certainly haven't heard or read it all, I've never seen anyone mention this correlation before.

In order to put something together to reference in the future, I took all of the codes from the order sheet and cross referenced them to the build sheet blocks. This information was put onto a table. I figured while I was at it, I might as well put it up on the web. I created a page on a free host and it's now up for anyone interested.

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Please be advised, this is a work in progress. Most of the codes are listed. Some build sheet blocks are not listed because they were unreadable or missing from my sheet. Repops are available to fill in the blanks, I just haven't gotten one. If you have the missing info and would like to share it, I'd be happy to add it in. Also, if you find any errors, please let me know. I only ask that you provide a reference to what you base your claim on.

I've also included some T-10 four speed information on the site, though not much. I plan to add to that as I find it. It's also provided me a more "permanent" spot to make the pdf file from the Shop Manual that I recently referenced in another thread '65 Shop Manual for the T-10 .

I hope someone finds this useful. I discovered my car was originally ordered with dual red band tires!
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great Data - Thanks!

Are these the sames codes that would appear on a "Buck Tag?" - I have a Metuchen car and my buck tag is around somewhere.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No, the buck tag codes were more descriptive abbreviations for options that required some deviation from the base unit. For example..."FDS" for Fold Down Seat, "PDB" for Power Disc Brakes, etc...

Yes, the order sheet helps when decoding build sheet codes, but does not give all the information needed to completely decode one.
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I've seen the replications of the smaller sheet (request?), but are there blank build sheet forms, too?
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice work... have a decoder someone else put together about ten years ago... will try and find it , then compare it to what you came up with

The author of that one had found/been given a fair number of early build sheets
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the comments. As Charles stated, the buck tag codes are different. There's a German website that lists some info on them. Here's a link to it:
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Jeff, thanks for the kind words. I feel like an absolute beginner compared to the great info you, Charles, Laurie and several others here routinely post.

I'd really appreciate any info you'd care to add in to the page. I wanted to get it online, so there's still work to be done just with additional info I've found in the past day or so. I've also been able to locate most of the missing block info that had deteriorated from my sheet. I just need to get it added on the page.

One thing I plan to note on the page is the block titles. My sheet was printed July '65, and I've noticed that there are variations for some of the blocks. I've only been able to look at 3 or 4 other early sheets that I've found posted in other threads. I really love messing with stuff like this! :p Thanks again!
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Jim Osborn Reproductions sells an order sheet for 64.5 Mustangs. It is dated January 64, and is somewhat different than the 66 that Charles Turner posted. It still is form FD 1841-M but for instance lists tire options as 6:50 13 4 ply, 6:50 X 14 4 ply, and 7:00 X 13 4 ply. The 289 4 V low compression "D" code engine is an option along with the 260. It also has a box to check for the "blue top" that drives people nuts in some areas of the MCA. I will scan and send this to someone who can post it if anyne is interested in seeing an "earlier" order sheet.
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I can post it for you John...
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That would be great. I appreciate the offer from both of you guys.
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I got the scan from John and will post it later, too busy at the moment to edit it down a little...
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Fellas, not to spoil any fun, but this might be a copyright violation of Jim Osborn reproductions.
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I was kinda wondering about that...

I'm pulling it down from the public forum, if you missed it and want a copy ask.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:04 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Would you mind emailing me a copy? I believe it would be exempt from copyright under fair use, but having had my own research works plagiarized by a commercial company for use in their advertising, best left un-posted and be safe. Thanks for trying...even though Charles had to rain on our parade. Just kidding Charles!
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