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post #16 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-07-2008, 01:30 AM
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Today - I sat down and reviewed both Mustang Production Guide books. Because the existing data base is on IBM d-Base III, we will likely have to re-enter all that data when the time comes. I can tell you the Mustang Production Guide will be a single book instead of two should I decide to publish again. The two-volume decision was more an economic one. We did what we could afford at the time. Money was never our motivation to do those books. Bringing fellow enthusiasts an informative data base was. So lets begin with a website and grow the idea from there. I will begin working on that idea as soon as I can this year.

Our two magazines websites (MM and MF) are also on the grow to help serve our readers better. So expect new and better ways to communicate with all of us at Mustang Monthly and Mustang & Fords as the year unfolds. Our websites will get better. Always interested in your feedback.
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I can translate dBase III files to more modern file structure. Contact Laurie, who can give you my contact information.

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Thanks, Randy - good to know they can be translated into current technology. My email address is thesmart67@msn.com.
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I have somewhere around 5k cars to add to the list once you do the conversion!
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So...does this mean that the person I used to work with for over 25 years that received a Mustang from her mother (bought by the father who worked at NASA , new as a gift)and sits in their garage for 20 years as a six cylinder "64 1/2 " may be of interest to one of the many many puzzle pieces ?

True story by the way, lives 5 blocks away, kinda forgot about it till now with all this stuff going on. It is just a 6CYL so I never gave it much thought.

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Sure, they are all "significant", to a degree. The more we know, the better we can use the information to piece the puzzle together!
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Ok I'll work on getting the VIN

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Hi - every Mustang ever produced in a Ford plant is significant to In Search of Mustangs. We want them all - dead or alive - and that includes Ford dealer sales records, junk yards, shoeboxes full of warranty plates, old motor vehicle titles, everything. Ideally, you will have the VIN and all of the warranty plate/certification sticker codes, which tells us all about the car's makeup.

Long ago, In Search of Mustangs was a regular column in the MCA's Mustang Times. In more recent years - in Mustang Monthly until we decided to give it a rest. In each column, we would get into the nit and grit of Mustang production. And that is what I would like to accomplish with an In Search of Mustangs website - regular updates and fresh information. I'd also like to do it in Mustang Monthly's website and Pony Tales periodically.

So - lets crank this data collection effort back up after a long, long nap. I'd like to have your VIN and warranty plate/certification sticker codes to add to our database. This fills in the gaps and further develops a picture of 1965-73 production.

Some have asked me if we want 1974-08 information. For right now, we're going to keep it at 1965-73. If it looks there's interest in 1974-08, we will investigating growing In Search of Mustangs beyond 1973. Through the years, we've found there isn't much interest in production information beyond 1973. However, we're always receptive.

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Since Marti Autoworks has licensed the Ford production database for cars 67-up, is it a lesson in futility to still include 67 and up cars in In Search of Mustangs? Of course, it is nice to know what cars survived, but I believe efforts could be better utilized by focusing on what we do not know... which is 64.5-66.
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Hey Charles Turner! Would be thrilled with 5000 VINs and codes (where possible). With any luck, we can fill in a lot of gaps. Most are run of the mill - but you never know what will show up. Does anyone know what's up with 5F08F100006 in Georgia? Last I heard, a restoration had begun. I would be thrilled to see that car restored. Gary Schweitzer with 5F08T383386 (World's Fair car) is beginning a restoration. We're going to rebuild his engine and transmission in MM.
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I have the VIN and door tag info from my '66 Fastback, but no other paperwork, would that info still be useful?

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Hi Markup - yep, we want them all. You just never know what you will find when you examine a warranty plate. Junk yards, Mustang restoration shops and parts businesses, warranty plates, body buck tags, broadcast sheets, body clips, you name it. And hey - you guys have me all charged up to get back into data collection and fresh information. You never know what you will find in your travels.
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But the Marti database isn't open as a whole to the public as would be Jim's website. I believe they complement each other. Plus, knowing which cars still survive is important, too.

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Door plate information is just fine. All we need to know is who owns the car (where applicable). We will want to be able to get in touch with you, so address and phone are helpful. When the owner is unknown, worry not - just the VIN and codes. Body buck tag information is good too.
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I ordered a new '64 1/2 vert in May '64 and a '65 vert in Dec. '64. I have the
registations and info on vin, color, options etc. be happy to add to the data base.


My '64 1/2 vert. Ordered May '64. D code 4 speed, handling package, caspian blue, accent group, Ford blue manual top.

'68 vert. driver. Owned since Apr '78. C code AT, AC, PS, P disc B, PT lime gold, standard black interior and top. NOS RF fender and left quarter.New top and folding glass.
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