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Old 04-21-2009, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have recently and too late I might add ,been searching for a stripe kit for my GT350 paint scheme. Let me say first that my intent is to use the stripes and not the "GT 350" , I already have that on the car. I am going to repaint the car and thought it to be a whole lot easier to just apply new stripes than to tape over the faded ones currently on there. My plan is to put "HP 350" in the place of "GT 350" because it would be original and have have meaning to my car that has 350 horse power. Well... as it turns out even the color and width of the stripes have been scared out of being sold , forget the fact of having "GT 350". I thought this to be quite pompous of a man to claim a right to dimensions of measurement.

I will just tape over and consider myself lucky to have the correct original stripes in place too guide me.
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Have you tried www.graphic-express.com ?

They list a GT 350 lower side stripe and also do
custom versions.

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I have some original Stripe kits still in the box from Shelby American, I can get measurement when I get home...

I opted to paint my stripes on and match the stripe color to the Guardsmen Blue running down the middle.

Not original but I think it looks WAY better

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Aren't the GT350 side stripes the same dimensions as the factory Ford Mustang GT stripes, just with G.T. 350 in place of where the factory M U S T A N G letters were?
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Aren't the GT350 side stripes the same dimensions as the factory Ford Mustang GT stripes, just with G.T. 350 in place of where the factory M U S T A N G letters were?
Nope - completely different dimensions...

Go "outside the box" and do some mildly custom stripes... How about the 2010 GT500 for some inspiration?
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Mark,
What year stripe dimensions were you looking for? In '65 the side stripes were wider and painted on. The "G.T. 350" inside the stripes were vinyl letters. In '66, '67 and '68 the complete side stripe and lettering were vinyl, and smaller.
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This is a 65. My letters and stripes seem to be vinyl. I ordered a strip kit from NPD by phone and explained what I needed. They said the stripes were available...I received them and it said 64-66 strip kit. They are totally smaller and different. The stripes them selves are smaller and so is the spacing. I called them and informed them of the wrong order (apologies, blah blah..hold on...)

"...It seems that the complete line of 65 "GT 350" striped , stencil and all are not available at this time...licensing has expired".

Some one there threw in a regular dark blue "GT" stripe kit...not the same and WAY too dark. The GT 350 stripe was vinyl and of a different color than the guardsman blue (or what ever blue was available that day) The correct strips fill in the whole lower flat spot under the lower contour of the door front to back... the 65-66 GT was a lot smaller and did not fill this area.

The 65 GT350 color stripe and letters were quite baby bluer if you will than the guardsman blue.

I could be wrong and please chime in if I have missed something ...after tons of reading and pictures I think I have most of it correct.
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The painted '65 stripes were Guardsman Blue, and oddly enough, the vinyl G.T. 350 doesn't [and didn't originally] match the stripes very well. I think the aftermarket stripe manufacturers made the stripes the same color as the G.T. 350, which isn't a very good match to Guardsman Blue.

Regarding dimensions, below is a pic of the stripes on my '65. The larger middle stripe measures 2-1/8", and the top and bottom stripes each measure 1/2" with 1/2" gaps between them and the middle stripe. Also, there is a 1/2" gap between the front portion of the middle stripe and the G, and also a 1/2" gap between the 0 and the door gap on each side. The top stripe starts 1" below the "c scallop" or lower bodyline that runs across the car. And as you can see, that puts the door-rocker gap within the large middle stripe.



And judging from the pics I've seen, it looks like the middle stripe cuts into the rocker approximately 1/2"; that's where I had the painter tape mine off.

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Thanks adam , thats some good info. Is yours the guardsman color or the lighter version. Perhaps since mine is not matched , so many people approch it as if it were real... and then they see it is "only " a real Mustang... as if that was too bad , wierd...nice old car and some only appreciate the forest and never see the tree right in front of them.
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Mark,

My LeMans and rocker stripes were both painted according to the Guardsman Blue paint code.
I should take a pic in sunlight, as the vinyl "G.T. 350" does looks significantly darker than the Guardsman Blue stripes in person. It doesn't show that well in the pics I posted of the car in the garage, but I believe the lighter blue you're thinking of is probably just Guardsman Blue.

And yeah, I find it weird that people seem truly disappointed when they find out my car's a clone. I almost feel bad for them, seeing them so let down, lol. Guess we're asking for it by building clones, but oh well.
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the look is extremely appealing to people that do not know anything about them.

Listen to this... I first looked at my car (found it in the news paper) by dragging my wife along to show her why I did not like the 1965 Mustangs. The car looked so cool, LOL I knew nothing about the 65 Shelby or clones or any of that stuff, I thought shelby's all looked like the longer 67-68's and had no idea they were even made in 65. The seller kept telling me "you do know it is not a Shelby...right" , I kept thinking to myself "no kidding dude its a 65". It was later after my wife bought it for me that people kept asking if it was real and I would think wtf of course its real , its not a toy or a clay model or an imaginary car. Then it clicked when some one offered me 13K on the spot at a gas station 10 years ago and said "I know its not a Shelby but it is so clean and straight I have to have it"

Well some years after that when the computer came into our lives and the aggravation hindsight of not buying IBM stocks and then Google stocks , I started learning more and actually became bummed out that people looked down on cloned paint jobs. BUT... that is only snobbyish Mustang clone bashers , People on the street are awed by it just like every single other Mustang owned on this forum.

... and this is just one of the side benefits of owning a Mustang, the people that tell their story's at every stop.

The paint is just paint. Idid not know the original Shelby stripes were dark like Guardsman, mine are so old and sun faded from Florida that they are totally Easter egg light blue.
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Don't worry about criticism from clone bashers.

They are just jealous
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Well Mark, looks like Adam beat me to providing the dimensions you needed!

BTW, as a nice touch to their catalog, Tony Branda has the dimensions in the center of their recent catalog for the stripes, '65-'68.
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If you're after vinyl, I'm sure these guys can help. Give em a call......


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The painted '65 stripes were Guardsman Blue, and oddly enough, the vinyl G.T. 350 doesn't [and didn't originally] match the stripes very well. I think the aftermarket stripe manufacturers made the stripes the same color as the G.T. 350, which isn't a very good match to Guardsman Blue.

Regarding dimensions, below is a pic of the stripes on my '65. The larger middle stripe measures 2-1/8", and the top and bottom stripes each measure 1/2" with 1/2" gaps between them and the middle stripe. Also, there is a 1/2" gap between the front portion of the middle stripe and the G, and also a 1/2" gap between the 0 and the door gap on each side. The top stripe starts 1" below the "c scallop" or lower bodyline that runs across the car. And as you can see, that puts the door-rocker gap within the large middle stripe.



And judging from the pics I've seen, it looks like the middle stripe cuts into the rocker approximately 1/2"; that's where I had the painter tape mine off.

So did you have your rocker stripes and numbers painted on too?
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