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Old 12-10-2010, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am in the process of lookling for my first 1965 fastback to restore. I looked a two today. One was a A code and the other a C code. The prices were about the same. C-code needed new floor pans and probably new quarter panels and complete restoration. The A code needed the same along with a new roof and a new trunk and valance. Is the A-code worth all the extra work in the long run. I would like to retsore it with GT options. The gentleman selling the cars explained the GT 350 were only made with A or K codes (not C). He also mentioned that any A code could be a GT 350 because over the years Ford did not keep track of which was what. Does anyone know if this is true. What would be the better purchase?
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All GT-350's were K code Mustangs that Shelby converted, not a one was an A code regardless of what you have been told. Given the repairs described, I would choose the A code as well, for both investment purposes and also more rare as compared to the C code.
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I would do the C-Code. Why replace the roof if you don't have to?
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What about the GT options. Could you get those on a A or C code from the factory.
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GT was A or K only.
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I would look for another car without so much work lol But, If I had to pick a car out of those two, it would be the C code only because you don't need to replace the roof. If you are going to fake a GT, then you can do that with either an A or C code, although GT were only made with A code and K code cars. A car made into a GT regardless of the code is still a fake one if it was not ordered that way from the factory, so it doesn't matter.
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What about the GT options. Could you get those on a A or C code from the factory.
GTs were A or K codes, I would get the c code if its up to a roof work. Most people on the street dont know the difference when you drive by anyways.Save that time and money for quality parts and work other places.mho
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I know the "A" code is a standard base 289 with the four barrel option, and the "K" code is the hot solid lifter race style 289. But what exactly was the C-code, or the T-code?
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I would look for another car without so much work lol But, If I had to pick a car out of those two, it would be the C code only because you don't need to replace the roof. If you are going to fake a GT, then you can do that with either an A or C code, although GT were only made with A code and K code cars. A car made into a GT regardless of the code is still a fake one if it was not ordered that way from the factory, so it doesn't matter.
I agree, mine is a C code. I built it for me, not for resale. If I was interested in it's 'appraisable' value I would have looked for a K.
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I know the "A" code is a standard base 289 with the four barrel option, and the "K" code is the hot solid lifter race style 289. But what exactly was the C-code, or the T-code?
C code is the 200 horsepower, 2 barrel 289. T code is the 200 6 cylinder.
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T is a 6 cyl and C code is a two barrel 289
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I know the "A" code is a standard base 289 with the four barrel option, and the "K" code is the hot solid lifter race style 289. But what exactly was the C-code, or the T-code?
The C code is a 289 2 bbl carb while the T code I'd a 6 cyl.

I don't think I would buy a car knowing it needs a roof unless it was very,very cheap or extremely rare.
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The C code is a 289 2 bbl carb while the T code I'd a 6 cyl.

I don't think I would buy a car knowing it needs a roof unless it was very,very cheap or extremely rare.
I agree. And thanks everyone for the swift responses!
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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here is another vote for the C code car. All of my 66 mustangs have been C code cars. There is nothing wrong with that! While it is true that Ford only made GT's out of A or K cars, you could buy all of the parts from the dealer to make your own. Some dealers even installed the more common things like fog lights on the other cars. Most people are not going to know the difference anyway. Go for the easier restoration, there are better ways to spend your money than replacing a roof.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I would ask why you think it needs a new roof or any of the other panels?

You can do a substantial amount of dent removal and leveling with the right knowledge and tools. Look up shrinking disk.

See the link to my A to find out just how much you can do with a little knowledge.
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