I recently started researching my 1968 GT j-code coupe. I ran into an interesting problem. The paint code on my car is also J which there is no listing for the color. I know in 64-65 J paint code was for Rangoon Red.
I searched the car all over including pulling some panels off but had no luck finding the color. Also the marti report I got did not give a color.
Has anyone had this issue with the paint code, or know what color it might be?
There was no overspray. When I bought the car it was only in primer seems the body at some point was completely stripped to bare metal.
I did find after looking into all colors and codes ford used in 1968, there was a J paint code called midnight aqua, but it was only listed for thunderbirds and Lincoln's. I'm going try and see if my car may have been custom ordered with that color.
Could be a special-order paint car... In 1968, Ford code "J" was T-bird Midnight Aqua Metallic - Continental Mediterranean Metallic.. Which is a really striking/beautiful color, more subdued and "luxurious" looking than Gulfstream. I'd say you're a lucky-dog if that's what it turns out you've got... Don't paint it red!!
Call back to Marti and see if they've got the original factory invoice for it, he bought them all from Lois Eminger before she passed away...
Special order paints were reflected by no paint code on the data "plate" and a 6-digit DSO code consisting of the 2-digit DSO code and a 4 digit order number. Do you have a buck tag? Could be screwed to the right side of the front of the radiator support area. Do you have a pix of the data "plate"?
Problem is that Marti got info from ford databases. He had to figure out what codes meant by using books of code provided. The code is at top of report with 80 digits to put data. Digit 15 is the color code so it should be J. Not all codes are included in books that were provided by books. Only hope was eminger report (now ran by marti after her passing)) but she did not have data from 1968 I think. WHat has happend was that someone probably wanted a "special" color that was not special but available on another for ford line. I would write to Marti and ask why no color. Maybe he has some info(probably not). My guess is that it was the Red and was stamped J at factory because that used to be code for that. That all being said, pick a color you like. Then if someone says anything you can state that there is no way to know what color your car was. Good Luck.
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