I have been working on my '66 since I was 16 and over the last 27 years have installed a lot of genuine Ford and Rotunda parts to option it up, make it more fun and unique.
1966 had the longest option list ever at Ford and the Mustang was "the car designed to be designed by you" and I've tried to keep it tasteful without going too cheesey... so here's my car and what I've done so far.
•1966 Mustang hardtop •Tahoe Turquoise metallic •Turquoise / Aqua standard interior •289 V8 •4100-4V •C4 auto •HD cooling with 7-blade clutch fan and shroud •Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes •Dealer style dual exhaust •Five 14-inch Styled Steel Wheels •Tinted Carlite glass and banded windshield •Low profile Rally Pac •2-speed wipers and washer •Accessory glass washer fluid bottle •Day / Nite rearview mirror •Remote driver mirror and passenger companion mirror •Dual sunvisor unframed vanity mirrors •Full console •Locking glove box and key •Deluxe seat belts with front retractors and warning lamp •Rear seat belt roller retractors •Parking brake warning lamp •Headlamps on warning buzzer • Throttle control •AM/FM radio •Studiosonic reverb with rear center speaker •Rear window defogger •Ash tray lamp •12 volt dash map light •Jr tissue dispenser •Compass •Litter basket •Rear arm rests with ash trays •Remote trunk release •Underhood and trunk lid lamps •Retractable trouble lamp •Original owner's manual, jack and lug wrench •Safe Driver packet •1966 Accessory Guide •Some dealer promo stuff including a key chain pen knife and a book of matches with the "Eye the '66 Fords" logo. I have a clothes rod that supposedly came from a Ford dealer, but it isn't exactly like the Rotunda ones I've seen on the web, probably a substitute.
I haven't yet acquired all the correct parts to install Fog Lamps, I have not bolted on my Ford Power Steering because I have enjoyed the clean simplicity of manual steering and the feel of the road, and I don't really want the expense and complexity of correct Factory AC and to lose my Aqua console that I definitely won't cut. I didn't want to add Deluxe Interior because it isn't on the build sheet, door or buck tags, that was something not likely to be done by an early owner and I didn't want to cut my doors for courtesy lamps. I like the camera case black. I use reproduction rubber floor mats with the Mustang logo to keep my carpet clean and dry, and keep it as "Ford" as possible. I'm always looking for good original or NOS parts for my car or for the one I've bought as a project for my son, so feel free to PM me with your Ford and Rotunda goodies, they might be in my budget, haha ! !
Let's see what you guys have collected and done ! !
Now you have hit a vein ; interesting that there are other "crazy" people like me that have been collecting original Mustang Accessories for years. In the mid-seventies, while finishing up my restoration of my '57 Retractable, I had already decided that my next project would be a Mustang. I set some specific criteria ; it had to be a '66, V8, Manual Transmission, minimal rust, be a Coupe or Fastback (preferably) since I already had a Convertible in the Retractable, and be drivable. At that time, the Mustang hobby was just starting to show itself, so there were a lot available. However, I can remember being surprised how many were 6 cylinder Models. I found several Fastbacks, but all were sixes. Sure, I could have swapped engines, which by then I had done several times in previous years, but even back then I was cognizant of Data Plates.
I settled on a '66 Coupe, 289 C code, 3 speed MT, structurally sound, with lower quarter rust starting as on most midwest cars of the day. The car was made in Metuchen, and the guy I bought it from said he was the second owner, and had driven it from the East when he moved to St. Louis. It was Ivy Green with a Black Interior. I wasn't thrilled about the color, but, with the Black Interior, I could go about any way I wanted, and didn't mind "bucking" the Data Plate on color.
My next task was now how to make my 66 Coupe different than the other almost 500,000 Coupes that were built in 66, yet retain its Ford originality. I didn't want to drastically change the car by adding the Interior Decor Option, or make into a "fake" GT, and none of the other available Factory Options that were available were really of interest except the two-speed wipers, Deluxe Seat Belts, and the Bench Seat, I then decided to look into available Accessories. As I had done with my Retractable, as well as for every car since, I started to accumulate all of the original Ford Literature that I could find in regard to 1966 Mustangs. Of course, all one had to do was look at the 1966 Ford Accessories Catalog to see that there were a plethora of Accessories available and applicable to Mustangs. This list was even enhanced by additional Accessories that came out mid-year and late-year, after the printing of the catalog.
I found, with the help of my long time Parts man at my local Ford Dealer in St. Louis County, that some Accessories were still available from Ford. I picked up several things during the late 70's. Then, it was look at Hemmings each month (First Class of course), and Old Cars Weekly (remember, this was "BI", "Before Internet" days). Swap Meets were few and far between around the St. Lois area back then, so they weren't much help.
In 1979, I changed jobs and moved to Omaha. After first trying to find a Slow Pitch Softball team and "over 25 have to work the next day" hockey team to play on, my next stop was my local Ford Dealer in getting to know the Parts Department people. They advised me about a local Mustang Club, which I joined. As it turned out, both proved beneficial over the years. Obviously the Parts Department which helped track down parts over the years, supplied me with their "obsolete " literature, catalogs, etc., and the Mustang Club which helped educate me in Mustangs, through their members. One member was another very large Ford Dealer, who not only had a Mustang, but was also a Sponsor of the club, and another member was Ron Miller, who had started his Auto Krafter's business the year before, in a small town just North of Omaha, and later moved it to Omaha, after which he moved the entire business to Virginia, where Auto Krafters still is today. As a matter of fact, it was Ron from whom I got my Bench Seat and Deluxe Seat Belts, both of which I added to my 66.
Then the other good thing was that there were quite a few Swap Meets within 100 miles of Omaha each year. During the 80's and early 90's, I made 6 to 8 each year, plus two trips to Hershey (the "Elite" Swap Meet for pre 50's cars -Ha !) Over those years, I picked up probably the bulk of my Accessory Collection, which blossomed from ones that I wanted for my 66 into how many I could find. After the internet "appeared", I did pick up others as well as upgrade some.
Before getting to the actual Accessories, a little clarification on "wording" is in order. Over the years, I have seen that many times, the words "Options" and "Accessories" have been, and are, misused. Ford is actually partially to blame for this, as even though Ford issued yearly "Accessory Catalogs" from at least 1950 and at least intermittently prior to that, they continued to call Options, Accessories, and sometimes vice versa. Accessory Part Numbers were listed numerically along with Service Part Numbers and Option Part Numbers in yearly Parts and Accessories Catalogs (single pear Master Parts Catalogs), as well as in multi-year Master Parts Catalogs into the early 60's. It wasn't until the 1966 MPC that Accessories were finally put into their own Section. This continued in 1967, and in the 1960-68 MPC. Then, when the 1965-72 MPC was printed (in 1975), Ford reverted back to "lumping" everything together. So this change occurred sometime between 1968 and 1975 (I do not have any single year MPC's after 1967, so I am not sure exactly when the change actually took place).
That all being said, I use the following definitions to keep things straight :
OPTION - Items that are ordered when a car is ordered, and furnished by, and installed by, the Factory. Minor exceptions occur here such as antennas, rear view mirrors, floor mats etc. which many times were shipped with the car, in the trunk, for the Dealer to install on the car.
ACCESSORY - Items that were shown or listed in the yearly Accessory Catalogs, or that came out after the printing of such during the same Model year, that were designated for that Model year (and many times applicable to other years), and could be purchased from the Ford Dealer's Parts Department by a individual who already owned an existing Model, for which he/she wanted to add a certain Accessory to their car, and either install it themselves, or by a Mechanic of their choice. These Accessories were in the form of both Ford Accessories and Rotunda Accessories (after late 1963).
DEALER OPTION - Dealer Options took two forms. First, in the form of a Dealer selling a new car to a customer. Many times, in going through the list of Factory Options available for a car, a Dealer might say, for example in the case of a Luggage Rack, "We can add that at the Dealership for less money than it would cost you through the Factory". In most cases, the list price of an Accessory at the Parts Counter was more than its Factory Option counterpart, plus the fact that this cost did not include installation. Thus, unless the Dealer discounted both the part and his labor heavily, this would actually cost the customer more. There are cases though, like Power Steering, where the Factory cost of $42.44, was more than the Kit cost of $40.00, but again, after adding the Dealer's labor to install it, would again cost the customer more. However, in both cases, it would bring more money in directly to the Dealer, which of course was the reason for their doing this.
The second form that could be considered a Dealer Option, is when an owner of a previously purchased vehicle would come to the Dealer several months, or even years after purchasing it, and tell the Dealer "I wish I had ordered Power Steering when I ordered the car". The Dealer could of course handle this by installing an Accessory PS Kit, and again reap the rewards.
Now, with all of the history and clarifications out of the way, onto the "meat". In the following, I have included pictures of Ford and Rotunda Accessories applicable to 1965-66 Mustangs, that I have collected over the years. I have tried not to duplicate any mentioned by myfirstcar66, other than a couple for which I thought that pictures may help. All of the pictures are of Accessories that I actually have, except the Dash Mounted Clock (which I never "went after" since I had the Rally Pac), which I borrowed from Ebay. I have also included some "cuts" from "Ford Parts and Service Merchandizing News" which show illustrations of some Accessories that I do not have, marked "(DNH)", for added information on Accessories I do have (followed by pictures of the actual Accessory), or showing Accessories that I do have but don't have any pictures of that particular Accessory uninstalled, marked "(H)". I have not addressed any Accessories specific to the Engines (PS and PB Kits, Engine Dress-Up Kits, Engine components, Dual Point Distributor, etc.), other than the Engine Coolant Heaters and Dual Exhaust Kit shown, nor any of the "Maintenance" materials (dusting cloth, chrome polish, anti-freeze, deicer, etc., as that's a whole other "story".
I did, however, add one non-Ford Accessory which I remember seeing well when it first came out, and always thought it was unique, so when I found an NOS set some years ago, I just had to purchase it.
As the listing of these pictures will be way more than the "allowed" ten attachments per Post, rather than use a "service" like Photobucket, Dropbox, etc.(which I have found that many times, people, including myself at times, do not want to take the time or the "hassle" to go to and open), I have decided to Post the pictures in multiple, hopefully continuous, parts.
If you have a question on a specific Accessory, or need more pictures of a particular one, I do have multiple pictures of most of those shown.