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I love finding Easter Eggs in cars.

Was changing my license plate today in my 1967 convertible from Iowa to Tennessee, and I found this cool placard.

Can't remember ever seeing it before, though we've owned it since 1976. I do know the inspection stickers have fallen off over the years.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 05:49 PM
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Cool find! Those stickers were very often removed in the dealership service department during PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection).
I'd leave that right there myself!
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Last year I removed the 'Tie Down Plates' on my 68 as they were still installed

Quite the find!!
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Well last year I RESTORED my tie down plates and then learned they are throwaways. Obviously mine were still installed when I go the car and I just assumed they were tow points....

Cool find on the original document
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My fastback still has the plates installed... last year I bought a box full of miscellaneous Mustang stuff at a swap meet and there was one inside.
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 08:14 PM
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Those tie down spots make excellent hanger spots for a dual exhaust.
Mine were left on and used for this sometime in the way back.
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I still have my tie down points as well.
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When I got MyFirstCar in 1992 it had the original owner manual and keys, and I found the build sheet taped to the underdash harness. I still have my tie-down plates, had the original decal on my rear valance until I got hit in the rear end in 1995 and it messed it up. I got a repro decal and put on my new valance after paint and it's behind my tag...

I bought a third Mustang last month and it still had the original keys with some early 1970s DAV key tags with replica Florida plates on the ring, along with a 1970s Florida license plate still on it...

I opened the glove box and WOW.
Had the original owner manual and a Ford dealer envelope, some dealership papers for parts from 1970 showing the mileage at just over 30,000 and also had a bunch of late 1960s to early 1970s road maps inside ! ! Even had a Steak and Shake menu from the 60s in there with burger and milk shake prices in the 45 cent range.
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When I got MyFirstCar in 1992 it had...
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Those Tie-Down Decals are readily available in repro...

Nice to see an Original though....

My '66 Vert still has its Original Tie-Down Plates.. My '65 Vert's Tie Down Plates are long gone. I'll have to find some for that car.

I love the Original Tie-Downs. I think that they are cool. I would never take them off a car if it had them...but that's me.


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Interesting. I didn’t know they were supposed to removed. Mine still has them too. No sticker though.
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They make a pretty good hanger location (or occupy a good place for one) for dual exhausts.
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Found an Easter Egg in a car once.
It had been hidden behind the massive bumper of an LTD and amazingly ridden there for months since being missed by the kids in Easter Egg hunt. Unbroken....unlike the one I found with the lawn mower!
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Yep, both my cars have those tie-down plates right in place, originals.!
Stickers are reproductions.

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Nice discovery. Take some photos paying attention to type style, size. placement and part number. While most of the assembly line decals/stickers are reproduced a close inspection often reveals a small difference from the original. In the long view; who cares ? My 69 has the OE trunk lid decals and kind of cool just to look at. Brian
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