Maybe it was a 289 4V built with the 4 lug set up by the same guy who secretly made all those "misstamped" C and A code car that actually were HiPo's or GTs in 1964, etc.
If the car has manual steering gauge the threads on the outer or inner tie rods that thread into the adjuster sleeve. The 4 lug type is 1/2" and the 5 lug type is 11/16", easy to distinguish.I will have to check the steering system, what are some of the main differenced in the steering components between the V8 and l6. rear end is also 4 lugs.
that is really cool to see, i wish there was someway to to track back who entered that information so i could get some more information about the car. from what the car is vin description is it matches everything perfectly other than the 4 lugs
i want to have the car as close to original as possible ideally like the day it came off the production line. so if it turns out someone swapped the 5 lug out for a 4 lug. then i would like to return it to the original.I am not an expert, but being in the hobby for 30 years as an amateur, I never heard of a car coming from the factory as an I6 down the production line, but a V8 was installed in it at a customer request. You never know, but highly unlikely if you ask me.
What the pic will confirm, that you have the componets for the I6 steering.
I just did an I6 to V8 conversion on a 66, and am 99% complete. Let me tell you, not fun and most likley, would never do it again. Do you plan to keep it as is or make it correct?
It is reasonable to assume that never happened. The car is 55 years old, and there have been many, many opportunities for previous owners to do many, many questionable things.if the car was coming down the production line as a l6 and changed to the V8 as per customer request would the vin number show it as a l6?
I think the chance that a car could be be VIN'd as a V8 and leave the production line with a V8 engine and transmission, but the rest of the drivetrain, suspension and brakes being 6-banger, are damned near impossible. I would suspect you'll find SOME explanation...either the VIN has been "changed" or the suspension & axle.... for what purpose? Who knows. Accident, theft, buy 2 make 1 from the parts...let me throw this out here, its possible that the car DID come down the line originally as a six cylinder car, but a V8 was installed on the line in the car before the VIN was stamped but after the suspension was installed. things like this do in fact happen, though they are rare thankfully. remember at the time cars were selling as fast as ford could make them, nearly 600,000 the first year and over 600,000 the second year of production. so mistakes are bound to happen.
and there is precedence in later models as well. there was a fairmont here in arizona that came off the assembly line with zypher front sheet metal, and it was documented at the dealer. again so many cars flying off the assembly lines that mistakes happen.