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Today i went and looked at from what i can tell is an early mustang titled as a 65 mustang coupe. This mustang has a Falcon gauge cluster and the vin is 5F07A389568 and i have a book on how to restore my mustang by Larry Dobbs and decoded the date tag and it tells me it was made january of 64 !! Now this book i have is not very clear but im thinking it could also mean january of 65??? My question is when did they start actually making 641/2 mustangs ?? I am planning on purchasing the car for parts for my 66 but wouldnt want to strip if the car is very early mustang cause car is not in bad shape ! thanx in advance ...Marc
 

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Based on the VIN you've given, the "A" (indicating a 289 4 bbl) makes it a '65. Early '65s (aka '64.5s) could only hava a "D-code" 289.
 

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So that tells me it was built in january 7 1965 with the 289 4v premium .thanx Dan
 

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Breakdown from mustangdecoder.com

5F07A389568

Year: 5 1965
Plant: F Dearborn, MI
Body Series: 07 2 Door Hardtop
Engine: A 289 4v V8
Unit: 389568 389568

The 07 is the body style, not the day. Sounds like a nice 65 coupe, but not a 64.5
 

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With a consequetive number in the VIN of 389568, it's definately not an early '65 (289,568th Mustang off out of that plant for the year), but it could still have many of the early parts on it (bezelled wipers, 2 speed heater, etc.).

Just a note, the A code will be worth more than a C code and definately a T code in the same condition, and there's not a ton of parts that will convert over to the '66. If the car is in decent shape, you may want to consider flipping it for a profit and then sourcing the parts you need out of the proceeeds. Just my .02.
 

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"(289,568th Mustang off out of that plant for the year)"

Actually it is the 289,568th *vehicle* out of that assemble plant.

I think Ford made more than Mustangs in all of the plants didn't they?

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Not all 64 289's were "D" codes. I have one made the day before 64 production ended and it's a "C" code, but still just under the wire. From what I've heard, many changes were being made those last weeks and there is a bunch of 64 9/10's out there. Mine also has the ALT, but dash says GEN, 25 spline drive shaft, 64 hood & headlight buckets (stamped "Paint OK" in yellow on the backs of the headlight doors), etc. It's been fun replacing parts since it's such a mis-match of the 2 "years". Even the upper control arms had no holes for greasing!
 

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Early '65s (aka '64.5s) could only hava a "D-code" 289.
unless it was a K code 289 ;)
 

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IIRC all of them were titled as '65s. What we know as 64 1/2's were just released sooner. Mr. Turner or Mr. Speegle, please enlighten us?
 
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