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hey all you judge types! can you tell me if these are original? they were in the trunk of a hipo car (had no motor/trans) and id assumed they were the original ,but want to know for certain before they get listed on ebay......................... thanks
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The air cleaner does not appear to be original-- I don't see dimples in the wing nut landing, the center hole is discolored from the plating process, the center hole is depressed, and the outside rim bevel angle looks wrong. What does the base of the air cleaner look like?

The valve covers could be original, or could be a standard set someone had plated. I suspect the later judging from the discoloration around the upper RH hole of the RHS cover. That hole or the corresponding LH hole are where platers normally hang SBF covers during the plating process. The discolorations are caused by incomplete plating where the hanger blocks and/or contaminates the chemical process. What does the underside of the covers look like? Originals tend to have some degree of plating, even on the backside. Repros & later platings tend to look like they have limited 'over spray' of chrome on them with most of the metal being a rough, dark appearance from the acid baths involved during plating.

Tom Kubler, Long-time Mustang Enthusiast & San Antonio Mustang Club Founder
 

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Air Cleaner definitely NOT original.

Valve Covers are re-chromed or chromed originals for a 64-65.

Tom Kubler, Long-time Mustang Enthusiast & San Antonio Mustang Club Founder
 
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