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Yesterday I posted about the engine color scheme in my 65 fb. The PO had painted the block and heads black and the air cleaner and valve covers gold. After bead blasting the air cleaner I noticed that it was originally blue, so then I started doing some investigating and found that the block and heads were also originally blue. Is this engine original to the car? Below is a picture of the engine and the id tag that I pulled off and scraped.

Warranty Number: 5F09C73119
Year: 5..........................1965
Plant: F.........................Dearborn,MI
Body Series: 09............Fastback
Engine: C.....................289 2V V8
Unit: 731196.................731196


Miscellaneous Vehicle Data
Body: 63A.....................2plus2 Fastback, Standard Interior
Color: Y.........................Silver Blue Metallic
Trim: 22.........................Blue Crinkle Vinyl, Standard Interior
Date: 18S.......................May 18, 1965
D.S.O:
Axle: 6............................2.80:1, Conventional
Trans: 1..........................3-Speed Manual


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1965 Silver Blue 2+2, 289 2V, 3 speed
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Looking at your tag, it looks like you have the original engine. However, the engine tag could easily be changed. But, also, the valve covers and air cleaner could easily be changed. Yours looks to be a 260 air cleaner (circa 64 1/2) and your car is a late 65. I would find the correct air cleaner, correctly paint the valve covers and air cleaner, and live happy and free.

65 Mustang Convertible 289 C-code
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Thanks,
Can you tell me what the numbers on the tag are for?
7 5-D 550-J

1965 Silver Blue 2+2, 289 2V, 3 speed
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Here is something interesting in just looking at Bob Mannels book on the Ford Small Block, the 7 is for the change level(**This may answer your question see below), the 5-D is for an April 1965 assembly date for your Cleveland plant motor, the 550-J corresponds to a 289 2V installed in a Mustang with manual transmition.When I looked at the foot note section for change level 7 here is what it had to say:
"This level associated with the beginning of 1966 production.Standard cylinder heads contained provisions for California smog control equipment.Entire engine was painted Ford Corporate Blue".-entire quote and information is courtesy of "Mustang &Ford Small Block V8 1962-1969" by Bob Mannel.Your DSO didn't show up, was it perhaps a California bound car(maybe even New york?).Either or , looks like Bob may have an explanation for your Blue engine, it may be original, being a late 65.Wonder what the MCA judges have to say?

1967 S code GT Deluxe Coupe 65B
1966 Convertible 76B 289 4 speed
1964 Fairlane 500 2DR HT-the new project
1986 Jeep Cherokee 4X4 the "beater"
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I ggofed big time on above post, I read the wrong footnote, what I have quoted is footnote # 7 which is for Change level 9, I should have referenced Footnote #5 for Change level 7 in Bob's book.Footnote #5 for change level seven mentions nothing about color change, only timing component changes.Dawned on me this morning that I may have read page wrong-didn't look at table on previous page.Looks like Black and Gold should be the colors.

1967 S code GT Deluxe Coupe 65B
1966 Convertible 76B 289 4 speed
1964 Fairlane 500 2DR HT-the new project
1986 Jeep Cherokee 4X4 the "beater"
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