They also double up as Mattress Tag PoliceWhen the cop enters your license plate number in his on-board computer he will quickly ascertain what year model your Mustang is.
That's a UK registration plate. Over here, the side markers must be converted to amber blinkers front and rear. Having them lit steadily with headlights is technically illegal, although not enforced rigourously any more.Side reflectors/lights were required by federal (DOT) law beginning with the 1968 model year. At this point in time what does it matter but it is probably a violation to remove them.
While that may be true, most cops on patrol today were not even born yet in 1968 and unless they are vintage Mustang fans, they would very likely NOT know the subtle styling changes between '67 and '68, NOT know that the official VIN tag on a '68 is visible through the windshield on the right side of the car, and NOT know that the '67 VIN tag is not visible through the windshield.When the cop enters your license plate number in his on-board computer he will quickly ascertain what year model your Mustang is.
Looks good. I take it the side marker police haven't come for you?I shaved the rear marker lights off my 68FB. I simply did not like them on the 68FB. I kept the quarter ornaments and the front marker lights. All the sheet metal is original except front fenders. I even used a 67 console inside as i just liked it better. Engine's a 351C as well. Like many of us, I simply modified a few things here and there to suit my preference
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A cop would only need to know that a 68 anything, needs side lights.While that may be true, most cops on patrol today were not even born yet in 1968 and unless they are vintage Mustang fans, they would very likely NOT know the subtle styling changes between '67 and '68, NOT know that the official VIN tag on a '68 is visible through the windshield on the right side of the car, and NOT know that the '67 VIN tag is not visible through the windshield.
There were no side lights on the rear of the 68. Just reflectors. And after mid-year, they were surface mount leaving only two small holes if removed, dead easy to eliminate. As to why, well the late reflectors were an ugly mis-match to the styling, because they were Cougar reflectors.thanks guys Now why would one remove the side lights? hmmmm
Not possible. The contour of the inside if the C was completely different from the 68, and of course there's the huge holes where the "grilles" mount. The only way to convert would be to saw out the entire inside of the 67 C and weld in the inside of a 68 C.I'm going to be doing some body work my rear passenger quarter next summer. I might have to replace it. This thread almost makes me want to remove the grill ornaments and dress just that one side as a '68.
The early 68 reflectors were quite subtle, and looked pretty good. After the strike, Ford was desperate to save money, and switched to Cougar reflectors. They matched the Cougar styling pretty well, especially the front fender light on the Cougar. On the Mustang, they matched nothing, and it showed.The markers are so unattractive, they appear to have been put on in protest of the requirement. If I had a 68 Id fill em.
I stand corrected. Must be a fairly recent reproduction. I just checked the NPD site, and they have repro quarters both with and without the recessed reflector available, but they state they all have the wrong C scoop shape. They use the 67 C scoop (without the 67 louvers) not the proper 68 shape.
'67s had the comb-looking thingies in the side scoops, '68s did not. From this angle, it's hard to tell but without looking at the VIN, I'd say it's a '68.