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My project has no door tag to indicate the original options. I was really wanting to go back as much original as possible. Is there any other way to know what options it had? I'm mainly interested in the original color. It has blue interior. The door jams seems to be more a sky blue than the dark blue it is now. The inside doors also look to be a light blue but dark blue door panels. What do you think?





 

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If it's younger than 66 you can order a marti report. 66 and older there's no real good way to tell, other than "clues" left in the vehicle (holes for mounting accesories, etc.)
 

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Looks like it's a 65 right? Possibilities for info are build sheet which sometimes is under dash or rear seat cushion and bucking tag which is a roughly 2"x4" metal tag with various characters stamped on it, this tag is attached somewhere in the engine compartment.
 

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That's a 65 dash, but the rest of the interior stuff is 66. The 65 blue interior was one color, not 2-tone. Look under the package tray for the original paint color. The car was painted with the rear window not installed, so that will show the original color.
 

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Also has 65 grill (assuming the avatar is same car) and quarter scoop chrome!
 

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With a handle like "DETECTOR," you should be able to put on your double-bill hat and get your magnifying glass, and get to the bottom of it.

By-the-way, if you are not familiar... the "package tray" is that back shelf where people usually install their rear speakers.
 

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LOL. The handle Detector comes from my metal detecting. Won't help on the car.

My avatar is a 1964.5 I bought last year.

The VIN of the car says it was a 1965 5F07C761071
 

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Not to be picky but the VIN indicates a true 65. C code (289 2V) started 0n the 65 model plus the consecutive number is much too high to be a 64 1/2. Or is your avatar a different car from the one we're/you're talking about?
 

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Yup. That's what was said at the beginning! Think he said younger than 66...ie 67
 

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thats a real nice car regardless.

sometimes you can still see the original color under the sill plates, trunk weather stripping, door handles, chrome trim, fender bolts, under the trunk hinges etc


the interior wuold be next to impossible w/o supporting docs but sometimes if the original peices were dyed you can see under spray on some of the pastic parts and trim peices. so once you take them off look carefully.
 

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You should be able to find the original color by removing the rear seat back. Many times when a car is repainted they don't go into that much detail to paint the hidden parts of the interior. My wife's 65 conv was originally Vintage Burgundy. A PO painted it Rangoon Red. There is no door tag. I found the original color after removing the back seat and window well. When it was originally repainted apparently the convertible top wasn't removed and the back of the inner wheel wells weren't repainted. I could see clear as day the metallic Vintage burgundy. My wife wants the car to be blue. Since I'm going to completely strip this car the entire car will be blue and I'll order a new door tag with the new paint code, and interior. She's getting a bench seat with pony interior if Pony interior was available for a 65 with a bench seat.
 

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Another good place to find the original interior color is on the bottom of the steering column under the dash. Rarely does a repaint get down under there and the column is hardly ever swapped from car to car.
 

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OK this isn't as easy as I thought It would be. I'm seeing what looks like white but I'm still not convinced. What do you think?

 

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You are not going to find any paint under the car that is going to tell you the interior paint color, or the exterior for that matter.
 

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I'm more concerned right now with the external color. The interior looks to have been blue from all I can find so I'm happy with that. The external color is proving to be a bit harder to pin down. I know the doors are off a white car I don't know that they are the original doors. I can clearly see where the blue has come off the door jams showing white. Does white outside and blue inside sound possible?

 

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Do It

Do what was suggested...

Remove the back seat-back. Then lift out the Masonite board that people usually put the rear speakers into.

The factory paint color will be staring you in the face.
 

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Tried that Bryan. The last picture in the series of 9 is of the back with the rear seat removed. It was unpainted.
 
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