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My first issue is April, 1980 and it says "APRIL 1980 VOL. 3 NO. 3".


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No complete sets here (threw the early ones away) Got the preview letter around somewhere think its from '78 or 79. Dobbs sent out a nice letter basically saying we're going to start printing to everyone that responded to an ad in Hemmings. The first issues had no articles but only ads and was printed on news print. About the same time Mustang News was starting in Stockton, California.

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The oldest copy I have is August '79. This one was smaller and looked more like a newspaper magazine. I'm still looking for any earlier copies.

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Mustangbob 1 I have almost all the "Mustang Monthly's" up to the 1990's. The very first published "MM" was actually called "Mustang Exchange Letter". It was Febuary 1978. Vol 1.No 1..and March 1978 Vol 1.No2.. These were quite small books with mainly classifieds. Larry Dobbs published. As of April 1978. Vol 1. No 3, the book changed names to "Mustang Monthly" .. April 78 Vol 1. No 3,May 78 Vol 1.No 4. June 78, Vol 1. No 5(actually it says No 4 on it's cover) and July 78 Vol 1. No 6 were about the same size of book with mostly classifieds. August 78, Vol 1. No 7 was the first larger book, but it was still not as large as todays. It is now a newspaper type of paper, were as the older mag. was plain white paper.
This style stayed this way from August 78, Vol 1. No 7 thru to September 79,Vol 2. No 8. The book grew a little bit in size. The October 79, Vol 2. No 9 is the first with the all glossy pages. Unfortunatly i am missing 4 of the 79's issues and 5 of the 80's issues.

Ps- Incase anyone was wondering,, The first "Mustang News" was published in October 1977. Vol 1. No 1. And it is quite the imformative little book.
 

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A little additional details that few if any would care about. Mustang News was published and written by a Stockton Record (the local news paper) employee who used the printing presses and machines to print it in the off hours.

Boy we have learned and relearned many details since those years. ;)

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...you can find an index to all of the articles in MM (and "Mustang and Fast Fords", and "Mustang Illustrated") at:
http://www.hammar.dyndns.org/~djhamma/magsrch.htm

One additional note -- Mustang News ran from October 1977 (as mentioned) until February 1980, when it was purchased by Larry Dobbs and absorbed into Mustang Monthly, who for a while offered back issues of both magazines. Stranger still were the ads for Mustang Monthly that ran in the early issues of Hot Rod competitor "Mustang" (long before it became "& Fast Fords...") -- apparently the marketplace wasn't quite as cutthroat as it is today, when the two magazines barely acknowledge one another despite being owned by the same conglomerate...
 
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