Jim Smart
September 1, 2001
Contributers: Jim Haskell

Thanks to Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, who has a vast database graciously made available by Ford Motor Company, we have the capacity to learn a wealth of exciting new information about Mustang production that has never been known before. One example is our focus on 100001 from 1967 to 1973 throughout the last several issues of Mustang Monthly. We've learned intimate details about 100001 from each plant and each model year, which has yielded not only new information on where they were delivered initially, but also that some of these cars still survive today. One has surfaced in Texas, and another owner has responded from Washington state saying that his No. 1 is currently undergoing a full-scale restoration.

These finds are only the beginning of exciting information such as this that will surface in Mustang Monthly in the months and years to come. Because Kevin is a die-hard Mustang enthusiast like the rest of us, you can count on information surfacing in this column that will get your adrenaline flowing.

In the coming months, we'll ask Kevin about the last Mustang units produced from 1967 to 1973, then we'll report this exciting information to you. We'll then watch our e-mail and snail mail boxes for feedback from readers fortunate enough to know the whereabouts of these end-of-the-line cars. We hit pay dirt with 100001, so why not the very last units produced in each model year?

Some of you may wonder why Kevin's database doesn't cover 1964-'66. The answer is simple: It wasn't until the '67 model year that Ford had the datakeeping technology that enabled them to retain production information. At the end of each model year prior to 1967, the information had to be dumped from Ford's IBM mainframe computers to make room for the new model year. The only hope we may ever have are hard copies unearthed from deep within the archival bowels of Ford from 37 years ago. Unless that happens, we will likely never know the intricate details of production information from 1964 to 1966.

What drives us crazy as historians and enthusiasts is what we don't know about classic Mustang production. When we launched In Search of Mustangs 21 years ago, it was our goal to piece together a production puzzle that would give us a good idea of what happened approaching four decades ago. We've been quite successful in our data-collection efforts, but the information we have (roughly 80,000 units documented) is a drop in the bucket to the 1-2 million units Ford produced between 1964 and 1966. Today, we have a good cross section that paints an informative production picture. Kevin's database completes the puzzle after 1966. Working with Kevin to learn more about Mustang production not only informs us, but also sometimes blows old theories we've been following for ages.

We've learned from Kevin that consecutive unit numbers get way more attention than they deserve. The consecutive unit number has nothing to do with how our Mustangs were positioned on the assembly line, but rather the order in which they were ordered by the sales districts and dealers. For example, if you own 5F08C345656, it doesn't mean 345657 was on the line behind yours. It means 345657 was the next order number to come in behind yours. Consecutive unit numbers are an order number and nothing more.

We get excited over 100001 in any model year. But 100001 is little more than an order number. It's the first order, not necessarily the first unit produced. For all the legend and folklore flying around about 5F08F100001 and 5F07U100002 being the first two Mustangs produced, we have to view the theory that these two were first as somewhat off, based on what we've learned about production in recent times. Even though Ford insiders-who were there-told us 5F08F100001 rolled off the Dearborn assembly line on Monday, March 9, 1964, we're beginning to wonder just how true this is. Ditto for 5F07U100002. There isn't concrete proof that either story is true. What do you think?

Stay tuned to In Search Of Mustangs for continuing updates that will keep you reading the Mustang hobby's most respected information source. Feel free to e-mail us with your Mustang finds at smartj@emapusa.com, or write to us at In Search of Mustangs, Dept. MM, P.O. Box 883, Annandale, VA 22003.

Pony Tales
Faq
This section will appear in Pony Tales every month and will contain information on frequently asked questions. Some items will rotate out, while others will remain here for the foreseeable future.

Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation
Carroll's Children's Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that supports organ donation and transplant research for children. The organization has a quarterly newsletter and sponsors all types of events throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation, contact the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation, 19021 S. Figueroa St., Gardena, CA 90248; (310) 327-5072; www.carrollshelby.org.

Factory Invoices
Lois Eminger has only
Dearborn '69, '70, '71, '72, and '73 invoices for Mustangs and Metuchen '70 invoices. Invoices are $35, and proof of ownership, such as a vehicle registration or a copy of the title, is required. A rubbing from your data plate or VIN would be helpful as well. You may contact Lois at P.O. Box 220, Dearborn, MI 48121-0220.

Vin Info: Ford Customer Service NumberTo request a "History 999" report for your American-made Mustang, call the American Ford Customer Assistance line at (800) 392-3673. If your Mustang was made in Canada, you will need to call the Canadian Customer Service line at (800) 565-3673 and request a Broadcast Sheet. According to Ford PR sources, information is available for only '67-'88 models for right now. You will need to provide them with only your car's VIN. They will fax or mail you a complete list of options for the car.

Netstang
www.mustangii.net
If you think the Mustang II isn't a happening car, you'd better think again. Believe it or not, this supposed redheaded stepchild of the Mustang family was, and still is, quite popular. Click on www.mustangii.net and you'll see why.

Closet fans of the Mustang II should bookmark this site, since it's loaded with everything Mustang II, including online decoders and calculators, Mustang II trivia and commercials, a tech center, a parts identifier, forums, and more. You can even order the original factory invoice of your Mustang II from www.mustangii.net or add your II to the site's MCA-approved registry.

The site is updated frequently (sometimes daily), so you'll always be up on the latest II news.

Cobra Ball Joint Recalled
Ford has issued a recall on the rear control arm ball joint on all '99 Cobras and 2000 Cobra Rs. The recall is 01S15 and concerns the rear control arm ball joint possibly separating from the knuckle, causing contact with the rear tire. This contact can result in hard steering loss or loss of vehicle control. Owners of the above Cobras should see their local Ford dealership for repairs.

Mr. Gasket Acquired
Performance Products Industries (PPI) announced that it has acquired the stock of Mr. Gasket from a wholly owned subsidiary of Dana Corporation. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The purchase includes other such well-known automotive trade names as Hurst, Mallory, ACCEL, DFI, Hays, and Lakewood. Headquartered in Cleveland, with manufacturing facilities in Cleveland and in Carson City, Nevada, Mr. Gasket has been a driving force in the auto-motive performance industry since the '60s. PPI will focus resources on innovative product development, market awareness, and growth through additional acquisitions.

PPI is a private corporation formed to concentrate on the fast-growing automotive performance market. The investment group is led by Mr. Robert Romanelli, former president of Mr. Gasket, and Mr. Robert Tobey, former senior vice president of corporate development for Echlin Inc. (now Dana Corporation's Automotive Aftermarket Group).

Romanelli stated that "The overall automotive industry is undergoing many changes, as is the performance end of the industry. Mr. Gasket is uniquely positioned to serve the performance market, having developed and having under development currently, products to meet and exceed the challenges facing the industry today. With the new management team providing the product and market focus and with Mr. Gasket's dedicated workforce, we will help lead the performance industry through the coming evolution."

Mustang Club Wins Golden Rule Award
The Mississippi Coast Mustang Club was recently awarded the Golden Rule Award by Eagle One in honor of its charitable works. Based in Biloxi, Mississippi, MCMC is active with many charitable organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in which they hold an annual fund raiser drag race. Pictured are some of the members of MCMC. The club members were awarded a plaque, a large supply of Eagle One products, and a supply of Valvoline MaxLife motor oil.

Mustang Tops In Sales
Pre-owned Mustangs are the top-selling cars on the Web site www.ebaymotors.com, a co-branded Web site of eBay Motors and AutoTrader.com.

To commemorate www.ebaymotors.com's one-year anniversary, eBay Motors and AutoTrader compiled a list of the top 10 used cars purchased since the Web site's April 2000 launch date.

"Activity on the site has really taken off, and today you can find almost every kind of car listed for sale," said Simon Rothman, vice president and general manager of eBay Motors. "People seem to be getting much more comfortable with buying and selling vehicles online."

The highest selling Mustang was a '66 Ivy Green GT350, which was featured in Mustang Monthly's July issue ("Top 10 Dream Cars," page 19). And get this, the previous owner was none other than "The Man" himself, Carroll Shelby. All of the other hot-selling Mustangs were Shelbys-a '69 GT500 fastback, a '67 GT500, a '68 GT350, and a '65 Factory Five Racing 427-except for a lone '99 Saleen S281.

Pony Trails Update
Awesome Turnouts In Wet Weather

We've had four Pony Trails, and so far, three have been qualified successes. Weather not withstanding, you folks are proven diehards. Some of you have even gone on to win in your class at the shows the next day!

Ocala, Florida's Trail brought us 111 Mustangs from as far away as Indiana. The morning started out bright and cheery, but soon turned to rain. It was this way for the next three Trails.

Macon, Georgia, was our next stop, and lo and behold, 62 Mustangs showed up on a morning that was cold and threatening rain. Though this Trail saw only sprinkles, we got wet there too.

The Shelby Spring Fling in Nashville, Indiana, brought out 86 cars and enough rain to strangle several Shelbys and not a few frogs. The weather didn't dampen the participants' or the folks' spirits in Shelbyville, who brought out a police escort and even gave us the key to the city; very cool.

We figured our luck would change in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, but it didn't. Approximately 56 Mustangs showed up, even with the very real threat of heavy weather. Luckily, it wasn't the frog strangler we'd experienced in Indiana.

So right now (this was written in June), our leaders are the Ocala clan with 111, followed by Nashville with 86, then Macon with 62. But the Lords of Cruise are coming in July so anything goes.

Steeda Teams Up With Ford
Steeda Autosports has teamed up with Ford Motor Company and Cosworth Technologies to bring you the most advanced performance technology for your Mustang or Ford vehicle.

Under the Technology Transfer Program, Steeda gains access to important data from the engineers that calibrate your engine management system. Steeda combines data from the Ford engineers with its own experience from years of production-based racing to bring you the most advanced performance products you can buy. The Transfer Program is also a two-way street, in that Ford uses the lessons Steeda has learned on the racetrack to make your production vehicle better. Visit Steeda's Web site www.steeda.com for more information.

First Love
Justin Cenzano of Ohio sent us a photo of his vanity license plate for his '66 Mustang GT convertible. Justin, who was living in Arizona at the time, said it took him two years and two rejections from the Department of Motor Vehicles before he decided on "MY1STLV." He went on to say that the first day he put the plate on his car, a woman drove up next to him at a stoplight and asked what is his second love.

The Mustang is currently in storage in Arizona, but Justin has plans to re-restore the convertible that's fully loaded with a 289 4V, an auto tranny, disc brakes, power steering, Deluxe parchment interior, and a power top.