Jim Smart
November 1, 2001
Photos By: Mustang Monthly Archives, Jim Haskell

FAQThis 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 FoundationCarroll'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 InvoicesLois 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 delivered to 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.

Now That's Art!If you can't afford the real thing, at least you can own a poster of one. Design Factory, a leading designer of automotive prints and posters, has limited-edition and numbered prints of some of your favorite model-year Mustangs by automotive designer Jim Gerdom. Gerdom designed the limited-edition '65 Shelby Mustang GT350R print shown here, as well as limited-edition prints of a '6411/42 Mustang convertible, the '62 Mustang I Prototype, the '69 Mustang Boss 302, and the 35th anniversary Mustang poster.

For more information on these posters or to request a catalog, contact Design Factory at Dept. MM, P.O. Box 14037, Lenexa, KS 66285-4037; (888) 268-9933.

Netstang]www.428cobrajet.org/forum.html For those of you who haven't visited the Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Registry's Web site in a while, Scott Hollenbeck of Fairfax Station, Virginia, recently set up a discussion forum where everyone can "share information, ask questions, and otherwise get to know each other better." The registry's Web site, www.428cobrajet.org/forum.html, even has a classified section. The home page, www.428cobrajet.org, has links to registry statistics, member vehicles, factory production info, CJ facts and fallacies, restoration services, and more. So if you want to register your 428 Cobra Jet, here's the place to do it.

GPT 300 Becomes Barry GrantBarry Grant, president of GPT 300, recently announced the corporate name of Grant Performance Technologies/GPT 300 became Barry Grant.

"Since we established the 'Grant Performance Technologies' and 'GPT 300' names, there has been a fair amount of confusion about the correct way to refer to the companies or brand names that comprise the company," said Grant. "We have viewed this change as a return of the company's identification to our traditional 'Barry Grant' name."

The name change was the result of the distribution system desiring to see a return to the strong link between the brand names and the Barry Grant name and a survey taken by consumers to tie name recognition to products. "A strong showing indicated that indeed the name was highly recognized," said Grant, "but there wasn't a strong linkage between the name and the company's brand names."

The four branded subsidiary companies, BG Fuel Systems, Demon Carburetion, NitrousWorks, and the latest-Rush Performance Filters, will be identified in close conjunction with the "Barry Grant" corporate logo in advertising and packaging.

The company's Internet Web site URL address has changed to www.barrygrant.com. The old address, www.gpt300.com, is linked to the new address to allow access to the new site.

Www.Mustangmonthly.Com Takes Consumers Inside Sema Show 2001For the first time ever, www.mustangmonthly.com takes consumers inside the walls of the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) Show, the largest trade-only show for the automotive aftermarket.

Each year, the best new products of tomorrow are unveiled at SEMA. From new vehicle launches and tricked-out project cars and trucks to the hottest high performance parts, they'll all be there, and www.mustangmonthly.com offers a window to the excitement of this year's show, October 30-November 2, 2001, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

It all starts with a kick-off party. Then, our fully functioning multimedia studio will deliver the sights, sounds, and innovations of this everything-automotive mega show, open only to automotive industry manufacturers and dealers. You'll have the opportunity to see the products, personalities, and behind-the-scenes action of more than 1,000 vendors, covering a staggering 620,000 square feet of floor space. Plus, you can participate by voting online for your favorite project cars.

Log onto www.mustangmonthly.com to check out the schedule for SEMA Show 2001 and see which companies we'll spotlight. Once the show begins, there will be nearly real-time coverage with exciting sneak peeks at all the products you'll see on the shelves next year.

And watch for special post-SEMA Show coverage in the pages of our Feb. '02 issue.

Calling All Registries, Calling All RegistriesMustang Monthly reader Ray Meyers of Raleigh, North Carolina, recently e-mailed us about the '67 S-code Registry's Web site we featured in our July 2000 issue. Ray attempted to access the registry's now-defunct Web site. After a couple of searches, we were able to locate an active S-code registry: www.1967mustang.com/S-Code_Topics_new.htm. When you click on "Letter from the Webmaster," it will link to you a notation that the www.1967mustang.com registry is still under construction. Apparently, the Webmaster is working on the dynamic portion of the site as well as the addition of the "stack" registry. He goes on to say he wants "a complete Web site that supports Dynamic HTML. Once completed...I will add the submitted registries as time permits." Ray, keep checking the site periodically.

GT350 Regional RoundupsAn attempt to organize regional roundups for 20th Anniversary car owners throughout the country is currently underway. The purpose is to assemble as many of these cars for regional photo shoots as possible and ultimately create a large poster depicting all regional gatherings for 2001. Organizers are looking at established events to have their roundup. For more information, e-mail GT350@yahoogroups.com or contact Gene Shepler at (724) 222-4389.

The End Of The Line For 1968 Sends Two Mustangs To New York And One To Canada-Second In A Multipart SeriesWe're just having so much fun sharing really cool information with you from the mind of Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works. Kevin has been faxing information to us for In Search of Mustangs from his vast database, which was graciously provided to him by Ford Motor Company. As hobbyists, we appreciate what both Kevin and Ford have been doing for us for many years now. Thanks to their efforts, we know the truth about '67-'73 Mustang production, with answers we could have only dreamed of 10 years ago. With that, let's get down to the last units ordered for 1968.

What is it about the first and last of anything that gets us excited? We're intrigued with 100001 because it represents the beginning. A number such as 220820 gets lost in the shuffle because it's just another number. Or is it? Enter 8F01T220820, a humble Wimbledon White six-cylinder hardtop with a black interior (can you say "vanilla"?). This is your eighth grade science teacher's car. Good gas mileage, no frills, and it's the last '68 Mustang ordered from the Dearborn assembly plant.

Ford scheduled the last '68 Mustang at Dearborn for August 26, 1968. Then it was shipped to Sud Automobile in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. Ironically, this is another odd duck with a DSO code that doesn't match its destination. The last '68 Dearborn Mustang was scheduled for DSO 33, Detroit. Call it a simple order with a C4 Select Shift, a 200-six, 6.95x14 whitewall pizza cutters, and an AM radio.

The next one may tend to throw you. B. Kotler Ford in Franklin Square, New York, probably had no idea where the Lime Gold hardtop they ordered would come from, nor that it would be the last '68 Mustang ordered from the San Jose, California, plant located in suburban Milpitas. Enter 8R01T172265, a Sprint A hardtop your eighth grade science teacher might have viewed as too extravagant with C-stripes and a dash of color. The last San Jose Mustang ordered for 1968 sported a three-speed manual transmission, a 200-six, full wheel covers, 6.95x14 tires, and a zippier 3.20:1 axle for better acceleration. Inside, there were black vinyl bucket seats.

We tend to be intrigued by the San Jose plant origin for a New York district car. However, plant origin was determined by supply and capacity. If Dearborn or Metuchen couldn't build it, San Jose did. Then it was shipped across the continent by rail.

As the '68 Mustang production was winding down at the Metuchen plant, just south of Newark, New Jersey, and the New York metro area, the final order entered the system from a Western New York Ford dealer. Production of 8T01S226481 began in earnest on a hot, sticky July day. Those dog days of summer leave us looking ahead to fall, settling down and grooving into winter. It's no wonder the last '68 Mustang scheduled at Metuchen was a cool car for sure: an Acapulco Blue GT hardtop with black standard interior, 390 High-Performance V-8, a C6 Select-Shift, power disc brakes, power steering, whitewall tires, and an AM radio.

Lucchesi Ford of Seneca Falls, New York, ordered this hardtop and delivered it to an excited buyer. Seneca Falls is southeast of Rochester, which sits on Lake Ontario. Head west on I-90 on your way out of Albany, the state capital, and Seneca Falls is on your right a couple of hours away.

You might be wondering about the last '68 Metuchen Mustang in our In Search of Mustangs database, which happens to be 8T01S226479, just two orders away from 8T01S226481, also delivered to DSO 37, Buffalo.

If you would like to know more about Kevin Marti's vast database and how Marti Auto Works can help you with your Mustang's history, contact him at Marti Auto Works, Dept. MM, 12007 W. Peoria, El Mirage, AZ 85335; (623) 935-2558. For more information on the Mustang Production Guide series and In Search of Mustangs, write to us at In Search of Mustangs, Dept. MM, P.O. Box 883, Annandale, VA 22003. You're also invited to e-mail us at smartj@emapUSA.com.