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Old 02-04-2019, 03:52 PM
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Ford Mustang Red Book

While searching around to find production information on my 83 5.0 GLX Mustang Convertible (Body Style Code P27F) I found the "Ford Mustang Red Book 1964 1/2 - 2005" book by Peter Sessler
Does anyone know how accurate the production information is in the book?
The book does have some information on my particular vehicle that quite frankly surprised me and spiked my interest in confirming the information.
According to the book, there were 6369 P27F Body Code vehicles produced of which 1001 were GT's. (8 prototypes & 993 shipped to dealers of which 16 shipped to Canada)
I know my Mustang is not one of the 16 GT's shipped to Canada but it is either one of the 352 Medium Charcoal Metallic - Code 1B or 259 Silver Metallic - Code 1G (hard to tell B or G on the tag) vehicles produced which in turn could potentially make it a rare vehicle, at least here in Canada.

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Old 02-05-2019, 08:27 PM
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Sounds about right. There weren't that many convertibles. I had an 83 GT hatchback, new, back in the day.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:21 AM
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Thanks for your response
I've since learned, from at tip on another forum and finding the original metal stamped body tags that the car color is one of the 259 Silver Metallic Mustangs produced. I also found on line a pic of an identical vehicle showing a red pinstripe down the sides that my car is missing. Something that is good to know when it comes time to paint the car next winter

I know one shouldn't expect much when it comes to putting a value on a classic vehicle based strictly on rarity. However having said that, knowing the "Pony's Pedigree" (pardon the pun) sometimes helps when it comes to deciding to do a factory restoration cruiser or tricking the car out with a lot of performance upgrades, Right now I'm leaning towards the Factory Cruiser with some performance upgrades like "Shorty" headers and replacing the Holley Carburetor with a bolt on EFI
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'83 was the first year for the 4bbl carb, IIRC. If it is, perhaps consider staying with the carb. They are either Holley, or Holley based if I remember right...like a 600 vacuum. They are very easy to strip/re-build, and modify/tune. Maybe I'm just old...

Is the car a stick, or automatic? I had an '85 LX (somewhere in '84-'85 they lost the G) back in the day. I miss that car.
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'83 was the first year for the 4bbl carb, IIRC. If it is, perhaps consider staying with the carb. They are either Holley, or Holley based if I remember right...like a 600 vacuum. They are very easy to strip/re-build, and modify/tune. Maybe I'm just old...

Is the car a stick, or automatic? I had an '85 LX (somewhere in '84-'85 they lost the G) back in the day. I miss that car.
It is something to consider holding on to the Holley 600 CFM Carburetor. The carb has the "not to be messed with or near impossible to mess with" sealed jets so to make the engine comply with the Emissions regulations of the day. When asking about overhauling it I get a lot of "won't touch it" or cautious worried looks from many older mechanics in my neck of the woods. I've also looked at swapping the carburetor with a "rebuilt" one that costs close to $1000 and no guarantee it will work/perform any better than the original without some major headaches. Considering an EFI kit is $1400 and improves reliability makes the decision to swap the Carburetor for an EFI kit very close to a "No Brainer"

The transmission is the T5-Borg Warner which gave me some anxious moments when I first got the car, considering an "Out of Adjustment" Clutch and having not driven a standard in almost 30 years

When the Convertible came out in 83 they didn't come off the line that way. They came off the line as GLX Coupes that were sent to an Auto Custom shop to have the roofs removed and made into convertibles

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