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Post by Don Rush » 27 Nov 2011, 18:33

Say you ordered a 73 in black... What color would your filler panel behind the front bumper be?

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Post by 70b302cat » 27 Nov 2011, 21:25

Don Rush wrote:Say you ordered a 73 in black... What color would your filler panel behind the front bumper be?
Looks like argent to me.

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Post by Don Rush » 28 Nov 2011, 09:36

Party spoiler... Notice also this car has a chrome ds remote mirror as per the requirements of a special order paint car. Why? These parts were pre-painted from the suppliers and there was no way for them to guess quantities on special orders.

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Post by snafu » 28 Nov 2011, 14:12

So the filler panel is argent only on special order paint cars?
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Post by 428cougarguy » 06 Dec 2011, 18:01

It looks pretty good in argent. But I bet it would look better if you replaced the 1973 impact bumper style with the 1971 ones....

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Post by blackcat429cj » 10 Dec 2011, 05:54

The interesting point is - Argent was not a "Stock" color so the bumper filler had to be specially painted - so did the the Factory "stocK" argent fillers in case they would get a special paint car order? and did they did the send somebody out back with a paint can? The chrome mirror is a given - that would have been a bin item for standard cougars/mustangs where a remote was ordered without upgrading to racing mirrors.

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Post by blackcat429cj » 10 Dec 2011, 06:03

snafu wrote:So the filler panel is argent only on special order paint cars?
Yes otherwise they were body color. The other item of note - like Don mentioned - Note the chrome door mirror. XR7s had standard body color racing mirrors. so a chrome mirror was substituted - then the purchaser received a credit for the cost difference. usually a 2-3.00 credit.

These items were prepainted "bin" items (painted seperately from the car) - so when lets say a red car came down the line they grabbed a red mirror, or red bumper fillers and attached them to the car. With a special order paint car the vendors didn't have the necessary paint codes so this is how the "substituted" parts so the car could be built with a minimum of hassel.

If the customer wanted these parts to be body color - it was left to the dealer to repaint or replace as necessary.

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Post by Cougrrcj » 22 Jan 2012, 05:34

FWIW, my buddy had a '73 Mustnag 'vert that was special-ordered in a non-standard color - believe it or not there were eight identical '73 Mustang convertibles painted a light metallic green for Cleveland's St Patrick's Day parade. All '73 Mustangs had the bigger urethane body-color 5mph front bumpers... Anyway, that whole shebang - bumper and both the front and rear bumper fillers were painted not quite light argent, but close - they were painted with the normal paint code 5A (Pewter Metallic) since that was still a 'factory' color.

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Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 22 Jan 2012, 10:10

The thing factories do to save a few pennies instead of doing it right.
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Post by blackcat429cj » 14 Feb 2012, 07:00

Cougrrcj wrote:bumper and both the front and rear bumper fillers were painted not quite light argent, but close - they were painted with the normal paint code 5A (Pewter Metallic) since that was still a 'factory' color.
Depending on production date- LT pewter was discontinued as a production color I beleive 21 or 22FEB73. My 73 XR7 Conv was painted LT from the factory but since iit was built in March 73 it was a special order paint car.

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