1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible
Let’s take a walk down memory lane!! It is March 9, 1964 and Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is starting production of the all new Mustang. To say that Ford people are excited is a large understatement. “This is the car you never expected from Detroit”. That was Ford’s slogan when preparing for their debut of the Mustang on April 17, 1964.
Approximately 16,000 Mustangs were made between March 9th and April 17, 1964. On the first day of sales, Ford was already 6,000 cars behind. Ford sold 22,000 Mustangs in one day!! They already had a waiting list for cars after the first day. At 9:30 PM on April 16th, Ford aired what may have been one of TV’s first “infomercial”, unveiling the new Mustang simultaneously on ABC, CBS and NBC in a series of commercials. It is estimated that 29 million people watched these commercials. The media blitz continued on Friday morning and throughout the weekend in 2,600 newspapers with stories and advertisements. By the time Ford Dealers opened their door on Friday April 17th, crowds were surrounding the dealerships. The United States was in a complete frenzy over the new Mustangs.
Let me tell you about this car now. Besides the fact that it is a ’64 ½ Convertible, (which is very rare and very cool), it has a great number of highly desirable options. This car has about as many options as you can get on a Mustang. It has power steering, factory A/C with A/C console, front seat belts (these are incredible condition), back-up lights, AM/FM radio with cassette that fits into the holes (in case you want to replace it with an original radio), style steel wheels with red lines tires ( has a new red line tire in the trunk that has never been on the ground). Also has jack, lug wrench and hold down assemblies for the jack. Please note what appears to be the original carburetor with original tag on it, plus original engine tag on the engine. This is also very rare.
I have been looking long and hard for a nice early convertible and when I ran across this ’64 ½ Convertible I was really excited. The body on the car is in extremely nice condition including the underside of the car as you can see for yourself. Please note how nice the red oxide primer looks on the rear end.
When you have a ’64 ½ Mustang, you like to tell people all the unique features that this car has that NONE of the other models have. This is the ONLY ’64 ½ Mustang first series that I have ever found that has its original gas cap. I have been in the business for 45 years and you would think I would have seen one before, but, this tells you how rare this item is. These Mustang’s had a generator and this car has the proper type and probably the original one. They also had an “A” on the pull knob for the vent on the driver’s side which this car has. There is also a beveled bezel on the body of the car. This is an F code 260 engine. That was ONLY available in 1964 ½!
The generator system used a large voltage regulator with separate terminals. The horns are very unique to these early cars and are not even mounted on the radiator core support, but on the frame rails in the engine compartment. A relay located beneath the voltage regulator activates these big horns. Eaton power steering pumps were a ’64 ½ item and a way to tell if your car came from the factory with A/C was to see your external reservoir mounted on the inner fender. This is what you see on our car here. All ’64 ½ Mustangs had battery cooling vents (louvers) due to the generator charging system, which made batteries run hotter. All ‘64 ½ cars had hood bumpers with visible screw heads. Some, but not all ’64 ½ engines had cast-iron water pump pulleys as our does. Most ‘64 ½ cars had Autolite distributors with an oil wick. All ’64 ½ Mustangs had a brake light switch screwed into the master cylinder. Hood hinges were painted black. All ’64 ½ had a clip style door handles. Color keyed lock buttons were used on the ’64 ½ cars. All of the items listed above are on this car which shows how original it is. It is very rare to have all these items still on a ’64 ½ car.
When we are documenting how original a car is, we always look at each major part on the car for a date code. IF you are unfamiliar with this process, here is how it works. Take for instance the trunk on this car. It has on it 6/15/2C. In Ford speak this means the part was made on June 15th during the second shift. When you see original items like this, it tells you it has never been in a collision in the rear of the car where the rear trunk would have been replaced. It also tells you that the rear trunk lid has not rusted out and been replaced. The build date of this car was June 22, 1964, so obviously all parts must be made before that date.
Now, let’s go to the front of the car. The front two fenders are also date coded with 5/27/3C on the passenger side and 6/1/3C on the driver’s side. Also, the female latch assembly has a date code of 6/4/2A on it. So you would surmise by these dates on the front of the car that it has never been in a front end collision as these parts would have been replaced.
Now, let’s go to the rocker panels. One rocker panel has a date code of 5/6/3A on it and the other as has a code of 5/27/2A. Obviously, with these codes on the rocker that tells you they have never been rusted out and replaced. So, in conclusion, we have date codes on the front, rear and middle of the car which is very rare for ANY ‘60’s car. You can also see how nice the underside of the car is.
This Mustang has had a great deal of money spent on it fairly recently. I will try to tell you everything that has been done to it, but I am sure I will forget some items as we are still detailing the engine compartment and doing other items to it. Here goes; dual exhaust, new shocks, convertible top, style steel wheels with red line tires, glove box, new brake lines all around plus new A/C compressor, condenser, dryer and Freon and all new A/C lines. I also had the A/C face plate totally re-chromed and installed new A/C vents. We are in the process of stripping to bare metal the radiator core support and bead blasting a great number of the pieces in the engine compartment. This car will be as correct as any 1964 ½ car in the country when we finish with it! Whomever buys it should be very proud to drive it and take it to various car show in their area.
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Below are the Special Items with Explanations
4E27 4 = 1964 E = MAY 27 = 27TH DAY DATE ON INTAKE MANIFOLD
INTAKE MANIFOLD C = THE 60’S DECADE 4 = 1964
260 = engine size 65 1965 engine year (according to Ford) 1 = level change next line 4 = 1964 F = MONTH = JUNE 492 B = 260 ENGINE WITH AUTOMATIC
Not a 64.5 item but RARE ITEM. Most were lost years ago!
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Road draft tube off of intake manifold
Separate oil fill tube not on valve cover
No oil fill as on most other Mustangs
Early 1964.5 Crankshaft Pulley
Remote power steering assembly. These came with factory A/C cars.
Vent knob on drivers side with an A on it. Only 1964.5 cars had these.
1964.5 horns mounted on frame rails not radiator core support
Generator light on dash only, on 1964.5 cars.
1964.5 belts in unbelievable shape.
Ford inscription on back of seat belt - Note date 1-64 on bottom left corner
Mustang script is only 4 3/8 inches long not 5 inches as usual.
VERY RARE 1964.5 gas cap. Only one I have ever had!!
Date codes on ORIGINAL ROCKERS
76 on rockers indicating it is a Convertible
Date code of 5 27 of 64
Original weep holes on rockers
Note how clean the rockers are!
Date code for underneath on extra convertble support
Rear end tag
Carb tag for 260 car
Please note the original oil fill for the distributor as on 1964 1/2 cars
On the trunk you can see the date code is June 15
1964.5 cars had these because the batteries got hotter than alternator cars