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1965 Mustang questions

Just got my 1965 mustang coupe, 289/2bbl/auto/console/red w/white interior. When did Mustang change to black engine block? Is there a VIN number that will guide me? Is there a site that has accurate photos of an engine bay? Thanks.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2011
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I may be wrong, but I think the 64.5, 65 and 66 engines were black with gold valve covers and air cleaner. Looks like in 67 they went to blue. Someone may correct me. I found this out through the forum as I have a '65 with blue engine from PO rebuild and found out it is not correct.


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The 64.5 260 block was black with blue valve covers and air cleaner, the 65 289 was black with gold VC AND AC and the 66 289 was blue with blue VC and AC.

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Hi pkl: Welcome to AFM. Great forum.

You're getting the correct advice. The 65 289's were black with gold. Things changed for 66. The pic below is my 65 which I believe is mostly correct. If you have questions, let us know.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011
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Mustang Monthly has a good write up on this topic:

Correct Mustang Engine Paint Color V8 1964 289 Photo 6
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011
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Here are some pictures of my 65 C-code 289



This is the correct color scheme for all 1965 C and A code engines. Disregard the blue alternator fan and pulley, unless you've got a late (June/July) 65 Dearborn built car. The standard color should be black alternator fan and pulley.

The biggest difference that you will see in 65 289 details is the layout of the air cleaner decals. Mine is based on a June 65 build date from Dearborn. The color scheme is very typical.

For engine paint, I would suggest Duplicolor "Universal Gold" for the air cleaner and valve covers. It is very close to the original bronzish/gold color. Use Duplicolor "Ford Semi-Gloss Black" for the rest.

If you need some additional pictures of different areas, let me know.

By the way, this is my first post here. If someone could give me a little insight on how to insert an actual picture into a post, I would appreciate the help.
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Here are some photos of my late 65 Dearborn C-code 289. Disregard the blue alternator fan/pulley unless you have a late 65 (June or July build date) Dearborn 289 car. The correct alternator/pulley color is black.

If you're going to use rattle cans to paint your engine, I would suggest Duplicolor's "Universal Gold" engine paint for the air cleaner and valve covers. It is very close to the original bronzish/gold color. Duplicolor's "Ford Semi-Gloss Black" is the correct color for everything else.
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yupp everyone beat me to it. 65 and back was all black/gold and 66 up was ford blue
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