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Might have found the car that belongs to my transmission

Discussion in 'General Mustang Discussion' started by Starfury, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. Starfury

    Starfury Active Member

    This post comes with back story, so reader beware:)

    I sold an intake manifold to a local Mustang hobbyist just now, and after bullshitting about the several Mustangs he's restoring and my fastback sitting out front, we figured out that the close-ratio toploader in my fastback may belong to one of his early K code cars.

    I picked up the transmission years ago for chump change from an auto shop in Paso Robles, CA, who told me they pulled it out of an F100 hot rod they were working on. At the time, I ran the tag and discovered that the transmission was a close-ratio out of an early K code Mustang (65 or 66, can't recall atm). $250 covered the transmission with freshly rebuilt innards, as well as matching Hurst shifter and linkage, which was an absolute steal.

    The guy who just bought the manifold from me said that he bought this K code car from San Luis Obispo, which is about 30min south of Paso Robles. The original owner was handicapped and apparently had a local hot rod shop convert the car from a manual to an auto.

    We both put the pieces together while we were talking, and the guy just lit up at the possibility that he might find the numbers matching transmission for his car. He's going to send me his VIN later tonight, and I'm going to try to jack the car up tomorrow to compare with the hypothetical VIN stamp on the bottom of the transmission case. I wasn't aware they had VINs stamped on those, but he's pretty certain. In any case, the prospect of uniting original K code drivetrain parts with their parent car is exciting, to say the least.
  2. BLAKE

    BLAKE Member

    That's a cool story. If it's a match, it sounds like the new owner needs to buy you a Tremec and all of the associated swap parts.
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  3. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    I've never been to big on numbers matching concurs stuff for myself but it is a cool story. A guy I work with has a Chevy II that had a similar story. He bought the car without the engine and it was a rare 327 4 speed car with a rare color combo that made it pretty valuable. Anyway, he somehow years later hooked up with a guy who selling a lifted K10 Chevy truck with a 327 in it that supposedly came out of a Chevy II. They got to looking together at numbers and sure enough it was the original engine for his car. They were able to make a deal and the car was fully restored.
    Anyway, good luck!
  4. Starfury

    Starfury Active Member

    Yeah, I'm not in the numbers matching scene (I have no qualms about hodge-podging my C code car together), but I can appreciate the value of a verifiable numbers matching K code car.

    I'll get it jacked up tomorrow and report back.
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  5. Starfury

    Starfury Active Member

    Damn, no dice:(

    Same year and build plant, but the trans has a coupe VIN stamping and he has a fastback.
  6. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    bummer, I guess
  7. Starfury

    Starfury Active Member

    Yeah, kinda. Not many reasons I would give up my close-ratio toploader, but that would be one of them.
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  8. GrabberOrange69

    GrabberOrange69 Troglodyte

    I believe all "K" code cars had the VIN stamped in the trans and the block, and I believe all Shelby's of all years too. My '69 Shelby has the VIN stamped on the trans.
  9. crustycurmudgeon

    crustycurmudgeon Well-Known Member

    My '67 toploader has the VIN stamped. C code.
  10. GrabberOrange69

    GrabberOrange69 Troglodyte

    Yep, lots of permutations. I think 68 or 69 the feds made it mandatory for the block.

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