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It’s a Mid-Year Mustang Five-Fer!

Rough Mustangs

I was up all night, combing through the dusty archives here at Barn Finds, looking for a Mustang hoard the size of this one found here on craigslist. The only one I found close to this size, was Jeff’s post way back in June, 2015, for a group of four Mustang II’s. Well, here are no less than FIVE mid-year ponies, all for $2,500, and located in Leasburg, Missouri.

1964.5 Mustang

I can’t decide whether or not the description is worse than the photos, it’s a toss-up, it really is, but the lot is interesting enough that it may be worth trying to figure out exactly what is being offered here. If I understand it correctly, there is one 1964-½, three 1966 models, and a 1967.


Apparently, all of the cars are six cylinders, except the ’67. The ’64-½ has its original engine and transmission, but no title. All three ’66 models have titles and are all original, but one is missing a drive train. One of these is said to be a single-owner car, with the original window sticker included. Unfortunately, there are no photos or other information provided about this.


This 1967 model, is said to be a V8 car, but is missing its title.

Rough Mustang

The seller’s ad says he will accept $2000 for all five Mustangs, but all of them have at least some rust, and flat tires, and so on, and all have been parked for at least ten years.

Mustang Hoard

This is one stop shopping for the aspiring car-hoarder, or Mustang parts-hoarder. There’s no doubt that all of these are rough. At $500 per copy, are they worth getting in to?


  1. Avatar photo Brian

    ads gone already.

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  2. Avatar photo fred

    Well worth it for parts value alone.

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  3. Avatar photo grant

    Bet that sold in minutes.

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  4. Avatar photo piper62j

    I know it’s too late, but I’m not interested..

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  5. Avatar photo randy

    I agree, that was a steal. Flipper got’em.

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  6. Avatar photo Rick

    FYI – just saying…
    What is a 1964½ Mustang?

    1964½ is a term that is used by Mustang owners and enthusiasts to describe the earliest Mustangs ever built. Although Ford never officially used the term “64 and a half” to describe these cars, they did arrive on
    the market in early 1964, before other true 1965 models. The first Mustang actually rolled off the Dearborn, Michigan assembly line on March 9, 1964. This was in the middle of the normal 1964 model year, giving rise to the common term “1964½” Mustang.

    These early cars also have a large number of important differences from the true 1965 model Mustangs.

    Basically, if the car was built before August 17, 1964 – it will have come with a generator instead of an alternator, and therefore be considered a 64½ Mustang.

    Officially, Ford stamped a 1965 VIN number on all 1964½ and 1965 Mustangs.

    1st Dearborn 64.5 Mustang: 5F08F100001
    1st San Jose 64.5 Mustang: 5RXXX100001

    1st Dearborn 65 Mustang: 5FXXX250001 (1st known fastback – 5F09K250009)
    1st San Jose 65 Mustang: 5RXXX125001

    Many changes came before the cut off date for 64.5 production (Sometime in early August, 1964.) and many came well into the regular 65 production.

    Ford did have a shutdown period for retooling of the Mustang lines in early August, 1964. This is when the switch from generators to alternators was made. When they started back up, the VIN numbers were rounded up to 5FXXX250001 at Dearborn, and 5RXXX125001 at San Jose. To those of us in the hobby, this is the point when the 64.5’s ended and the 65’s started. There was a lot of overlap before and after the shutdown.

    So what’s the difference between a ’64-1/2 and a ’65 Mustang?

    Not much and yet everything. From 50 feet away, they look the same; close up, they host quite a number of differences. The ’64-1/2 Mustangs have always been ’65 Mustangs–always. As enthusiasts, we call them “’64-1/2” because it’s easier to say, but it’s also a cult thing. Early ’65 Mustangs have the distinction of being the first block of Ponies ever produced. They were an integral part of the Mustang madness that swept the world in 1964. And if you have a “’64-1/2” built at Dearborn, that makes it even more significant in the relative scheme of things, because it was born in the motherland.

    When the Mustang entered production early in March 1964, it didn’t have many of the refinements it would have later on; call it a reskinned Falcon with bucket seats. To be a ’64-1/2 at all, a Mustang has to be factory-equipped with a generator charging system, a 170ci six (U-code), a 260 2V (F-code), or a 289 4V (D-code) low-compression, large horns mounted down on the frame behind the radiator, a brake light pressure switch on the master cylinder, a center “off” heater fan switch, and a generator charge light, just to name the basics. These are features exclusive to Mustangs built between early March and July 31, 1964 (scheduled build date code only). The ’64-1/2 Mustang is simply an early-production unit without the refinements that came later. And another thing, Ford never built a production ’64-1/2 Mustang fastback…evar.(note period at end of sentence)

    …just saying…and I am a HUGE mustang fan

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    • Avatar photo MikeW

      Well said Rick. The only thing I can add is the only real difference in the bodies is the radiator core support, it has 3 extra louvers next to the battery cooling slots. Here is a link to my yahoo group that’s been around since 1997, but is losing members due to facebook. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/classicmustang/info

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    • Avatar photo Keith

      Rick everything you’ve said is correct. However, there were some slight exceptions (as there always are with everything). For example, I have a 65 which was built right around the cut-off (or switch over) date from “early” to “late” production. For example, my car is a “T” code (200ci) but has a 170ci engine (and yes it’s original as I bought the car from the original owner). It has an alternator, yet has a green dot shifter. There are a few other little oddities about it, basically it’s a mix of “early” and “late” production.

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      • Avatar photo Rocco

        The green dot(green dot in the middle position of a 3-speed trans for drive) shifting trans is in all ’65-’66 automatic Mustangs. They didn’t start the 1-2-drive shift pattern in any Ford until ’67.

        Just information for everyone.

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  7. Avatar photo James

    The one shot of the interior looks like it has the hardback “deluxe” seats found in 1967 Mustangs with the Deluxe interior option with the brushed aluminum dash. If they are, they alone are worth about what he is asking for the entire lot.

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  8. Avatar photo PRA4SNW

    That’s the first time I’ve heard the term “mid-year” in reference to Mustangs.
    63 – 67 Corvettes come immediately to my mind.

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    • Avatar photo MikeW

      The GT option was a mid year thing.

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  9. Avatar photo PRA4SNW

    Hey Barn Finds operators:
    I’m not sure how to ask this question other than to post it as a Cooment:

    Will “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” feature ever be fixed? I like being able to follow along with the comments, but this feature hasn’t seemed to work for awhile now.


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    • Avatar photo Jesse Staff

      It should be working again. We will take a look at it again though. Next time you can just email us at mail@barnfinds.com Thanks!

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    • Avatar photo Jesse Staff

      It looks like you either entered your email address incorrectly or your server is blocking emails from us. Please check the address you have been using first and then we can look into the other possibility. Thanks!

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      • Avatar photo Rocco

        Just for information. Mine has never stopped working.

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      • Avatar photo PRA4SNW

        Thanks for the response, Jesse, I will look into it.

        The funny thing is, if someone responds to an item that is a couple of months old, I get those emails. Anything newer than that, I don’t get.

        Like this one, I had to remember which item I posted this in.
        I’ll let you know what I find out.

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      • Avatar photo PRA4SNW

        Yep, bad email was the culprit! At work, it was set incorrectly but at home it is set correctly. That’s why I would get some responses and not others – I mostly read and post during lunchtime at work.


        Thanks again for the response.

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  10. Avatar photo MikeW

    I wouldn’t give much for a U code, but the core support might be worth the price to bring back a D code.

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  11. Avatar photo Marty Member

    Just to be clear, although the ad is gone now, the text of it said the price was $2000 for all five cars, making these an even more enticing deal at $400 each!

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