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    Default How rare is a brown 80/81 Cobra

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    Please post the buck tag and door tag here. Thanks.
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    Door tag?
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    I can tell you that I know probably more than anybody else regarding buck tag codes, and even I don't know what all of the codes mean, so you're not going to be able to decode the buck tag completely.

    MUSTANG = Mustang model line
    181626 = 81,626th 1980 Ford scheduled for production at Dearborn Assembly
    61R = Mustang 3-dr hatchback
    D = 4.2L V8 engine
    0079 = body & paint rotations #0079
    8AA = Dark Chamois Metallic exterior paint color
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    TT = Black lower exterior paint color (lower tu-tone)
    ST
    LL = liftgate louvers
    AC = manual air conditioner
    07 = YES rear louvers, YES rear wing, NO rear defrost, NO rear washer/wiper
    S = speed control (cruise control)
    CBR = Cobra package model/trim level
    07 = rear-facing non-functonal full length hood scoop
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    Are the wheels factory? I canít find anything that says they are, and the only other brown 80í/81í Cobra Iíve been able to find through google has the same wheels. I doubt itís the same car.
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    Wow, holy crap i didnt know that other than pace cars, that others had the full length hood scoops.

    Oh by the way looks to be alot of work but nice save for a cool color combo!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godmode86 View Post
    Are the wheels factory? I can’t find anything that says they are, and the only other brown 80’/81’ Cobra I’ve been able to find through google has the same wheels. I doubt it’s the same car.
    Wow how cool would that be if it was the same car, has same stripe, and rear louvers.... interesting

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    It needs everything including a roof. It’s rusted from a pillar to a pillar with a couple holes out back too. Thanks! The seller was going to scrap them on a Monday, so I sealed the deal on Sunday. By them I mean this Cobra, a 79’ low option Capri, and an 85’ Capri.

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    Those wheels were not factory. They're aftermarket.

    OEM wheels for all Cobras were forged metric aluminum "TRX".

    The louvers on your 1980 Dearborn #81262 were factory. The louvers on the above unknown Cobra are aftermarket.
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    How can you tell that they are aftermarket? And are there any numbers as to how many got louvers from the factory?

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    It's the number of 'slats' on the louvers. Factory louvers had 12 slats. Aftermarket louvers had 10 or less.

    You'd have to contact Marti Auto Works and pay them to research for you how many 1980 Cobra had louvers.
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    Gotcha. Thanks for your help! Itís nice to know that I can probably sell the louvers for what I have in the car lol, but thatíll never happen.

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    Nice rare find with that colour! Too bad on the condition.

    Does it have the Recaro seat interior? That would be cool!

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    I found these for you on my drive too:

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxChassis View Post
    8AA = Dark Chamois Metallic exterior paint color
    It kind of looks the same as dark clove or maybe it's the lighting.

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Size:  102.3 KBNo Recaro seats.. itís a nightmare to think what it would take to restore this car. The lower half is solid, but the roof..

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    VIN
    0 = 1980 model year
    F = Dearborn Assembly
    03 = Mustang 3-dr hatchback
    D = 4.2L V8 engine
    181626 = 81,626th 1980 Ford scheduled for production at Dearborn Assembly

    Door Tag
    Date - 11/79 = November 1979 scheduled build
    Front GAWR - 2128 lb/965 kg = front gross axle weight rating
    Exterior Paint Colors - 8A 1C = Dark Chamois Metallic upper (8A) and Black lower (1C) tu-tone paint
    Body - 61R = Mustang 3-dr hatchback
    A/C - A = manual air conditioner
    S - [blank] = no sunroof
    Tr - W = C4 automatic transmission
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    Put on another roof skin. Its not that bad really. Give it to me. I'll fix it.
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    If the rest of the body is solid and you have a clear title. That would be worth restoring in my opinion.
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    Thanks for the breakdown Foxchassis!

    The real question is will an 80’ Cobra be worth anything being primarily an appearance package option? I understand they’re somewhat rare, but it’s a 255, auto, non Recaro, non t-top car. Since it needs a roof and I’ve always wanted a t-top, do you guys think it could hurt the future potential value of the car if I were to do that? T-tops seem to be hot right now, but given the rarity I might feel more inclined to go back original as possible so I don’t have to take that gamble. I’m obviously torn, so what do you guys think?

    It it doesn’t have a title. I purchased it from a guy that owns a wrecker service. He towed the car 15 years ago. Also, if anyone knows a way to check a vin for free please let me know. 11-digit vins are hard to run according to every page I’ve come across online.

    Do 255s have a special number casted into them, or are they just a continuation of the standard 302 w/ smaller bores?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    Nice rare find with that colour! Too bad on the condition.

    Does it have the Recaro seat interior? That would be cool!

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    Damn bro, those Recaros are gorgeous!!!! They're in your Cobra?
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    Pic came from this thread, I think: http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...olored-recaros

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4-barrel Mike View Post
    Pic came from this thread, I think: http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthre...olored-recaros

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