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Old 06-18-2011, 09:45 AM
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Default I feel like I won the lottery.

When I got my 60 there was no data plate on the door.
I hoped to find the ROT sheet under the seats but no luck.
Today I pulled the rear seat back backrest cushion and there it was.
It is in pretty fair shape but very dry and brittle.
What is the best way to try to preserve it?
Should I put it in a ziplock and put it back?
I took these pics of it but feel the original should stay in the car.
Thanks Richard

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Old 06-18-2011, 09:49 AM
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Hey Richard,
Great find!
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Old 06-18-2011, 10:07 AM
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Carefully straighten it and then laminate it or have it laminated and make a few copies for yourself.
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:30 PM
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Looks like its really dry. I would add some moisture by holding it over a boiling kettle. First just do it to a corner to see if that works. Then laminate it.

I had the rear seat off a couple of weeks ago when I put seat belts in. I was hoping to find a wad of green backs but all I found was a parking ticket from 1972 and a Canadian quarter.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:34 PM
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Here's mine...found it in the springs of the back seat. Here is what I found under the carpet!
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:03 AM
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The engine code 'Y' on your ROT sheet would be for a 352 engine, thought your car was equipped with a 430 engine when you started with this restoration. Does the ROT match your car or had the 430 replaced the 352 at some time in the past?
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:18 AM
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I know the ROT sheet has changed over time, I have two for my 65 hardtop. On mine the 'date' has been dropped with only the 'scheduled date' shown. On REM's example the order type is 'L', and the other has a '1' , mine shows an 'L'. Has this been decoded yet? Some think the 'L' is for lease or just dealer stock?
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:39 AM
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I find this all interesting.
What is the significance of "Date" and "Sched Date"
Mine had no data plate on it. Would one of these correspond with the date code of the data plate.
Also mine has a V color code which I find to mean something Rose but it has never been that color.
The serial # on the ROT matches the one on the car.
There was also the remanants of another ROT sheet under the drivers seat but very little of it remained. Not enough left to compare any of it with the other one except tire size and type which matched.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:14 AM
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I don't think it's too unusual to find two ROT sheets in a car. I found a remnant of a second sheet, same "date", also with no radio, so they were probably built together at one point. The "date" would be stamped on the data plate. If you do a search, there's a lot of discussion regarding date codes in earlier posts. Check the "last squarebird" I think.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:22 AM
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Richard, if you do a Search of old threads, there is an enormous one from a couple years ago about "The Last Squarebird". Within that thread is lengthy discussion by some really knowledgeable people about Data Plates, scheduling and the ROT sheets. It is fascinating and informative and will do much to answer your questions (short answer, date on Data Plate does not match actual production date) because people were trying to decide if the Thunderbird in question really was the last one to come off the assembly line based on a collection of information which was contradictory at first glance.

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