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Old 08-05-2011, 12:42 AM
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Hi Guys
I have a question on my black J code

Physically it's a 60, but the VIN J9YH146272 is a 59 and a genuine J code car. It was a 25 May 59 build as I have part of the ROT.
The obvious tells me that sometime in it's past someone converted it to look like a 60.
Was there ever any pre production factory cars for use at motor shows?

Any input would be great

Richard
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:18 AM
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Hi Richard,

About the only two people that I can think of that can answer that question is "Fuz" Johnson and Alan Tast. Maybe one of them will check in and give you an answer on that.
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We ran into this less than a year ago with an eBay listing. The seller had the same situation and he proved his car was really a '60 with a '59 VIN. His was also a J code.

At first I didn't believe Ford could make such a big mistake but very apparently they did.

Check the different vin locations to help verify your numbers. I recommend this site:
http://www.lovefords.org/Vin/location/vin-location.htm

Another 'proof'; see if your tail light sheetmetal panel has been hacked to accept different year housings.
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Thanks Dave

I know mine has the same VIN on the frame on the passenger side (can just see it past the 430) and the tailight housings are as per original.
Not like you can just bolt a 60 body on a 59 frame

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A couple of unusual things pop out at me. The rear hash marks don't look like the early type that were screwed on and farther toward the back. Also the chrome roof trim looks like it has grooves, not smooth like an early production '60. Of course this could have been replaced. If all serial numbers point to a '59 someone did one heck of a job making it look like a '60.
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I know on my 59 J code has it on the cross member under the oil pan the vin numbers stamped on it on top of it right in the middle ,might be hard to see.Maybe a mirror or carbon paper you could rub it to see if it would come out on paper.Is the inside all 60 style ,seats ,door panels?Tom

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My 1960 J-Code also has the VIN# stamped on the inside right fender apron, along the lip down towards the motor mount area.

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what color is the vin tag I think 59 was gold and 60 was black it should start 9J or 0J this is a good one
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After looking at the pictures again I'm almost 100% convinced that your car came from the factory as a mid-late 1960, not an early pre-production car. The level of detail it would take to convert a '59 to a '60 and make it look factory like yours would be monumental. Just to fill all the holes from the original emblems and getting the new emblems in just the right spot would be very difficult. I would be very curious to check where the front emblem and fender emblems are underneath to see if any holes were filled in. If it indeed came from the factory like that then why the J9 serial number. Does the data plate look like it has the original rivets. I assume the ROT was found under the seats which is another oddity. Is there enough of it left to verify the color and interior code. It's certainly a mystery.
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It all seems to be a 60 when looking at things
I have just redone the interior it did have all 60 door panels but had 59 seat trim. I redid it with all 60.
The roof trim I replaced but had a groove one to start with.

My 60 golde has the smooth trim and is an early 60 it also has the VIN on the inner fender on the passenger side where as the 59/60 has it on the frame rail near the upper suspension arm.

I have attached he data plate which looks original all these pics are from when I bought the car

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