Remember when?
#11
That's right ! Society of Automotive Engineers - SAE
and last two digits of the model year.
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#12
That is a good way to tell the year as long as they changed the lenses in some way from year to year. A 66 Chevy could have a taillight lense with a 62 or 64 on it depending on what year they first made that lense. But it would get you in the ball park. Ran a salvage yard for a couple years, you learn all kinds of neat stuff running a salvage yard. JTS 71 Mach1
"We built these cars to drive the "HELL" out of them, not to be museum pieces!"  Carroll Shelby

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#13
Do you remember when cars didn't even have seat belts and the dashboards were steel. Drum brakes all around and bias ply tires. It's amazing to think we would be driving cars with 300hp or more with those safety features.
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#14
To JTS - This is true, but until the mid '70's most manufacturers re-tooled every year, especially in the '60's. Unveiling the new models back then was a big deal, and I think one would be hard-pressed to point out any American car built in the 60's (other than the '63-'67 corvette) which wasn't easily distinguishable from it's previous years design. Even if different year vehicles shared the same platform, (frame, roof, doors, and side body panels) ALMOST invariably, the front and rear of the cars were different from year to year. After the mid seventies, well - not so much.
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'03 P-71 interceptor
'04 P-71 interceptor
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#15
62-64 Chevy II / Nova (3yrs), 64-66 Mustang (3yrs), 68-70 Shelby (3yrs), 66-67 Nova (2yrs), 68-69 Nova (2 yrs) 68-69 AMX (2yrs), etc. JTS 71 Mach1
Ps the 68 to 70 Shelby's did change bodywise, but the taillights were the same.

There are others.
"We built these cars to drive the "HELL" out of them, not to be museum pieces!"  Carroll Shelby

2008 Mustang V6 5 speed "Diablo Sport Predator" tuner, 87 octane tune. WOW!
1994 Ford F150 Shortbed
1986 Honda 450 Rebel
1995 Honda Pacific Coast
1989 Jacobra / Jag xjs
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#16
Ok JTS, so you want to pick the fly shit out of the pepper shaker? Fine. #1. The grille on the 64 chevy II was different from the 62.
#2. I can tell a '65 Mustang from a '66 at a quick glance. (And I
am sure a lot of '64 1/2-'66 enthusiasts in this club can too.
#3. The '66-'67 novas are virtually identical - I'll give you that -
but then again, I've never actually have been in a life or
death situation having to tell the differences between the
two. I would just ask the owner if I really needed to know.
#4. '68 nova has ignition on dash, '69 has ignition switch on
steering column, as all '69 GM cars made the change.
#5. '68-'69 AMX had subtle interior differences, but not enough
changes to make them easily distinguishable. AMC
couldn't afford to re-tool anyway. Their market share was
piss poor.
These are things I know off the top of my head. Guys that are INTO these cars can probably mention more. When the Mustang hit the showrooms, it was an instant hit with unprecedented sales. Ford was riding this wave all the way to the beach - no need to make any drastic changes, after all, it's all about the $. The chevy II was a price beater and, except for the SS model, the car was a basic mode of transportation. In other words, buyers of this car didn't really care if it looked different from the previous model, as long as it was dependable. And lastly, aside from the '69 and '70 Shelbys (which WERE the same) they are easily distinguishable. The general point of my original post was that there were styling changes, for the MOST part, in successive model years, as opposed to cars built since the mid-seventies. So, JTS, close that Hollander interchange manual and take a break.
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'03 P-71 interceptor
'04 P-71 interceptor
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#17
Maybe I'm off base but I've been following this post and I thought the original was stating how back in the day you could tell one car from another at night just by the shape of the tail lights as opposed to today when most look the same as do the overall design of todays cars excepting a few like Mustang and Camaro. It was a game we used to play "Name that car" Make, model and year. Just by the shape of the tail lights.
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#18
You're right. The replies tend to morph the original post at times. Don't fret, I like messin' with JTS. He likes messin' with me too.
'71 mach, M-code 4SPD
'03 P-71 interceptor
'04 P-71 interceptor
02 superduty V-10

"They all run away when the Clevelands come out to play"
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#19
Yeah cause this all started with a discussion of the year printed on the TAILIGHT LENSES. not the difference in looks. JTS 71 Mach1

You've been messed with Nana JTS 71 Mach1
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1994 Ford F150 Shortbed
1986 Honda 450 Rebel
1995 Honda Pacific Coast
1989 Jacobra / Jag xjs
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#20
(01-14-2015, 01:53 PM)gxr02190 Wrote: Remember when you could identify a vehicles' make, model, and year from 2 blocks away? (Good eyesight not withstanding of course)Headscratch

I thought this started the whole thing.
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