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It is interesting to look at the
differences that we find between the information obtained from the Marti
Report and that of the original typed Ford Special Order Form (DSO).
of the differences between the DSO and the Marti Report:
Order Date: The actual order for
this car (DSO
2512) was typed on August 9, 1966, approved on August 11, and
stamped "RECEIVED" on August 12. The earliest first date on the
Marti Report for this car is August 16, 1966. My suspicion is that
the Marti Report's "Order Received" date is actually the date the order
was keyed into the Ford computer system -- which is later than any of
the three dates found on the Special Order Form (DSO).
Dealer Code: The typed DSO
indicates "71x999," where district 71 = the Los Angeles ordering
district. The Marti Report indicates "84x999," where 84 = Home Office
Reserve. Research of the 67 Shelby DSOs has verified it was changed when
Ford's Ray Geddes displaced Shelby's G.W. "Jerry" Nuznoff in October
1966. The orders began to use district 84 when Geddes began placing the
orders. In summary, the convertible was ordered under district 71,
however, the district was changed to 84 before this or any '67 model
year cars were actually built.
Wheels: The DSO shows the car was
ordered with "Customer Supplied" wheels and "E-70-15" tires. The Marti Report
relies on the Vehicle Order Image which has the default value of 1 in field #48
as 7.35x14 tires. The special itemization on the DSO would of course
override the standard value, and this is something that the VOI has no
way of accommodating.
Rear Axle: The DSO
indicates the car was ordered with a regular 3.25:1 axle. The Marti report indicates a an axle code of "1" which
decodes to a regular 3.00:1. Same explanation as above that the DSO
itemization would override the Order Image.
Engine Code: The Ford
Vehicle Order Image image shows the VIN having an "S" which
would normally denotes a
390 cu.in engine, however, the DSO shows the car was ordered with a 428
2x4bbl. The Ford invoice also confirms the car was
equipped with the "428 Inter Engine"
that was originally ordered (using line item wholesale costs: $81.00 for
the base '289 2V 8Cly Engine' plus $114.02 upgrade for the '390 4V
Thunderbird Special 8' $114.02 plus the $105.00 upgrade for the
'428 Inter Engine').