Early 1965 (1964 1/2) Ford Mustang Horn Button

If you have owned your classic Mustang for a while, then you’ve probably noticed that some of the part numbers do not usually match the year of the car. From early 1965 thru 1968, each body style was carried over for 2 years, except for the 1971 thru 1973, which were for three years. For example, you may have noticed that your 1966 Mustang taillights had a 1965 part number. Ford would use up the parts left over from the past model (similar) year before producing new parts. This is useful information if you’re trying to build a matching numbers car, but that is for another subject.

What about parts left over from last year, but from a different model car like a Ford Falcon. Although a 1964 1/2 Mustang are a different looking car, there are some remnants of the Ford Falcon. Under the hood, Ford carried over the Falcon 170 cid and 260 cid engines for the early part of the 1965 Mustang model year. On the exterior, the most obvious carry over were the 13-inch wheels on the six cylinder Mustangs. They look very small, and out of place on the Mustang. The Falcons had a smaller wheelbase, so those wheels looked just fine. As far as the interior, the dash area had some similarities as well. The sweeping speedometer and the steering wheel are almost the same. What I found most interesting is the horn button center medallion. If you have an original early 1965 Mustang steering wheel, you probably have a Falcon Sprint horn button. Not just similar to the Mustang, but actually one that was for a Falcon. If you pop off the Mustang center medallion, you may reveal that it says Ford Falcon Sprint underneath. The lettering was stamped onto the horn button itself, so Ford simply put a Mustang medallion on top it. If you have a late 1965 or 1966 Mustang, it will just be plain black underneath. Just a little Mustang fact for you!

1964 Ford Falcon Sprint Horn Button

1964 Ford Falcon Sprint Horn Button

1965 Mustang Horn Button

1965 Mustang Horn Button

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