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Old 05-13-2011, 12:21 PM
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Are the back panel of 1965 Mustangs flat?

I have worked on a ton of these cars, but years ago. Now as a grandpa at 52 years old I can't remember chit! I remember specifically studying the back of these cars. Is that back panel where the fuel filler and the top of the rear bumper supposed to be perfectly flat? They ALWAYS have a bow but I think as I remember I found that it was due to a small hit.

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Mine has a slight inward bow. Which I was told is how they came from the factory.
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They should match the bumper, which on my 65 is straight.

Mine is disasembled at the moment, so I can't check, but I would think it should follow the trunk lid as well as the bumper.

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As I remember they had a slight bow to them running from the truck lid to where they dipped in for the bumper. I know they were'nt to bad to do mud work on after they had been hit in the rear and a lot of them seemed to get rear ended



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The back panel ran parallel with the trunk and rear bumper and was not concaved or bowed.
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I couldn't tell you cause mine came with a reproduction one but I'd assume if it's bowed it's not intentional being it has to match the decklid and bumper. Even if it were the gas cap would deceive the eyes in my opinion. One thing I see on mustangs where people leave it "bowed" is the back end of the quarter, which is wrong.
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Camaros are bowed mustangs are straight...
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Yeah the bumper is supposed to be perfectly straight, I think it's coming back to me. The problem is the bumper will be remanned, we don't want a reproduction. I do have my sister in laws fastback just a half a mile from me I can go look at it. Of course, she doesn't see too good and it may have been backed into something. I have fixed it a few times over the years when she has had close encounters with other objects.

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