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Old 01-27-2011, 02:31 PM
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The firewall is different. The 36 that you show has the X pattern on the side of the firewall, the 35 had windlace that went down the side of the firewall, the 36 had rubber snubbers. Other than that, both year firewalls are the same. The "X" pattern was used to stiffen the side of the firewall for 36.
I knew it had to be something small or that you could not see it. I couldn't find a picture of the 35 with the side panel off, but looking at Brian's picture knowing the outside was the same, I thought , I wonder if it's not the firewall, sure enough. I didn't get the answer, But the 36 model 48 I think was the same as the 35, but they made less than 100 of them then changed to the model 68.

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The firewall is different. The 36 that you show has the X pattern on the side of the firewall, the 35 had windlace that went down the side of the firewall, the 36 had rubber snubbers. Other than that, both year firewalls are the same. The "X" pattern was used to stiffen the side of the firewall for 36.

Yep Dan, you're right. Here is a 35 body. It's your floor Dan!

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Billy Shope probably knows this one. Who is often referred to as "The Father of Mopar Muscle Cars"? Instrumental to the design of the hemi, steering Mopar into new territories, moving away from the "dependable but staid" scene.
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Is it by chance Tom Hoover?
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Is it by chance Tom Hoover?
Nope. way earlier.
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Okay one more try and then I'm gonna go back to sleep. James C. Zeder the younger brother of Fred Zeder.

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Okay one more try and then I'm gonna go back to sleep. James C. Zeder the younger brother of Fred Zeder.
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Thank you Dinger.

Most cars are built symmetrical meaning that each side is a mirror image of the other. We all remember the AMC Pacer. An odd looking car built by AMC in the seventies. The body of the car was not symmetrical. That means that something was different from one side to the other. What was the difference?

Brian will probably get this one too. LOL

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LOL, the right side door is longer than the left! By best friend's mom bought one new. She literally stopped letting us ride in it because we made fun of it. Poor dear, she passed away a few years ago and I thought of that at her funeral. She was the first single mom I ever knew. In a generation that this type of thing didn't happen, she was a nurse at a psyhc ward! She raised three kids and did a heck of a job.

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LOL, the right side door is longer than the left! By best friend's mom bought one new. She literally stopped letting us ride in it because we made fun of it. Poor dear, she passed away a few years ago and I thought of that at her funeral. She was the first single mom I ever knew. In a generation that this type of thing didn't happen, she was a nurse at a psyhc ward! She raised three kids and did a heck of a job.

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Brian, I knew that you would get it! They did it so it would be easier for people to get in and out of the back seat. Now you want to know how I found out about it? The car hadn't been on the market very long and I did a rear clip on one! And I think it was only my third rear clip. So you can imagine how confused I was when I started measuring everything. No I did't screw up, almost did but I caught myself before that happened. LOL At the time it was a strange car but it would blend right in today.
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Oh have I got an odd one for you guys. The wheels on this 1965 Gran Sport were called "Road wheels" (not the "Rally wheels" people often call them) and the 1965 version was slightly different from 66 and on. We are not talking center cap and we are not talking overll structure appearance. There was a difference in manufacturing and you can see this difference with a good photo or in person up close. I can't tell in this photo if this car has the "correct" wheels on it, it is that subtle.

But tell me what the difference and why it was done.

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Hi,
The Skylark Gran Sport came with either steel wheels & full hubcaps, or five spoke "Wildcat" sports wheels. Three different centers were offered. The Skylark bird is featured on both 1965 and 1966 models, however the 1965 bird is larger, extending to the outer edge of the red center cap rather than the 1966 bird, smaller in size with space between it & he outer edge. The wheels were finished in both chrome plating and a black-matte finish.
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Wow, you did you homework. But again, the center cap has nothing to do with this change in the production of the wheel. The bare wheel sitting there side by side "early" and "Late" (I think they changed it even before the 66's came out) look exactly the same EXCEPT for this one difference. They are the exact same size, the exact same stampings, just one little difference.

A hint, it had to do with metalurgy (if I am using the correct term, if I am not and I send you in the wrong direction, I am sorry).

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I can't find anything to back up what I am about to say but I think one wheel had the centers spot welded to the rim where it joined and the other was riveted. I think I remember seeing it this way and I even think that the OEM replacement and later rim was welded. All I'm doing is guessing based on a foggy memory. Instead of educated guess, it's a foggy memory guess.
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Nope, you could see this difference if the photo I posted was a little closer and clearer.

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