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    Posted: 26-March-2012 at 3:25PM

On this 73 4 door I noticed two things about the trunk area.

 
First I noticed the trunk is finished in a grey speckle paint. Is that the factory trunk finish for all 72's as well?
 
Second, what the hell is with the braces at the left and right quarter panels? Is this a 73 production change or specific to 4 doors?  
 


Edited by lynchster - 26-March-2012 at 3:28PM
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-March-2012 at 3:36PM
speckle paint from what I remember was a GM thing not  sure about Ford,that trunk is too clean for a 64K mile car and bet it was redone

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-March-2012 at 3:44PM
my 73 2 door had the braces
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-March-2012 at 3:51PM
not sure if anyone ever redid the trunk but this is the inside of my 72 GTS
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-March-2012 at 4:34PM
I think the early cars had it. Not sure what the changeover was. My 78 and 77's both did not have it OEM.


When I redid my Cougar's trunk, I used black/green. I always liked the look.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-March-2012 at 5:41PM
All the 72 and 73 cars I have... have that brace.
The yellow 72 and black 73 both are original in the trunk and have speckle type paint.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-March-2012 at 6:00PM
My 72 fastback does not have that brace. Was it a 4 door/ 2 door formal roof piece? 
Don't know which way I'll go with the painting yet but if the speckle finish was factory I'd have to consider it. Would certainly be easier to do. lol  
 
Jeff, is that red 73 a fastback?
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-March-2012 at 10:38PM
First time I've ever seen that brace on a '72 or '73
 
Trunks were grey/white speckle from factory
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-March-2012 at 3:17AM
Chuck the 73 2 door is the formal roof I parted out then cut up
my 72 GTS fastback doesn't have the brace
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-March-2012 at 3:25AM
Originally posted by Regul8r Regul8r wrote:

All the 72 and 73 cars I have... have that brace.
The yellow 72 and black 73 both are original in the trunk and have speckle type paint.
are they all formal roof cars?
i'm thinking it was a formal roof only thing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-March-2012 at 4:15AM
My '72 Formal had the brace. My '75 and '76 do not.

'75 and '76 cars I have were factory matched paint in the trunk - never had the speckle paint. Must be an early model thing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-March-2012 at 4:32AM
74-76 have a different tail panel so they might have eliminated the brace
not sure why the formals have it but the fastbacks do not
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-March-2012 at 5:34AM
For what it's worth, my 76 Elite has no braces and the trunk is painted black like the car.  Oh, and if you are wodering, those three relays are for the trailer towing package.
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-March-2012 at 6:08AM
yah we figured it to be a 72-73 formal roof with the braces
and then the same with the spatter paint but includes the fastbacks
the later years seem to go with body color trunk floors


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-March-2012 at 2:45PM
Mine I referred to were formals.
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