Does anyone know where to start looking for history on a Pantera ? I have the original sales sheet and the only owner of the car was Ford Motor Company. I will technically be the first one on a title other than FoMoCo. Thinking this may have been a show car or executive car? Stored for 25 plus years. Rst free and all original. Is there a list anywhere of all the Pantera Ford Motor Company Cars? Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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What is the serial number? There was a list compiled of a few "Company " cars, show cars and demonstrators done in 1972-74 at Ford. Note- ALL cars used by Ford executives and its subsidiaries back in the early '70s were of this type. Most were sold off cheaply in '74 as Ford washed its hands of anything related to the Pantera project. There is also a Roster done in the mid-80s of all known serial numbers world-wide, but again, the serial number is needed.
Hi, thanks for the reply, I will have to get that serial number for you. I remembered it last night but forgot it this morning. I was wondering how to match the motor,trans, and chassic numbers. They are all different. I have all those numbers too. My engine tag is still there along with markings and the silver sticker tag on the valve cover is there too. I have alreaday gone into the motor and rapainted the block, intake etc. This car is competition orange in color. Are there numbers to indicate how many cars were orange? Thanks for the info in advance.
THe motor number on the tag matches the scratched-in number on the back of the block, just below the left head & above the bellhousing. The chassis number matches nothing. However, nobody cares. The Pantera is a factory hot-rod and of the 4000+ cars in the U.S, perhaps 2% worry about this stuff. The rest are more concerned with driving the thing as much and as often as possible. To do this will require changing things from factory parts to aftermarket. There is no stigma involved in doing this, since a totally stock Pantera is middling-dangerous on today's roads.
What kind of modifications do you suggest besides the obvious like tires, cooling system and electronic ignition? And where can I find a cooling system that works and does it require modifying the car at all? Also where can I find rims and pictures of them and prices? What style to you prefer? How easy is it to pull the ZF to clean and polish it? That's enough for now.
Wheels etc are a personal thing. Re tires, the big problem is, no one is making current Z or V-rated tires in 15" size for the rear. Plenty of H-rated, but we all like to go fast.... So, many go for 17s & 18s". When you do, after the glow wears off you notice the stock brakes look wimpy in the suddenly too big space in your new wheels. Wheels, tires & big brakes all run into big bucks. Then, the wide sticky modern tires put so much cornering force into the chassis, the body flexes and you get paint cracking in several known weak spots. So you really need body stiffeners- either welded in or bolted on. And if you do high- speed cornering often with sticky tires, you'll need a baffled, 10-qt oil pan or run the risk of wasting your engine's bearings from oil starvation. The above changes can total over $10K if you don't do your own work. The vendors have addressed these and other problems, and I suggest you attend some Pantera functions, especially the Fun Rally in Las Vegas in late April. There will be 200 or so of the finest running examples of Panteras in the known universe. You'll have some new goals afterward, believe me.
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