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Title: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 427hunter on September 15, 2020, 12:21:28 AM
Anyone have a car with original floor mats ? I would like to find out what was used.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Bob Gaines on September 15, 2020, 12:55:33 AM
Anyone have a car with original floor mats ? I would like to find out what was used.
66 Mustangs and or GT350 did not come with floor mats from the MFG. They typically were delivered to the first customer with Ford dealer personalized or generic Ford paper mat . If the dealer or customer wanted something more durable the over the counter Mustang motif rubber floor mats are the most common ones used.  They were readily available at the Ford dealer and made for Mustangs.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 427hunter on September 15, 2020, 01:01:09 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 6s1640 on September 15, 2020, 03:30:05 PM
These mats have been reproduced.  Virginia Classic Mustang has them.  I have an original pair with no identification who made them.  For sometime I was told they were made by or for J.C Whitney, but I am not so sure.  There are no Ford or FoMoCo markings.  These for sale are licenses by Ford, but that confuses me as well if Ford did not make them.  These are a little different than the OTC Mustang floor mats Bob mentions.

The driver side is designed for use with the convertible by cutting off the outside tab to narrow the mat.  The passengers side is already narrow enough for the convertible.

Maybe Brant can tell us more on who originally made them and sold them.  I believe they are strictly period aftermarket, but I like them.

Best of luck

Cory

Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Greg on September 15, 2020, 03:38:13 PM
Anyone have a car with original floor mats ? I would like to find out what was used.
66 Mustangs and or GT350 did not come with floor mats from the MFG. They typically were delivered to the first customer with Ford dealer personalized or generic Ford paper mat . If the dealer or customer wanted something more durable the over the counter Mustang motif rubber floor mats are the most common ones used.  They were readily available at the Ford dealer and made for Mustangs.

That is good to know and learning something new.  The mats in my 65 have the FoMoCo logo on them, so I guess you bought the car and the mats were negotiated after  :) 
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: CSX 4133 on September 15, 2020, 04:16:51 PM

Just saw these, they look pretty good, anyone use them and care to comment on them?

https://www.cjponyparts.com/lloyd-mats-plush-floor-mats-with-shelby-american-gt350-logo-set-convertible-1965-1973/p/FM155/?year=1965&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI47fs2_zr6wIVdh-tBh2_2ABjEAQYBSABEgL3xvD_BwE
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Rukiddin on September 15, 2020, 07:28:16 PM
Floor mats were always an option from the dealer....whether through Ford,or local Blue Star,etc. and put in place by salesman,or endless possibilities. Some dealers had their own “service” mats made to put in place to pacify customers concerned about foot dirt/tracking and also get a little advertising At same time. Common to be made from low-cost,white paper with dealer logo/name. Dealers could order service mats from Ford to meet specs @discount.
 The ONLY mats that came directly from Ford assembly,pre-dealer,were those brown,”waffle” textured paper ones that were there to protect during transport. One wet/snow exposure usually reduced them to mush.
So,which floor mats fit your needs/wants? I saved these original Ford paper mats for my car for use at shows. The most durable ones are from Mustang parts stores,but not meant to score points.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 427hunter on September 18, 2020, 02:06:04 AM

Just saw these, they look pretty good, anyone use them and care to comment on them?

https://www.cjponyparts.com/lloyd-mats-plush-floor-mats-with-shelby-american-gt350-logo-set-convertible-1965-1973/p/FM155/?year=1965&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI47fs2_zr6wIVdh-tBh2_2ABjEAQYBSABEgL3xvD_BwE


I bought a set of the Lloyd mats and returned them, the drivers mat is too thin and the holes look stupid. I went with the Scott Drake black rubber 66 mustang mats, they look great. 
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 69mach351w on September 18, 2020, 07:26:17 AM
Floor mats were always an option from the dealer....whether through Ford,or local Blue Star,etc. and put in place by salesman,or endless possibilities. Some dealers had their own “service” mats made to put in place to pacify customers concerned about foot dirt/tracking and also get a little advertising At same time. Common to be made from low-cost,white paper with dealer logo/name. Dealers could order service mats from Ford to meet specs @discount.
 The ONLY mats that came directly from Ford assembly,pre-dealer,were those brown,”waffle” textured paper ones that were there to protect during transport. One wet/snow exposure usually reduced them to mush.
So,which floor mats fit your needs/wants? I saved these original Ford paper mats for my car for use at shows. The most durable ones are from Mustang parts stores,but not meant to score points.
On the cardboard mat, is that a seat belt snapping in between the "F" and "R" on the light bulb for the "O"?  I can't see it too well.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 427hunter on September 18, 2020, 01:53:31 PM
Floor mats were always an option from the dealer....whether through Ford,or local Blue Star,etc. and put in place by salesman,or endless possibilities. Some dealers had their own “service” mats made to put in place to pacify customers concerned about foot dirt/tracking and also get a little advertising At same time. Common to be made from low-cost,white paper with dealer logo/name. Dealers could order service mats from Ford to meet specs @discount.
 The ONLY mats that came directly from Ford assembly,pre-dealer,were those brown,”waffle” textured paper ones that were there to protect during transport. One wet/snow exposure usually reduced them to mush.
So,which floor mats fit your needs/wants? I saved these original Ford paper mats for my car for use at shows. The most durable ones are from Mustang parts stores,but not meant to score points.
On the cardboard mat, is that a seat belt snapping in between the "F" and "R" on the light bulb for the "O"?  I can't see it too well.


Seatbelt and lightbulb "Ford has a better idea" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5NcVB9udRA  .
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Side-Oilers on September 18, 2020, 02:09:30 PM
Not confronting, just asking:
 
Wouldn't the "three-point seatbelt" drawing on the Ford lightbulb logo make the timeframe of that particular paper floormat be much later than '66?  More like mid-70s or later?

Rukiddin: What year is your car?
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 69mach351w on September 20, 2020, 10:55:05 AM
427hunter, I remember the light bulb for the "O",  was just curious about the seat belt. Couldn't hardly see it.

Side-Oilers, we do know that shoulder belts were available in'69, so I'd say late '68/early '69?

And if my memory serves me correct, I think shoulder seat belts were offered as an option in '68?  maybe someone will chime in.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Rukiddin on September 20, 2020, 11:34:32 AM
Yes,there were changes over the years from plain,un-printed,to “Better Idea” (light bulb),to the seat belt version. Probably a few more depending on assembly plant. Not sure if the paper ones are still used. I retired from Ford dealer 10 years ago and the new vehicles had plastic on the seats and sticky,non-slip ,plastic to protect the carpet. Next time you go to local Ford dealer find the new car dept and look around. I used to get pretty sturdy seat covers and steering wheel covers to use in my cars during storage. Slip the kid in cleanup $5.00 and drive away with a dumpster full. :D   
Don’t wait until they are in the dumpster under the trash
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Bob Gaines on September 20, 2020, 11:47:16 AM
If you look at the style of buckle/clasp in the illustration on the mat it looks like the later 70's up variety and not the one used in the 60's .
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Side-Oilers on September 20, 2020, 06:49:39 PM
If you look at the style of buckle/clasp in the illustration on the mat it looks like the later 70's up variety and not the one used in the 60's .

That's what I thought, Bob.   A three-point belt with one buckle, not the separate lap and shoulder belts from earlier.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Rukiddin on September 20, 2020, 07:51:56 PM
Anybody got a picture of the early ones? Some with AUTOLITE markings?
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Bob Gaines on September 20, 2020, 08:53:04 PM
Anybody got a picture of the early ones? Some with AUTOLITE markings?
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Rukiddin on September 21, 2020, 07:49:22 AM
That is a dealer supplied mat during service work,not from factory to dealer. Maybe different assembly plants used different mats? What year/car line was that one from? The dealers I worked at ordered those,along with oil change stickers,mirror hang tags,wired parts tags,etc.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Bob Gaines on September 21, 2020, 03:18:08 PM
That is a dealer supplied mat during service work,not from factory to dealer. Maybe different assembly plants used different mats? What year/car line was that one from? The dealers I worked at ordered those,along with oil change stickers,mirror hang tags,wired parts tags,etc.
I figured you knew that Autolite marked mats were used at the dealer and not typically in the cars from the factory. For that matter the mats with illustrations ,trademarks etc. were typically service dept mats. Given all you asked for was a mat with Autolite I didn't think there needed a distinction. I think I got a stack of them from a Ford dealer auction more then 30 years ago.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Rukiddin on September 21, 2020, 07:19:53 PM
Any of those old paper type pieces are extremely hard to find today. I had a similar Autolite piece, like yours,that some asshole stole at a show......along with an original,NOS 8-track cassette ,68 version. Not overnite,but during the day.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: Bob Gaines on September 21, 2020, 07:45:17 PM
Any of those old paper type pieces are extremely hard to find today. I had a similar Autolite piece, like yours,that some asshole stole at a show......along with an original,NOS 8-track cassette ,68 version. Not overnite,but during the day.
I hate to hear about things like that to happen at car shows . I have a unused extra . If you cover the shipping in a tube it is yours.PM me your ship to address if interested.
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: honker on October 04, 2020, 08:35:46 PM
Not specific to Shelbys, but just for reference. Ad from the back cover of the  '67 Car & Driver Yearbook, that also has a u.s.l.

GT500 on the front cover, discussed here before, published 1966.

Mike
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 69mach351w on March 08, 2021, 08:43:51 PM
Floor mats were always an option from the dealer....whether through Ford,or local Blue Star,etc. and put in place by salesman,or endless possibilities. Some dealers had their own “service” mats made to put in place to pacify customers concerned about foot dirt/tracking and also get a little advertising At same time. Common to be made from low-cost,white paper with dealer logo/name. Dealers could order service mats from Ford to meet specs @discount.
 The ONLY mats that came directly from Ford assembly,pre-dealer,were those brown,”waffle” textured paper ones that were there to protect during transport. One wet/snow exposure usually reduced them to mush.
So,which floor mats fit your needs/wants? I saved these original Ford paper mats for my car for use at shows. The most durable ones are from Mustang parts stores,but not meant to score points.
I realize this is an older thread, but was wondering are the floor mats pictured original Ford with the rectangle Fomoco on the back?  And if a person could find them, what would he/she be looking to pay?
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: propayne on March 09, 2021, 08:17:37 AM
Larger, clearer pic of what Mike posted - if that helps.

- Phillip

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/134-310320094926.jpeg)
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: shelbydoug on March 09, 2021, 11:23:51 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: honker on March 09, 2021, 11:31:42 AM
Thanks Phillip, much better  ;)

Mike
Title: Re: Original floor mats / 66 mustang? or somthing else?
Post by: 69mach351w on March 09, 2021, 05:19:03 PM
My post at reply #22 is referring to reply #6 floormats from Rukiddin.