Roof rails, recessed screens, full front panels, oh my

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Roof rails, recessed screens, full front panels, oh my

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Does anyone know the approximate dates when the additional roof rails were added to the rain gutters, when recessed front and rear screen panels were introduced, and when full front panels were replaced with the cut out versions? Just trying to figure something out.
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Re: Roof rails, recessed screens, full front panels, oh my

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Drip rail added May 1960
Recessed screens October 1960
Cut out front panel late 1963 early 1964.

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Re: Roof rails, recessed screens, full front panels, oh my

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The front panel change was after my car, so I'd suggest March 64.
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Re: Roof rails, recessed screens, full front panels, oh my

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I’d say the front panels changed a little later than that, just before hydro came in.
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I agree. I've owned a couple of '64s with the full skirt front panel.
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Re: Roof rails, recessed screens, full front panels, oh my

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For some reason I’ve always thought the front panel change was around June 64’? DPU was an April 64’ car and had full skirt.

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I’m going for July. Anymore bids? :lol: If anyone has any concrete evidence of earlier dates please feel free to chip in.
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Re: Roof rails, recessed screens, full front panels, oh my

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From Heritage Cert:

Date of Build August 28th 1964. Full front skirt. Austin.
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coopertim wrote: Sun Sep 05, 2021 12:18 pm For some reason I’ve always thought the front panel change was around June 64’? DPU was an April 64’ car and had full skirt.

Tim
I think I’ve read that somewhere as well Tim.
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Re: Roof rails, recessed screens, full front panels, oh my

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Great info, thank you very much one and all. Questions answered.
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