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Did the movie cars have blacked out tails or not

I've been watching the chase over and over, and looking at the pics that are online, and it's really hard to tell with the shadows.


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The crome around the tail lights were blacked out and the center of the gas cap.


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the back up lights were also removed, as well as the pony and bar from the grill and the rocker panels were painted the same as the car. 5623
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This is a widely debated issue. The person that has done more research on this than probably anyone else, Dave Kunz, says the back panel was not blacked out but sprayed with an anti glare agent which flattened the shine on the paint. This probably darkened the HG paint. The chrome around the tail lights was painted.


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In one part of the movie, it looks almost like one of them had the optional GT panel installed, which had horizontal ribs. As best as I have ever known, they were painted body color and replaced the taillight trim. I was assuming the other car had the paint applied to mask the fact that it didn't have that option. But I'm sure no expert on the movie.
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Yeah, I was looking at those pics earlier. I didn't think that panel was blacked out, but looking at this pic, I think it may have been.



I took it into photoshop and upped the saturation. It does look like there's more purple that comes out of that panel than out of the other shadows, which would make sense, since there would be less red and blue in the green shadows of an RGB image.



It's just really hard to tell. I'm considering the magnetic blackout panel, and this weighs on that decision.


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I took it into photoshop and upped the saturation. It does look like there's more purple that comes out of that panel than out of the other shadows, which would make sense, since there would be less red and blue in the green shadows of an RGB image.



It's just really hard to tell. I'm considering the magnetic blackout panel, and this weighs on that decision.

You got WAY too serious and Technical on this subject...........

(but that was a pretty clever idea to analyze the photo!)

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In one part of the movie, it looks almost like one of them had the optional GT panel installed, which had horizontal ribs. ...
OK, this is what I was talking about:

See the original panel in the taillight area, and note it's all body-colored, including the taillight trim.
http://mustangs.about.com/od/mustang...rd-Mustang.htm

Here's something aftermarket that does a fairly cheesy job of recreating the look on newer Mustangs.
http://www.partscheap.com/Mustang_De...63423b70-a.htm

Look at the movie Mustangs, and you'll see one was a GT, the other was not (as evidenced by the rear valance, which the GT got the notches for the exhaust tips, no backup lamps, and no "nerfs" for the rear bumper). AFAIK, the 390 was only available on the GT, and if so, the car that was thrashed in the chase scenes, being a "paint to match the GT" body-double, was almost surely powered by a 302 4-bbl or 302 High Performance - a hottie in its own right that could outhandle the WAY nose-heavy 390.

Honestly, I am not sure if the GT was a 390 or a 302 - can anyone confirm this?

I think I need to watch the movie again to see it clearly.
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Both cars were 390s but each had a different trim package


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Both cars were 390s but each had a different trim package
OK, I wasn't aware the 390 was available in the standard low-brow Mustang body without the GT package.

As far as the trim package, it was a GT or not. One was, one was not.
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I read somewhere years ago that the car used for the jumps scenes was a small block, and the other car was a 390 GT (sans trim) that was used for the high speed scenes on the highway (and which had trouble keeping up with the big bad 440 magnum). This car survived and is hidden away in a barn by a mysterious, unidentified, reclusive, secretive millionaire owner.
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Heresay.

Always has been two 390s, both HG. One a GT, one a non-GT Fastback.

Although, as Droopy has posted, there is always contention about this. Imo, if you want to have the back panel black, paint it, cover it in black. No issues there unless your trying to build the definitive clone. And if you are, you need to read and correspond with Dave Kunz. Also like what Droopy advised.

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