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What are the original interior Side Panels constructed of for a 1963 Ford Falcon Sedan Delivery when new? I recently purchased this car and did not receive any Sedan Delivery interior side panels that are behind the Sedan Delivery steel panels. The interior is unfinished as well as the brakes. The engine was replaced with an unoriginal 250- 6 and a C-4 transmission (originally would have had a 170-6 and a Fordomatic 2-speed automatic. Exterior is painted White and the interior bench seat is Cream White with the Brown Steerhead inserts. I want to do this car with the interior and exterior looking stock when new. The car I believe came from Nebraska, I live in Minnesota. Thank You for your supportive answers. Here a couple pics of the outside of the car-, interior sides without the panels, and the original Steerhead split-bench seat:
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I do not have your answer. I could take some guesses as the interior panels may be of similar construction as the interior door panel construction. Finding a used replacement is not going to be easy. I did a quick search on the net and there are not many of these out there. The few I found had about the same condition of interior as yours.

You will likely have to have interior pieces made.

My suggestion, get an original sales brochure or other literature.
From there you will at least have pictures of patterns.

There will be a warranty plate with the serial number. May have an interior trim code as well.
The codes can be decoded with a shop manual

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Thank You for your response. I believe the panels could be as simple as a painted fiber board material as used on the rear window deck on a Full Size early to mid 1960's Galaxie- (the area behind the seat and below the rear window glass), Someone has to have an original Low Mileage 1960-1963 Falcon Sedan Delivery with the originals in place. -Bob
 

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My understanding in the entire universe of 63 Sedan Delivery vehicles there was less than 150 made.

And the entire universe of all first gen Falcon sedan delivery vehicles is less than 5000 unitst.

After looking at more of them on the web, I have yet to see one in unmodified stock condition.

These were built to use in business. So you may have the best low mileage original.

I gotta believe that you restore your copy to original stock condition, it would be rare and have some value.

Would love to see you do that! And document it here, If you are up for it.

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I was told there are little over a thousand of the 1963 Ford Falcon Sedan Deliveries made including about 900 Standard models and around a 100 of the Deluxe models. My car is a Standard model without chrome trim around the rear window, chrome trim around the top and sides of the door windows, and no RH visor, RH door arm rest, or cigarette lighter. -Bob
 

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Those Sedan Deliveries are indeed rare. So rare that Ray Miller did not include any in his pictorial essay book, "FALCON, The New Sized Ford" until 1965 model year. Even then he has no interior, cargo area photos. The text provided this scant bit of information:
"The Sedan Delivery was basically a 2-Door Wagon with the rear quarter windows eliminated by a solid body panel. Much of the body structure of that wagon can thus be seen in the sparse interior of the Sedan Delivery. The floor, unlike that of the similar Ranchero, is constructed of steel and weatherproof plywood with longitudinal steel skid strips"

The "Soft Trim" section of the Parts books has a drawing of the interior showing floor, quarter trim and attachments and the front door panels, too. I will send a photo of that along separately. The photo is not great, but it should give some info. Maybe Action can provide a better copy.

Here is a link to a '63 Falcon Trucks brochure. It might be the most information available:
Thank You for your info. I have sales brochures for 1961, 1962, and 1963 Sedan Deliveries and still cannot identify the makeup of the panels. I have contacted SMS upholstery and Falconcometinteriors.com with my questions- no success. I recently bought the Steerhead Upholstery and standard door panels from FalconCometInteriors.com company. I would assume the floor infront of the bench seat is a rubber mat- no carpet. -Bob
 

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Here is the page from the Illustrations catalog. Hope it helps. It even shows the fasteners used. Note that the wheel houses were not covered. View attachment 52691
Here is the page from the Illustrations catalog. Hope it helps. It even shows the fasteners used. Note that the wheel houses were not covered. View attachment 52691
Thank You for the 1963 Ford Falcon Sedan Delivery Soft trim Illustration page. The side panels appear to be quite simple in design and material. I wonder how many Sedan Deliveries have their original interiors including rear interior side panels? It appears the original front cab area had a rubber mat instead of carpeting. I would assume originals would have been black. Did the Deluxe Sedan Deliveries have carpeting or rubber mat? -Bob
 

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Somewhere i read that the front area had a rubber mat. That may have been in the Falcon Trucks 1963 brochure. The interior color should be on the warranty plate. You can decode the numbers using the Factory Service manual, or post them here and someone will do it.
The Sedan Deliveries were work vehicles. From the factory, they had only the barest of trim in the package area; just enough to protect the packages. Given the intended service, and their low production numbers, i doubt that any original interiors survived. Yours may be the only one. If any of the original fasteners remain, you might find a scrap of the material under the head, but, at this point, I rather doubt it. Notice the difference between the front door panels and the rear compartment trim. Do you still have the original floor materials with the raised steel strips?
Here are pictures of the rear floor, wood structure behind front seat, and bottom of the front seat-
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And a minor detail which may be low on your priority list of things to do, the outside rear view mirror is not correct.
The correct one would have had a round head.

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Thank You for your observation regarding the outside mirrors. The correct mirrors should be round, the square mirrors came on the car when I bought it. I will have to find the round mirrors- Bob
 

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Somewhere i read that the front area had a rubber mat. That may have been in the Falcon Trucks 1963 brochure. The interior color should be on the warranty plate. You can decode the numbers using the Factory Service manual, or post them here and someone will do it.
The Sedan Deliveries were work vehicles. From the factory, they had only the barest of trim in the package area; just enough to protect the packages. Given the intended service, and their low production numbers, i doubt that any original interiors survived. Yours may be the only one. If any of the original fasteners remain, you might find a scrap of the material under the head, but, at this point, I rather doubt it. Notice the difference between the front door panels and the rear compartment trim. Do you still have the original floor materials with the raised steel strips?
I will be looking at the side panel area for more info regarding makeup of the side panels. I do not believe any of the raised steel strips are there as well as attaching screws, maybe I will find something in the container with many screws, bolts, misc. small parts included with the car. Great information regarding Sedan Deliveries. Thank You- Bob
 
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