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Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby MarkusKatus » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:00 am

I came across a picture of an emblem from a 1960's era Ford Zodiac steering wheel. Looks awfully similar to the electronic site symbol he used in his letters and LB. The car looks similar to any other 1960's sedan, ie Corvair. Has this been covered? Maybe it means something.
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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby Theforeigner » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:29 am

I guess this kind of nail it !

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-FORD ... SwA3dYI4PR

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GENUINE FORD ZEPHYR ZODIAC PINNED CHROME BADGE,EMBLEM P/No: 3022E-73237K12-A





And here you have it on the car:

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-classi ... edoptin%3D
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Classic Ford Zodiac motor car grill with badge in a row with other classic cars at a rally on the Isle of Wight, England.
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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby Theforeigner » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:37 am

And this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1960s-1970s-F ... SwiDFYQKwK

1960s,1970s FORD ZEPHYR ZODIAC MK4 STEERING WHEEL CENTRE BADGE,EMBLEM,LOGO


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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby Quicktrader » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:02 am

There already is a thread about 'cars'. Some tire track distance matched the Ford Falcon / Mercury Comet production line. Similar to the Zephyr but I think latter one had a different tire distance. It may be assumed that Z, at least once, had access to a Falcon or Mercury Comet.

If that Zodiac had the same tire distance, that 'd be a nice find.

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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby Theforeigner » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:37 am

Quicktrader wrote:There already is a thread about 'cars'. Some tire track distance matched the Ford Falcon / Mercury Comet production line. Similar to the Zephyr but I think latter one had a different tire distance. It may be assumed that Z, at least once, had access to a Falcon or Mercury Comet.

If that Zodiac had the same tire distance, that 'd be a nice find.

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Thanks QT, I didn't know the " Some tire track distance matched the Ford Falcon / Mercury Comet production line" info.

Maybe Zodiac was a Ford cars fan and therefore also knew about the Ford Zodiac and its symbol and when he needed a name/symbol for his Zodiac persona he
choose Zodiac and, inspired by the Ford Zodiac cars symbol, made the crosshair symbol.

Just found this "August 19, 1969 Vallejo Times-Herald Dave Peterson" interview with Mike Mageau where he says (highlight in red):

August 19, 1969 Vallejo Times-Herald Dave Peterson
KILLER'S SOLE SURVIVOR TALKS
"The "code killer" who has struck twice at holiday time is a San Franciscan who uses the Vallejo area as his hunting grounds. This is the belief of the only one of four victims who has amazingly survived although his body was shattered on the Fourth of July by devastating 9 mm. slugs. Michael Renault Mageau, tall, slender, 19-year-old, spoke from his wheelchair Monday for publication for the first time . . . The slayer is a 'mad-dog' type who murders indiscriminately, Mageau indicated as he flexed his crippled right arm . . . His left leg was encased from toes almost to hip in a cast . . . Mageau . . . explained hesitatingly that the professed murderer's anonymous letters convinced him they came from the real killer. They 'gave so many details,' he said. He himself told additional details about the slayer and the shootings which had not been previously revealed. He elaborated on the description of the murderer's car. 'It could have been a 1958 or 1959 Falcon.' The body type was similar to that of the 1963 Corvair driven by Mrs. Ferrin, Mageau said. The color was bronze or brown. When the other car first arrived in the parking lot at the park at about midnight it pulled up on the driver's side of the couple's car, opposite Mrs. Ferrin, but with the front of the other car about even with the back of the Ferrin car. Mageau asked her if she knew who it was. She replied only, 'don't worry about it,' not indicating if she recognized the driver. When the other car left and returned in about 10 minutes it pulled up opposite Mageau's passenger side—and about 10 feet away and to the rear. A powerful beam of light was then shone on the couple from within the other car. They thought it was a policeman's spotlight—and they 'started digging for identification,' Mageau said. Then the light went out. In a moment, the blinding light flashed on them from just opposite Mageau. Then the smashing 9 mm. bullets were fired. Mageau described how he half-leaped, was half-knocked onto the back floor of the car. His legs thrashed out, partly from the shock of the wounds and partly from his efforts to evade or to ward off the slugs with his own limbs. When the killer stopped firing after the first fusillade Mageau partly boosted himself up on the rear seat. 'He started firing again,' Mageau said, and he lashed out with his legs again. He got his first look at the slayer when he was walking away and was partly illuminated by his own headlights. Surprisingly, 'he walked slowly and with his head down,' Mageau said. He was of stocky build and short, about 5 feet 8 or 9 inches, weighing about 160 pounds, Mageau said. His face was full, he was bareheaded and had 'wavy or curly light brown hair' and looks about 25 to 30 years old. He wore a blue shirt or sweater. The gunman uttered not a single word at any time, Mageau said. And Mrs. Ferrin gave no indication she knew him, he added. She could voice only a 'moan' after the withering attack. The slayer drove away rapidly, making some gravel fly, Mageau said, but 'he didn't really gun it or burn rubber.' Mageau stressed that his description of the onslaught was not positive in his mind but was more impersonal than exact. He pointed out he was suffering from the critical wounds most of the time."


And that kind of support your " Some tire track distance matched the Ford Falcon / Mercury Comet production line" info .
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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby Quicktrader » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:51 am

Some more stuff:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/zodiack ... t5641.html

http://www.zodiackillersite.com/viewtop ... f=96&t=867

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=3387&start=20

Shorty Shea had a '62 Mercury Comet, it was later found (Dec 2,1969). Not necessary the same car, however.

The second generation Mercury had 57', white chevy had 56'8'', whatsoever.

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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby mike_r » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:10 pm

Yeah, the Ford Zodiac hood ornament has been a topic of conversation since the dark ages. Jake had it on his website in like 1999 or so. The watch is therefore not the only place where the word Zodiac and a similar looking symbol appear together.

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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby Tahoe27 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:02 pm

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"...they may be dealing with one or more ersatz Zodiacs--other psychotics eager to get into the act, or perhaps even other murderers eager to lay their crimes at the real Zodiac's doorstep." L.A. Times, 1969
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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby snooter » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:08 am

A british ford car...i guess X could have imported it or this also brings in gaik.....kinda interesting but i dont feel like getting caught in the briar patch
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Re: Ford Zodiac steering wheel emblem

Postby Theforeigner » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:12 pm

snooter wrote:A british ford car...i guess X could have imported it or this also brings in gaik.....kinda interesting but i dont feel like getting caught in the briar patch




If you search "Ford Zodiac" at Ancestry.com several hits on used Ford Zodiac cars for sale ads turns up in US newspapers in the 60 and 70s.
So you could buy the Ford Zodiac car in US back then.
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