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Some 80's Levi's factory code turned out.
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Somewhere it was stated that the Blue Ridge plant was opened already in 1959

El Paso, TX has been a real Hot Spot for factories, I read 5 different plants (524 Cypress, 511 Kastrin, 522 Lomaland, 525 Eastside and 520 ...)
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Hi y’all, I’m a frequent visitor to this thread but a first time poster. I found these recently and going off some of the information in this thread they appear to be a 501 from when the small e was first introduced. My guess is they’re some kind of transitional model from 72/73 since they still have the care instructions printed on the pocket bag and there’s some yellow stitching used around the coin pocket and inside the button fly. They measure 36W/26L. The patch is missing and the original hem is gone, but otherwise they are in amazing condition. I can provide more photos if needed.

Edit: my images don’t seem to want to work, so here’s an album

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Great looking pair in nice condition!
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Great color- it’s a shame about the hem, I’ve got short wheels- I can pull off a 28L but 26 is pretty darn short.
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Here’s the fit. They’re pretty much perfect aside from the inseam. The camera is being more generous to the length than how they really look. These barely hit the ankle when worn as low on the hips as comfortable. I’m torn on whether I should commit to wearing them or keeping them as a collectible. Does anyone have any recommendations for where I can send these off for a proper chainstitch?

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Very cool back-swamp. Re the chainstitch, where do you live? It would make recommendations easier.
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the kids all have their jeans at that length these days, wear them - you're all good. 

they look great. I had some more or less unworn 70s 501s for a while but moved them on 'cause I didn't love the fit at the time. Now, obviously, it's the exact fit I'd prefer. Ho hum. 
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A few months ago I posted a vintage find Levi's 501 from around 68-71. Today I was reading the first post on this thread trying to figure out some more info on these jeans as there seems to be something written just right above the numbers '501' on the patch. I couldn't figure it out. But, when I was going through the first post (thanx a looooot for all the info there!) it occurred to me that this perhaps is an 'F' grade 501. Below the picture of the post that I found (501-F) and below that the patch on my vintage pair.

Is there anybody that can tell me more about the 'F' grade and perhaps how common they are? 




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