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Title: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 23, 2018, 02:12:28 PM
So, I won't try to repost all the build pictures from the old site.  However, I will repost some of the more significant pics, as this car nears the finish line (pun intended).

Here is how I purchased the car:
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: 2112 on March 23, 2018, 02:59:08 PM
Incredible  8)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 23, 2018, 10:52:24 PM
Thanks! More to come.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 10:45:17 AM
More with the initial prep.  Again, this car started it's life as a true 1966 K-code, and it was missing its entire drive train when I bought it.  However, it was completely painted and it had an entire roll cage installed, plexiglass side windows and other odds and ends.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 10:46:35 AM
Started with a modern 6-speed tranny and a Dart aluminum small block with Dart aluminum heads. 

This pic with the tranny shows the mock up block, hence the "non-aluminum" look.  ;D
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 10:49:56 AM
Given the need for wider rear tires, the car was mini-tubed.  And, the interior frame rails had to be modified as well.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: KR Convertible on March 24, 2018, 10:53:15 AM
How much work had to be done on the trans tunnel to get the T56 in?   Did you lower the engine too?   Thanks
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 10:54:21 AM
Here's a shot of the the rear rims and tires during test fit.

Also, here is the Strange rear end, and finally shots of the rear end installed with the rear wheels and tires.

Also, the ride setup will be all Total Control Suspension with coil overs all around.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 10:59:06 AM
How much work had to be done on the trans tunnel to get the T56 in?   Did you lower the engine too?   Thanks

There wasn't too much work that had to be done to the trans tunnel, but there was definitely some cutting.  However, when the trans tunnel is finished, the tunnel will look different, as it will have more of a 1-piece look to make it present as more finished versus cut up.

And, yes - the engine had to be lowered.  In fact, you'll see in later pictures that I ended up going with a custom hood that gives 33% more height clearance via the hood scoop; which was also needed given the height of the engine when finished.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: KR Convertible on March 24, 2018, 11:45:42 AM
Very cool build.  It's a shame we lost the previous thread.  I've enjoyed watching the progress.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 11:57:08 AM
Very cool build.  It's a shame we lost the previous thread.  I've enjoyed watching the progress.  Good luck!

Thanks! I really appreciate it.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Richstang on March 24, 2018, 12:13:36 PM
It looks great indoors. I can't wait to see it out in the daylight.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: mark p on March 24, 2018, 12:35:34 PM
Very cool build.  It's a shame we lost the previous thread.  I've enjoyed watching the progress.  Good luck!

+1
I think there may still be some drool residue on my keyboard from watching the "old thread"  ::)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 08:22:02 PM
Custom headers and custom exhaust...with side exits, of course.   ;D
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 08:24:03 PM
Test fit of the tranny; which will allows for the headers to be removed without removing the engine.

Also, here's a shot of the radiator.  You can never have too much cooling!  8)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 08:25:40 PM
Here's a shot of the custom hood.  As mentioned previously, the opening in the hood scoop is 33% larger than stock; which is vital, given the height of the engine when installed.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 08:30:36 PM
TMI seats to add bolstering, but not deviate too much from a period correct looking seat (aka; no high back buckets).

As Bob G. has validated - the original seats were nothing more than a plastic bucket covered in thin leather.  They look super cool, but not so much with functionality.  ;)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 24, 2018, 08:33:17 PM
Very cool build.  It's a shame we lost the previous thread.  I've enjoyed watching the progress.  Good luck!

+1
I think there may still be some drool residue on my keyboard from watching the "old thread"  ::)

Thanks!  I'll do my best to get most of the old pics posted, and, of course, post the new ones as the build concludes.

Truly, my goal is to take this thing to SAAC 43 and run the hell out of it!  Drag racing, track, etc.  I can't wait!!!   ;D
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 25, 2018, 03:23:08 PM
Shots of the engine in all her assembled glory!  Personally, I think its a shame not to see the yellow stabilizers all the time due the valve covers.  :D
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Wedgeman on March 25, 2018, 03:45:13 PM
Great Job...keep it coming !! ;D
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 27, 2018, 06:02:22 PM
Shots of the oil pan with connections for the dry sump.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 27, 2018, 06:02:54 PM
Here's the dry sump tank.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 27, 2018, 06:03:47 PM
Here's a shot of the assembled engine in all her glory!  MAN, I can't wait to hear her run!!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 27, 2018, 06:04:47 PM
Front and back Wilwood disk brakes.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: T-Bone68 on March 31, 2018, 08:43:17 AM
Awesome suspension.  Iím putting a similar TCP front coil over in my tribute later this year. 

What did you use for the rear coil over conversion?  I see the Strange axle, but wasnít aware of them doing a coil over conversion.  Was there significant fab involved?
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 31, 2018, 04:22:00 PM
Awesome suspension.  Iím putting a similar TCP front coil over in my tribute later this year. 

What did you use for the rear coil over conversion?  I see the Strange axle, but wasnít aware of them doing a coil over conversion.  Was there significant fab involved?

The rear coil overs are TCS as well.  And, I don't believe that Strange makes any type of rear suspension, but I could be wrong.

There was some fab work, but not too much.  The top pictures in reply #6 shows some of the mounting necessary for the rear coil overs. 

Big 3 Performance out of Green Bay, WI are the ones doing all the work. I'm just documenting as they go.  ;)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on April 11, 2018, 05:01:54 PM
Testing...

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/4-110418165851.jpeg)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on April 11, 2018, 05:03:26 PM
OK - so now I can post pictures that have first been uploaded to my library.  However, they come in EXTREMELY large!

Geez...
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on April 11, 2018, 05:07:07 PM
Well, for those who have the patience to scroll, the enormous picture is of the car on a lift.  I have two more pictures to post from being on the lift.  These were taken while they were plumbing the drive line.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on May 24, 2018, 10:38:48 PM
Progress is still happening!  Here are some pics of the (almost) finished transmission tunnel.  Note the hand shaped (not by me) metal with a military rivet look.

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/4-240518223617.jpeg)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on May 24, 2018, 10:49:36 PM
Pic 2

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/4-240518223535.jpeg)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on May 24, 2018, 10:51:23 PM
Pic 3

...I tired to make the pictures as large as possible, but this was the best I could do... ::)

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/4-240518223425.jpeg)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on May 24, 2018, 10:59:48 PM
Here's an older shot of the exhaust / tranny

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/4-240518225733.jpeg)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on May 24, 2018, 11:01:29 PM
Here's a sneak peak of the engine and hood scoop.  The scoop is 33% larger; which is needed for correct engine fitment.

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/4-240518225756.jpeg)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on May 24, 2018, 11:02:38 PM
And the stance / side exhaust.

(http://www.saacforum.com/gallery/4-240518225823.jpeg)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: gt350hr on May 25, 2018, 01:38:07 PM
  How many cubic inches in the engine?
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on May 25, 2018, 07:20:18 PM
  How many cubic inches in the engine?

The engine is an all aluminum Dart small block that is stroked to 438 (I call it a 427  ;D).

I can't wait to hear it run for the first time!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: 427heaven on May 25, 2018, 09:15:54 PM
I forgot about this one Ö Waaaay cool ride, keep us posted :)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on May 25, 2018, 10:52:48 PM
I forgot about this one Ö Waaaay cool ride, keep us posted :)

Thanks! And, will do.  ;)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: gt350hr on May 29, 2018, 10:46:59 AM
   Thanks . I stayed with the short deck ( 8.2) and 374ci.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on August 18, 2018, 09:11:12 PM
Things are moving along!  The new hood (with a 33.3% increase in the opening) is now prepped and primed.  ;D

Yes, there was A LOT of mud put on that thing!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on August 18, 2018, 09:12:45 PM
And, the gauges have arrived! 

Again, not exact, given it's a restomod  ;)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on August 19, 2018, 04:53:28 PM
The hood is now painted! I canít canít wait to see it mounted.

 8)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on September 17, 2018, 12:19:46 PM
The package tray and accompanying interior panels are now roughed in. A LOT of work had to go into fitting everything, especially due to the minitubs and the full roll cage. Now, it needs to be semi dissasebled and painted.

Thanks Jesse B! Youíre a miricle worker. 👍🏻
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on September 23, 2018, 01:45:29 PM
The gauges are coming along well!  Here, you can see the main gauge bezel, as well as two separate gauges that will be located in the glove box.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on October 02, 2019, 10:19:05 AM
I have been remiss in posting the progress of this build.  And, I believe its finally coming to fruition!

Here are some shots of the engine bay progression:
- The first picture shows the engine bay a few months back after initial mounting of the power steering reservoir
- The second picture shows the catch can installation, as well as the power steering hose routing; which goes through the shock tower - pretty cool!
- The third picture shows a view down the driver's side of the engine bay
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on October 02, 2019, 10:23:48 AM
Here are some interior shots:

- The first picture shows the cluster installed
- The second picture shows the two additional gauges installed in the glove box area, as well as the MSD unit
- The third picture shows the wiper motor installation.  This was a bit of a nightmare, as the stock motor didn't clear the lower horizontal cage bar, so a low profile motor had to be installed with a redesigned mount.  The wipers are needed to keep it street legal  ;)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on October 02, 2019, 10:28:14 AM
Here are some shots of the trunk:

- The first picture was taken a while back when the fuel cell was first mounted.  As you will see, an original fuel tank was cut in half and mounted to the car.  Then, the fuel cell was mounted to the lower fuel tank piece, so as to hide the fuel cell from view outside of the car.
- The second picture shows the rear battery mount, as well as the fully routed fuel cell, filter and fuel pump

Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on October 02, 2019, 10:29:34 AM
One last shot for today:

- Here you can see the power steering hoses going through the driver's side shock tower from an outside view

More to come!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: pmustang on October 02, 2019, 12:21:32 PM
Looks like a cracker, Thanks for posting, Peter
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: deathsled on October 02, 2019, 12:26:26 PM
Another monster to scare women, children and small communities. I like it!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: 2112 on October 02, 2019, 12:44:54 PM
So glad they left the shock towers in place.

I hate it when they remove them completely.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on October 02, 2019, 02:52:33 PM
Thanks to all!

And, I have to agree with you, Michael - I, too, don't like when they take the shock towers out.  As crazy as it sounds, I like seeing the shock towers when I look under the hood - it reminds me that it's a classic Mustang / Shelby.  Without the shock towers, I feel a bit lost...like I'm looking under the hood of something other than a Mustang / Shelby.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: 2112 on October 02, 2019, 03:30:00 PM
And don't forget the enormous strength of a deeply stamped (hydroformed?) piece like the shock tower provides.

Yeah, Camaros don't have them, but they were engineered differently from the get go.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on October 18, 2019, 08:14:40 PM
The pulleys and belts are now installed, as well as the dry sump tank. 👍🏻

I love the beefiness of the crank to dry sump pump pulley. 💪🏻
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on October 18, 2019, 08:17:27 PM
And, here is the steering wheel of choice once itís installed.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on December 19, 2019, 10:57:55 PM
Its been a while, and there have been some great updates!

All the hoses and fittings for the dry sump are now in place.  Attached are a top and under side view of the hoses.

...that one hose connected to the reservoir is huge!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on December 19, 2019, 11:00:21 PM
Here's a shot of all the pulleys and belts from the top and front.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on December 19, 2019, 11:04:19 PM
Here are shots of the underside of the front and back, as well as a closeup of the suspension setup in the rear.

I love the stock looking fuel tank from below / behind, even though the car has a fuel cell.   ;)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Jim Herrud on December 19, 2019, 11:32:48 PM
I'm really enjoying this thread, Ruben!

I see some of the same equipment that I'm installing in my Restomod, for instance the TCP steering & front suspension, dash, trans, etc. but your build much more ambitious than mine.

Keep it coming!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on December 20, 2019, 04:21:01 PM
I'm really enjoying this thread, Ruben!

I see some of the same equipment that I'm installing in my Restomod, for instance the TCP steering & front suspension, dash, trans, etc. but your build much more ambitious than mine.

Keep it coming!

Thanks!  You should post more pictures of your Restomod - I'd love to see them.  And, trust me - the ambition comes from the builders.  Big 3 Performance does an awesome job!

BTW - for those with a discerning eye, you'll notice the electrical cord hanging down in front of the passenger's side front tire.  Question:  anyone know what it is for?  :D

I had to ask, and, of course, since the car is being built in Green Bay, WI, I asked if it was for a block heater...LOL.
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Jim Herrud on December 21, 2019, 12:20:19 AM
Electrical cord in the right-front engine bay, hub? Electric fan controller?
By the way, did you enlarge the radiator opening to get the dual-fan system installed?

I'm hoping to get restarted on my project over this holiday break, so I might have some progress to post next month. Had some 'circle of life' drama to deal with recently. I also got a 2019 GT350 and started doing some track days. That's been a huge, but fun distraction!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on December 22, 2019, 12:00:12 AM
Nice! Youíve picked a good distraction. 👍🏻

I found out that the electrical cord is for prewarming the engine oil. Given my skill set, I may never need it, and it was a cool surprise.  8)
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: BGlover67 on December 22, 2019, 07:43:03 AM
Looking great Ruben!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on December 23, 2019, 03:11:35 PM
They just painted the rear axle assembly. Nice!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: Shelby_r_b on March 28, 2020, 10:47:31 PM
It's been a while since I posted an update on the car.  And, another post today jarred my memory to get some more pictures up.

It's alive!  The car is now up and running!  I wish I could post a video, but now sure how to do that.   :-[

Either way, here are some recent pics of the interior and the engine bay.  The push button located where the climate controls would be is for solenoid operated parking brakes - very cool.  The shock towers will be reinforced soon, as well as some general sorting / paint / cleanup work.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
Post by: chris NOS on March 29, 2020, 10:20:04 AM
it sounds like you 'll have a lot of fun driving this monster ! Nice work done on it ! keep on going posting !