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1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Engine verification
« on: July 28, 2022, 04:34:52 PM »
There is no difference between a Super and a CJ outside the reciprocating assembly ( rods, crank. balancer, counterweight flex plate or flywheel. some CJ's have been reported to have come with pistons marked Super ). The block, heads and manifolds are identical. Some earlier Supers may have "Super" stamped in the block.  Check out www.cobrajet.org for info on CJ vs Super. I have one of each at my shop right now.

Rodney

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Tilt column disassembled
« on: July 09, 2022, 05:11:26 PM »
I have removed a fair amount of them over the decades of working on cars. They do make a special tool ( OTC no. 7889 or Kent Moore J21854-01 ). In the past I had always used the correct thread machine screw and put it in a dent puller and poped them right out. 10-12 years ago I bought the tool, and of course I have never needed to use it after I bought it. GM tilts of that area use the same type of pivot pins also. OTC tool package also lists it for Chrysler products in addition to Ford and GM

Rodney

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: leaf spring clamps
« on: June 24, 2022, 10:18:50 AM »
I have been making the the square hole version of the leaf spring band clamps for 29 years now. I have sold over 10,000 sets and counting. Jim Cowels was making a round hole version (I think Jesse still is ). Any square hole sets Jim had came from Me. Ford leaf springs of the mid 60's to early 70's had at least 4 different versions of the band clamp hole. The 4 versions I have seen used, Round, Square, Square with a notch and D shaped. Most common for 65-67 Shelby's are the round hole clamps. Most common for 68-70 Shelby's are the square hole version. I have seen all 4 versions used on all years of Mustangs from 65-70. Yes I have a vested interest, but IMHO it's not worth trying to save the old ones, that's why I made them to start with. Also all of the components of mine are 100% made in the USA.

Rodney
Are these yours?  https://www.deadnutson.com/leaf-spring-clamp-set/
Can't say 100% for sure but I believe they are as I do not sell directly to Jack. I believe Jack deals with one of the main vendors I sell to and probably sources them from that company.

Rodney

Rodney

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: leaf spring clamps
« on: June 24, 2022, 09:59:50 AM »
I have been making the the square hole version of the leaf spring band clamps for 30 years now. I have sold over 10,000 sets and counting. Jim Cowels was making a round hole version (I think Jesse still is ). Any square hole sets Jim had came from Me. Ford leaf springs of the mid 60's to early 70's had at least 4 different versions of the band clamp hole. The 4 versions I have seen used, Round, Square, Square with a notch and D shaped. Most common for 65-67 Shelby's are the round hole clamps. Most common for 68-70 Shelby's are the square hole version. I have seen all 4 versions used on all years of Mustangs from 65-70. Yes I have a vested interest, but IMHO it's not worth trying to save the old ones, that's why I made them to start with. Also all of the components of mine are 100% made in the USA.

Rodney

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1965 GT350/R-Model / Re: 65 Pitman and Idler arms on Ebay.
« on: June 11, 2022, 03:44:22 PM »
Just a note the " divot " is from a Brinell hardness test. You see them on crank shafts flywheels and other parts and not just in the automotive industry.

Rodney

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BS begins at about the 24:40 minute mark. Be sure you have your boots on before watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OhH_mYzVMg
Boots, You mean hip wader's! Oh and the smell!

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I am working on a 69 Mach1 SCJ C6 car ( W code 4.30:1 ). Car has inaccurate speedometer and bouncing indicator needle. The car has been converted to a 3.50:1 gear, and not using the gear reducer. I got the correct driven gear for the 3.50's and tire size. Same problem. I pulled the cable and gear out and using my finger I was able to spin the drive gear easily. Is something different with a SCJ C6 output shaft? I though all C6's had the drive gear machined on the output shaft? I did not see anything listed different in the MPC. It acts like a toploader with a broken dive gear retainer. Any thoughts?

Thanks
Rodney

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As per the service manual, bolt lift plate to the carb mounting and use an engine hoist to lift it out. Otherwise your going to have to use the screwdriver/gasket scraper method mentioned before. Also eat your Wheaties or spinach  and have your chiropractor on speed dial if you don't have a hoist.
Rodney

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: KR Tire Identification
« on: April 27, 2022, 04:43:33 PM »
Is this the code you referenced?
Yes. If I am interrupting the code correctly the tire was made in June of 1968 in Akron, OH

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: KR Tire Identification
« on: April 27, 2022, 03:51:04 PM »
WT6066-2600
From what I can see in the photos you posted the tire does appear to be the correct tire that came on KR's and possibly some late 68 GT350's. With a more complete photo of the tire code one could possibly tell if it could potentially  be original  to the car by comparing manufacturing dates. The tire looks to be in very good shape and would be worth a good amount of $. Don't loose it again.

Rodney

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: 10-spoke spare stowage
« on: April 22, 2022, 01:46:23 PM »
Hi Rodney,

Yes I have and will continue to deduct for ten-spokes. The last judging sheet I have does not say no ten spokes but it does specify 15 x 6 semi gloss steel wheels. I just wanted that no ten-spokes with out documentation clause as someone might try and make an argument for the ten-spokes as a few ( very few ) cars did get them.
Chris
Yes there would be a deduction if the spare was incorrect and or different. There are 2 separate categories for tire/wheels so 2 places for possible deductions. #1 Undercarriage, the 4 tires/wheels on the ground. #2 Trunk, the spare tire/wheel. So the car can potentially loose points in either category for incorrect tires and wheels. Note; the tires and wheel covers are separately judged items from the wheels.

Rodney

Is there a further deduction if the spare does not match the Road wheels? That is what I recall reading at some point... Again, I doubt anyone but me will be judging these details of my Shelby (and this judge is easily bribed... ;) ), but interesting to know.

As I think I mentioned, I do have the hubcaps tucked away against a future restoration, and even 5 steel wheels (the spare steel wheel may even be original, not sure about that), but for now, 10 spokes it is. I am taking her on a little 2500 mile jaunt from Rhode Island to North Dakota in June - so obviously a "driver"! :) Oh, I forgot to mention she also came away with the "Provenance Award" at the recent Coast-to-Copper rally, so she still gets some love from the judges!

Chris.

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: 10-spoke spare stowage
« on: April 22, 2022, 10:09:36 AM »
As the current 68 Shelby head judge I was asked to review the judging sheets ( 1968 Shelby ) and suggest any changes. One item I requested to be changed was to not allow ten-spokes and or only with documentation as only a hand full of 68 Shelby's ever received these wheels from the factory. As stated it is what I requested, will it be changed? Probably but I haven't heard one way or another as of now.

Rodney Harrold
Thanks for giving your time to take on this role Rodney. Is there an avenue for one to get 68 Shelby judging sheets(or 69-70s)? SAAC or MCA? I assume you are the SAAC head judge? Gary
You can ask ( for SAAC ) the Concourse Chairman Mike Shally or perhaps the head judge Charles Turner. I have no idea about the MCA. I am head judge of the 68 Shelby class for SAAC.  For SAAC 47 Mike is the concourse chairman and Charles is the head judge. Both are on this forum.

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: 10-spoke spare stowage
« on: April 21, 2022, 05:16:47 PM »
Yes I have and will continue to deduct for ten-spokes. The last judging sheet I have does not say no ten spokes but it does specify 15 x 6 semi gloss steel wheels. I just wanted that no ten-spokes with out documentation clause as someone might try and make an argument for the ten-spokes as a few ( very few ) cars did get them.

Rodney

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: 10-spoke spare stowage
« on: April 21, 2022, 04:00:46 PM »
As the current 68 Shelby head judge I was asked to review the judging sheets ( 1968 Shelby ) and suggest any changes. One item I requested to be changed was to not allow ten-spokes and or only with documentation as only a hand full of 68 Shelby's ever received these wheels from the factory. As stated it is what I requested, will it be changed? Probably but I haven't heard one way or another as of now.

Rodney Harrold

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: 10-spoke spare stowage
« on: April 20, 2022, 04:43:21 PM »
Store the tenspoke spare valve stem up. You will need to use the 68 Mustang styled steel wheel mounting washer.  Mount in this order. Jack and handle under side, wheel face up with styled steel wheel washer held down with the wing nut.

Rodney

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