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On Brant's recent blog showing the details of the restoration of an early (VIN unknown) '65 GT350, he mentions and shows that this particular car has the early version '64-1/2 abrupt bend shifter handle.  I'm curious as to just when that was phased out.  I've been unable to find any information in cyberspace that answers this question so I'm posting it here. 

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Sure hope so. Over 1,000 homes destroyed and now, snow and freezing temps make it worse. :(

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The Lounge / "Cats Rule!"
« on: December 21, 2021, 04:02:44 PM »
Just discovered we've got a bunch of cat people on the Forum and the least we can do is to start a thread.  My wife and I are "Siamese rescue cat" people. We've also had a few show up on occasion because there's an invisible sign on the door that only cats can read that says "Suckers live here!"  Our current resident is a Snowshoe Siamese named Sugarfoot.  She's in charge...We're just her staff.

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The Lounge / Garage Door Security
« on: October 07, 2021, 09:42:33 AM »
While on the subject of garage doors, keep in mind how easy it is for a burglar to trip the release lever:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSO_HTBHLFI
You may not want to zip-tie the release lever but there are a variety of products and DIY methods to block access to it.

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The Lounge / Speaking of garages...Safety Alert!
« on: October 05, 2021, 09:00:06 AM »
deathsled's dissertation on garages and leaves reminded me of my close call with death last week.  I had the garage door open and released from the opener mechanism while working outside.  As I re-entered the garage, I pulled down on the door to lower it.  All of a sudden, I heard this loud "bang" and the door came crashing down, narrowly missing my head.  Had I been under the door, I wouldn't be around writing this.  The torsion spring had broken!  Fortunately, I got a very capable repairman over the next day.  He informed me that  torsion springs are good for maybe 10-12 years at best.  I'd hate to think of the potential damage if the spring were to break while a car was underneath.  If your torsion spring is old and your garage door is getting somewhat heavier than normal to lift manually, it might be a good time to get that spring replaced.

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The Lounge / Racing as it used to be back in the late '50's
« on: July 25, 2021, 08:36:06 PM »
The above thread about the Reventlow Cobra caused me to remember crewing for a race at the Louisville Fairgrounds where Augie Pabst was driving one of the Scarabs, The Meister Brauser Special. For you folks old enough to remember him, the Chief Starter was Jesse Coleman. I found this on the internet:
https://www.courier-journal.com/picture-gallery/news/history/river-city-retro/2014/08/07/gallery-l-whirlaway-cup-sports-car-races/13714825/

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Up For Auction / 1965-1966 Trunk Mat
« on: July 18, 2021, 07:52:38 PM »
Just saw this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/203528519643?hash=item2f633ebfdb:g:TdsAAOSwdm1g80qs
Looks legit.  Don't know the seller.  Seems like a reasonable price for a hard-to-find item.  I have two NOS and wouldn't sell mine for that!

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The Lounge / MG MITTEN Catalog from 1966
« on: July 15, 2021, 05:33:49 PM »
Just found this link to a few pages of the famous (and sorely missed) MG MITTEN catalog. http://www.onthedash.com/document/1966-mg-mitten-catalog/.  Check out p. 14:  IMPACT seat belts for $16.95 a set! 

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Misc. For Sale / Ford GT Posters and '93 Mustang Cobra Showroom Set
« on: July 12, 2021, 10:43:41 AM »
Cleaning out the poster inventory:
Two factory-issued Ford GT posters (24x36 with Red on one side, White on the other). Excellent condition with no creases or pin holes.  Suggestion: Frame one on one side, frame the other on the other side.  $50 for both shipped in a heavy 4-inch diameter cardboard mailing tube via USPS Media Mail to any CONUS address.

Rare, two-poster showroom dealer set featuring the 1993 Mustang Cobra. Were probably meant to be mounted back-to-back. Printed on heavy stock and cannot roll. Each are 14"x29". Will ship flat between heavy cardboard via USPS Media Mail to any CONUS address. $50 for the set.

Send me a PM for payment instructions and your shipping address.

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Concours Talk / KONI Instructions Brochure
« on: July 05, 2021, 12:48:44 PM »
For some reason, Vern's ad here: http://www.saacforum.com/index.php?topic=3969.msg34675#msg34675  doesn't show his pictures on my computer anymore.  Vern, do you still have those pics on file?  If so, would you be so kind as to post them again for us and give us a dissertation on the versions that were used by KONI.  Anyone else with original examples, please feel free to elaborate. TIA!

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Recent postings of early '65's for sale show undersides of the hoods painted what appears to be satin/semi-gloss black.  Searching my "archives" of books, articles, etc. show them mostly white.  Is there any credibility to the black undersides for the porthole hoods?

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For those who want a reliable battery solution but not so much concerned about originality, here's one for the front battery mount trays in '65-'66 GT350's:  Use an AGM H5/Group 47 that has the side mounting "ears" like our old Group 24F's used to have.  The H5 will fit the tray but is shorter in length, just short enough to change the position of the mounting bolt in the tray to the Group 22F position.  Obtain a Group 22 mounting bracket and you're in business.  The + and - posts are in the correct locations and most H5 batteries will have at least 600 CCA or more.

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