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1967 Shelby GT350/500 / PRW roller rockers under Lemans covers
« on: June 11, 2020, 06:14:54 PM »
I'm planning to use these PRW stainless roller rockers on BBM heads on my 428. Can anybody confirm that they will fit under the Lemans covers? Anybody got a decent set of Lemans covers for sale?

Replicas and Tribute / Installation details for R-Model door frames
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:26:01 PM »
I was fortunate to pick up several R-Model items from a forum member including a set of the aluminum door glass frames. They didn't come with any installation documents so if anyone has installation details for these aluminum frames I would very much appreciate some help. No idea how they're attached to the doors. Couldn't find anything online.

Replicas and Tribute / GT500 Tribute Build
« on: March 29, 2020, 07:11:42 PM »
I've been in parts collection mode for several months and have now collected enough parts that I'm ready to get serious about wrenching on my GT500 tribute car. I hope that by documenting the build I can provide a reference for others who may admire the Shelby marque as I have for all these years but not be able to justify the cost of an original. I'm a retired engineer and just had my 65th birthday so the early days of the Shelby legend were headline car news when I was a preteen building scale models of GT40s and a host of other performance automobiles. I've been a Shelby fan as long as I can remember and decided probably 25 years ago that I would eventually build a 67 GT500 tribute car when I was done funding the education and marriage of my 4 kids. Having no plan for striking it rich and having no rich relatives I never really considered that I would ever be fortunate enough to own an original. At any rate this is the kickoff of that project. These photos show where I started when I purchased the car in Atlanta from a guy who had owned it for about 25 years. He started his restoration with a brief flurry of activity about 15 years ago (new 351 motor, new seats, new brakes, etc.) and then he parked it for most of the 15 years since then. I won't be using much more than the shell but at least I get to see how it comes apart so I'll have an idea how to put it back together. This is how it looked when I got it.

Louisiana Region SAAC / Any SAAC activity near Mississippi?
« on: March 29, 2020, 12:24:08 PM »
Hey I'm just looking for fellow enthusiasts in the vicinity. I'm in Madison, MS (near Jackson) and wondering who else might be nearby?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / SAAC is not living up to it's purpose
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:32:05 PM »
After several months of membership and forum interaction I need to get something off my chest. SAAC is not living up to it's purpose. The statement of purpose on the home page reads:

 "Dedicated to the care, preservation, history, and enjoyment of the world championship cars from Shelby American, and the cars they have inspired from 1962 to today. Ownership is not required for membership-just enthusiasm."

I think it's worth noting that exactly half of that entire statement is directed to people who do NOT own a Shelby. I do not own a Shelby but have been a fan of Shelby, and his cars, since the company was formed. I built scale models of the cars while they were beating Ferrari at Lemans. I started a car fund about 30 years ago to pigeon hole any spare $ so that some day I could buy a mustang without cutting into the family budget and build as close to a real Shelby as I was able to build. I had decided that a 67 GT500 was my goal long before "Gone in 60 Seconds" hit the screen (I still don't appreciate Eleanors). Even the classic 67 DONZI I restored got turned into a Shelby. I am now retired and working on two Shelby tribute cars, a 67 GT500 and a 65 R-model and have spent countless hours scouring this forum for info on correct parts and modifications. When I can't find the info I need I post a request knowing that there are world class experts that monitor this forum daily. What I have found is that the leadership of this forum has decided that I am not worthy, that ownership in fact IS required, and that enthusiasm is NOT enough to deserve the assistance that SAAC has the ability to provide to it's members. I recently asked some very simple questions on engine parts (in the "Replicas and Tribute" forum) and got essentially NO response.

In previous posts the experts have let debates about correct parts go on for days without bothering to post an authoritative answer to a simple question. This kind of "freeze out" doesn't happen by accident. The leadership of this organization has a problem. By your actions you make a joke of the statement on your home page.

If you are actually interested in preserving interest (ownership AND enthusiasm) in the Shelby story you might consider that more people are going to get a chance to look over my correctly modified "Tribute" car than will ever have a chance to look over an actual Shelby because I will probably drive my car more and take it to more events than the vast majority of original car owners. Young potential classic car fans that will NEVER have opportunity to see an actual R-Model will see my car and understand what kind of car Ken Miles drove to win a world championship by beating the corvettes and XKE's. Why would you choose to not support that opportunity to promote the Shelby story?

The ball is in your court. You can respond by further blackballing me and others like me or you can make some fundamental changes and live up to your potential as an organization that actually DOES support those who are enthusiastic about the cars that Shelby produced AND the cars that they inspired. I hope you chose the path of greater influence. I hope to have a reason to be a SAAC Member for years to come. Thanks for the assistance that HAS been provided by your members. It is vital to my success.


Up For Auction / Holley carbs for 2X4 setup
« on: March 26, 2020, 09:28:27 AM »
These are like-new carbs that came on a 2X4 manifold that I purchased.

Replicas and Tribute / Alternator and idler pulley brackets
« on: March 25, 2020, 11:35:13 AM »
Hopefully my journey to collect these parts will come to a happy ending soon. I'm looking for the part numbers for the correct alternator brackets and the AC idler pulleys for a 67 GT500 with AC & PS. I hear that using the correct crank balancer and pulleys requires a unique alternator bracket.

1965 GT350/R-Model / R-Model rear axles
« on: March 24, 2020, 11:44:39 AM »
Were the axles in the 9" R-Model rear end any different than the 28 spline axles used in a regular v8 8" axle?

Replicas and Tribute / Suitable 428 bell housing
« on: March 12, 2020, 11:36:18 AM »
Seems that the correct 4-speed bell housing for the 67 428 is not easy to find. I've seen comments that the truck housing will work fine (and allow the larger clutch) if strict originality isn't the issue. Looks like the C5TA housing is readily available and affordable. Is there any problem from a functional and appearance standpoint in the C5TA option?

Replicas and Tribute / Suitable fan, clutch, pulley for 67 GT500
« on: March 05, 2020, 10:31:25 AM »
I've seen multiple comments about the rarity and expense of the "correct" parts for the 67 GT500 (correct fan and fan clutch being good examples) and while I'd like nothing more than to have all the correct parts on my tribute car, I'd be quite satisfied with substitute parts that have the correct appearance and function and are more available and affordable leaving the other parts for the guys that are trying to maintain or restore an original car. Having said that, I'm currently trying to chase down the fan, clutch, and water pump pulley arrangement for a 428 with AC and PS. First question is what are the part numbers for the "correct" parts and second question is are there substitute parts that would provide the correct appearance and function for these three items.

Up For Auction / What's up with
« on: February 27, 2020, 10:30:30 AM »
Anybody having better luck than I am at web site?  The site has a LOT of car parts that are listed but I can't figure out how to purchase anything there. Whenever I try to "place an order" I get a note that "the item isn't up to date blah blah". I have used the contact feature to ask how the web site is suppose to work and never got a reply. Is it just me?

Replicas and Tribute / Any experience with Creb Engineering motors
« on: February 22, 2020, 04:26:48 PM »
Anybody have experience with these guys at Creb Engineering? They only build small block ford and claim to have been in the business for decades. Looks like pretty good value for somebody that wants to get a well built long block and bolt on the Shelby stuff (intake, valve covers, oil pan, etc) for a tribute car.

Replicas and Tribute / Stewart Warner 240A fuel pump
« on: January 30, 2020, 11:38:43 PM »
Anybody have some photos and info on how the electric fuel pump is mounted and plumbed in the R model? I'm also looking for a source for a rebuild kit for the 240A.

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