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1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Ammeter Gauge
« on: November 25, 2019, 07:51:05 PM »
Has anyone decided not to hook-up their ammeter gauge?   I am ready to install it, but after reading so many "warnings" about fires etc., and no inline fuse for the ammeter, I am questioning whether I should even hook it up.   What is the concensus of those driving their cars?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Thoughts on Hershey 2019
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:11:14 PM »
This was my first visit to Fall Hershey.  Hershey was on my bucket list for many years and I have not been disappointed. 

Statements from the Brochure ...
Moto - 65 Years and Still Shifting Gears
800 Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) volunteers to make this happen and over 330 acres of show space.
If you walk up and down every row on all the fields, you would have walked 20-21 miles.
Listen to the various languages as you shop the aisles and you will hear those who represent dozens of countries world wide.

Personal Reflections...
Vendors are hard working (primarily older generation) that enjoyed the camaraderie of Hershey and the sell of their parts/goods.
Although there were organized vendors representing larger, well known companies, the majority of vendors were mom and pop type establishments.
Ford Model A/T (or equivalent) well represented, but prices falling for cars and parts.
Ford Thunderbird - Best bargain at this time as quality cars range from 15k - 45k.
1960's Model Year - Steady to high prices for quality cars
1970's Model Year - Same as above
1980's Model Year - Not as well represented.

Pics from Corral and others ...


1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Original Door Panels - Would you use these?
« on: September 06, 2019, 07:51:29 PM »
These are the original door panels with Burtons Brushed Aluminum Door Panel Inserts.  While not bad for a 50 year old Ford product there are a few cracks etc in the panels.

I tried to restore the original inserts and they came out looking like a wavy, platinum something or the other!

I am not posting this in the Concourse section so you know that I am not going that route,  but I still try to keep as many original parts as possible.  Well, maybe not the 427 Side Oiler!

Should I just purchase new repop panels?   It would be so glaringly obvious if I don't!


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Fold-down seat trim. Pics, places, and prices
« on: September 06, 2019, 05:14:50 PM »
Priced out a couple plating shops in Houston, Tx for the fold-down rear seat - 12 piece on my 1967. This did not include the piano hinge (if that is what it’s called).

Airline Plating - $650.00
A-1 Chrome - $650.00
Atlas Plating - $850.00

I went with Airline Plating and picked up the pieces today. They did a good job, but can see some imperfections in a few of the pieces.

I used A-1 Chrome before as it is closer to my home. They have my vent window frames now and quoted $350.00 to do both. That is $175.00 a piece and seems like a good price. Will post a pic once I pick them up.

The vent window glass frame and glass in the pic are original. Went with Scott Drake repop on the small handle and have this to show for it!

CarLite date 6 M. December 66.  Most metal, glass, and mechanical components on the car are dated 6M or 7A

I am becoming pretty good using the buffer and Eastwood materials.


While looking at the 69 GT 500 in the Auction section, I noticed that it had a a Vehicle Inspection Sticker from 1976. Pic posted below.
I like seeing those along with other items like buck tags from the 65-66 Mustang.  They are great for record keeping and nostalgia.

I had two on my car when I purchased it.  A 1977 Vermont indicating 59,908 on the odometer at the time of the inspection and a 1978 Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Registry.  The Massachusetts sticker did not have as much info indicated as what was found on the Vermont.  The previous owner was from Massachusetts, but went to school in Vermont.

Anybody else have any old stickers?



1967 Shelby GT350/500 / 1967 Registry Write-up - How's it Going?
« on: May 10, 2019, 10:57:19 AM »
How are everyone’s 67 Registry write-ups coming along?  I submitted mine with a nice picture that my son took.   Dave said that I had way too much information, but I guess that is a good thing.  After several years of research, I was able to track down two more of the original owners dating all the way back to 1968.  I love the research and stories on these cars.  Adding that info to the registry makes me feel like a good steward and care taker.   Hopefully the generations to come will appreciate that fact!

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / AM Radio Conversion and USB Port Location
« on: March 09, 2019, 04:09:24 PM »
I had Richard at R&B Vintage Auto Radio do a full aurora conversion on my radio.
Was trying to figure out what to do with the USB/Aux In port, so I ordered a repop
filler panel from NPD and began experimenting.

This is where I decided to mount it as it keeps everything within reach and close by.
The radio is not in the car yet, but wanted to think through all the locations and speaker wiring.  Just using kick-panel speakers and dual cone Pioneer on top in the original speaker location.

Link to radio after conversion and blue tooth.

I also experimented with the texture facing on the repop panel.  Plan to redo that!


1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Green Painted Bulbs
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:41:35 AM »
At least I should get a prize for most uniquely named topic! LoL!
Cleaning the Amp/Oil Pressure gauge and pod.
Noticed that the bulbs were painted green. 
Is that a PO addition or factory?
Thanks and have a great weekend!

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Battery Tender Plus
« on: March 01, 2019, 05:28:22 PM »
Hey Guys

I purchased the Battery Tender Plus and would like to know if
any of you are using one?

If so, do you just use the alligator clips or actually install
the smaller ring terminals on the battery?

For those that drive your car, do you keep the battery
in the car or take it out after each drive?

My plan is to purchase a regular 24F battery and use the
Scott Drake Autolite sta-ful cover on top.



1967 Shelby GT350/500 / G.T. 350/500 Stripe Question
« on: March 01, 2019, 01:52:50 PM »
Should I trim the access or just fold into the fender well as shown in the pic?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Lego Toy - 1967
« on: February 03, 2019, 03:02:09 PM »
My son sent me this link.  Said it will be out in March.  Pretty cool. 1/2 GT,  1/2 Shelby ...


1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Engine Gauge Feed Harness
« on: January 04, 2019, 07:27:54 PM »
I had to replace the engine gauge feed harness as I had purchased a small block application.

Questions ...
Is this the right one?
Does this require the ignition coil to be mounted to the intake rather than to the DS cylinder head?  It looks like the wires will be too short unless I move it from the cylinder head.   
Are all three j hooks used for the wiring harness along the valve covers?
What happens with the oil pressure line since it is no longer used?  Taped off with black electrical tape?


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Houston 1969 Pics
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:59:58 AM »
These pics and captions were in the Houston Chronicle today. Brought back some great memories as I was 10 at the time!

Congestion on the Southwest Freeway and that darn Mustang!

Grand opening of Intercontinental Airport with the Blue Angels performing.

Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins in a ticker-tape parade through downtown Houston in August 16, 1969 celebrating their moon landing.

Pursuit of Robert Dent in southeast Texas, May 1969, which inspired the film "The Sugarland Express."

"Mosquito Man" We loved chasing this guy through the streets as kids

Up For Auction / 1967 # 2939
« on: November 24, 2018, 05:08:03 PM »
I saw this on craigslist ...

Very interesting and original paperwork.  What is the C5AZ identifier on the dealer installed FE 427?

Registry does indicate that the car was "towed into J.D. Ball on 4/24/68 after #3 piston came off the connecting rod ..."


1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Pics 1968 and March 1971
« on: October 18, 2018, 10:39:36 PM »
Hey Guys,

The 2nd owner of my car Mr. Kevin Mahoney (1968-74) sent me some info and history on #861 as well as two original polaroid pics.  The first was taken shortly after Kevin purchased the car in 1968 and the second is dated March 1971 with a replacement fender.  Kevin said that he "hit a tree in a snowstorm" and ordered parts and had Wilmington Ford do the repairs.  A few of notable quotes from his write up ...

"I raced it at Epping NH.  I also road raced it around Weston, Ma.  It was the hottest and fastest car in town and got me the head cheerleader!  We would go fishing and camping to N.H  We would fold down the rear seat, open the hatch into the trunk and sleep."

"I use to road race with a GTO, 2 other Shelby's (GT500 & 350) 427 Biscayne, 427 Corvette, 426 Hemi Cuda and a lot more.  It was the 60's and 70's and we loved it!  Got clocked doing 130 on a Mass pike racing Al's GTO.  I won of course!  Nobody will ever have the thrill with that car that I had.  Its too expensive to do what I did to it!"

Great stuff!  So glad that I was able to locate Kevin and his willingness to share stories and pics.  Kevin, closed his letter by saying "I've been searching for that car for 30 years!"

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