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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: The Shelby American 2020 Annual
« on: November 19, 2020, 06:00:27 PM »
Got mine a couple days ago in NH.  Superb effort, thanks to all involved.

1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: 68 GT350 4 speed dash Pot
« on: November 10, 2020, 04:15:22 PM »
Can I ask, what was the purpose of the dashpot?  Was it to prevent stalling of the engine when letting off the throttle abruptly?  Why would some models have one but not others?  Thanks!


Florida Region SAAC / Re: How is your weather doing November 1, 2020
« on: November 01, 2020, 07:17:35 PM »
Chilly and windy in NH. Iím expecting the power to go out here on Monday with the wind gusts. I put my car away last weekend.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Curvy body pic
« on: October 31, 2020, 10:31:33 AM »
It doesn't get any better than that!

1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Rocker arm recommendation please
« on: October 29, 2020, 02:24:22 PM »
Glad to be of help.  Good luck with it.


1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Rocker arm recommendation please
« on: October 29, 2020, 01:50:31 PM »
"sounds like you did more than just the rockers"

So when I got the car in 2006, it had a tired mid '70s 302 in it.  I was able to locate a complete '68 J-code 302 to install.  The date code is even pretty close.  To begin with, my goal was to return the car to stock as much as possible and then show it in MCA Occasional Driven Class.  When the engine went in the car, it was concours assembled and detailed.  As time went on and I found that I longed for additional performance, I elected to use some simple bolt-on mods to make the car more enjoyable and reliable, as it gets a lot of use during the late spring, summer and early fall here in NH.  However the decision to upgrade the cam/lifters/valve springs/rockers was made early on, and those parts have been in the engine since the rebuild.  As for the rest, nothing ridiculous though, just small upgrades that would be easily undone if I ever change my mind again.  I retained all the stock pieces (carb, fuel pump, valve covers, air cleaner, exhaust manifolds, etc) and they are boxed up and put away for safe keeping.  I'd estimate the engine is making a reliable 275 horsepower and that's all I need.  It's been all over the Northeast and I find it very reliable and a blast to drive.  As stated in a previous post by another, don't skimp on the quality of parts.   


1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Rocker arm recommendation please
« on: October 29, 2020, 12:55:24 PM »
i dont want to invest in these heads i have others so staying OE is my goal. Will the Comp Cams roller tip steel rockers work in my OE situation as is? Are they better for performance in your opinion? thanks

I've had these on my engine since 2010 when the engine was rebuilt.  I don't know that I really am able to compare them to the stock rockers, performance wise.  Just seemed like a reasonable upgrade at the time and relatively inexpensive.  I'm running a Comp Cams N+271H cam ("modern" hydraulic version of the Hi-Po cam), along with the suggested Comp Cams valve springs and retainers.  Otherwise just bolt-on performance mods (Doug's Tri-Y headers, Demon carb, ignition upgrade).  I retained the stock J-code cast iron intake and I've contemplated upgrading that for years, just never felt like messing with it.  I don't twist the engine past 5,500 rpm.  One thing you'll find (if you Google it) is that some folks feel that the rockers are a bit noisy as compared to stock.  I have no real reason not to recommend them, as I think there is likely some gain in performance, but again I never had stock rockers on this engine to allow me to compare them.  They seem to be well constructed and I've had no issue with them in 10 years.

I believe the Comp Cams part # is 1431-16 for the 1.6 ratio rockers.


1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Rocker arm recommendation please
« on: October 29, 2020, 09:21:47 AM »
Yes, the rocker pedestals will need to be milled and then tapped to accept the screw-in studs and youíll need guide plates and hardened push rods. Easily accomplished by any competent machine shop.  I am using the Comp Cams roller tip steel rockers but thinking hard about upgrading to screw-in studs this winter for insurance as mentioned in a previous post.

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: '67 Registry ?
« on: October 26, 2020, 03:10:00 PM »
I think I missed it, but was there a link to pre order the '67 Registry?  If only one good thing comes out of 2020, it will be the '67 Registry.   ;D

There is not yet a link or any information about pre-order. I was just hoping that somebody in the know might chime in about an expected release date.

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: '67 Registry ?
« on: October 26, 2020, 08:47:18 AM »
Maybe it will be our christmas present  ;D

That would be a very nice and very welcome Christmas present.   :D

Oh yes. I see that now.

News from HQ / Re: When bad news is good news for a change!
« on: October 22, 2020, 02:16:03 PM »
The truth is definitely sometimes stranger than fiction.  Hopefully this whole mess can be "undone"

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: '67 GT350, no. 20 - Falcon Hood Prop
« on: October 22, 2020, 02:14:29 PM »
Not meaningless.  Just a statement of the true diversity of the hobby we all so love.  There is room enough in it for all of us regardless of taste.

Also very well said.   :)

SAAC-45 / Re: SAAC-45 Convention Update
« on: October 22, 2020, 02:12:06 PM »
Lime Rock or Watkins Glen please!   ;D

1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Times have Changed
« on: October 22, 2020, 02:10:33 PM »
I love driving my '68 Mustang GT coupe but I'm not all that into bringing it to static shows (but I do like a good car cruise/driving event).  It has various dents, dings and scratches, needs bodywork and paint, it's missing various pieces of trim, the rear quarters are in primer, the hood is black (the rest of the car is yellow and the paint job sucks), it squeaky, loud and generally less than pleasant but bearable on a trip over about 50-75 miles.  But it seems to draw a crowd when I have it out and I like talking to folks about it.  Not sure I'll ever do much more with it cosmetically.  Just happy to be in the hobby that has brought my joy for almost 50 years now.

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