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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Why become a SAAC member?
« on: April 01, 2020, 08:12:23 AM »
If you’re interested in buying a classic Shelby today, it’s probably because of what SAAC has been doing for the last 40+ years. It is largely due to SAAC’s efforts that these cars are known about and so widely appreciated today.

And through extensive research and documentation they have kept the bloodline pure. Because of SAAC it’s practically impossible to create a believable fake. So if you do buy “one of X” number of cars ever built, you can be certain that the X will not keep getting larger as happens with some other marques.

If you’re going to piggyback on their tireless work over the past decades it would seem only right to support that effort going forward.

In my mind, those are good enough reasons to be a member. The printed “Shelby American” annual, plus the conventions and other benefits are just icing on the cake.


Agreed! SAAC is many things; this forum, annual conventions, Shelby publications, etc. but in my opinion the most important function it serves is to maintain the registries. Joining SAAC is the only way to support the efforts of those dedicated registrars. So join already!

The Lounge / Re: Your opinion of best apocalyptic movie.
« on: March 28, 2020, 07:46:28 PM »
Honorable Mention:  Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 8  "Time Enough at Last" with Burgess Meredith as bank teller Henry Bemis.

Since dropping DirecTV I've been searching for streaming content that interests me. There's so much stuff out there that the satellite was keeping me from! Currently watching the 4 seasons of the original Twilight Zone on Netflix (seasons 1,2 3 & 5). I've always been a big fan and almost always would tune in when a Twilight Zone marathon was running. But I've seen several recently that I either don't remember or never saw in the first place. "Time Enough At Last" is a definite classic. Good call NC TRACKRAT!

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Coronavirus anxiety therapy
« on: March 28, 2020, 02:22:17 PM »

A 68 S code fastback that rusted beyond repair. Now I'm in the process of rebuilding it on an Art Morrison Max-G chassis. After sitting for 10 years (2009-2019) I finally got started in earnest last year and with all the time I have now it's making real progress. Here's a couple pictures with the motor mocked up using my original 390 block until I get the aluminum side oiler TP.

That sounds impressive, what are you putting it in?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Shelby license plate pics
« on: March 27, 2020, 07:21:37 PM »
The tag John Barnes had on the car before I bought it. I wonder if he still keeps this registered???

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Coronavirus anxiety therapy
« on: March 27, 2020, 10:27:05 AM »
I'm putting an aluminum 490 inch TP in my project car fully understanding that it's not going to be the ideal cruising motor. But it should go like hell when I wind it up!

The Lounge / Re: Your opinion of best apocalyptic movie.
« on: March 26, 2020, 01:18:09 PM »
Maybe not apocalyptic in the traditional sense, but I have a special affinity to Falling Down. My wife will just roll her eyes and walk out of the room if I happen to come across it while channel surfing.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Shelby license plate pics
« on: March 26, 2020, 01:12:52 PM »
Authenticated original tag.

News from HQ / Re: SAAC 45 and the current world insanity
« on: March 22, 2020, 11:17:10 AM »
The problem really isn't having a political viewpoint - everyone should have one. The issue is the venomous attitude targeted at those who have a different viewpoint. So that's what politics has to do with vintage Shelby's - like a Cobra people are acting like venomous snakes!

News from HQ / Re: SAAC 45 and the current world insanity
« on: March 22, 2020, 08:28:00 AM »
Doug, I hope you and your family recover quickly and can get back to normal.

The financial fallout from this is going to be massive. Once the threat of the illness has subsided, and it will, there will be economic repercussions for years to come.

News from HQ / Re: SAAC 45 and the current world insanity
« on: March 20, 2020, 05:04:09 PM »

I left in 1985 and never looked back. Had a great childhood in CNY but once I became a tax payer, not so much.
The only thing Cuomo wants from the twin tiers is the property and school taxes.  Otherwise, they're like the red-headed stepchild. Punished and taxed to a point  many can't even afford to maintain their homes. You know the area. They are crumbling. If they do renovate on the exterior the assessor is on us like the Virus.

You are so right!!!! We should be all out of New York State by the end of the year, if not sooner!

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: 110 Octane Sunoco ?
« on: March 20, 2020, 05:01:29 PM »
Not an FE, but my 13:1 351C likes Sunoco 110. A lot! John Barnes told me when I bought the car that it didn't "need" 110 but he liked the smell. Me too! Better than most perfumes but I can't get my wife to splash some on her neck.  :(

But being a stingy Irishman, I have found that cutting the 110 with 25% 89 non-ethanol (which supposedly tests out at 90-91 but they don't want to re-label the pump) works just about as good, smells good and costs a little less per mile. By the way, I'm paying less than $9/gallon for the 110 fuel, so it's relatively inexpensive here. If I went to the race track - $12-$15 per gallon.

The Lounge / Re: Happy St Patrick's Day 2020
« on: March 17, 2020, 09:57:53 PM »

These are the "show" wheels and tires - chromed aluminum daisies with bias ply Goodyears. Look great, ride like crap and zero traction. F60-15's on the front and L60-15's on the rear.

I later bought John's set of "magnesium" daisy wheels with BFG T/A radials. Only they weren't magnesium, they were polished aluminum one piece wheels and the tires were dry rotted. When I told him,he kindly offered to reprice them at whatever I thought they were worth, which I did and all is good. I put a set of Cooper Cobras on them and they ride a lot better than the bias ply tires but still don't have enough stickiness for the Boss 351. 235/60-R15's but when I wear out the rears I'm putting something wider on the back.

That's the Fighting Irish spirit  salud !

Celebrating with a green Shelby!

I actually like those wheels better then the 10 spokes. I seem to remember John saying something about magnesium 200s wheels but I didn't pay attention to the details.

The Lounge / Re: Happy St Patrick's Day 2020
« on: March 17, 2020, 10:54:04 AM »
Celebrating with a green Shelby!

Mark P - I never actually saw the ticket or the disclaimer since a friend that I was going with bought the tickets online, but that's besides the point. Contractually they probably have an ironclad case (Deathsled may know more about that). My point is that they could have offered a refund minus costs incurred for those that wanted it. I may be dead by next year. Hell, I may be dead by Mid-Ohio! Who knows, but Mid-Ohio, Toronto and Portland may also get canceled and I'll be converting my Shelby to a mean Mad Max machine!

Model T's are selling today for roughly 20 times their original price, give or take. Earlier models in pristine condition command more, drivers a bit less. And there were over 15 million of them made. Shelby's were far less plentiful and some of them won't command 20 times their original price tag. Everything is relative.

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