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Thanks to those who inquired about the car. I have put together the following to answer your many questions and a few more.

Chris



I remember 17 like it was yesterday. A friend and I were looking for a cool used car for him. As we drove away from one, I saw in my rear-view mirror the distinctive T-Bird taillights of a 68 Shelby protruding from a backyard. I immediately turned around and went up to the door and asked if the Shelby was for sale. I couldn’t believe the answer was $4500 take it or leave it! One-week later December 14, 1981 I bought my Shelby.

We towed the car to my high school auto shop and worked on it for a couple days to get it running as it was last licensed in 1979. Everyone was in awe as they were aware of this car. Many had tried in the past to purchase the Shelby to no avail. They were all curious as to what I said that convinced the owner to sell, “I guess I was in the right place at the right time” was my response.

After purchasing the car, I immediately became a member of the Shelby American Automobile Club. I still remember when the first issue, #36 showed up in the mail. I spent days in school reading it and had it taken away from me by my teacher!  She stated, “This is a distraction from you studies Mr. Thauberger”. My mother had to go down to school to get the magazine back and she was not happy.




As a young man out of high school it was my intention to restore the Shelby and go to the very next SAAC convention in Anaheim, SAAC 9 August 16-19, 1984. I'd even laid out a very aggressive calendar of events for me to accomplish this. “Six months should be long enough to restore a car” I thought. I started by dismantling the vehicle in my backyard bagging, tagging and taking pictures. That was back in the old days when pictures were taken on film. I was fortunate that my dad was a photographer for the local newspaper. This not only gave me access to camera equipment, but also to a dark room so I could process my own film.

As life progressed many things changed, and I did not make it to what would have been my first SAAC convention that year in Anaheim. I continued my education and before I knew it, life took over and the car remained in boxes and pieces for the next 29 years. During that time my Shelby addiction was fed by The Shelby American showing up every month and the infamous Snakebite bulletins appearing without notice.

Fast forward to 2006. The kids were now grown and had moved away, and I was consumed running my business. During a well-deserved holiday to California, I met Kerry (Sportyworty). He let me drive a couple of his cars including a 1966 GT350. This was the spark that finally rekindled my interest in my all but forgotten Shelby. In his garage among other thing was a one owner 1965 six-cylinder coupe. I purchased it on the spot. I really enjoyed this car as it was a true time capsule. This is what I wanted my Shelby to resemble.

A few more years slipped away during which time I found “The best 68 Shelby Web page” aka thecoralsnake.com and spent countless hours on the site taking in as much information as I could about these '68 Shelby cars. My car and all the parts were still stored in the garage at my childhood home. I now found myself going there quite often to look at parts. I decided it was time to move everything to my shop. I went through one box at a time. Every piece of the car was inspected and catalogued. I built new shelving, a new 21 drawer rolling cabinet and a new rolling bench with eight-foot-wide drawers just to organize the Shelby parts. Then I stopped.

Would I be able to accomplish this monumental task? Where do I start? Is there a book I can buy that shows me step by step? My current job requires me to “sandbox” all new ideas before deploying them into the field. “That’s it” I thought, “I need to sandbox this.” I purchased a 1966 convertible, my wife’s dream car. This would be the test. Just how accurately could I restore this car? I spent the next three years dismantling, cataloguing, restoring, and finally reassembling the ’66 vert. It was very well received, and I was now confident enough to dive into the deep end.




October 17, 2011, I began the journey to restore the Shelby. I transported the car to RMC Industries in Edmonton Alberta to be stripped to bare metal. Having been stored inside for 34 years, although there was some minor rust in the expected areas the body was in remarkable condition.


   

In 2012 I joined the SAAC Forum and spent the next five years going to “Shelby school” learning about the 68 Shelby. I would attend SAAC conventions every year after and assist the concours judges. I had to learn many new skills along the way. Tumble refinishing techniques to get the correct look on bare metal parts, and then reapplying the phosphate and oil finish to some. I even purchased all the equipment necessary to plate in both Cadmium and Zinc to include both Yellow and Black Chromate. I have to say learning the techniques to restoring was as much fun as actually restoring the parts themselves. This was something I was always wanted to do on my own.

The emphasis was to first restore the original parts. Very few of the parts were deemed unusable or found to be missing. Those which were, I replaced with date code correct original assembly line Ford parts. Only when an original assembly line part could not be located, an NOS (Ford service replacement) part was substituted. Lastly, a very limited number of impossible-to-find parts were replaced with the best reproduction parts available in our hobby today.




I mounted the engine and transmission complete with exhaust system to a homemade frame for the initial break-in. The Cooling system was filled, Gauges and a Battery were connected. It was finally time for the moment of truth.




After dedicating months of time, working every weekend and weeknight reassembling my Shelby it was finally time for the trip to SAAC 43 in Indianapolis. I calculated that it was 12,246 days since I removed the first part back in 1984 to standing in this picture with the judging team at Indianapolis. Just slightly longer than the six months I presumed it would take.

Although I have tried, words cannot describe the satisfaction of achieving a lifelong goal. I consider myself fortunate to have reassembled this car after 34 years. I am both proud and humbled to have achieved the level which #1298 resides at today. It was an amazing journey.




Originally ‘68 Shelby #1298 was issued to Dominion Motors in Saskatoon, and was first purchased by Wraymond Kindopp who lived in Regina, Sk. Recently after completing my restoration of #1298 I was out at the golf course and a man came up to me and remarked what a nice car it was. He exclaimed, “A buddy of mine owned one of these”. After a short conversation we discovered this was the car his “buddy” Wraymond purchased new. He continued, “We all bought new cars that year and Wray’s was the fastest.” After owning the car for several years, I would come to find out that the #1298’s second owner, Roland Pollock went to high school with a good friend’s older brother. Rolland had given my friend and me a ride in the car years earlier before I even knew what a Shelby was! I purchased this Shelby from the third owner Jim Hicks. Its’ fascinating to think this car has lived most of its life 200 mile from where it was originally sold. I am pleased to have completed the ownership chain.

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The Lounge / Re: Eagle Eyed Literature Hunter The Online Version
« on: February 12, 2020, 02:16:45 PM »
Very cool.

Might be one of the rare autographed versions.

Pete, you a Spade fan?

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The Lounge / Eagle Eyed Literature Hunter The Online Version
« on: February 12, 2020, 01:42:18 PM »
Not sure if anyone here watched the New David Spade show.

Spotted this on the shelf behind him the other night.

Look like the CoralSnake




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Congratulations Chris!

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1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Re: This is the 66 GT350 of Airplanes
« on: February 07, 2020, 11:23:10 PM »
I hadn't realized there were so many aircraft enthusiasts here on the forum.

My new project is restoring a Piper PA-12.

Right now its a sea can full of parts and a blueprint

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The Lounge / Re: S H E L B Y de Mejico
« on: February 04, 2020, 11:06:05 AM »
The problem with those cars is that they are just production Mexican Mustangs with various parts added.

There are no two exactly alike and they were ordered according to what the buyer wanted.

There are no Shelby VIN tags on them like the US versions so they are essentially regular Mustangs with stripes added here and there.

For that matter, there are probably some that are standard 6 cylinder with 3 speed transmissions?

The combination of parts on them is a perfect example of "cash talks, nobody walks" and there is no such thing as standard "Shelby equipment" on them...unfortunately.

Well, I wish this information was available earlier in the post.

Guess this explains why I can't find them in the registry.

Oh well, at minimum a fanciful fishing story.

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Ahhhh, but it's restored...

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8T02S143331-01298

$155,000.00 USD
 
Red 1968 GT500 Fastback, 4 Speed, Black Interior with original engine complete with a multitude of assembly line date code correct components.

SAAC Concours Class Gold Award 2017 SAAC 42 Indianapolis.
No Hype, car speaks for itself

Interested parties please contact me directly at 68Shelby@sasktel.net

Chris




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The Lounge / Re: Most Online Challenge November 6, 2019
« on: January 20, 2020, 06:54:49 PM »
I used to have a dog that $hit all over the place...we shot it.

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The Lounge / Re: Lil Red Unveiled 1/16/20
« on: January 20, 2020, 03:48:07 PM »
Are you asking if I have them or will I post them? 😉

Thanks for the PM Pete.

I can wait for the movie  ;)

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The Lounge / Re: Lil Red Unveiled 1/16/20
« on: January 19, 2020, 10:08:35 PM »
I would like to see the 1968 version of Lil’ Red

Pete

Have you any pictures of the ‘68 version of Lil’ Red?

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The Lounge / Re: Flag
« on: January 19, 2020, 07:45:54 PM »
Looks similar to the ecology flag.


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Concours Talk / Re: Mobile Concours Judging Trailer
« on: January 18, 2020, 05:56:25 PM »
Only if you qualify...

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The Lounge / Re: Lil Red Unveiled 1/16/20
« on: January 18, 2020, 12:10:45 PM »
Thanks Pete for the heads up on the vehicles, I know you were involved in bringing them back from the dead and you have vested interest in the cars. I went back to the display multiple times to see if anything changed with the people or how the cars were presented and it didn't change. The hoards of people that floated by the display didn't really know or care about the vintage cars, what they were looking at were the newer cars internal workings and what a new 7 speed TREMEC transmission looks like internally or what the bottom of a new SHELBY GT mustang looks like. Jason deserves props for truly creating some masterpieces they were stunning in appearance. I lingered around to here what the people were saying about the stunning GREEN and RED coupes and the answer was similar, Nice looking FAKE SHELBYS :-[ That was a downer.

Weren’t the fake Shelbys the new ones next to the Hornet/Lil’ Red display? 

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The Lounge / Re: Lil Red Unveiled 1/16/20
« on: January 17, 2020, 01:25:40 PM »
I have never been a super big fan of notchback coupes, but the '67 fiberglas (and vinyl top)  really helps IMO.

I appreciate the vinyl top as well, has the vert look ;)

Good lookin' cars from a bygone era...

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