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1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: try-y headers on a 67 GT350
« on: May 24, 2020, 06:30:38 PM »
I have a '65 restomod, so it's a bit different than your '67, but my experience may apply. I too have the Cobra T-pan. I found that there is a considerable fit and quality difference between at least two tri-y header vendors.  A few years ago, I bought a set of headers from one of the big Mustang vendors. I don't recall who or what I paid, but based on how cheap I am, it was likely in the $250 range. When it came time to get my exhaust fitted, I had these headers blasted and prepped for ceramic coating. I took them into my local high-performance exhaust shop. They looked at my headers and told me I would likely be unhappy with these. They pointed out that the flanges and pipe walls were both thin and the design had some significant interference with aftermarket parts I had in my restomod.

They suggested that I look for a better quality set of headers and made some recommendations. They said they couldn't get better pricing than I could myself, so they suggested I simply contact the vendors directly. They coached me on how to properly evaluate the headers. I wound up going with "Stan's Headers" (which apparently is also the source for "FPA Headers"). I paid $588 + $50 shipping for "260Y" Tri-Y's plus $200 for ceramic coating. There was still a slight interference with my aftermarket R&P box, but it was easily addressed. Plenty of clearance for everything else and they tuck up nice and tight under the car.

My point is that while there appear to be several good Tri-Y vendors, you might get a better fit by steering clear of the lower-priced versions.

The Lounge / Re: Lego 67 Mustang
« on: May 09, 2020, 04:11:07 PM »
I thought these Lego Mustang kits were pretty cool. I've purchased two of these in the last year.

I bought one for my 11-year old great-nephew for a special occasion. My sister said he was so thrilled when he got it, he worked on it nearly non-stop and had it completed in two days.

Then last summer, my 11-year-old grand-daughter came to visit us for several weeks. She had shown some interest in my sports cars before she arrived, so I ordered a kit for her. I gave it to her when she got here. We leisurely worked on the assembly in the evenings after I got home from work. It took us about about two weeks to complete. We talked and swapped stories while we worked. It was a wonderful bonding time. When the last piece was pressed into place, it felt satisfying - like finishing a jigsaw puzzle. After my grand-daughter went back home, I carefully packed and shipped the model to her. She proudly displays it in their entryway.

By the way, if you want to restomod your Lego Mustang, they have a number of modifications available in their store.
Hmmm - I wonder if I can make a Lego 1967 Shelby 'Tribute'?

(Sorry, couldn't resist yankin' some chains ;)


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Cool Mustang inspirational song
« on: April 25, 2020, 10:02:53 PM »
Is that a 10-point deduction?  ;)

The Lounge / Re: 8 second electric Mustang
« on: April 23, 2020, 12:19:48 PM »
Electric vehicles are cool and can be really fast, but there's more to the motorsports obsession than just acceleration. This little guy at a Moto-GP event channels my gear-head infatuation for the 'ol internal combustion engine!

You'll never see this enthusiasm for a Tesla.

The Lounge / Re: The Levity Effect - Stories to Lighten the Mood
« on: April 15, 2020, 08:10:31 PM »
When I was in college, Laramie WY was (and still is) a small town with very few fast cars. One bright and sunny Saturday morning, two of my friends were walking near the main downtown intersection when they spotted me in my distinctive bronze '69 Charger waiting for a red light. They decided it would be funny to scare me. They quickly ran up from behind the car, yanked the door open and both of them hopped into the front seat and slammed the door. They were laughing when they looked over at me realized the driver wasn't me. It wasn't my car.

When they later relayed this story to me, they said the guy was recoiled up against his door looking very alarmed. My friends just stammered, "Sorry! We thought you were somebody else!" and jumped out.

2007-up Shelby GT350/GT500/500SS/500KR / Re: Kid damages GT 350
« on: April 12, 2020, 04:46:07 PM »
Kid would be wise to hit the road.

Not if he was raised right. First thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging!

The Lounge / Re: Sayonara GT350 & GT350R
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:21:03 PM »

1965 GT350/R-Model / 65 Fastback Parking Brake Cable Bracket Finish
« on: March 31, 2020, 04:26:00 PM »
I posted this on the ConcoursMustang forum. Thought I might try it here as well:

Iím working on the parking brake system of a 1965 Fastback (Feb í65, C-code, San Jose). What is the original finish on the cable brackets? On mine, the first two brackets (moving downstream from the grab handle) appear to have a natural finish Ė no coating of any kind that I can see. According to the Shop Manual, these two brackets are the "Insulator Bracket" on the lower firewall where the cable comes through the firewall (couldnít find a Ford p/n) and the "Bracket" on the transmission hoop (Ford p/n 2A610). The rest of the brackets farther back seem like they were painted black, though most of the paint is now missing. Is this correct?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: SAAC is not living up to it's purpose
« on: March 29, 2020, 03:32:27 PM »
In my view, SAAC has improved considerably over the years. I was a long-time lurker on the old forum. It was a goldmine of information for my í65 GT350 Restomod build, which Iím embarrassed to admit is now in itís fourth decade of construction. Talk about Scope Creep!

I began anonymous research in the SAAC forum in the early 2000ís.  The record of older posts showed occasional drama between the owners of original Shelbyís and those of clones. The concern was generally due to the building of counterfeit Shelbyís which were then sold as original. One comment I heard several times was: ďThere are more Shelby cars now than ever came out of Shelby American.Ē There were veiled allegations that some of the convincing counterfeits and rebodied cars are in the SAAC registry as legitimate.  A small, but vocal SAAC contingent strongly discouraged the building of clone cars. They were generally countered by others who saw some benefit to encourage these projects.

Because of this debate, I chose to not register for the forum, or become a member, but continued to use the forum for research on my car. However, as time went on, I noticed that the new posts had few and milder such altercations. Of course, there was still some skepticism over suspicious questions from new and secretive forum members, but in my opinion, that is to be expected. IMO, it is a healthy defense of the marque. One of the benefits of clone/tribute cars is that it bolsters the market for reproduction parts that wouldnít be as extensive if it served only the originals. I use reproduction parts to avoid keeping the rare OEM parts available for the originals.

When the forum imploded in 2018, there was an opportunity to start fresh. I had seen enough support for tribute cars to decide it was time for me to support the organization that had helped me over the years. I donít post very often because my Shelby education pales in comparison to many here. Also, I donít have the drive for authenticity that I value in others. My passion lies elsewhere. I canít say Iíve always agreed with the responses Iíve gotten to my posts, but I believe they were fair and honest.

The Lounge / Re: Your opinion of best apocalyptic movie.
« on: March 28, 2020, 08:52:36 PM »
Another fan of Twilight Zone's "Time Enough At Last".
It's the one that came to mind when I saw this thread.

Replicas and Tribute / MustangsPlus Speed Shift Remote Shifter
« on: March 26, 2020, 03:40:02 PM »
Here's an item that may be of interest to the Restomod folks. My '65 Fastback has the seat pans relocated lower & further aft to improve leg-room and head-room. When using a racing harness, it's a long reach to shift the transmission into 1st and 3rd. I am considering this remote shifter as a possible remedy.

MustangsPlus is taking reservations for their "Speed Shift" Remote Shifter. This product was available a few years ago, but went out of production for a while. MustangPlus will build more if they get enough reservations.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Shelby license plate pics
« on: March 26, 2020, 02:49:50 PM »
My '19 GT350 also has a vanity plate:

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Shelby license plate pics
« on: March 26, 2020, 02:49:41 PM »
My '65 GT350 Tribute is now making progress. It's not yet on the road, but I did get my plates, so I'm ready to rock when the time comes.
I dislike the Idaho "Famous Potatoes" moniker, so I modified the State Slogan:

News from HQ / Re: SAAC 45 and the current world insanity
« on: March 19, 2020, 02:15:42 PM »
The administration of the generic and inexpensive anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine is starting to show good results in the treatment of COVID-19.

The Lounge / Re: Car events rescheduled due to Corona Virus fears
« on: March 13, 2020, 02:12:41 AM »
Some folks were already here and setting up for the Boise Roadster Show slated to open tomorrow. It was cancelled this afternoon.

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