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Replicas and Tribute / Re: Who needs an R-Model gas tank?
« on: January 17, 2022, 08:52:12 AM »
My second Fuel Safe bladder lasted 56 months of a 5-year warranty and certification. I ended up buying a early Mustang fuel cell and used it for years until it also became a problem with leaks. I bit the bullet again in 2019 and bought the latest version shown in the photos. My custom cells were never a problem with the foam baffles but the fuel cell material itself. It became brittle and would eventually start seeping into the metal tanks.

One of my problems is the outlet fitting in the bladder and a #6 fuel line fitting running to the electric fuel pump. It is difficult to get a stable attachment of the bladder to the bottom tank and there is a vibration that works on the outlet fitting of the bladder. I made a slightly different cover and attachment method on the latest version.

If you decide to do the custom bladder to fit the two R-Model tanks, figure sending the tanks to Fuel Safe to ensure a correct location of the vent, LeMans filler and the outlet fitting into the bottom tank.

Hope this is of help.

Don
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Replicas and Tribute / Re: Who needs an R-Model gas tank?
« on: January 16, 2022, 06:48:14 PM »
I had Fuel Safe do my first custom R-Model bladder in 1996. I'm now on my third after using one of their standard 22 gallon early Mustang fuel cells because the cost has gone vertical. My latest custom bladder is back in the car and the cost was around $1,800 when figuring the boxing and shipping. The custom fuel cell is the way to go if in the budget and you are looking to do a high-end replica. I sure would not want to use a welded tank that holds 32 gallons in an early Mustang if you have any intentions to drive on the street. I have over 16,000 street miles on my replica and I would strongly recommend a fuel cell.

Attached are a few photos of the latest Fuel Safe bladder that fits the R-model tank. The new bladder is made to work with up to 10% ethanol.

Don
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Replicas and Tribute / Re: Leaf spring suggestion for R Model tribute
« on: January 13, 2022, 09:09:37 AM »
I used 67 Mustang GT springs and 1" aluminum lowering blocks. This gives the slight rake that I wanted.

Don
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SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: SAAC Convention 2022
« on: January 13, 2022, 08:50:38 AM »
I think June 16 to 18th is also a SVRA event at Indy.

Anyone from Indy area that can recommend a decent hotel, as my search has indicated most hotels in the immediate area of the host hotel are not highly rated? Not sure what the SAAC rate will be, but $275/night is out of my budget. Still deciding if I'll drive my car from Florida or trailer, so I can run one open track session. Anyone from Florida driving or wants to caravan? Will be leaving from the Daytona Beach area if all works out.

Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: 4-spd KR's
« on: January 10, 2022, 07:01:03 PM »
So, it sounds likely that a July 23rd build date KR would have the blue stripe teakwood knob with the gold shift pattern mounted to the console.

Thanks for all the good info.

Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: 4-spd KR's
« on: January 10, 2022, 10:33:11 AM »
Thanks Pete!

I guess I'll put one on the console even though I'm currently using a Hurst Competition Plus shifter with the reverse location opposite of the original Ford factory shifter.

Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / 4-spd KR's
« on: January 09, 2022, 07:24:03 AM »
Did all 4-spd KR's have the gold shift pattern plates on the console? My car did not have the shift pattern plate when I bought it in 1981, but it was a drag car, and the console was removed for a Hurst Super-Shifter. Just finished refurbishing the console and was wondering if I need the shift pattern plate?

Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Restored original gauge cluster
« on: January 09, 2022, 07:15:40 AM »
My understanding is that the assembly line clusters have the chrome plastic ring around the speedo and tach as per the photos I had attached. I've owned my KR since 1981 and had installed a Ford replacement bezel in the late 80's in my car and it had the speedo and tach all black. In addition, the Ford replacements had black border around the high-beam indicator light. These were the reason I had my original cluster restored by Orlando Mustang, as they restore to assembly line standards. Very happy with the results.

Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Restored original gauge cluster
« on: January 08, 2022, 07:10:59 PM »
Attached are a couple of photos of the restored gauge cluster for my 68 KR. Thanks to Orlando Mustang for restoring the gauge cluster and installing a new tachometer.

Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Black flocking for 68 console
« on: January 07, 2022, 03:38:58 PM »
I might try flocking my original cracked console insert without removing the flocking to see what happens. Will advise.

Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Black flocking for 68 console
« on: January 07, 2022, 07:09:16 AM »
Yes, I watched some of the videos and they were helpful. The 80-degree weather in Florida at the time caused the adhesive paint to dry faster than anticipated. Should have used a bigger brush and worked faster! The 69/70 consoles would probably be a little easier to do as they are not as deep as the 68 Shelby console inserts.

Good luck!

Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Black flocking for 68 console
« on: January 06, 2022, 06:46:38 PM »
Gary,

Attached is photo of the kit I bought on Amazon. It was about $16. I have enough paint and flocking to probably do 2 more console inserts. I definitely would change the technique I used. Be sure to use a very heavy coat of the paint adhesive, as I have some thin areas as the paint flashed of quicker than I anticipated.
 
Don
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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Black flocking for 68 console
« on: December 31, 2021, 08:26:04 PM »
Bought a black flocking kit off of Amazon and tried it today on my 68KR console I'm refurbishing. It worked OK, but  I should have used a heavier coat of the paint adhesive on the sides. Instructions indicate 10 - 15-minute working time on the adhesive paint, but the 80-degree temperature today caused the paint to dry faster. Attached are photos of the instructions and my results. I used pinstriping tape to try to get straight lines on the finish, but I think i would alter the process slightly. Wish I had another insert, as I think I could get much better results after the first try. Hope this might help someone who is looking to refurbish their console insert.

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Wanted to Buy / Re: WTB 67/68 single wire glove box light / switch
« on: December 30, 2021, 08:14:49 AM »
Found one last night!

Don
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Wanted to Buy / WTB 67/68 single wire glove box light / switch
« on: December 29, 2021, 03:44:28 PM »
WTB 67/68 single wire glove box light / switch with 6" lead marked C7ZB-14413-A1. Broke mine today removing an aftermarket AM/FM 8-track radio.

Thank you.

Don
gt350bp

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