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SAAC-45 / Re: SAAC-45 Convention Update
« on: December 18, 2020, 02:23:22 PM »
Ozark looks great but too far for everybody I think.

Not for those of us who live between the Appalachians and the Rockies!

The Lounge / Who's making our parts?
« on: October 16, 2020, 11:17:10 AM »
Interesting article about the problems with new replacement parts for classic cars.

1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« on: August 24, 2020, 10:53:00 AM »
Most likely it was several events and not a single one that ended the peogram

Exactly. I have no reason to doubt Shelby's claim, the reasons he cites make perfect sense in the context of the times. None of it is incompatible with AO Smith's desire to withdraw for valid reasons of their own. In any event, if actual '71 Shelbys would have resembled this prototype, we're fortunate the plug was pulled when it was.

1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« on: August 24, 2020, 08:44:27 AM »
Perhaps people get the idea that Shelby asked Ford to discontinue the program after '69 because that's what he himself said at the time.  (Sports Car Graphic, Feb. '70 issue.)

So did you ever get the calipers flipped around right?

FWIW, these are the shifter bushings I used:
(They're also good for tightening up Ford shift linkage.)
Another worthwhile upgrade, especially with a heavier than stock clutch, are roller pedal bearings. I've installed them on two cars, and they make a noticeable difference.



I ran into the same problem after installing a heavy duty clutch in my '69 Cougar Eliminator with a 351W, which used the same spindly Z-bar as the Mustangs and Shelbys. I welded a piece of flat strap to the back of the long upper arm to make it thicker and stronger, and also triangular gusset pieces from the pivot tube to both the upper and lower arms. Clearance is tight, but there's enough room to add significant reinforcement. I also drilled out the egg-shaped upper and lower linkage holes and installed Hurst shifter bushings, which eliminated a lot of slop.
If you'd rather not go the do-it-yourself route, Opentracker has a kit:
Good luck!


1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« on: August 10, 2020, 08:10:33 PM »
A couple of years ago I had the chance to spend a few minutes talking to retired Ford designer Gale Halderman. Among the things I asked him was whether the '69 Shelby design came primarily from Shelby or from Ford. He said 10% Shelby, 90% Ford. I asked if he could name anything specifically that came from Shelby, and he said "primarily logos and such." I mentioned that Larry Shinoda is generally credited with the design of the Boss Mustangs and Cougar Eliminator, and I asked if there was anyone that deserved similar credit for the '69 GT350 and GT500. He said no, it was very much a team effort with a lot of people contributing. "But I was responsible for the team!" I suspect he was being overly modest, based on some of his sketches.
Many of the signature design features, such as the extended front fenders and grill shape, front fender vents and central exhaust are present in his work.
I wish I'd had a way to record our chat, and of course I thought of many more questions later on, but I still found his responses most interesting.

Note: Sketches and captions (I have no idea why they're the same) from his book "Mustang by Design."

1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Lowering springs ?
« on: August 05, 2020, 02:31:49 PM »
Good looking car!
Even though the purists will cringe, I recommend the Shelby/Arning control arm relocation while you're at it.

Hello everyone - thanks for the reply. 
I can confirm the bleeders in the front calipers are pointed up and towards the rear of the car (correct for bleeding from my understanding)

As Royce noted, they should not be pointed up. Has this been addressed, and what was the result?

1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: 1969 GT500 Convertible 9F03R481016
« on: July 12, 2020, 01:09:14 PM »
Congratulations on your purchase. Looks like it's going to fit right in.


1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: 1969 GT500 Convertible 9F03R481016
« on: July 11, 2020, 05:25:50 PM »

That would be a lucky break if the oil pressure gauge is original and still functional. 

Carb has an "N" suffix.


1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: 1969 GT500 Convertible 9F03R481016
« on: July 11, 2020, 12:41:53 AM »

Overall, it appears to be a very nice car, based on the pictures. A few random things jumped out at me, in no particular order:

Its missing the steering wheel wrap. Not a huge deal, many owners actually prefer the look without.
More concerning is that the oil pressure gauge appears to be out of commission. There's no really correct reproduction available, and originals are unobtainium.
Fog light covers aren't factory, but are nice to have to protect the lenses if you actually plan to drive it much.
Should be flanged hex nuts, rather than wing nuts, on the battery hold down.
Carb is correct for a CJ, but an automatic transmission application. 4-speed carb would be a C9AF-9510-M.


'69 GT500 #2911

Regional Shows and Events / Re: Tulsa Mid America Shelby Show 2020
« on: July 03, 2020, 02:21:25 AM »

Done. I hope you aren't too disappointed with the quality of the original file. The pics were the best I could manage with my old cell phone, but in the end it's only capable of so much resolution.   Anyhow, absolutely stunning car. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it. Thanks for having it there for everyone to enjoy.


Regional Shows and Events / Re: Tulsa Mid America Shelby Show 2020
« on: June 28, 2020, 10:53:13 AM »
Didn't get very many pictures, but managed to take a few.

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