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Up For Auction / Re: Beat up 350 not mine...
« on: May 07, 2018, 08:10:05 PM »
I think to many people fall into the trap that value - restoration costs equals current market value.

Shelbys do not follow that rule.

Seldomly do you see cars under $50,000, when you do they usually have some major issues, like being burnt or the numbers stripped off them.

So, now we need to refocus the thread to how much can be replaced before its not the original car? That should get things going.....

I'll take the bait  :)

I live in an area where rust is common. Many times I see cars that have been restored and the owner thinks they have an original car but when you ask the owner has replaced
torque boxes
trunk floor drop offs
tail light panel
outer wheel houses
quarter panels
passenger engine bay apron (battery rust)
four common rust holes on aprons beside shock towers

I think to myself.......there is no way that car has proper structural integrity. There is so much engineering that goes into the manufacturing process with crumple zones in the metal....the amount of spot welds that would hold areas together, etc.
If you took all of the panels off the car that were replaced I don't know how a car can't be called a rebody. The content of replaced panels exceeds what is original.
One thing is for sure......I wouldn't want to be involved in an accident in one of these cars.

But when a car is a Shelby guys simply don't want to let go of the car. They will buy something affordable and attempt to ressurect the car on a budget. It could also be argued that it would be cheaper to restore a Shelby than a four door Maverick. You can buy a multitude of reproduction parts for a Shelby, Maverick parts are hard to find, new or used.

When does a car cease to exist?

There are two Ford GT's from a local collector Rob Blair coming up at Mecum in Indy. Rob's cars have lower mileage than the ebay car.

Wanted to Buy / Re: 1969 Shelby gt 500 starter solenoid
« on: April 19, 2018, 08:24:17 AM »
What are the dates for the HD solenoid that Chris is doing?

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: Freeway driving
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:02:39 PM »
Tremec all the way

doing a conversion next week on my 65

have one in a 69 GT500, 2100 rpm at 70 mph, comes out of the hole like it has 4:11's . The 428 has ample torque to pull the car, rarely does one have to downshift on the freeway
you can actually have a conversation on the freeway, the noise level drops significantly and you don't have to go see you dentist and get your fillings checked after a long drive  :)

Parts For Sale / Re: Sunburst Continuation Wheels
« on: February 26, 2018, 06:21:19 PM »
These are works of art!

I've managed to get a set of originals for spares as we started putting some miles on our car.

I was quite relieved when these came out and grabbed a set and don't have to risk the originals outside of shows.

Are you going to make them in a wider version?

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