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1969 Shelbys
« on: August 28, 2020, 03:10:46 PM »


This photo illustrates what 1969/70 cars looked like when they arrived at AOSmith for conversion.
The car on the left is the knock down version as supplied by Ford assembly.

The added fiberglas (FRP) is hanging from the wires
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2020, 03:12:44 PM »
Pete,
Do you have a comparative photo like that for the '68s?
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2020, 03:55:35 PM »
We have the photos Jack Reddeker took on a tour of the facility

http://www.thecoralsnake.com/PHOTOS.HTML

The 68s had front fenders, scrap hoods and decklids.

During both years AOS was supplied running driving cars
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2020, 05:47:07 PM »
Thanks, I have visited your fantastic site many, many, many times.

Just curious if there was a similar shot of the '68s with the "hanging by wires" components.  Cool presentation.

I'm surmising that there isn't. 

Thanks for all you do for us fellow loyal '68 owners! 
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2020, 05:49:10 PM »
I havent seen any “promotion” shots

I believe the 69 shots are probably from a trade show presentation
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2020, 07:17:30 PM »
With the fiberglass panels being hung and positioned like that makes for a really cool display. I remember several magazines back in the '60s writing stories about a featured car and disassembling it and laying it out in a parking lot.
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2020, 02:38:45 AM »


This photo illustrates what 1969/70 cars looked like when they arrived at AOSmith for conversion.
The car on the left is the knock down version as supplied by Ford assembly.

The added fiberglas (FRP) is hanging from the wires



Thanks for posting!! Amazing how the stipe and scoop makes the roofline look lower on the gt500 vs the sport roof. 
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2020, 09:50:05 AM »


This photo illustrates what 1969/70 cars looked like when they arrived at AOSmith for conversion.
The car on the left is the knock down version as supplied by Ford assembly.

The added fiberglas (FRP) is hanging from the wires


Thanks for this bloody cool photo!!!

Interesting that they chose to display the hood apart and not bonded together as the outer skin and inner structure are seperate.

It also appears that the metal strip that holds the fenders to the engine bay aprons is not installed either.

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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2020, 11:00:11 AM »
We have the photos Jack Reddeker took on a tour of the facility

http://www.thecoralsnake.com/PHOTOS.HTML

The 68s had front fenders, scrap hoods and decklids.

During both years AOS was supplied running driving cars
Amazing how they could paint the fiberglass to match the original colors. Seems you would be able to see a little variation in the sunlight. Cool Stuff Pete.

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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2020, 11:21:24 AM »
You could see differences. In 1968, AOSmith even used laquer, instead of the required enamel paint.

I have spoken to original owners who recalled the differences in colors and fade rate.

They certainly didnt look like todays show cars.
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2020, 11:22:49 AM »
If I recall correctly AOSmith sourced much of the paint from Ford.
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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2020, 11:34:40 AM »
You could see differences. In 1968, AOSmith even used laquer, instead of the required enamel paint.

I have spoken to original owners who recalled the differences in colors and fade rate.

They certainly didnt look like todays show cars.
Makes sense. Thanks for all the info ;)

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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2020, 02:47:10 AM »
Have pic of rear body panel modifications before fiberglass panel was installed?

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Re: 1969 Shelbys
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2020, 07:50:01 AM »
If I recall correctly AOSmith sourced much of the paint from Ford.
In 1969 if you ordered a special paint on a Mustang(grabber colors were special paint on a Mustang) and it was supposed to have sport mirrors you got a credit and given a chrome remote mirror. This was because I was told all mirrors came painted from the vendor(s). Shelbys got the sport mirrors and my assumption is that AO Smith had the paint as you mentioned so they had paint to paint the mirrors on Grabber cars and other special paint cars like Ed's Vert. Back in the 70s I had a Special paint(right on the build sheet) Grabber Orange 69  428 SCJ 4 speed 4.30 geared Mach1. It came with the chrome remote mirror. I couldn't imagine a Shelby with just a chrome remote mirror in 69. Gary
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