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Re: How easy is it to convert a race 65 GT350 back to stock trim?
« Reply #30 on: May 07, 2018, 11:24:41 AM »

Bob Gaines> no offense intended. You are very generous to field so many questions which help many board participants.
Here, just enjoying a spirited discussion, so much of which was lost with what happened.
Still can’t believe it.
Great to hear. Thanks for the complement. Definitely a spirited discussion. ;D
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Re: How easy is it to convert a race 65 GT350 back to stock trim?
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2018, 11:55:30 PM »
Just noticed another car for sale on Hemming's that fits this topic:

Location: Marshall, Virginia, 20115
VIN #: SFM5S471
Transmission: Manual
Condition: Excellent
Exterior: Sapphire Blue/white stripes
Interior: black

Seller’s Description: 

 1965 Shelby GT350 Vintage B/P Race Car
 This Shelby GT350 was shipped to Archway Motors in Baltimore, Maryland, from Shelby American in Los Angeles on August 3, 1965 – via rail. From the car's first sale within weeks of shipment it has gone through eleven documented owners ending with the seller when he purchased it in November, 2003.
 The sixth owner, Walt Hane, converted it to a B/Production vintage spec'd race car in the late 1980's. Walt, incidentally, won the SCCA's B/P National Championship at Riverside in 1996, besting, among others, Mark Donahue. While not one of the original 36 “R Models” produced by Shelby and specifically built for road racing, this car, with Mr. Hane's knowledge and expertise, built 5S471 with those cars in mind. His philosophy was closely aligned with the spirit and intent of those 36 “R Models” and he fashioned this car as such. The car weighs 2,740 lbs with ˝ tank of fuel and no driver.

 The history and documentary pedigree of this GT350 is recorded at the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) located in Connecticut. The seller raced the car from 2004 thought 2013 and averaged four events a year. After 2009, it was mostly in retirement due to the seller's purchase of a 1966 GT350 vintage racer on which he then focused his attention.
 Over the years of ownership the car was always highly maintained and in a state of race readiness. The engine was routinely refreshed every 40-45 hours. After retiring from racing after 50+ years, the seller finally got around to putting in a new engine. Again, to B/P specifications, it was built by automotive machinist/engine builder, Wally Hicks (himself a former National Champion SCCA driver), with technical assistance from Tysons Auto Machine in Sterling, VA. Everything in this engine is essentially new except for the Ford block (M-6010) that the seller purchased in 2008. The crank shaft was not worn, thus, not changed. Upon completion of the engine work, the GT350 was put on an “undoctored” engine dynamometer and produced exactly the seller's expected results. Those results are shown in the photographs attached. Other than the 30 minutes or so on the dyno, the engine has, perhaps, another 30 minutes post installation with short runs on seller's private road.

 Several areas of the car have been cosmetically re-sprayed by an expert painter to correct minor body issues. The paint used was the same PPG Industries' Ford, Sapphire Blue Poly, Code #13075. Those areas were re-clearcoated. Due to the age of the original Sapphire Blue, there is a noticeable shade difference in two areas – left rear pillar and top of right front fender. Seller is advised that time will cause an appropriate change to match.

 It is believed that #89 is welcomed by all vintage racing sanctioning bodies and would be a welcome entry to most, if not all, events.

 Some of the organizations are: SVRA, VRG, HSR, VSCCA, VDCA, VSCDA, SOVREN, HMSA … and more.
 Events that would likely accept entry:
• Rolex Motorsport Reunion @ Laguna Seca
• International Challenge Vintage Races – Road America
• Jefferson 500 – Summit Point
• PVGP – Pittsburgh Int'l Race Course
• U.S. Vintage G.P. – Watkins Glen
• Lime Rock Festival – Lime Rock Park
 The foregoing notwithstanding, the buyer could enjoy the car at any number of high performance driving events.
 Note: Refer to specific spec sheets in the photo album for more detail.

Price: $289,000
65 GT350


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Re: How easy is it to convert a race 65 GT350 back to stock trim?
« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2018, 10:07:11 AM »
Nice looking car and interesting history.


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Re: How easy is it to convert a race 65 GT350 back to stock trim?
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2018, 10:54:51 AM »
Owned,Driven, and Enjoyed as the cars were intended... :) As the Performance cars of the 60s ownership ages, its easier to leave these cars in shops and garages to gather dust, just reminiscing of how it was back in the day. Sad really until we here and see owners enjoying the driving- ownership experience.