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Messages - shelbydoug

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The line was crossed decades ago by CS himself.

While he always appreciated kind words and support from "us", the unspoken truth was that he wanted exclusivity like Ferrari had. His intent was never to build a car for secretaries and carpenters.

This latest offering from "Shelby" is just another prime example much like what Ford has done with the Ford GT.

It is about exclusivity and not about us working "pions".


The days of the used race cars like the "Coupes" being sold for the first $2,500 to show up were just an embarrassment and the hope is that no one remembers that or mentions it?


Incidentally is there actually a working "middle-class" left anywhere?

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How about the stock points distributor and yellow top coil? A Boss 302 dual point works really well with a yellow top also.

Mine has the C8 distributor housing with a B2 dual point guts w/yellow top.

You can buy the MSD BS if you like but look at what was run in trans-am back in the day. Nothing has the durability of the original FORD components.


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Replicas and Tribute / Re: My New AC
« on: May 25, 2023, 06:56:11 AM »
I saw Bob...what's his name...take one up on the rails at Utica with Coleen K at full throttle back in the single digit SAAC convention days. So the thing does go pretty well.

There actually have been two here, "on the street", totally unimpressing the "Lincoln Navigator L" locals by it's totally anti-social, anti-SAAC 'Hot rodder' type owners like me. It goes back truely to the AC Cobra origins of an "MG with the Mumps", but heck it is nicely made and for me too conformist to the "Latea 'Liberals' mind set".

I think that you are "required" to wear a "Sherlock Holmes hat" while driving it?


It is so different from the 427 S/C concept that it seems an outcast in an already  outcast image of 427 Cobra owners as some kind of a four wheel 'Hell's Angels' group which has stuck to me like a rodent 'sticky trap' that when you try to get it off, you just get stuck in it further. For me, at least that image terrifies the would be 'home invasion crowd' into keeping their distances out of utter fear of what perversionary retaliation they could be subject to if the situation ever arose? So be it. It isn't easy being green as Ms.Horn once sang to Hermet.

It's all Shelby's fault. He created all of this and it just won't go away. Simply amazing and something visionaries start but can't always control. The 'Monster' develops a life all of it's own.


Enjoy it. It is a very unique vision...ah, vehicle! 8)

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In the day, that combination was considered not compatible.

If you already have the cam, that is one thing, but if you do not and are just contemplating this installation, there are better alternatives available now.

That is one cam profile that is ground on old technology limitations and is now completely overshadowed by virtually every cam grinders abilities.

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1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Re: Over ride rubber bushing
« on: May 19, 2023, 10:02:14 AM »
Traction Master.  http://www.tractionmaster.com/

They are the original manufacturers.

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1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Re: Rear end question
« on: May 18, 2023, 06:55:04 AM »
There has been observations mentioned that very early '68 Shelbys often had SPEC housings installed originally.

In the "Shelby lines" it is more common to expect them to be original to '67 GT500's.

Be aware though that if you need to shop for one, they are not common and don't be surprised that the asking price for the bare housing is in the $3,000 price range.

All of the 9" housings are high nodular iron. What is adding confusion is at some point an "N" was added to the casting which in effect casts a dim light on the earlier housings.

The C4AW casting, with an appropriate casting date, which is also high nodular iron, is much more common, what I'd expect to see in a '68 and much less expensive to buy. Maybe a $300 item.


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Cars For Sale / Re: AC Frua, 428 for sale
« on: May 17, 2023, 09:14:50 AM »
I have no idea what a real market value price is for a AX Frua ?

The right hand steer, to me anyway, lessons the value of the car.
I wonder if RHD cars, no matter what make or model, bring less money on average than their counterpart ??????
Florida saac, I too believe it is a very nice design.
There is a Ferrari that was built maybe around 67, that had the same qrts that rise a bit.
This is a 1968 model year car, I wonder if that is a 428 police Interceptor engine ?
John

They are so rare that one can likely ask any price they want and wait it out?

The vehicle description does call the 428 a PI but it isn't really known if it is a figurative or literal description. To some it may matter but if you are not the buyer it is just irrelevant criticism. It is what it is, not what anyone else thinks that it should be.

Design is a relative thing. I personally find the design dated and very stuffy, but so do I on the 007 Aston Martin. Again, that doesn't matter much since I'm not a collector and definitely not in that kind of a market?

There are those vehicles that are rare, unique and likely very valuable but when it comes down to it are not really very good cars and never were to begin with.

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The Lounge / Re: Anyone remember this tee shirt?
« on: May 17, 2023, 09:07:24 AM »
No, no. He started a Ford magazine in the late '70s or early '80s called "Super Ford".

He would do illustrations like that for the "magazine".
I used to get that magazine from time to time. Is Mr. Paradise still around?

He seems to have disappeared from sight after selling the magazine. I have not heard of him since.

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The Lounge / Re: 1970 Watkins Glen Trans Am race
« on: May 17, 2023, 06:49:43 AM »
There was definitely product identification going on there. The intensity of the races seemed higher then others, bordering on a "suicide squad" or "death wish" race.

They were definitely "impressionable" and one never was the same after "experiencing" one. Permanently brain damaged is more likely closer to the actual result of the exposure.

I have NEVER seen anything since that approaches the intensity. I think that I miss that type of "clarity"?
No participation trophies awarded in that era.  Winning was everything.

It still is but The Trans Am drivers acted more like "Bounty Hunters" and there was seemingly something else going on like relatively big bonus money involved from "Detroit" under the table to the drivers.

Those cars had seemingly "whatever was needed" preparation done to them and considering what theoretically was the point of the class racing, was disproportional to what showed up to race.

Shelby was quoted more then once as saying that he had "little interest in Trans Am racing" but ultimately I suspect that he just wasn't interested in spending that kind of money to field and prep the cars himself for very little return considering that Ford was now a competitor and not his bank.

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The Lounge / Re: 1970 Watkins Glen Trans Am race
« on: May 16, 2023, 02:24:45 PM »
There was definitely product identification going on there. The intensity of the races seemed higher then others, bordering on a "suicide squad" or "death wish" race.

They were definitely "impressionable" and one never was the same after "experiencing" one. Permanently brain damaged is more likely closer to the actual result of the exposure.

I have NEVER seen anything since that approaches the intensity. I think that I miss that type of "clarity"?

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The Lounge / Re: Anyone remember this tee shirt?
« on: May 16, 2023, 02:17:41 PM »
No, no. He started a Ford magazine in the late '70s or early '80s called "Super Ford".

He would do illustrations like that for the "magazine".

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The Lounge / Re: Anyone remember this tee shirt?
« on: May 16, 2023, 11:27:16 AM »
It looks like something that John Paradise would have done?

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Up For Auction / Re: 67400F4A01131 on BAT
« on: May 16, 2023, 08:10:14 AM »
Typical blah blah blah comments and no mention there isnít a place to mount the caution fan sticker🤣

Jon

I think someone should make up t-shirts with that sticker?

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I was under the impression that what was originally installed on '67 GT500's was the short links?

From what I have seen, it is very common to have the original sway bar on '67 GT500's "notched" caused by this interference.

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1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: 67 GT500 temperature gauge
« on: May 07, 2023, 08:59:25 PM »
Thatís what I have going on. Any NOS senders out there?

They are few and far between. Post a wanted ad. Check Ebay.

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