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Up For Auction / Re: COBRA shift knob - What is it?
« on: February 23, 2024, 07:31:16 AM »
This knob appears to be from a steering wheel spinner. It would be mounted to a threaded rod that is in a bearing / bushing that allows 360 degree rotation then on clamp to the steering wheel rim. These were very common in vehicles in period without power steering.

Wanted to Buy / Re: Mustang II Mach 1 or Cobra II
« on: November 14, 2023, 01:30:37 PM »
A low mileage 1976 Cobra II is coming up for auction at Mecum. (Not mine.)

Advertised as low, low miles. Looks very good in the photographs. Shelby "white, blue striping". Requisite V8. Manual transmission.

Might be worth checking out.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: 1968 Shelby Playboy Convertibles
« on: February 16, 2023, 10:53:25 AM »
Consider contacting the research librarian at the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin public library.

1. Ask him / her to look through all of the local news papers in the month of the event; parade. Request copies of any articles or photographs found.

2. Ask him / her if they have a high school yearbook archive. If so, request any copies of the high school "Photography Club" in the year of the parade. Then cold call the members of the old "Photograph Club" for any old pictures of the parade. You might have to go to the High School library for this request.

Research librarians offer their time at little or no cost. It is a great way to get period advertisements of the Ford dealership that sold your Shelby when new.

Up For Auction / 1969 Shelby GT500 Black Jade, White Interior, Automatic
« on: September 17, 2022, 04:43:34 PM »
Local (Temperance Michigan) estate auction listing that includes a 1969 Shelby GT500.

"1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with 428 Jet V8 engine - 47K Miles"

In case someone is looking for a project.

Rick (aka Engineer)

Not certain these are comparable to the Ferrari Jr you have .....

Quite a spread on valuation.

Rick (aka Engineer)

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Jeff james
« on: August 18, 2022, 07:13:03 AM »
I have had the privilege to have Jeff restore seven vintage Shelbys for me .....

1966 #1573, 1966 #2381, 1967 #2545, 1967 #2666, 1968 #330, 1968 #1142, 1968 #2750

All SAAC Concours Gold ..... 1 to 3 times each.

I have enjoyed every moment Jeff.

Congratulations on your retirement! Very well deserved.

You have an open invitation to my garage anytime.


Rick (aka Engineer)

The schematic (drawing / blueprint) I posted appears to be the same as that sold at Mecum Indy 2020 (part of the John Atzbach collection). I believe it to be a period drawing.

The one I have is old. The paper is original blueprinting paper (type exposed to high intensity light to copy and then blued using ammonia). It has degraded somewhat. It was pinned up (tack rust stained) and exposed to light - sunlight for some time.

Respect to the one from the book, I believe it was recompiled from a better copy than the one I have.

Rick (aka Engineer)

Sorry not a photograph ..... a blueprint drawing or sketch for your reference.

Rick (aka Engineer)

In honor of Veteran’s Day and our WW2 Veteran’s:

“What did you do during the War?” Carroll Shelby

My dear old Dad (now 96 years old) has never been a car person; however, Dad has joined me at Barrett Jackson – Scottsdale each time I have sold a Shelby there.

Dear old Dad would not recognize Carroll Shelby ….. which is what happened before the 2010 Scottsdale Barrett Jackson Opening Gala.
Dad saw an elderly peer (Carroll Shelby) standing near the BJ Scottsdale auction stage. Dad walked up to Carroll and said “We must be the oldest guys here …. ”

Shelby sized up my Dad and asked “What did you do during the War?” (Meaning WW2.) Dad shared “Army Air Corps”. Shelby brightened right up and responded “What were you trained on?”. Dear old Dad: “B29”. Shelby openly smiled ….. unfortunately, before the conversation could continue, Shelby’s handlers came and got him.

I came around the corner to see Mr. Shelby with my Dad. I rushed up to Dad and asked what he was talking about with Carroll Shelby? Dear old Dad response ….. “That was Carroll Shelby?”

Mr. Shelby was obviously proud of his service during WW2; in the Army Air Corp.

Up For Auction / Re: The Duece's '66 Convertible (K code)
« on: June 10, 2021, 02:36:19 PM »
This Mustang crossed the block at Mecum Kissimmee Florida last year.

High bid was $175,000. No sale.

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: 67 Shelby restoration
« on: April 13, 2021, 07:42:20 AM »
Hello JCL67,

If your 1967 is a GT350 I highly recommend Bob Mannel's book: Mustang & Ford Small Block V8: 1962-1969.

Rick (aka Engineer)

Up For Auction / Re: SFM6S2393. To Be Auctioned Off
« on: October 23, 2020, 06:55:17 AM »
No 2393 is not my car. I own 2381.

1965 GT350/R-Model / Re: 65 steering wheel with holes in spokes
« on: September 07, 2020, 07:19:40 PM »
If this is not exactly the steering wheel you want ..... Moto Lita will make a special order wheel.

1965 GT350/R-Model / Re: 65 steering wheel with holes in spokes
« on: September 07, 2020, 07:05:57 PM »
I believe a reproduction is manufactured by Moto Lita. It is the E-Type Jaguar wheel at 15 inches.

They are made with and without rivets in the wood rim.

Mounting holes at the hub are the same. The reproduction 1965 Shelby steering wheel center fits too.

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