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Inherited a GT500
« on: September 03, 2022, 03:23:08 PM »
Hi everyone - we inherited a 1969 Shelby GT500 with the 428.

The car has been partially restored and partially disassembled. The body is repainted, no rust, a few places that show raw metal and a few finished panels that have to be attached. The interior is disassembled, but we have all the parts (allegedly . . .)

Missing: radiator, exhaust from the manifold to the Shelby rear box/pipes, plus probably 1,001 little things that have been lost or didnít make the transition.

We have an older auto-body specialist who has worked on the car and will help assemble those parts, but Iím looking for information on the mechanics and wiring. I might be a slightly average DIY mechanic with modern cars (mostly foreign) but my uncle schooled me when I was a kid hanging out in his garage with American cars in the 70ís, so I do have some faint memories of doing that.

I never thought Iíd touch another distributor cap in my life!

I know where to go for VW/Audi information, and Iím looking for the same type of community and manuals for the Shelby.

Haynes? The reviews of recent copies of the books are pretty lukewarm. Car clubs? Online forums?

The car is garaged, safe, and I have plenty of time. IĒm sure I could figure it out as I went along (as my uncle used to say, ďnuts are nuts and bolts are bolts and they only screw together one wayĒ - and then heíd laugh his ass off at me trying to put something back together.)

Thanks to anyone who weighs in!

EDIT: We are located in New England.
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Re: Inherited a GT500
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2022, 03:56:16 PM »
Congrats! Specify your location and hopefully someone can help with your assessment! And go to some Mustang and Shelby shows and meet and talk other owners.
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2022, 04:24:43 PM »
And tell us the Shelby number
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2022, 04:40:22 PM »
Congratulations  and enjoy
These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2022, 05:03:18 PM »
Congrats - true bolts is bolts and nuts is nuts - but now you need to decide if you want to use "the bolt" or just "a bolt". Do you want a 100 point trailer queen that just hit the dealer showroom - or a driver that you and the family can enjoy the memories of the loved one who entrusted their dream to you?
Start with a Mustang restoration guide. That will give you the details on how to assemble the car that was modified into the Shelby. For the Shelby mods and details you'll find the best source here. Don't forget to get a Marti report to see how you car left the factory. Mustang and Shelby club judging standards will show you the correct parts to use for the reassembly.
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2022, 05:06:27 PM »
Congratulations!  You will find many helpful folks here.  Best of luck with your project.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2022, 08:54:23 AM »
That is incredibly fantastic for you.  Congrats.  I was in a similar situation when I got my car.  I cannot say enough good things about the SAAC members in their help and guidance.   I am now in the final stages of finishing my numbers matching 69 GT500, and I do have a large number of original and replacement parts, along with new AMK hardware, available, that I will be getting rid of. If you decide to restore your car, you are welcome to contact me for parts.  Maybe I can help you with your project in this respect, and save you some money. 

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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2022, 09:18:25 AM »
Hi everyone - we inherited a 1969 Shelby GT500 with the 428.

The car has been partially restored and partially disassembled. The body is repainted, no rust, a few places that show raw metal and a few finished panels that have to be attached. The interior is disassembled, but we have all the parts (allegedly . . .)

Missing: radiator, exhaust from the manifold to the Shelby rear box/pipes, plus probably 1,001 little things that have been lost or didnít make the transition.

We have an older auto-body specialist who has worked on the car and will help assemble those parts, but Iím looking for information on the mechanics and wiring. I might be a slightly average DIY mechanic with modern cars (mostly foreign) but my uncle schooled me when I was a kid hanging out in his garage with American cars in the 70ís, so I do have some faint memories of doing that.

I never thought Iíd touch another distributor cap in my life!

I know where to go for VW/Audi information, and Iím looking for the same type of community and manuals for the Shelby.

Haynes? The reviews of recent copies of the books are pretty lukewarm. Car clubs? Online forums?

The car is garaged, safe, and I have plenty of time. IĒm sure I could figure it out as I went along (as my uncle used to say, ďnuts are nuts and bolts are bolts and they only screw together one wayĒ - and then heíd laugh his ass off at me trying to put something back together.)

Thanks to anyone who weighs in!

Congratulations!

Here are some links to manuals that you could benefit from, the Jim Osborn book is a series GET ALL in the series and the Ford Service manual as well.

https://www.npdlink.com/product/chassis-assembly-manual-69-mustang/138101?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fsearch_terms%3Dservice%252Bmanual%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D1969&year=1969

https://www.npdlink.com/product/electrical-assembly-manual-69-mustang/138090?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fsearch_terms%3Dservice%252Bmanual%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D1969&year=1969

https://www.npdlink.com/product/engine-assembly-manual-1969/138134?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fsearch_terms%3Dservice%252Bmanual%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D1969&year=1969

https://www.npdlink.com/product/body-assembly-manual-69-mustang/138070?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fsearch_terms%3Dservice%252Bmanual%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D1969&year=1969

https://www.npdlink.com/product/shop-manual-printed-1969-ford-mercury-car/138042?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fsearch_terms%3Dservice%252Bmanual%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D1969&year=1969
'67 Shelby Headlight Bucket Grommets https://www.saacforum.com/index.php?topic=254.0
'67 Shelby Lower Grille Edge Protective Strip https://www.saacforum.com/index.php?topic=1237.0

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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2022, 09:22:24 AM »
If needed,  i have many dozens of photos i took during disassembly of my 69/70 GT500.   A lot of helpful folks and knowledge on this forum.

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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2022, 05:19:00 PM »
Congrats! Specify your location and hopefully someone can help with your assessment! And go to some Mustang and Shelby shows and meet and talk other owners.

Thank you, I edited the post.

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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2022, 05:21:02 PM »
Congrats - true bolts is bolts and nuts is nuts - but now you need to decide if you want to use "the bolt" or just "a bolt". Do you want a 100 point trailer queen that just hit the dealer showroom - or a driver that you and the family can enjoy the memories of the loved one who entrusted their dream to you?
Start with a Mustang restoration guide. That will give you the details on how to assemble the car that was modified into the Shelby. For the Shelby mods and details you'll find the best source here. Don't forget to get a Marti report to see how you car left the factory. Mustang and Shelby club judging standards will show you the correct parts to use for the reassembly.

Yes, fair points and Iíve never been a fan of trailer queens when it came to cars, although my uncle built some amazing hot rods for shows that went in trailers, and then some other hot rods (like a 50ís fire truck) that they drove like mad.

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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2022, 05:25:19 PM »
That is incredibly fantastic for you.  Congrats.  I was in a similar situation when I got my car.  I cannot say enough good things about the SAAC members in their help and guidance.   I am now in the final stages of finishing my numbers matching 69 GT500, and I do have a large number of original and replacement parts, along with new AMK hardware, available, that I will be getting rid of. If you decide to restore your car, you are welcome to contact me for parts.  Maybe I can help you with your project in this respect, and save you some money.

Thatís massive, thank you.  Iím in the position now where Iím making an inventory of what I have and what I think I need, so I will definitely contact you with questions if you donít mind.  I really appreciate the offer.

Case in point: we have a new gas tank (the old one is gone), but no sending unit, filler pipe/neck, or gas cap.  Itís possible the gas cap is in one of the many boxes, wrapped up in an old sheet or something.  From my research, it looks like Ford used a type of ribbon caulk to go between the tank and the body, plus some simple sheet metal screws.

Itís quite easier than modern cars, which I appreciate.  I canít imagine how long it would take me to put together a new car that was delivered in parts. 

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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2022, 05:27:13 PM »
If needed,  i have many dozens of photos i took during disassembly of my 69/70 GT500.   A lot of helpful folks and knowledge on this forum.

That is awesome.  Iíve been saving photos that Iíve found online because they indicate what the finished state is.  To be honest, some of the bits I have no idea what they should look like when I put them back together.  (Although I did get the steering box back in this weekend without any diagrams or photos - just made sense.)

Are your photos online here?


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« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2022, 08:09:41 AM »
J-Joseph,   My photos from disassembly arenít posted online.  Many of them are close ups that likely need an explanation to give context of what the photo is showing.  Iím happy to be the librarian and pick and sort through them to find which photo is/ are applicable to your task at hand.  Others here also have many.