|1966 Mustang Shelby GT350. SFM6S1732|
The "clean up" continues on our 66 Shelby (6S1732) at Maple Hill Restoration. In case you have not been following our Blog posts, the last owner had this GT350 since 1972. During that time, it was stored well and had been used sparingly. He just maintained the car and kept every original part that was removed over the years.
Rather than performing a complete restoration, we wanted to preserve lots of the car's originality by just cleaning it up. We originally did not plan to pull the engine, but the last owner painted the engine black and the only way to really repaint the blue properly was to remove the engine. This also made it easier to clean the fender aprons. They have now been gently cleaned and retain their original paint.
The removal of the grease and dirt from the floor revealed the original red sealer finish which, of course, will stay.
The engine appears to have never been apart and is in excellent condition. Due to an oversize drain plug that was installed in the oil pan, we have removed the pan to repair the hole to its original size. We also have had the original HiPo water pump rebuilt, and it will be re-installed.
Other parts and parts of the car that retain their original finish will be carefully cleaned and left as is.
Be sure to check out the captions on the pictures of the 289 HiPo engine flywheel, HiPo balancer and the Shelby floor pans for more details. We will post more pictures soon!
|The Shelby's original transmission cross member still has its original finish.|
|Here is the plate between the engine and bellhousing on the original 289 HiPo. It is interesting to note the original blue paint pattern.|
|Here is the original flywheel 289 HiPo. It still has its original orange paint marking.|
|The 289 HiPo flywheel on the Shelby has a date casting of 5L4. That's November 4, 1965 and is the earliest dated part on the car.|
|The original 289 HiPo harmonic balancer was painted black.|
|The Shelby's original HiPo harmonic balancer has an A6 (January 1966) stamping date.|
|The original 289 High Performance engine has 82K original miles. It's never been apart and is super clean inside.|
|Here is a close up of the timing chain cover's date. The 66, of course, represents 1966. The one dot represents one month - January 1966.|
|Later in '66, the motor mounts used on the 289 HiPo were the same as other 289's. These cleaned up very nicely and the original finish will remain.|
|Almost 50 years of dirt and grease was removed to reveal a super nice original finish on the floor in the Shelby.|
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