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Monday, October 13, 2014

Just the Details...1966 GT350 Shelby Mustang



1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang
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We are thrilled to wrap up our "clean up" of our green 1966 Shelby.  If you missed our previous posts about this car, please click here and scroll through the posts to read more.  This car was purchased in the Fall of 2013 from the long time owner.  It was really a barn find, and while it was nicely maintained by the owner, it needed quite a few things to bring it up to super reliable standards.  The great work was performed by Jeremy at Maple Hill Restoration.


1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  Shelby number stamped in the RH front fender apron.
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  Underside of hood was just cleaned with original paint remaining.
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  Original dated radiator.
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  Underside was cleaned, new gas tank was installed along with an older NOS Ford exhaust system.
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang - engine detail.
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  New bushings were installed and the original shocks were installed after matching the original color paint.
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  Export reinforcement brace on cowl.
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We were lucky, because this Shelby was in amazing shape for its age.  It had been properly stored for years and does not have any rust.  The floors just required cleaning to reveal the original red / brown sealer.  The entire brake system was rebuilt, including the original rear wheel cylinders, front brake calipers, proportioning valve, and master cylinder.  All of the brake lines and hose were also replaced.


1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang
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The same thing was done with the original front suspension and fuel system.  Other areas, including the interior and engine compartment, were carefully cleaned to maintain much of the car's originality.

1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  This image shows the date stamp in the hood frame.
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The Shelby was painted way back in the late sixties or early seventies, and the paint is far from perfect, but it was also cleaned and certainly is presentable as is.

1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  Original paint in the door jamb.
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We did pull the engine in order to properly paint it since the previous owner had painted the block and heads black.  It now sports the correct, original blue color.

Original jacking instruction decal.  1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang
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The last owner was extremely careful when it came to saving any original parts during his ownership. We were lucky to have the original front shocks, original rear wheel cylinders, original traction bars, original HiPo fuel pump, and the original front brake calipers.  All of these items were in boxes when the car was picked up.  We rebuilt all of these original parts and installed them with the other original items that were already on the car like the dated radiator, original engine and transmission, original dated carburetor, all five original Magnum 500 wheels, original 3 inch wide racing seat belts, and more.

1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang.  Original spare wheel with reproduction Goodyear Blue Streak tire.
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The Shelby's debut is planned for this coming weekend at the SAAC NE Regional Meet in Gettysburg, PA.  This is always a fun event with a cool road tour, lots of socializing with friends, and a Sunday popular vote car show.  We will be posting lots of pictures next week for you from that event.


1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang  Trunk Area
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