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May 29, 2015

Just the Details...1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang Restoration

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  The black out on the rear frame rail shown here came from the black out paint that was originally applied to the rocker pinch weld area.

1966 Shelby SFM6S933 is another project in the shop at Maple Hill Restoration. We have other posts on the Blog here about the car. Just to recap, like all of the cars, we will be involved with the research and, of course, will be supplying the parts for this project. This is a fantastic, rust free car, but was painted white at one time. When Jeremy picked it up from the customer, it had already been disassembled. Fortunately, many of the original parts are in super condition and everything was saved.

Today we have more great pictures showing some original markings and paint overspray patterns as it gets ready to be totally stripped of paint by glass beading. It's so important to document things like this during this process in order to properly restore a car.  Check out the captions under the pictures for lots more information.

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Look for our next post Monday with lots more pictures of the stripped and then primered car.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Blue overspray on the rear frame rail.
 I love the above shot.  It shows the blue body overspray on the rear frame rail.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.
This is another great shot showing the rear frame rail area.  This Shelby is number 6S933.  It originally was equipped with Koni shocks and under ride traction bars.  A bit later in production, the GT350s were equipped with adjustable FoMoCo shocks that were supplied by Gabriel.  The cars, like this particular one, that got the Koni shocks also received the rear axle / shock limiting straps.  The hole there in the picture is the the eyelet for the cable.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Rear wheel well area has been stripped of sealer.
 The above photo shows the rear wheel well area after the undercoating / sealer has been removed.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Rear leaf spring mounting area.
More original sealer and body color overspray.  This time showing the area where the front of the rear leaf spring mounts.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Rear Shock Mounting area.
The above image shows the rear shock mounting area.  The two holes are marked in yellow.  This reminds Jeremy that they have been checked for proper size and repaired if necessary.  It's very frustrating when a car is completely painted and being assembled only to find that a hole for a sheet metal screw is too big,  This preemptive checking and repair eliminates that possibility.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Front frame area.
A piece of duct tape was applied over the original sealer / primer at various places.  This preserves that original finish to allow a match to the original color.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Traction bar mount.
This rear traction bar mount was welded on by Shelby American for the front mounting of the under ride traction bars.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Rear body mount hole.
Above you can see the hole where the body was mounted as the Mustang traveled down the assembly line.  As shown, the area where it was mounted did not receive any paint.  This will be duplicated when the finishes are applied.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Floor pan next to rocker area.
The purpose of this image is to show that the sealer that was applied to the seam where the floor pan to the rocker panel was applied after all the paint work was done. Obviously, this sealer has already been removed in this photo.  This will be duplicated in the same manner as the restoration continues.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Glass beading begins.
Glass beading starts on the body shell.  As Jeremy starts the process, he is careful to note certain paint markings and patterns that can be uncovered during this process.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Glass beading begins.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Markings on front radiator support.
As the glass beading proceeds, some radiator support markings are uncovered.  On the RH / passenger's side, we can see the "K" for the 289 HiPo engine option.  Below that we can see the "DSO" District Special Order marking that have been uncovered on most '65 and '66 GT350s.  The below image shows the LH / driver's side with the "26" code.  This is the code for black standard interior.

1966 Shelby GT350 Restoration.  Markings on front radiator support.

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