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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Just the Details...1966 Shelby GT350 - The 289 HiPo Engine is Ready to Go!

Detailed engine from 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 SFM6S033. 289 High Performance.
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Time is flying by!! It's been 4 months since our last Blog Post update on our 1966 Carryover Shelby restoration. If you missed that post, please click here to see it.

Expect to see more frequent posts soon, because Jeremy at Maple Hill Restoration is working hard on getting the Shelby together. While a lot of work still remains, lots of research and sub-assembly restoration have been completed. It's always great to get to this point in a restoration when you can actually see the results of all of the hard work!

The engine will be installed very soon, and that brings us to our Blog Post today. The engine was assembled with all components for our photo shoot. It's the original 289 HiPo from the Shelby with the Ford VIN stamped in the block. We will share the story soon, but the block was reunited with the Shelby soon after we purchased the car way back in 1999.

The engines in the GT350s featured the unique items that you see pictured here such as the Cobra Buddy Bar aluminum valve covers, the Cobra lettered finned aluminum oil pan, Tri-Y Headers, 715 cfm Holley carburetor, and the aluminum Cobra intake manifold. Of course, the engine started as a 289 High Performance model, so the larger harmonic balancer, dual point distributor, solid lifters, HiPo connecting rods, 4 blade fan, and special HiPo motor mounts were also included.

We also have a shot of the restored T-10M Borg Warner 4 speed transmission. This close ratio aluminum case transmission was used throughout 1965 and early 1966 GT350 production. These transmissions did not get stamped with the car VIN, but they were date coded. Later Blog Posts will feature many of these details.

Be sure to click on the pictures for larger versions!
Detailed engine from 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 SFM6S033. 289 High Performance.
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Detailed 4 speed transmission from 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 SFM6S033. Aluminum case close ratio T-10M with the "Sebring Gear" set.
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Detailed engine from 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 SFM6S033. 289 High Performance.
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Detailed engine from 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 SFM6S033. 289 High Performance.
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