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Friday, October 14, 2016

Just the Details...1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang Restoration

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We are continuing our series on the restoration of 1966 Shelby SFM6S033. If you haven't read the previous posts, this is one of the "carryover" GT350s. Check out the last post here:  http://blog.virginiaclassicmustang.com/2016/09/just-details1966-shelby-gt350-289-hipo.html

Check out the latest pictures here. Also be sure to read the explanations about the details located below some of the pictures.

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The gas tank is shown here, ready to install. The sending unit is an original that was restored and tested. The units used on '65 Mustangs had a C4ZF number. The C6 number appeared in 1966. There was no C5ZF model.
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 The picture below shows the trunk area prepared with sealer for the installation of the gas tank.

1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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The rear license light assembly was disassembled and restored. The key is finding a unit with  nice, original wiring. You will also note that the assembly is dated. This is the original from the car and is dated "5F" for June of 1965.
1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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 Even the tail light bodies are dated, although this date cannot be seen once the body is installed.

1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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An older NOS transmission mount was sourced featuring the same numbers as the original assembly line unit. You will note the paint marking. We will mention that we only duplicated the markings found on this particular car. Often times these markings vary by plant, production date, options, and more. Consistency is often lacking also.

1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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 Gas tank, rear suspension, exhaust, tie down brackets, and more are installed!

1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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The exact finishes and overspray patterns were duplicated on the rear valance. In this particular case, the back side of the valance was painted with a red sealer and then received lots of body color overspray.
1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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 The "OK" marking was reapplied to the transmission bellhousing.

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Original oil pressure sending units are extremely tough to find. There are tons of suitable replacements, but the originals for '65-66 models featured a square, rather than hex base for tightening. They were dated too! We were able to obtain this one from a good friend, and, and strangely enough, it even has a suitable date of "D5", April 1965, for 6S033.

1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang 
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 Another step completed as the headliner is installed!

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