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Friday, February 3, 2017

Just the Details...1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang Restoration

1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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Our early '66 GT350 Mustang Shelby (carryover GT350) project continues to make lots of progress. It's always exciting to get to the point in a complete restoration where the hood, bumpers, trim, and other finishing items get installed. It really starts looking like a complete car again!

If you missed our last post about the car, please check out this link. These pictures are all from January of 2017. Since our last post, the fenders and hood have been installed. The bumpers are on the car and more.

Be sure to read bits of information under each picture before opening the larger versions of these pictures. We have more pictures that will be posted next week.

Just as a reminder, this car is serial number 33 (SFM6S033), one of the early batches of carryover Shelbys. These cars began life as 1965 Mustangs, but were built as 1966 GT350 Shelbys. For more about the carryover Shelbys, see www.carryovergt350.com.

1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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Above picture shows the door glass ready to install. It was completely disassembled, the bottom track was zinc plated and the top trim was polished.

1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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The grill and grill trim have been installed. The running horse is even in the grill now.

1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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The early '66 Shelbys did not have a hood latch. In order to support the grill, these two unique braces were bolted on.

1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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The radiator is dated 3 65 for March of 1965

1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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Here's a close up of one of the original hood hinges stamped with a 6 21 (June 21st) date.

1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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The suspension is assembled and ready to go. All of the paint markings were just copied from the original parts.
1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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The sound deadener (undercoat/sealer) was duplicated in the front fender area.

1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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1966 Carryover GT350 Mustang Shelby Restoration
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The earlier '66 Shelbys featured "override" traction bars. Brackets were welded on the rear end housing, holes were cut in the floor, inside brackets were welded to the floor, and the traction bars were installed. Rubber was pop riveted over the holes. The entire assembly was then covered with these crude fiberglass boxes.

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