Moving Forward on Our Shelby’s Chassis
Nov 28, 2011 update to the Shelby GT 350 project car
Once the differential was in place, we systematically began installing one part after another.
Once the differential was in place, we systematically began installing one part after another on our Shelby GT 350. In an effort to solve our fuel starvation problem once and for all, we installed a new fuel tank from NPD. We also finished installing our brake and fuel lines from Classic Tube. Paul Fix, owner of Classic Tube, is a long time Shelby enthusiast and his company has replicated Mustang and Shelby tubing to perfection. They also sell a concours-quality fitting kit to perfectly replicate all the clamps that hold these brake and fuel lines to the chassis. While available in stainless and original mild steel, the folks at Orlando Mustang suggested that we opt for mild steel, as it is easier to install and bends easier. Under the light duty of car shows and occasional use, these will hold up forever. We found Classic Tube super to deal with, their prices are very reasonable—between $100 and $200 to do an entire car—and everything they sent us fit perfectly.
The next thing we did on the chassis was to install Cobra Automotive’s nifty tie down kit. While designed for Shelby race cars, this kit has four fabricated tie downs for each corner of the car. The rear set slips over the differential housing and the fronts bolt to the control arms. With this kit in place, we can quickly, easily, and safely tie our car down to transport it to race or rally events.
As things were progressing, every few days new parts were ordered and picked up at National Parts Depot. The original parts we were reusing we painted to Mustang Club of America concours guidelines in black, silver and gold cadmium and natural finishes, all from Eastwood.
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All 1967 Shelby GT 350 updates
The Shelby Drop
We modify our upper control arm mounting point for better suspension geometry.
Competing in the Going to the Sun Rally
Only minor issues hindered us on the Going to the Sun Rally.
Comparing Shelbys, Eh?
We crossed the border to Canada and found a surprise along the way.
In-Transit Power Steering Upgrade
We installed a new pump while we were on a road trip with our Shelby GT350.
Driving Our Shelby Through the Wild Wild West
We drive the best tool for the job of roaming the dry and mountainous West Coast.
Our Trip Is Going Well
We enjoyed our trip, driving our Shelby on the West coast of this beautiful land.
The Shelby Goes to the Sun
Our Mercedes is down for an engine swap, so the Shelby is hitting the road.
A Less Restrictive Airbox
We improve our Shelby's breathing.
Upgrading our Shelby with Wilwoods
The stock brakes just weren't up to task.
Let's make it handle
We take our Shelby to our test track to set a baseline.
Heavy-duty dual-disc clutches
Horsepower + burnouts = cooked clutch
Dyno runs and burnouts
Boys will be boys. We tune the engine, then abuse the clutch.
Mysterious Taillight Problem
We keep blowing turn signal switches, but can't quite figure out why.
Showing and Sorting the Shelby
The Shelby makes some appearances and revisits the dyno.
New tires and wheels
The Shelby needed more stick.
See the Shelby at Charlotte AutoFair
The Shelby is on display in Charlotte this weekend.
Beating the Heat
We get our Shelby's air conditioning blowing cold to prepare for hot Florida summers.
Shelby Makes a Splash at Silver Springs
We show off our Shelby at the Silver Springs Florida All-Ford Show in Ocala.
Tuning our Shelby's Carburetor
We tune our Shelby to resolve the engine's rich running condition.
Leaks and Squeaks
We address a few niggling issues on our Shelby.
We start attacking our to-do list for our Shelby GT 350.
Vintage Vinyl Graphics
We add weathered-looking sponsor decals to our Shelby, giving birth to the Terlingua Terror.
Initial Dyno Runs
Our Shelby hits the dyno before departing for the Texas 1000 rally.
First Drive in Our Shelby Mustang
After lots of blood, sweat and tears, our Shelby is ready for that first drive.
Getting Our Shelby GT 350 in Line
We set the Shelby's alignment for the right mix of comfort and performance.
Shelby Mustang on the Mend
Putting the nose back on our Shelby GT 350 project.
Shelby Interior Progress
Restoring the interior panels on our Shelby Mustang.
Shelby Interior Upgrades
Finishing the seat restoration on our 1967 Shelby GT 350.
Adding an Exhaust
Fitting the perfect headers and exhaust system for our Shelby GT 350.
Installing a Distributor on Our Shelby GT 350
The engine won't run without one.
Rebuilding the Power Steering
Our Shelby Mustang can go and stop. What's left?
Lubrication and Cooling Systems Check
Armoring our Shelby against any cooling problems despite its extra 200 horsepower.
Fixing the Fuel System on our Shelby Mustang
With the engine installed and the clutch in place, it was time to get the rest of the ancillary systems figured out.
We look for the best clutch setup for our Shelby GT 350.
Shelby GT 350: Stopping and steering
Finding the right answers for our power steering and brake questions.
We refurbish our Shelby's a/c setup while retaining the factory-correct appearance.
Shoeing Our Shelby
Finding the right wheel-and-tire combination for our Shelby Mustang.
Rebuilding the Transmission
Just like the rest of our Shelby, the transmission needed attention.
Moving Forward on Our Shelby's Chassis
Adding new brake lines and fixing our fuel delivery problems.
Putting it Back Together
With the underside of our Shelby painted to MCA concours standards, it's time to bring it home for reassembly.
How Can Something So Crappy Be Concours Correct?
To make a rough old Mustang concours-correct underneath for Mustang Cub of America judging takes a lot of work.
Reality Sets In
It's time to fess up: This project was a lot more work than we thought it would be.
Working Below Decks
We perform more cleaning, welding and grinding underneath our Shelby's unibody.
Engine Bay Beautification
We sandblast the engine compartment and work on the seats of our Shelby.
Mustang on the Move
Undoing past sins on our survivor Shelby.
Stripping Our Shelby With Steam
Cleaning with the power of steam and thinking about brakes.
Time to tackle the metalwork on our Shelby project.
The thrash continues: We nearly strip our Shelby's chassis in one day.
Tearing Down Our Shelby
Our driveline teardown reveals good news.
Where Do We Start?
We've barely begun work on our Shelby, and we're already behind schedule.
Our Shelby Saga Begins
We begin a six-week thrash on our patina-rich Shelby.
BUY THE BACK ISSUES!
- Action Performance
- National Parts Depot
- Shelby American Auto Club
- Koni Shocks
- Classic Tube
- Cobra Automotive
- BF Goodrich
- Porterfield Brakes
- Red Line Oil
- CRC Industries
- Centerforce Clutches
- Going To The Sun Rally
- Shelby American Auto Club
- Ford Racing
- Orlando Mustang
- Mustang Club of America
- Vintage Rallies
- POR 15
- Ford Powertrain Applications
- Modern Driveline
- Crane Cams
- The Body Werks
- Griffin Radiator
- Retro Radio Restoration
- MagnaFlow Exhaust
- QuietRide Solutions
- Exotic Car Transport
- Vintage Wheel Works
- East Coast Ornamental Welding
- Cobra Restorers
- Borgeson Universal
- Gary's Driveline
- Volusia Drive Train