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Final Bodywork Preparation Underway

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

This week saw the body finally move offsite to the bodyshop where it will be receiving the final work done in preparation for paint and then reassembly. Just to remind you about what happened. I made a decision a few years back to essentially scrap the Eleanor idea. Instead, I’ve decided to restore the car back to an original GT500, with a few tweaks. The car is now receiving some last body work and fitment of the GT500 body kit. Something I’ve been through before, years back with the Eleanor kit. Most of the Eleanor parts have been sold off meaning I haven’t lost out too much. Hopefully more frequent updates to come as over the last year we have bought SO many parts including a brand new 390HP Blueprint Crate engine, Tremec 5-Speed, performance fuel tank, MSD digital ignition, Holley Sniper, pulley kits and we even had Autometer create us some custom made Shelby Signature gauges, like the ones used on the original Unique Performance cars. I know I just bought the Classic Instruments versions though when the Autometer opportunity came up I just couldn’t resist! Stay tuned! © 2019, 67mustangblog.com. All rights reserved.

What a difference a week makes. Just a short update to show you what we’ve just got back from the powder coaters. I’ve just got the coated seats back along with the diff and rear seat panels. It’s all coming together quite quickly now. Still a long way to go and a lot of parts needing attention and assembly. As for these seats I’ve got a nice set of 1967 deluxe upholstery that is going to go on them. Also, i luckily managed to buy and store original 1967 hard seat backs in black with the trim, some will know how rare they are especially since they aren’t cracked. The one issue we’ve encountered is the listing wire. The original ones being far too gone to be reused so we’re having to look around to see if we can find any. If you know where to get some 1967 Mustang upholstery listing wires let me know. In the meantime, stay tuned! © 2018, 67mustangblog.com. All rights reserved.

Good news this past week. The car has been sent out to the body and panel guys for the last bit of work before the long task of putting her together begins. So that means all the smaller jobs need starting, one of which is restoring the old seats. As you can see the original seats aren’t in the best of shape. The frames were bent and broken possibly due to a heavy previous owner perhaps?. So we’ve stripped them all, straightened the frames and welded up the cracks. Once we strip the rear seats they will go off to the powder coaters to get recoated, along with the Diff housing and a few other bits and pieces that need doing. All the tracks will need to be cleaned up as well and painted. Some of the bolts are a bit cross threaded so we’ll replace them and get them recoated as well. After all that we have some nice brand new deluxe upholstery to cover them all. It’s all happening! © 2018, 67mustangblog.com. All rights reserved.

For the regular readers of this site you will know that the building of my car has been a feat that has taken the better part of a decade. I’ve gone through the Eleanor love story and back again and am now setting my sights on a Shelby GT500 resto mod. Not long ago I received the Shelby GT500 front end. You can see it here. Then I managed to get a custom order Classic Instruments Shelby gauge set from Classic Recreations. Custom in the fact that it is metric (KPH). But now as the year begins we are fitting them up and they look rather good as you can see in the picture above. On a side note I am hoping this year to have things move thick and fast. I’m hoping to have the car finished or near to finished by this time next year. © 2018, 67mustangblog.com. All rights reserved.

It’s a little known fact that back in 1964 there was an independent rear suspension (IRS) designed for the Mustang by Carroll Shelby’s crew. It never eventuated, most probably due to budget constraits but the Original Crew who worked on the car has wondered all these years how well it would have worked. So they set about finding out. © 2017, 67mustangblog.com. All rights reserved.

It’s a little known fact that back in 1964 there was an independent rear suspension (IRS) designed for the Mustang by Carroll Shelby’s crew. It never eventuated, most probably due to budget constraits but the Original Crew who worked on the car has wondered all these years how well it would have worked. So they set about finding out. © 2017, 67mustangblog.com. All rights reserved.

The video maybe a few years old but it’s worth revisiting this incredible machine and what went into making it. For those who don’t know, the The Villain is a custom built 1968 Ford Mustang. Built by Jason Engel and his amazing staff at Classic Recreations in Yukon, Oklahoma. The Mustang Villain is powered by Ford Racing’s 420-HP all-aluminum DOHC 5.0L Coyote engine, which will be mated to a Tremec T-56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission through a Centerforce DYAD. Check it out! Engine: 420-HP Ford Racing all-aluminum DOHC 5.0L Coyote Transmission: Tremec T5 five-speed Suspension and Chassis: Detroit Speed Aluma-frame with Corvette-based A-arms QUADRAlink 4-link rear suspension Fully Adjustable DSE/JRi Coilover System

New Shelby GT500 Hood and Nose Arrive

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

It’s not really a major update this week however the good news is the new Shelby hood and nose has arrived. It was only a few months ago that I decided to give up on the Eleanor dream I had when I was a young adult and build a Shelby GT500 clone. Now we’re in the midst of gathering all the parts needed to press forward. A few weeks back we got the Shelby gauges. See them here.. Stay tuned as things should begin to progress faster as the months roll on this year. © 2017, 67mustangblog.com. All rights reserved.

This past week I received a nice little package from the guys at Classic Recreations, my Carroll Shelby signature Shelby gauges, in KPH. (hey, i live in Australia!). They are something I’ve talked about quite a bit and whilst I already purchased a great set of Autometer gauges quite a few years ago I just could not pass up the opportunity to have these guys in my car. Check them out after below. Now while these are sold via Classic Recreations they are actually produced by Classic Instruments. However, I’m led to believe Classic Recreations are the only guys who have the license for the Shelby branding. So you are not currently able to buy them directly from Classic Instruments. They aren’t even listed on their site. Purchasing the gauges was hassle free. I was worried as I needed a custom order of what is essentially a custom gauge package it was going to be a nightmare, but everything ran smoothly. From contacting Jason and his team at CR to asking for custom KPH gauges. Everything was ordered pretty swiftly. From ordering to delivery to Australia the whole process took just over a month. Considering CR had to order everything to be made from another company then send to Australia I would say that is really good! It is worth noting though, as I had a KPH gauge delivered for the speedo I was unable to order the temp gauge in metric (celsius) but that is something that doesn’t really bother me. I do wonder though if you could order other fonts for the gauges. Notice mine in the below pictures are slightly italicized and over the years we have seen various from the same provider (and other makers) in straight fonts and even smaller, non-bold font. Overall these gauges are going to make put the icing on the cake for this car. Looking through that hand made French steering wheel onto these won’t get boring. I just need to remember to keep my eyes on the road! © 2017, 67mustangblog. All rights reserved.

If you would have told me 10 years ago that my loved Eleanor Project will be scrapped one day in favour for a more standard looking GT500 resto-mod I would have said you’re mad. But that is just what is happening this year. When I first saw the remake of Gone in 60 Seconds I […]

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