Robert J's Awesome '66

4/2/2018

History - I am the second owner, bought the car as a freshman in college in 1970!

The car was purchased new from a SoCal dealer (San Jose build) by a guy named Bob. Bob's brother in law, Richard, my friend in high school was given first choice to buy the car as a graduation present. Richard was dumb and chose a new VW bug rather than a 4 year old fastback GT mustang. Bob then offered the car to me for $700 !!!!!! I couldn't afford that so Bob let me pay half and then the other half when I could. So I scored the buy of the century. within the first 10 years I did as much Shelby modifications as I could and went to all of the Cobra Club events at Willow Springs raceway. Around 1990, with the pressure of work, raising kids, paying bills, etc I parked in in the garage just as I bent a pushrod. My son towed it to his house in 2003 and supervised minor ding repairs, and a new paint job (same OEM color - Ivy Green)

Fast forward, The car sat from then till 2016 when I saved up enough mulah to star a total restoration. All by myself, I did the following:

  • New fuel system, 22 gal tank and sender
  • New 3.8" fuel line
  • New Baer disc brakes all around
  • All new front suspension components including all new steering linkage, bump steer tie rod ends, heim joint adjustable strut rods, etc
  • 620# springs, Arning drop, and roll bar were done back in the late 70's
  • Carroll Shelby Motors (Dembeste Motors) 331 crate that was originally built as a spare for Pete Brock's Daytona Coupes
  • 750 cfm Holley carb
  • The close ratio top loader was rebuilt by a local trans shop. Used existing Hurst shifter
  • New McLeod clutch / pressure plate - used existing McLeod scatter-shield
  • The 9" rear (that I sourced from a junkyard back in the day) was updated with 31 spline axles, Nodular carrier, 3.5 ratio, and TruTrac limited slip.
  • All new brake lines
  • Wilwood master cylinder, and proportioning valve
  • Aluminum radiator
  • New package tray
  • New Scat seats
  • New carpets
  • New headliner
  • All new interior LED bulbs
  • New LED headlights
  • Dynamat all floor pan
  • Numerous odds, ends, and all new fasteners
  • New glove box door
  • And finally, a new instrument cluster.