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General Information

Year
1968
Make
Shelby
Model
GT 350
Color
Cherry Red
Packages
GT Mustang with Shelby Add ons
History
Found the car in 1982. Pretty rough Ohio car with 100K+ miles on it. Typical rusty fenders, quarters and floors. I replaced all those parts. It's been long term restoration project. Currently I have replaced and upgraded the front and rear suspension. Dropped the car an inch in the process. New parts in the Top Loader 4 speed. New Wilwood 4 piston front discs and Porterfield rear shoes. Summer of 2019 I had to fix two bad head gaskets. The block and crank were fine so I had the engine blue printed and balanced. It dyno'd at 310 HP. Edelbrock Aluminum heads, McLeod clutch and PP.
1968 Shelby GT 350 (Cherry Red)

Modifications

Drivetrain
1968 Ford 302. Summer 2019 engine rebuild. The car came from Shelby American with a Cobra hi-rise aluminum intake. I have a 600 cfm Holley 4 BBL setting on top. Tri-Y headers. Petronix pointless ignition in the distributor. Hot after market coil. Ford plug wires.
Car came with an export brace. I added a Curve Monte Carlo brace. (Curved to fit the large oval Cobra air cleaner.)
In 2019 I had to fix a couple of bad head gaskets. You know how that goes, if I am taking the engine apart I might as well.... Ended up with a balanced and blue printed engine, dished forged pistons, flat tappet Comp Cam with a .509 intake lift, Edelbrock aluminum heads, new Holley Brawler 4 bbl. Increased the Horsepower about 30% by adding 80 HP to it. Huge difference. I wanted a racing engine in my street car and that is what I got.
Interior
Stock Shelby GT 350 with a Hurst T shifter.
Exterior
Stock Shelby GT 350. Added the rear louvers and front spoiler, other than that it is all stock.
Audio
?? The car still has the first owner's 8 track in the dash. The car is almost too loud to listen to the radio.
Suspension
The entire front end has been replaced. All new OpenTrackerRacing upper and lower control arms, KYB shocks, roller spring shock perch, adjustable strut rods, performance springs (with one coil cut off to lower the front end.)

The rear end has new 4.5 leaf springs with a mid eye shackle. New Bilstein shocks
The changes I made to the suspension lowered the height about an inch on both ends. Now the car drives like you would expect it to.
Wheel and Tire
I replaced the stock iron rims with Shelby ten spoke aluminum wheels.
I have Goodrich radials on it. The front tires are 215/65R15's the rear tires are P245/60R15's A bit wider than stock. The front tires are about an inch narrower to eliminate the tires rubbing the fender lip.

I replaced the original single piston Kelsey Hayes discs with a set of Wilwood's classic front 4 piston disc kit. Perfect fit. Rear brakes are drum with Porterfield shoes.

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