1969 Ford Mustang
A very rare 1969 Shelby GT 350, 4 Speed, Convertible Tribute Replica Introduction I chose the 1969 GT 350 because only 194 were ever produced, including the 52 1970 models. It started off life as a 1970 mustang convertible with a 3-speed, 302 and 8” rear end. The original VIN is 0F03F128444. The nice thing about the 1970 mustangs is there were a few upgrades, such as bolt-in windows vs the glue in, has a 22 gallon fuel tank vs 20 gallon, larger front disk brake spindles and improved steering box. I have searched years, high and low for the donor car and many of these specialty parts and have painstakingly built this car with Shelby originality as my number one goal. I’ve been personally collecting parts and building this car for over 15 years. The front fenders, front bumper shroud, trunk lid and extensions, tail light panel, tail lights and lenses are original Shelby parts. Almost all my other Shelby specific parts are from either Tony D. Branda or Shelby Parts and Restoration in Green Bay, WI. The donor car was in exceptional condition when I purchased it in 2010, still in original factory paint. I am the 3rd owner. The car was stored on a concrete floor in a heated garage since 1983 when the previous owner purchased it from the original owner. There was no rust in the rear fenders, or rocker panels and very little rust in the driver’s door and floor pan, which were replaced. The car was as solid as any original 60’s mustang I’ve seen. Besides the several hundred miles I have put on the car, it has not been on the road for over 37 years. Meaning the car is only 13 years of used/driven life on it. The Transformation The car’s transformation includes almost everything that the original ’69 Shelby had with the exception of the VIN. The new replica VIN tag on the driver’s door is true to what the car now has in it 9T03M480027, body code 76B, color Z, Trim 3WA, Date 04G, D.S.O. 842505, Axle S, Trans 5. Grabber green with a deluxe white interior, 4-speed top-loader transmission and a completely rebuilt 1969, 351 Windsor producing 458 Pounds of torque and 405 HP. More about the engine later but it has the original exhaust manifolds, front H pipe and Shelby specific transverse muffler and aluminum collector with dual center outlet port, all brand new. The rear end has staggered shocks with KYB gas shocks all around. Currently the car still has its original 1970, 8” rear end but I located and purchased a correct 1969, 9” rear end with 3.25 gears (3.50 are original for the 350GT). I planned to sand blast and restore the rear end and use the 3.25 gear for better highway performance. The spare rear end goes with the car. This car also has the front shock tower reinforcing kit, professionally fitted and welded. The power steering has been completely rebuilt and does not leak. The steering is original 1970 gear box and has very little play as compared to many classic PS cars. I replaced the front sway bar with the larger 1.25”. All front end bushings and shock rubber replaced. All new brakes and tires. Interior and Top The entire interior, engine compartment and underside of the car was was stripped and repainted with POR-15 rustproofing primer and then factory correct paint color. I installed waterproofing sheets on the entire floor of the car to help dampen noise and vibration. All new carpets and seat reupholstered with Shelby correct coverings (off white, not bright white). I converted the dash and steering column from 70 to 69, I swapped the entire body wire harness from the fuse panel out with all Shelby replacement harnesses. The convertible top is power (most 69’s were not), the top has a glass rear window not plastic. Every single piece of weather stripping has been replaced with the highest quality brand. The top, the windows and the doors shut solid and tight like right off the assembly line. The Steering wheel was restored to Shelby specification but I just noticed this spring the rim blow horn is not working. I will try to resolve that. The console gauges are there and as correct to originals as I could find. The oil pressure gauge worked after the restoration but the oil line cracked so I just put in a pressure sensor. Everything is still there for the gauge to work again. The gauges and woodgrain are in excellent shape but the tach is not working and needs to be sent to a shop like “The Tackmaster” for a rebuild. The clock has been rebuilt but needs to be wired. The console switches are not hooked up and the fog lights are not working yet. Drivetrain The motor is a 1969 351 Windsor completely stripped, dipped, resurfaced and mag block, competition boring rebuilt with a 393 Stoker Kit, 4.0” bore, 3.8” Stroke. Ford Motorsports Factory Racing Aluminum Heads and a Milodon low profile 7 QT oil pan with high volume oil pump. The carb is a rebuilt to look original Holly 650 sitting on an Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum manifold. The motor was balanced and dyno tested producing 458 Pounds of torque and 405 HP. This output is with a mild street cam but could easily reach north of 500 with a different cam. Other I’m sure I have forgotten or not mentioned so much so please feel free to ask. I have folders and folders of paperwork and receipts of all the work performed by who and when and all the parts purchased where and when. I have years of purchase and restoration pictures that I will burn to CD’s. Any other small items that I purchased for the car, but have not installed yet (i.e., complete 9” rear end, rare map light for clock console or additional factory stickers) I will include. I will include all of these items with the sale. Summary During this restoration and transformation of my car, I have seen many Shelby replica’s at shows and in pictures and I have also seen many many original and restored ’69 and ’70 Shelby’s. I can honestly say and believe (with a little pride and prejudice) that you not find a better 1969 Shelby GT 350, 4-Speed, convertible as nice as and as close to original as this one. I can also say that this restoration is better than some of the original Shelby car restorations that I have seen, especially when it comes to body panel alignment. ONLY 32 1969 Shelby GT 350’s are known to exist (including automatic and manual transmissions). These original cars are selling for over $200,000 in a restored condition. Do you see these cars? NO!, Nobody in there right mind would drive it. This car was built to drive. Talk about a head turner!
Recalls & Defects
VIN 0F03F128444 may have been recalled. Check full report for more information