1969 Shelby GT350 Hertz
This would be my 4th Mustang I've purchased, the first a 70 Mach I, then a 69 GT, followed by a 69 Mach I 428CJ. I found this car sitting in a carport in the mid 70's, and bothered the owner every year asking if he wanted to sell it. In December 1980 the owner actually contacted me, he needed money and wanted to sell the car to me. I finally got a good look at it. The engine was apart, it had been repainted poorly, and all the emblems inside and out were missing. It was sitting on 4 flat Goodyear Polyglass tires. I was a young 20 year old working and going to the local community college, I did not have a lot of money. I offered him $2500 and he took it. I borrowed a trailer and brought it home. My 69 GT had just been hit and totaled not long before and i was in the process of parting it out. I still had the engine so I pulled the block out of the Shelby and dropped the complete engine in the car. Changed all the fluids, started it up and drove it for the next two years. Then the restoration started. I had the car apart, had painted the body and was putting it back together when Hurricane Andrew hit. The storm did not really damage the car, but all the salt water it brought it with it did. Jump forward to 2013, I had been marred, had a daughter and then divorced, and I was now able to resume working on the car.
Next post, total tear down, again.