Is the rear body panel supposed to have a slight curve to it between the two quarters? How about the bumper?
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Built a 1967 Shelby GT-350 Convertible Replica, a 67 Vert resto-mod and also built a 427 FE 67 Shelby GT-500R (R Stands for Replica). 427 Side Oiler, toploader 4spd, 4 wheel discs, 9" traction loc and a perfect body. What more could you ask for? Now I car hunt and horse trade and I am currently looking for the next project! Always seeking that elusive "reasonable" Shelby.
Yep - mine curves just a little bit too.
After all the posts some time ago about the now-current inferior quality of aftermarket Nordan bumpers, I'll be sure to get my originals rechromed when the time comes. The new bumpers, I seem to recall, have no curve at all- dead straight (although I'm open to correction on that if any VMF'ers have proof to the contrary). I've especially noticed the slight curve on 67 Shelbys where the (original) bumper just doesn't seem to follow the straight lines of the Cougar taillights. On the regular Stangs with blank tail panels, it's a bit harder to detect.
[/SIGPIC]67 Fastback GT -- original colour (Frost Turquoise), orig engine. Pic is of me and the Mustang taken in summer of '67, with original F70-14 Wide Ovals. Same car is now restored to "as new" but 3 speed tranny swapped out for 4 gear, with tach dash, original Equalock rear, Opentracker UCA, LCA, roller perches and idler arm, with roller bearing pedal cluster, Cibie headlights, 4100 carb (old 4300 put in storage probably forever)
Just so we're clear, concave means curve inward towards the car, right? My 68 FB was like that and it looked fine UNTIL I tried to put a NOS flip down gas cap on and then I realized that the cap would not clear. In fact, the bumper had been hit at sometime in the past. Had to put a new Norton bumper on, that had no curve on it, to correct the situation. Incidently, the new Norton bumpers, if mine is a normal example, aren't the best in terms of chrome quality and thickness. Bumper vibrates when I shut the trunk. Mark
I've got the original (rusty) bumper still on the back of my 68 fastback and it's got the curve in it. A few weeks ago I was at my local Mustang parts distributor (he sells Mustangs Unlimited stuff) and noticed a rear bumper for a 68 hanging on the wall. I got to talking with him and said that the bumper wasn't correct, it was straight. His response: "When Ford made the originals they were too long so they curved them to make them the right length. So now the companies that reproduce them make them the correct length to begin with. That's why they're straight" Them he offered to knock $20 off the price if I bought one of them. No thanks. I'll stick with the curve.
68 GT: Bought her in March/72 (1st car!) Tilt-away, upper & lower consoles, 351W w/Shelby 4bbl intake, Toploader w/Hurst shifter, 3.91 Nodular 9", 10 spokes w/Goodyear GSC 225/50/15, lowered 1", roller bearing & polyurethane bushings everywhere, negative wedge kit, eccentric eliminator, 600lbs springs, KYBs, under ride traction bars, subframe connectors, etc. etc. etc
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