I have 66 kcode fastback,gt, 4 speed, red pony interior, raven black, original engine and trans. The car is completely disassembled and ready to begin the restoration, i normally stick to stock restos, but a shelby clone keeps popping up in my cluttered mind! Just asking for opinions on which direction to take the car. Thanks!!
I'd go stock, personally. Sounds like it would be a stunning and very desirable car when done. I love Raven Black with the red interior. In the end, it's yours, but since you asked...keep it stock.
1965 C-code Coupe - 289 w/ C4. 9" w/ 3.25 LSD, 4 wheel Street or Track discs, GT350 coils w/ Arning drop, 4.5" mideyes, Cal-Tracs. Finally home and running, now just working out the kinks...
I would not worry much about paint or stuff that gets bolted on, or even an Arning drop or bolt on rack & pinion etc.., but I would not add torque boxes or convertible inner rockers etc..and I would not cut out the air extractors and put in windows on a K code FB to get the 66 Shelby look.
Agree with 22GT completely. Keep it stock and love it, or sell it and use the hefty proceeds to build your clone!
1966 Mustang Convertible - T Code - vintage burgundy / black pony interior
1966 Mustang Coupe - C Code - currently red / black standard interior (going back to original dark moss green / ivy gold and white pony interior)
Thanks for all the comments, guys. I had never considered anything but stock, have a couple friends that are into restomods trying to lead me astray. I agree with all of you, i can always do a shelby clone out of a much less desireable fastback.
Another vote for stock. When you have all or almost all of the original parts - it is always the best way to go.
If you were missing some major items (engine/trans./rear) I would vote for a clone or whatever you want. One thing though, I would never cut or otherwise make the car too custom. That way it could be put back to stock some day.
If it were a six popper or 2-barrel - the sky is the limit. Cut/chop/weld whatever. They made millions of these types.
I also found a "barn find" K GT awhile back. Fortnately for me, the interior had been stripped and car is in primer. It was Silver Blue w/ std light blue int. It's going to become Twilight Turquoise w/ aqua & white pony int. It has 58K on it and had been stored for 37 years. Car was a complete driver and we've put about 1K on it since purchase, but it really needs to be gone thru before doing a lot of driving. It will also get a dual m/c, for a major safety upgrade.
Other that paint & int, it'll be a stock FB and a fun driver.
Neat extra- it has dealer-installed 65 T-Bird taillights from 65, so they will stay!
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My K code will b mostly stock.. I do plan on an Arning drop and even though I have a complete NOS exhaust I may opt out for a Arvinode exhaust ..
I have no problem with a few choice mods but keeping
appearance looking stock..
Roller perches,wheels and some modern tunes (satellite radio ) are other mods I am considering..
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