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Ken's 66 Convert Build

I'm finally getting around to fixing up my wife's 66 convertible after all these years. We bought 2 cars in 1980, this convertible that a lady traded in for a new Honda while we were looking for a new Civic. The kids still remember going to pickup Christmas trees in it since we didn't have a truck. The convertible has been sitting since about 1988, probably shortly after one of our neighbor kids was climbing on the top, splitting it wide open and falling onto the seat. It's a San Jose Candy Apple, red pony interior, PS, AC, A code, Auto, 8-track radio, AC with 142,000 miles on it. Sheet metal wise it's in great condition, with a few areas that need attention.
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We also bought a 66 GT-350, VIN SFM6S524. We sold the Shelby in August of 2015 after enjoying for 35 years,
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Here is what we are aiming for, but without the roll bar, no side-stripes, just red. And I may use the red luxury interior instead of a color change to black standard.
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Now that I'm retired with more spare time on my hands, hopefully progress will be much faster than the last few years. Here it is a few years ago after rolling it out of the corner of the shop before mounting on the rotisserie. The fenders, doors, trunk lid, interior, etc. have been hanging on the walls and in the rafters since who know when.
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I'll post a few more pictures of work that's been done since that last picture. Comments and feedback welcome.

Thanks, Ken
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Looks like a great project, looking forward to seeing more photos as you progress!

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Here's the bottom before cleanup. The rear passenger floor pan was cutout for a replacement patch panel. The rear drivers side floor just had some surface rust and a few 1/8" pinholes which I patched up with Eastwoods metal patch. Fortunately that will be the only patch needed for this car, the rest looks solid.
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It cleaned up pretty good. I'm going to try to keep the factory red oxide primer with the overspray, etc. Some of the areas in the rear were barely covered and need to be DA'd down to metal and resprayed, as well as the galvanized rear frame rails.
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Stripped the front unibody and stored it away for awhile after treating it with Ospho.
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I wanted to add the Shelby export brace that has the 4 equally spaced holes, so I welded in the additional reinforcement plate that is usually covered in sealant. I know, I could have used to cheaper one.
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Then added body sealer around plate, which even on my Shelby looked like a kid did it.
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Applied a mix of 5:1 PPG DP74LF and DP90LF to darken the red oxide a bit.
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Decided on the Hot Rod HR010 black, which is close to the semi-gloss I was looking for.
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The floor patch panel uses a 1 inch lap weld, and is solid. I probably should have had someone butt weld it for me, oh well. Body sealant applied after I applied POR-15 into the seam.
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For the bottom I blended it in with some epoxy filler. Hopefully it will hold.
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Since this car came with a single exhaust, I added the floor pan reinforcement panels and the hanger studs for the future dual exhaust system. Used adhesive instead of welding, and sealed with body sealant. I still need to work on the inside floor.
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Also removed the old brake line bracket and welded on the correct one for dual exhaust.
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I'm trying to get this on the body cart and to the painter in October, so a lot of work to do before then. I need to finish painting the bottom. I'm debating whether to patch spray it as needed, which won't match the original color exactly, or primer the entire bottom with red oxide. Just prepping surfaces until I decide.
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Sorry, I'm kinda picky when it comes to duplicating the factory look even though it's obviously not concours, but a restomod.
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Nice looking progress, looking forward to you keeping us posted as you proceed.
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Looking forward to seeing how this goes. I dig the direction youíre heading as far it being de-cluttered with some Shelby bits.

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I thought it might be fun to post a picture of old 6S524 now and then when the work on the convertible is similar. Hopefully this won't get flagged as breaking the Build thread rules. Here it is on jack stands in Oct of 82 when I stripped the bottom of grease and paint, and rebuilt the engine for the first time. I can't believe I survived crawling under there! It sure is nice having the convertible on a rotisserie. I ended up painting the entire bottom black at the time, instead of red oxide. Car was purchased from an ad in the Sacramento Union paper for $5,300. It was also painted a bright white, not the correct wimbledon white, and the wrong color blue non-metallic stripes. It was missing the backup lights, other Shelby pieces like the seat belts, correct carb, and tach. It had a rough life for the short 14 years before I got it. After a few years of work I realized I should have paid the $7,500 for a much nicer one at the time that didn't require so much work. You can see the engine with the gold steel oil pan on the engine stand while rebuilding. I didn't even know it was a Hertz car when I bought it, since most back then frowned upon them, and they were all mostly black and gold too.
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That picture if the Red Convertible you posted is one of the 4 Original 1966 GT-350 Convertibles. There were only 4 ever made, but 6 VIN#s were issued driving SAAC crazy for like 25 years wondering what happened to the last two convertibles until they unearthed some old paperwork declaring that they were never built but VIN#'s issued. That Red GT-350 Convertible had quite a history too. It was the only Red 1966 GT-350 Convertible ever built, and it was wrecked early on in its life but not totalled and the car was restored twice, the 2nd time correctly. Also, The first owner of the car was a semi-famous singer that Shelby Delivered it to. I don't remember who the singer was...showing exactly how famous he was. He's the one who wrecked it too. Today, The current owner of the car is none other than Craig Jackson of Barrett-Jackson fame. He has the car in his personal car collection. The first and ONLY 4 Original Shelby Convertibles all had Standard interiors. The (12) 1980-1983 made 1966 Shelby GT-350 Convertible "Continuation Cars" all came with "Deluxe (Pony) Interiors".... They were built by Shelby with a partnership with J. Brunk from Beverly Hills Mustang. All 12 cars went to Shelby's Family (believe Shelby's family got 3 of them originally and still have only 1 today) and the rest were sold to close friends of Shelby. There was a layout of the Builds in the December 1980 issue of HOTROD magazine. (A must get issue IMHO). I bought my original copy in 1980! ..and picked up a couple extra ones as well many years later. Awesome issue.

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The (12) 1980-1983 made 1966 Shelby GT-350 Convertible "Continuation Cars" all came with "Deluxe (Pony) Interiors".... They were built by Shelby with a partnership with J. Brunk from Beverly Hills Mustang. All 12 cars went to Shelby's Family (believe Shelby's family got 3 of them originally and still have only 1 today) and the rest were sold to close friends of Shelby. There was a layout of the Builds in the December 1980 issue of HOTROD magazine. (A must get issue IMHO). I bought my original copy in 1980! ..and picked up a couple extra ones as well many years later. Awesome issue.

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Yeah, I always thought there were 6 convertibles built back in 66, until SAAC straightened it out. Apparently VIN numbers 2379 and 2380 were never used, and 2375 through 2378 were the 4 originals. The 12 continuation cars built by Beverly Hills were 2381 through 2392. I think the picture from the magazine is #2393, which was built with $helby's blessing, but not recognized by SAAC (according to my 2011 registry). Here's an old link to that car, and here. But it does look nice. Wonder where I could snag one of those roll bars?
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