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I’m new to this forum, and I thought I would share my journey on my next build. I got my first Mustang when I was 15 years old, my dad bought me a 72 coupe. This was my first experience at tinkering and restoring which caused me to develop the disease or “mustang fever”. Next was a 71 Mach I and a 68 coupe while working at an auto body shop during high school, then a 69 convertible which I never finished and sold when I moved to another state. While going to college I worked at an auto body/automotive shop and restored someone else’s 66 coupe and a 65 convertible. After college, moving, marriage, and 4 kids, I haven’t owned or worked on a mustang for 15 years, but the fever was always there.
So a couple of years ago I purchased a 68 coupe, it was mostly in pieces. The previous owner bought the car for his kid and was having his friend fix it up for him (I won’t call it restore because of the subpar attempt) the guys friend ended up passing away during the build and it sat in his barn for about 10 years until I purchased it. It is a pretty solid car, it has a 289, C4, power steering, factory A/C and a vinyl top and a good price, just what I was looking for. I didn’t want anything rare because I wanted to build a clone of the legendary “Green Hornet”. A 1968 Shelby coupe prototype EXP 500.
My plan is to make it look like the Green Hornet on the outside but modern underneath. I want this car to be a driver, I want to be able to jump in it and go across the county to car shows and road trip vacations with my wife.
Plans are for a full rotisserie “Restomoderation”, tubular A-arm Coil over front suspension, shock tower deletes, power rack and pinion, power disc brakes, hopefully a Coyote engine or a fuel injected 408, TKO600 5spd, 9” rear end (IRS like the original is pretty pricey). 17” Shelby style 10 spoke wheels, LED Shelby tail lights, GT500 front end. Mostly stock interior, with modern comfortable seats and aftermarket gauges, modern A/C system, and nice audio.
I finally got my dream shop built and the car is completely disassembled so I’m ready to start. I hope you enjoy watching as much as I do working on it! Feel free to comment, make suggestions, or ask anything.
 

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Rod and Custom Motorsports RC-107 IFS Cross member installation. The kit came with tubular A-Arms, coil over shocks, 11" disc brakes and a power rack and pinion. great installation instructions, just take time and make sure all measurements are accurate (measure and re-measure, then re-check again). I went with the stock height spindles, but the company said I could exchange if I changed my mind (great people and tech support)
 

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GT500 front end, Door and Fender Mock-up. Trying to get everything fitted before I throw it up on the rotisserie. Fiberglass came from Tony Branda. I've done some fiberglass work before. Fitting these panels is very time consuming and tedious, not much you buy fits out of the box, it needs some massaging to get it good. I'm still in the process of fitment, waiting for a new door hinge now
 

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Welcome to VMF! You don't see many Green Hornet tributes out there, at least I don't, and that was a heckuva car and good looking too. I think you should make the same quirky mistake they made on the original with the passenger side rear marker/reflector placed crookedly and then never corrected.
(It's part of the "charm".) :wink:
 

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Purely trivia-
I think the actual EXP 500 is at the current Barrett Jackson auction.
Coulda sworn I saw it in a passing camera shot....
I know it was up for sale at BJ 2013 but didn't make reserve.
 

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It could be, Barrett Jackson still owns the car, they tried to sell it in 2013, I think it went for $1.9 Million but didn't meet their reserve.
 

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Just my opinion but I don't think Jackson is interested in selling it at all. He uses it to drum up interest and buzz for his auctions from time to time, putting it on the block with some outrageous reserve so high even the real players on it won't go that high. I think he plans to keep that car a long, long time. He trots it out for people to see but it's being used for marketing purposes only. So long as he has it, you don't. Smart guy, that Jackson.
 

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I believe that the GH you saw in passing at BJ Auction was a tribute to the original. They just aired a quick Craig Jackson preview on it (the tribute) 5 minutes ago.


EDIT: That tribute car just sold for $50K + buyer's premium
 

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"I think the actual EXP 500 is at the current Barrett Jackson auction."

I think that you're right..

I thought that I saw it as well.

Just a tribute car huh..?

:eek:)

Tony K.
 

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Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't turn down one of those rare cars. But I couldn't own a Mustang and not drive it. The things are made to be drivin, it would drive me nuts. I just love the feeling. That's one of the reason I like the clones. I already have plans for my next build. I want to recreate a 69 Boss 9. This is my dream car and I will never in my life have the opportunity to own, let alone drive one, I mean really hammer into one. But Kaase racing is recreating the Boss 9 head ( actually better than the original) and intakes.
 

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