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Welcome to the May's Ride of the Month Competition!

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April's winner @Turnall


Please follow all instructions posted below


  1. You must add 3 Photos; no more, no less. NO Collages. Pictures must be of the current state of your vehicle. Avoid having any people in your images.
  2. List any/all Legal Modifications to your vehicle if you have done any.*
  3. The vehicle must be yours. Vehicles waiting to be purchased may not be included
  4. Include a short description of your favourite aspect of your vehicle, or your favourite memory or ride taken with your vehicle*
  5. Votes for the month’s winner will be tallied by the number of “Likes” your post has on the last day of the month. The winner at the end of the month will win a free 1 Year Premium Membership for the forum and a custom flair under their username. If the winner is already a premium member, their subscription will be extended an additional year.
  6. Remember, please post your entries and pictures in this thread.
  7. If you have won in a previous month, you can no longer enter for the rest of the year. However, if you have a second car that meets the above criteria, you can enter that.

* These are optional but encouraged

We look forward to seeing your rides!
 

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1968 Mustang Gt. This car was always my dream car to build and I wanted to build something that was going to be good at everything from road racing and auto cross, to drag racing and mile events, but also be able to cruise the entire route 66 with my wife. Long story short I never planned to purchase this so soon, but one night at about midnight found this car online for sale and thought it was a scam. I stayed up all night to call first thing in the morning and to my surprise it was real and available. I called my dad, he took off work that day and we set off to pick it up 12 hours away. To say the car was a steal was an understatement, lets just say I paid for a stock restored running and driving car what most people are paying for rusted our shells these days. Mind you the restoration wasnt up to my standards but it was a car I could definitely work with.

I started Fall of 2018 and immediately knew the direction I was going. It would be a pro touring car with big horsepower and the best parts I could find. I replaced all the floorboards, from the firewall forward the car was gone and I put on new frame rails. Inner fenders, core support, etc., this would soon house the TCI front crossmember and independent suspension. I opted for the adjustable ridetech coil overs and wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. The rear end would be a Fab 9 with 35 spline moser axles and a powertrax grip pro helical gear differential. The housing was narrowed by an inch on both sides as I wanted the most concave wheel I could put on the car.

The drivetrain was intended to be a 427 stroker with twin turbos, but after realizing the room and fabrication it would take I decided to keep it a smaller package and it now has a D1X procharged 363 with holley fuel injection. It also has a stage 2 meth injection progressive kit that helps keep IATs down. The car hasnt seen the chassis dyno but based on what the engine made, and the numbers its putting up on my Dragy, it is making upwards of 1000hp on a street tune And low boost pulley (16lbs) at the flywheel. The motor is backed by a built T56 magnum from D&D performance and has a tilton twin disc clutch with hydraulic tilton throwout bearing.

The wheels on the car are BC forged and custom to the car, they are 18x9.5 in front amd 18x12 wrapped with a 315 toyo drag radial. Exhaust is all custom 3” with borla pro xs straight through mufflers.

The interior I wanted to keep nostalgic with modern touches, Im not a huge fan of the overdone interiors, so I added corbeau seats, autometer carbon gauges and fitted a foxbody center console in it. The entire car was rewired with american autowire kit and I left the rest pretty much stock. There isnt a single piece of this car I didnt build or touch at this point and I did all the work in my garage with only my kids help.

My favorite memory so far is is cruise nights with my family, its become a weekend tradition and is priceless. We out almost 4000 miles on the car last year without a hitch. Ive done autocross and in about a month will be taking it to road America on the road course for a track day. Here are a few pics of it.
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I first saw the Shelby in 1974 down the street from a friend’s house. The car was parked mostly underneath a carport, back in showing from the street so I could tell what it wants. When I was 15 and getting close to being able to drive, once a year I would go to the house, knock on the door and ask the guy if he wanted to sell his car. The answer was always no, he was going to fix it up someday. In December of 1980, I got a phone call from my friend and that the guy was ready to sell the car and he wanted to sell it to me. January of 1981 I was able to purchase the car and bring it home. The car was a bit of a mess, it had been rear ended at least twice, the engine was apart and the interior was very worn. I cleaned the car up and dropped in the motor from my wrecked 69 GT, and drove the car on and off for the next couple of years. In 1991 I decided I was going to do a quick paint job and clean up the interior to make the car presentable. I had taken most of the removable body panels off the car, remove the interior and engine. I had finished doing minor bodywork and had painted the car when hurricane Andrew hit. Other than water and some small debris pouring in from the damaged roof, the car survived the storm, but now it was sitting in 2 to 3 inches of water for two weeks. After a while, the saltwater that was brought in from the storm started rusting every piece of metal that was on the car. With the entire area devastated the warehouse damaged, I had no choice but to stash the car and parts in various locations where they stayed for many years. Over the next several years life happened, I was married, had a daughter, got divorced and it was not until 2015 but I was able to start gathering up all the parts and once again resume work on the car. It was at this point in time that I was told that my car was one of the 150 Hertz rental cars that were made for 1969. I was skeptical but the purchased a copy of the SAAC registry and a Marti report which both confirmed my car was one of two Hertz cars for use at Miami International Airport in 1969. With this new knowledge that my car was even rarer than just being a Shelby, I decided I’d need to do a complete and total restoration. I took the car to a welder who removed the damaged sheet metal from the rear of the car and replaced it with new panels. I then took the car and finished up all the bodywork, repairing the damaged fiberglass panels and finishing off all the work that was needed to put the car back together. I assembled all the body parts to check the gaps and alignments and a final block sanding of the car. I then blew the car apart took it to the painter who did a base coat clear coat paint job on the car in the original candy apple red. Then the real job of putting the car back together really began. I did everything myself, including rebuilding the transmission, the engine all the components like the power steering. I redid the entire interior putting in new carpet, new seat foam and covers, installed the headliner and all glass. With all the work and many problems, I was behind schedule. I missed my goal of having it in National Parts Depots last Sliver Springs show in Ocala but was hoping to have it in a local show in January of 2019. January arrived and I still was not ready but got lucky the show was postponed for one month. This gave me just enough time to mostly finished the car and, I put it in the show with the seat covers only slipped over the seats but not fastened down. People did not seem to notice the incomplete seats and I took first place in my class for that show. Since then, the seat covers have been installed properly and the Shelby has been a trophy winner in many shows from Key Largo Florida to Sevierville/Pigeon Forge Tn. I have even raced the car on 1/8 and 1/4 mile drag strips, an autocross, driven it on the Tail of the Dragon, Road Atlanta, and the Homestead NASCAR track reaching speeds up to 114 MPH.

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