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« on: March 28, 2011, 09:48:23 AM »
As some of you would be aware for some time know I have been planning to build a new car........
My dream Mustang was always the Black & Gold Shelby GT350H ( Hertz ). I can't afford a real one so a Replica has to be the next best thing. For those who don't know what they look like below is a picture of a genuine one currently for sale in the USA for $140000.00



About four months ago my wife & I decided bugger it we only live once why don't we sell the coupe & buy our dream car. I began searching all over the USA & here for a Hertz clone to buy but unfortunately most were either way to expensive or what I like to call SH*T & GLITTER .Hence I have decided the only way to get a car at the standards I can be happy with was to build my own, So since then I have been busy buying up all the parts required to build or convert a suitable donor car. Our spare room looks like a warehouse full of boxes of parts etc. All the time I have been trying to find a good donor car to start with......as you know the better you have to start with , the cheaper & better the build will end up. After looking around at quite a few cars all over OZ I soon realised that a cheap car was going to cost way more to restore then convert into a Hertz copy than to buy a good restored car. A fellow forum member in our club had the most amazing car for sale at a very fair price so we bought that one & now I am pleased to be able to say have started proper on our project.



I hope to be able to share this build along the way with you guys & gals so hope fully we can all enjoy the transformation of what was a truly great car to start with into  ( Hopefully ) an even greater example of the world famous Shelby Rent-a-Racer.

front bits off


my shop supervisor.


most of the interior is out


rear functional brake duct holes drilled


 as the build come's along I will try to update shots regularly & keep everyone informed. I have only had the car a week but got a lot acheived over the weekend, I cut off the original brackets on the shock towers so I could fit the one piece export brace. Note couldn't wait had to put the rocker covers straight on:cool:



next big job is to cut out the rear quarter vent frame work to fit the windows in......
I hope you all enjoy watching along over the next few months:thumb:  Dale
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2011, 10:03:38 AM »
Hi 66 EMBERGLO COUPE,

Looks like an extremely nice car to start with as a base for your 66 GT350H (and at least you know the history of the car...).

Good luck with the build and it'll be interesting to see the transformation.

Also, if you're after any additional Shelby part's, try contacting the guy's at Hills Mustangs and Classics in Sydney as they're an agent for Tony D. Branda.

Michael 0404 187 515 or Brian 0408 350 650

hillsmustangs@bigpond.com


Cheers,

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2011, 11:14:27 AM »
cheers Trans Am....Tony D Branda has supplied many of my Shelby exclusive parts so far.

To Date I have bought for it.

Alloy finned Cobra sump
Hydraulic version grind of the original soild cam & lifters
Original Shelby manifold, carb & air filter
Tri Y headers
14x7 Magnum 500 rims incl Hertz centre caps
Shelby fibreglass/steel framed hood
Gold side stripes
Shelby track rods ( underneath style )
Rear quarter window kit
full black interior kit
Dash mounted Tacho ( Original style)
Fully functional rear brake duts & side scoops
plus many more , these are just a few of the big things........I still need to buy Disc brakes ( Kelsey Hayes original units ) & Tyres..I leaning toward Goodyear Polglass


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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2011, 12:22:43 PM »
Are you going to delete the rear seat?  Also, what colour are you going to paint it??

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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2011, 01:19:04 PM »
No the rear seat will stay....it will be near identical to the Black & gold one shown. I already have a Concours award winning coupe which is now for sale ,so this one will be no different, it will be all original, just like Shelby built them in 66.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 06:58:06 PM »
THis will be a good thread to watch its transformation.  Good job.

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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 09:39:37 PM »
I have been waiting for this thread and will be following it. You've certainly got stuck into it already.

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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 10:08:59 PM »
Thats a sweet ride!!!!

cant wait to see it finished

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011, 10:16:26 PM »
Interested to see how the functional rear brake ducts & side scoops, fit together. Are the side scoops metal?

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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2011, 07:35:08 AM »
All the best with build, Dale. Cant wait to see the finished product.
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2011, 08:48:00 AM »
good luck with the build.  Geez that is a nice donor car to start with:thumb:

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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2011, 07:07:50 PM »
Quote from: 66 EMBERGLO COUPE link=topic=14043.msg143924#msg143924
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Whats the concerned look about?..........Should be a sinch
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2011, 09:43:36 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2011, 11:36:14 PM »
This is going to be a great build thread to watch. Good luck with it all.
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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2011, 08:59:21 AM »
Have not touched it all week  but more parts have arrived now have wheels & bonnet. Not much more to go. Zipple cruise on tonight so this afternoon will be cleaning the Emberglo Coupe. Hopefully tommorow I will get the rear quater windors all cut out & tidied up...Will try to post some more pics soon.

Ps. My best mate of nine years pictured above had to be laid to rest three days after I took these photo's. Anyone who knows me will know Bella came to work with me everyday & I will sadly miss her.
RIP. Bella...............:cry:
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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2011, 09:30:41 AM »
Sorry to hear about Bella.

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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2011, 11:22:32 AM »
Sorry to hear that Dale

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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2011, 06:45:45 AM »
that sucks
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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2011, 09:47:34 PM »
Dale, as the other blokes have said, sorry to hear about bella, money cant replace your old faithful. All the best.
I have admired emberglo from a distance since Ive been on the forum & what a quality example she is, so like many others I'm rubbing the hands together for the Racer tribute. Its also my favourite Mussy. Enjoy mate,
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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2011, 10:07:19 PM »
quick update guys.................not much work done this week but the never ending supply of parts keep coming each day... :cool:

Genuine Shelby intake.


Intake with Autolite carb....probably wont use it though since the new car had a new 600 Holley fitted.


The Track rods for diff/ rear springs etc.


the intake, carb & rocker covers ( couldnt wait to see what it looked like )


Entire Black Master Trim kit arrived today...Just need tyres & disc brake setup & thats almost it.
  This weekend is flatout again so not much will get done but still got a few weeks up my sleeve before it has to go off to paint.

ps. I have a new apprentice............she's fast, good looking & muscular.....meet Shelby, shes almost 16weeks old.


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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2011, 08:48:30 PM »
haven't done anything on the body this week but have been busy on the engine.
I have it stripped apart all  but the crank, rods & heads...............This engine was bored & had a full rebuild less than 2 thousand Km's ago.





 I have installed a new Comp Cams camshaft & lifters fitted my original Shelby intake & 600 Holley.
 



I still have to refit the timing cover then fit the Cobra Alloy Sump.





Once it is all back together I have a set of Tri Y headers to fit should look & sound good.
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« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2011, 09:36:04 PM »
You go Dale.
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« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2011, 08:37:47 PM »
Nice to see u getting ur hands dirty Dale. :smile01:
Good luck with the rebuild.
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« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2011, 04:50:32 PM »
This week see's the new cam installed & mostly back together.



Sump is on.




Back seats are done





one of the front ones is almost finished with just one more to go........bit tough on the hands removing & fitting all the hog rings etc. But thoroughly enjoying doing the bulk of it myself..........very satisfying,
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