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also operated a small welding busi-

ness at home out of his garage. Some-

body said, “

Hey Burgy, you should

meet Stu, here. He could do a cage for

your Pantera.

” That sounded interest-

ing, so I drew up the plans and he built

a roll cage and welded it into the Pan-

tera. I designed side impact bars that

pivoted and swung out. They were

held in place with Shelby hood pin

latches. I didn’t want to climb over it

and I knew my wife wouldn’t want to

do that, either. I lowered the car and

then did some artwork for an outfit in

California named Mind Train. They

were one of the big Pantera parts sup-

pliers. I bought most of my parts from

Gary Hall at Hall Pantera or Fred

Matsumoto of Mind Train. I did art-

work for Mind Train and got one of

their exhaust systems for about half-

price. I also did some illustrations for

Chris Hoverman at Mustangs Unlim-

ited when he first started out. I bought

a fiberglass hood from Gary Hall and

rear window deck louvers, ten-inch

Campagnolo wheels, new seats with

velour inserts and all kinds of stuff. I

polished the wheels. That was about

the time I ran into Paul Rebmann. He

had bought another ‘66 Shelby from a

friend of mine and that guy told him

to get a hold of me if he ever wanted to

get any work done on his car. When I

drove over there in a Pantera he said,

Hey - that’s a cool car. I gotta have

one of those.

” He sold the Shelby,

6S1253, to my brother Gregg in Ohio.

Rebmann bought a Pantera that

needed some work. It had been owned

by a guy who owned a car dealership –

Pat Milliken Ford Mercury in South-

field, Michigan. He had torn it up

pretty good, so I disassembled the

whole car for Rebmann so he could get

it painted. Rather than get paid for the

work, I took it out in machine work.

Rebmann had a machine shop with a

lathe, presses and dies and all kinds of

tools. That’s where I polished my

Campy wheels on his lathe during the

night shift. He built parts and ma-

chined things for me. If I needed some-

thing, I would make a drawing of it

and he would have his guys make it up

for me, no charge.

SAAC: When did you sell the Pan-


BURGY: In 1986 I was starting to

have trouble driving the Pantera so I

decided to let it go. I sold the car to a

guy in Michigan and he called me a

few months later and said he was

going to have Jack Roush rebuild the

engine. I told him it wasn’t the original

engine and probably had 100,000

miles on it. With the Webers on it I

thought I had washed the rings. He

was going to have it completely re-

built, so I said, “

Why don’t you go with

some other engine block and let me

buy that one back, because it came out

of my dad’s Boss 351 Mustang. It has

some sentimental value to me.

” So we

made a deal and I got the engine back

and just put it in the corner. I knew

that someday I was going to build a

Cobra kit car.


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Burgy was one of the most knowledge guys

in the club’s early days when it came to

‘65-‘66 Shelbys. He wrote a column in the

club magazine about GT350 technical top-

ics, so when he started showing up in his

red Pantera, powered by a Weber-equipped

351 Cleveland, some wondered if he had

gone over to the Dark Side but he tried to

explain it away by referring to the car as

his “Italian Mustang.”