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Winter 2016 5

J-5 was shipped to England for

the 45th anniversary of its LeMans

victory. It was displayed at the 2012

Goodwood Festival of Speed, and a

couple of months later at the Good-

wood Revival. Details remain sketchy,

but at some point the container the car

was shipped in was dropped, causing

extensive damage to the car.

The damage had to be repaired,

but the question was, how far to take

it? A complete restoration was never

considered due to the car’s historical

value. Instead, it would be repaired.

the rocker panels using florist’s foam

and sheet aluminum, to improve aero-


Now back at The Henry Ford, the

final stages of the conservation have

begun. Cracks not present when the

car left for England will be filled with

carefully mixed and color-matched

paint. Rivets replaced by AAR will also

be painted, along with the left rocker


Should the windshield, cracked

during the 1967 LeMans event and

now extensively spidered after almost

fifty years, be replaced? It was decided

no, but a replacement was ordered for

possible future use.

Just when J-5 will be returned to

the floor of The Henry Ford isn’t

known, but when it is, visitors who see

it will know that absolutely every-

thing that can be done to maintain the

car’s as-raced-in-1967-condition has

been. A fitting tribute to the only

American car raced by an American

team to win the 24-Hours of LeMans.

Mary Fahey, chief conservator at

The Henry Ford, chose to send the car

to All American Racers where original

driver Dan Gurney could oversee the

project. It was a shame that Phil Rem-

ington was no longer alive to be part

of the project, since he had so much to

do with just about every aspect of this

car. He had said that, of all the cars he

was involved with throughout his life,

this was his all-time favorite.

The goal was to bring the car back

to it’s as-raced-in-1967 condition, re-

taining the original materials while

preserving evidence of original wear

and tear. A full restoration would have

eliminated that history. AAR would do

only the work that The Henry Ford

could not do in house. The car’s frame

and motor mounts had to be straight-

ened after the accident. The left side

sill had also been damaged and had to

be replaced. During disassembly, it

was found that last-minute revisions

had been made to the car at Shelby

American, straightening and lowering


SAAC members Chuck and Lynne

Olenyk of Rockford, Michigan put to-

gether a cute little two-and-a-half

minute YouTube video featuring

6S098 as an alternative to the 1 hp

leaf blower. Catch it at:

This video has been making the

rounds of the underground matrix of

1966 GT350 “Carryover” owners, a

close-knit and secretive clique of en-

thusiasts of 1966 GT350s with serial

numbers below 6S253. The first 252

‘66 GT350s were built using 1965

Mustangs because 1966 models were

not yet available.