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1967 Shelby GT350/500 / GT-350 Water Valve
October 09, 2023, 04:46:30 PM
Yesterday.... out for a nice fall cruise. All was going well.... running well on fresh 93 pure......good oil press and water temp.

On the way home I notice all of a sudden the water temp gauge goes down to nothing, then pulling into my driveway I hear a little hissss.... by the time I get out and open the hood, full on hissing and a little steam from the water valve on the passenger side of the firewall..... small puddle of coolant about the size of a basketball....

I assume after 56 years the old valve has given up......  Do these things wear out, and when is the best place to get a good replacement.... NPD ?

Thanks in advance.
Looking Back / SAAC - 6 Monterey / Laguna Seca
February 28, 2022, 05:52:56 PM
While looking for something else in my 35mm archives.... I stumble across a brown envelope marked   AUGUST 1981 HISTORICS - SAAC 6

I'm no Dave Friedman, but a couple of these are pretty cool from back in the day.


1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Clutch Pedal Support ?
June 17, 2021, 10:22:55 AM

I was advised yesterday that 1966 and 1967 clutch support brackets have a 100% mortality rate. This old Ford mechanic said its not a matter of if, its a matter of when. He went on to say if your clutch pedal does not return all the way up and stops about an inch short, its not your return assist spring, its the support bracket. "They all fail".

Can someone enlighten me on this ?   Is this fact or myth.......?

CSX1000, 4000, 7000, 8000 / CSX4000 Mfr Source ?
May 16, 2021, 03:21:17 PM
Is there a way, or a reference resource, to find out who built a particular CSX4000 car ?

In asking an owner, he responded he didn't know if his car was a HST build, and, or where it was built. He told me it really didn't matter. I'm not well versed on these but I am assuming I would rather own a Shelby Automotive built example than a HST built south of the border ......

I appreciate any assistance.

Do they, or are they supposed to have drain holes ?   I washed my car today, and of course its always a chore getting all the water out of several places..... this just being one of them !

1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / GT350 Convertible ?
April 27, 2021, 10:07:04 AM
Since I can't post a question in the For Sale section of the Classifieds...... is the 1966 GT-350 6S2389 continuation convertible listed for sale the same car sold last spring on BaT ?   I can't seem to find it....... THX

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / GT-350 Valve Covers
April 11, 2021, 12:48:44 PM
Is there any reason why these won't stay snugged down ?

I am using all cork gaskets, but it seems that every second time I take her out I have to snug them down again.

'67s don't used lock washers, or am I wrong and this is my problem ?

Thanks in advance,

Carolina Region SAAC / Western NC Events ?
March 16, 2021, 02:52:29 PM

Anything planned for W NC this year ?

As of now there is nothing coming up for us guys in TN...........


Wanted to Buy / 1967 Oil Pan ?
March 13, 2021, 04:25:37 PM
Looking for a stock 1967 K code standard steel oil pan suitable for a GT350 in good cond.

PM or direct  usgi45s at hotmail dot com

This will fire up some discussions.....!

The original owner of my GT350 replaced the Holley 715 Lemans in early 1975. According to the second owner, and the OO's best friend, someone at the local go fast speed shop in FL told him that the new Holley 650 double pumper was the hot set up for a K code 289.

Car is running just fine with the 650DP, and as of right now Drew is going through the 715 LM to make it fresh and right again.

With all things being equal since I drive my car more than most, which really is the best set up for spirited 3-4 times a month, twisty roads, weather permitting, driving enjoyment ?

Thanks in advance,
1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Yellow Top Coil ?
February 25, 2021, 09:08:32 AM
Getting ready to pull my Pertronix coil and put the yellow top back on that came with the car. Hoping to rectify my tach reading.  I don't think this yellow top is original by the markings, but the dumb question of the day remains...... BATT is +   and  DIST is -  correct ?

Thanks in advance.
1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Rear Valance ?
February 15, 2021, 08:17:20 AM
Over the years I see '67s with and without chrome trim rings around the tailpipe cutouts on the rear valence. I was under the impression that this was a 1968 thing...... of course I have been wrong before.

Correct, not correct, only correct after a particular serial number or range ?

Thank you in advance........
Anybody receive theirs in the mail yet ?

I just got mine..... its destroyed.
1967 Shelby GT350/500 / High Zinc VR-1 Motor Oil ?
November 02, 2020, 11:27:09 AM
Anybody running the high zinc Valvoline VR-1 motor oil in your hi-po 289 ?

If so, what variant and viscosity are you running, and can you give it some type of recommendation ?

Thanks in advance,

Does anyone know if Mike Russell in Lebanon, TN is still this states regional contact ?

I got his contact info from SAAC but both contacts remain un-answered after a few months.

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / 110 Octane Sunoco ?
March 19, 2020, 07:41:52 PM
What is everybody running for fuel in their 289s and 428s ?

I haven't had much luck yet finding the right octane booster..... but today ran 50/50 pump 93 and Sunoco 110 leaded race fuel so in essence the mixture was 101.5 octane with some lead and netted excellent results. It was noticeably happier.  I don't mind doing this once in a while.... it would get a little expensive if it were a full time habit, but I just wanted to know what you guys are using and what kind of results are you seeing.


1967 Shelby GT350/500 / HEI Plug Gaps ?
March 09, 2020, 04:47:10 PM

HEI conversion done and running very well..... just one question since I am getting conflicting plug gap information.

Being the stock plug gap spec is .028 to .032 for points, I have always been under the impression to add about .005 when converting to HEI...... so I gapped my new plugs at .035 during the install. A local dirt track engine builder told me that I should run them up to .040 even .045 for more spark and the Hi Po will be much happier.

What say the Fourm experience here ?

As always.... thanks for your advise.


1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Factory A/C ?
February 23, 2020, 10:11:02 AM
Of course the Marti Report doesn't show it, but now that I have a copy of the Ford dealer's original sales order to the original owner of my GT-350, the buyer was charged $299.00 for factory FoMoCo a/c. My question is, is a dealer installed option prior to the original buyer taking possession of his new GT-350, considered just an add on, or is it a legitimate option ?   Kind of like most radios being dealer installed ?

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Local Holley Guru ?
February 20, 2020, 08:14:36 AM
Anybody know of a good Holley re-builder they can recommend in Knoxville TN or the E TN area.....?

Thank You,


1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Distributor Question
February 17, 2020, 09:15:44 AM
My buddy and I were installing a Pertronix Ignitor HEI kit in my GT-350 yesterday.

While in the process, noticed a little play on the shaft. Would this just be bushing wear after all these years I'm thinking.

Can the bushing or bushings be replaced ?