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My 69 GT500 has been running with a (1968 427 s.o) since about 1970.  My drag pack car was raced and blew the 428 so the PO went back to Gotham Ford and got a replacement 427 to continue racing.

I have my original 428 SCJ block, crank, rods, and most pistons, balancer, etc... but 2 cylinders need sleeved due to the bottom of cylinder wall being chipped.  The original heads, carb, and exhaust manifolds from my 428 SCJ were transferred over the the 427 and the PO went with an aftermarket performance Edelbrock (single four barrel intake) so it would work with the fresh air hood.

With plans to put my original engine back together again, I have an opportunity to buy a 428 intake from a good friend and would like to know how to identify it and make sure it is correct for my car.  Aside from the casting number, are there other identifiers such as date, etc.. that would make it right / wrong ?  What should I be looking for?

Build date on my car is Feb 5, 1969.

This is one of the major missing parts to put my 428 SCJ back together.

Thanks in advance,
I've been building cars for years and feel stupid for asking a question about these new shocks are supposed to work, but swallowing my pride, here it goes:

I just bought a new set of shocks for my 1969 GT500 and I elected to buy the KONI: 8250 1030.
They are the orange shocks sold by CJPP and are a correct fit for me car (wrong color but I painted them dark blue).

I always remember new shocks coming in a box with a strap holding them compressed for easier installation, and you can cut the strap during the install.  These new orange Koni shocks came in a new box but were not compressed and even more strange, when I manually compress them, they really don't just snap back into place like I would expect.

Question: Is this normal ?
It takes quite a bit of force to compress them or pull them apart, but they do not seem to have a memory or automatically rebound once they are compressed.

I bought a full set (front and rear) but have not installed them yet.

Please advise.


I'm starting the process of detailing the engine bay of my survivor 69 GT500.
I see tons of issues that need cleaning / tidying up, and hose fasteners/clamps that need replaced, etc.. but I would like to post several photos of my engine bay and solicit feedback as to what others see.

I'm interested in all feedback such improvement suggestions, correctness or incorrectness of parts, positive or negative comments, etc...

Background info: 
This is a drag pack car.
The engine in the cradle is a 427 s.o. (1968), purchased over the counter at Gotham Ford in 69.
--> Original engine was raced and damaged. The correct #'s matching 428 scj block is on my shop table and needs a sleeve. 
Bottom edge of cylinder wall is damaged but easily repairable.
The heads, carb, dist, exhaust manifolds are from the original 428.
The early 427 edelbrock intake is obviously not original and was installed as a performance upgrade, but the single 4bbl 427 intake allows for the original fresh air breather to be used with a good seal.

My objective is to remove the individual components, hoses, brackets, alternator, distributor, coil, etc.. and clean them up and reinstall.

--> I need to increase the 1/2" carb spacer to a larger 1" spacer to reduce the heat transfer even more.

Oh.... And as you can see, I removed the hood hinge springs and am using a temporary prop rod to keep my hood straight.

Thanks for any/all feedback.

I want to recover the front buckets in my 69 GT500 and have not found a definitive answer on the correct replacement material.

There are several options on all of the various websites and this is what I have come up with so far and would like some feedback before I pull the trigger on the wrong set.

For my white interior bucket seats, I believe it calls for comfortweave texture and NOT the corinthian.
As for the style, I am seeing more than 1 option on the Classic Interior website, which one is correct ?
I will be replacing the foam as well and need to find a complete set.

Photo attached of the seat cover options.
The research I have done about replacement shocks for my 1969 GT500 (Automatic) comes up with KYB or Koni, but I never see an actual part number.

Some Shelby's have small blocks and some have big blocks, did they not get different shocks ?

I still have the original shocks on my car and they are White, but that does not really matter, because I can always paint a new set of shocks the correct color.

Does anyone have the correct part#s and/or website for a good set of replacement shocks for my GT500 Drag Pack 69 Automatic ?
Any preferences of KYB or Koni or Gabriel ?
Part #s ?

Thanks in advance for any help,
My 69 GT500 has a (1968) 427 side oiler and it's been there for a very long time (Since the 70s).
It runs great and it runs a little on the hot side, but nothing to be too worried about, probably normal for this big block engine and the fact that I live in TX !
Once the engine is warm, it runs great at highway speeds but as soon as I slow to a stop or slow idle with engine hot (stop sign / yield sign / slow turn), the engine wants to die unless I keep my foot on the pedal and keep delivering fresh gas.  Ninety percent of the time, it dies right there on the spot, but it "usually" starts right back up.....then dies again until I keep giving it fresh gas.

When engine is cool it idles perfect.

I might be able to experiment with the timing a little to get it running a little cooler, but my guess is that the gas might be evaporating / boiling out of the bowls, which is why it starts back up again with fresh cool gas.

My car is a survivor and still has the factory original carb (rebuilt a while back) and the spacer that's with it "appears" to only be approx 1/2"

I was thinking that a 1" spacer might help the issue, but I wanted to check with those on here who might know what I'm up against.
If I change my spacer, I will have to adjust for the fresh air hood seal which I don't want to do (mine is original), unless I buy another one to experiment with.

Should I go another direction ?

Any suggestions ?

I have an extremely original / survivor 69 GT500 and I am considering upgrading the interior (a little)...
Very little has ever been done to this car, it even wears the original shocks, etc..

The carpet and seats are coming apart just from the material breaking down and disintegrating, not from wear/tear.
The carpet around the edges of the kick panels and a few other places are starting to shred and breakdown, pulling away from the underlayment.
The seat bolsters around the edges are also tearing at the seams and exposing the foam pretty bad.
The headliner is also apart across the main seam in the middle of the roofline.

I'm ok with the car looking a bit used, that's what's cool about a survivor, but am I committing an unforgivable sin by removing the interior and replacing the carpet and upgrading the seats ?


North Texas
I know the last 2 owners of my 69 Drag Pack GT500 and there have been 2 magazine articles written about it, but how would I go about determining the original owner who purchased it from the dealer (Gotham Ford) - Bill Kolb ? 
Did Shelby maintain records of the original purchaser ?

I'm interested in getting a printed copy of the registry that shows any original owner information, if available.
If not available, what is the most up-to-date hard copy registry that I can get my hands on ?

Thanks for any help,
Mike #480480 Drag Pack Shelby
The only rivets I can find online for the Shelby door tag are black and those are correct for 67 for example but not for 1969.

Does anyone offer the correct aluminum rivets (not black) for the Shelby door tag which goes above the data plate ?

The photo below is an example of the rivets I am looking for...

Thanks in advance,

I know there are engine service manuals for the 428 SCJ, but I have not been able to find a service manual for the (1968) 427 side oiler ?

Looking for an original service manual, not a new (after market version) that covers maintenance, repairs, assembly/disassembly, torque specs, tuning info, etc..

Thanks for any help,