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Replicas and Tribute / Re: Color of Donohue GT350R
January 06, 2024, 05:50:00 PM
Well third times a charm. I got the following response from LMC when I emailed asking if the color was Guardsman Blue. If anyone has a contact for the Dockery Ford family, I'll send them a note to see if they know.

"Im not sure, that was restored along time ago under a different restoration manager. I dont believe its Guardsmens, it was darker than that"
Stefan Mastronardi
Legendary Motorcar
Replicas and Tribute / Re: Color of Donohue GT350R
January 05, 2024, 04:13:16 PM
I may have mixed up the story a little or maybe he has the new car of the pair and not the reused 67.

Here's the story
Replicas and Tribute / Re: Color of Donohue GT350R
January 05, 2024, 02:56:37 PM
Not surprised to hear that they lightened the car to the edge of safety. I just read a story about the Pensky/Donohue trans am camero where they lightened the 67 car with acid dipping to the point that they had to install a full cage roll bar to stiffen it back up (a first in trans am). They won 10 of the 13 races and when tech inspectors realized what they had done they were told to never bring the car back to a race. Then in 68 they fielded two cars painted to match and would run the new car through tech inspection then drive it back to their shop area, swap the number, and run the same car back through tech inspection. The second car was of course the acid dipped 67 and it easily outperformed the new car.
Replicas and Tribute / Color of Donohue GT350R
January 05, 2024, 11:42:08 AM
I posted this question previously but the title didn't really match the request so thought I would repost. I'm looking for info on the color of the Mark Donohue R-model car. In some photos it looks like guardsman blue but in others it looks like a darker blue. If anyone out there has info I'd really appreciate hearing from you. The current plan for my R model tribute car is to duplicate the color of the Donohue car. I've used the "contact us" feature on the LMC web site but no response.
speaking of rear mount batteries, what size are those carriage bolts that hold it down? 1/4" ?   3/16" ?
I bought that worthpoint poster and in the process of chasing down all the signatures I came across these images from another Shelby book. One page had driver signatures and another had crew signatures. It's a great resource for autograph verification. Notice that the drivers even includes Craig Breedlove.
1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Re: 66 override fix
August 20, 2023, 03:57:35 PM
Saw this on ebay. Looks similar to photos I've seen of originals. No luck finding currently available reproductions but maybe someone else will have better luck. Hope anyone who finds a suitable cover will post the source and part numbers.
Just realized I probably should have started with another question. My current thought is to paint my R model tribute project to represent the Mark Donohue car as restored by LMC. My question is "was the Donohue car Guardsman Blue?"  I have asked about the paint code on the LMC web site and got no reply.
Replicas and Tribute / Re: Shelby GT350R Restomod
March 19, 2023, 09:29:37 PM
That color looks darker than "Guardsman Blue" but looks lighter than "Nightmist Blue". It looks amazing but what color is it? Were you trying to duplicate an original color?
1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: deluxe door panels
March 14, 2023, 04:05:14 PM
So does anyone know of a source for better quality repop panels?
Replicas and Tribute / 67 seat belt source
February 28, 2023, 11:51:00 AM
I've looked through previous posts that suggest a source for repro seat belts and keep hitting dead ends. Where can I find a reasonable replacement for 67 Shelby seat belt setup? As usual, I don't need, and can't justify paying for original equipment since this is just a tribute car.
Found a pretty good article on the vintage mustang forum

Found a good video on Youtube
Replicas and Tribute / Gaurdsman Blue paint code
January 23, 2023, 03:43:52 PM
I've seen various comments about the variation in the color that falls into the category of "Guardsman Blue" but I'm wondering if someone has a paint code or an existing factory paint designation that is a good replication of guardsman blue. I'm looking to replicate the appearance of the Mark Donohue version of 5R105.
Quote from: gt350bp on December 07, 2022, 08:27:28 AM
The balancer I used was the Ford Racing M-6316-C351. Make sure you check with your engine builder on the stroker kit balance requirements.


Just found that Cobra Automotive sells a replica Hipo balancer for similar cost to the Ford racing item. Would that make it the front runner for a tribute assuming the motor builder says it's a fit for the build?

Shelby Parts Store also has the item
Quote from: gt350bp on December 05, 2022, 09:17:35 PM
The one picture of the fully degreed balancer was a real deal balancer that I was going to use. The Ford Racing balancer is what I ended up using on my replica, as the fully degreed balancer went on an original car. I painted the Ford Racing balancer black and felt that option was better for my 327 stroker.

You wouldn't have a part number for the look-alike balancer would you?