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ClassicsBodywork Transforms 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby G.T. 500 From Shabby to Perfect

20:41  21 december  2018
20:41  21 december  2018 Source:   hotrod.com

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Thousands of hours went into perfecting the bodywork and paint on this 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby G . T . 500 . Shelby also wanted to further differentiate the G . T . 350 from the Mustang , not only to appeal to the changing Shelby buyer but also to justify the premium it charged over the standard

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The Mustang's 1967 redesign presented an opportunity to Shelby American. Customers for the Mustang-based G.T. 350 were evolving, less interested in SCCA racing and more likely to use their Shelbys as grand touring cars. The 1966 G.T. 350 was more refined than the first-year car, and the 1967 model would continue that evolution.

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Shelby also wanted to further differentiate the G.T. 350 from the Mustang, not only to appeal to the changing Shelby buyer but also to justify the premium it charged over the standard Mustang's sticker price.

Fresh styling was a big part of that Shelby differentiation for 1967, in the form of several fiberglass body pieces that would be grafted onto the Mustang's steel body: an extended nose, hood, air scoops in the quarter- and sail-panels, and a totally new rear fascia that incorporated a decklid spoiler and Cougar sequential taillights.

The new car looked fantastic, but when production began there were immediate problems with how those new parts fit. Unbeknownst to Shelby's design and prototyping team, the handmade steel body buck Ford had sent to Shelby's Los Angeles compound to mock up the new parts wasn't true. It had become twisted while it was being used to test other components in Michigan. So although the prototype parts fit the tweaked body, they would not fit an assembly-line body. This was discovered too late in the production cycle to remedy the parts' design, forcing Shelby assemblers to modify every part and hand-fit them to the cars. At the time, this issue was a major factor in the decision to move Shelby production from Los Angeles to Michigan for 1968. Today, 1967 Shelby G.T. 350s and 500s are notorious for their poor panel fit and inconsistent gaps.

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This is it, the one you’ve been waiting for: a 1967 GT 500 recreation done beautifully. Under the hood is the 428ci Cobra Jet V8 coupled to a Toploader 4-speed manual and Floorboards Look Great - Painted Frame Newer Wheels: 15” Shelby GT 500 Newer Tires: Goodyear Eagle S/ T 235/60R15.

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All this is preamble to what you see here: a 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 with absolutely perfect fit and gaps, courtesy of Jeff Lilly Restorations in San Antonio, Texas. According to Lilly, the car has little known history, other than the fact that "it was painted the wrong color and owned by several people who performed subpar work over the years." Lilly and his crew have changed its destiny; the Shelby, now nicknamed Icon, will be housed in a private collection, driven little, "and used as a trophy queen," Lilly says.

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Several members of Lilly's team performed the tasks required to bring it to this level. Jack Petlewski performed the disassembly and organized the projects parts. He researched what original parts were missing, including the rare Shelby parts, and hunted them down from many sources.He was also responsible for rebuilding the car's Police Interceptor 428 big-block and its other mechanical components.

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Cliff Shirley cleaned and prepped every piece of hand-laid fiberglass to the bare bone including prepping pits, cracks, and broken sections. "We restored all the original 1967 hand-laid fiberglass, using no reproductions, even though it was busted up pretty good," Lilly says. "We made it all happenso that we could say this car retains all of its original 'glass."

Bob Ives performed the majority of the fiberglass repairs by slicing and reforming them to match to the body. He also gapped the entire car's steel body components, a job that included rust repairs and overall metalwork. He painted the car, and it's his hands we see in the how-to photos.

Nat Ramirez hand-blocked the body to its laser-straight level. He also color-sanded and polished the paint and then detailed it.

Eric Orishak fully assembled the final car. He tweaked many items to fit right, such as the rear fold-down seat.

In addition to overseeing the entire project, Lilly shot the finished photographs at the in-house studio within his restoration facility.

The how-to steps here show just a fraction of the work done to the car. Lilly says some several thousand hours went into its bodywork and paint alone, so many hours that even he's not sure of the exact amount.

Not all the work pertained to the fiberglass pieces, either. "We're going to show some of the techniques to fix fitment issues that plague these cars and every other muscle car of the 1960s and 1970s," Lilly says.

For a more complete view of all the work that went into this Shelby, log on to Lilly's website and look for this "Icon" in the Muscle Car section.

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