'69 GT500

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'69 GT500

Post by cj750 » 13 May 2016, 16:27

I've enjoyed reading about other people's non-Cougar cars and projects, so I thought I'd include mine.
Although I dearly love my Cougars, my first automotive crush was on Shelby Mustangs. Unfortunately, they've always been out of reach.
However, while recuperating from a motorcycle wreck that almost cost me my life, I finally decided that this was an itch I had to scratch. After much searching for the "right" Shelby, I finally found it. Originally sold in Virginia, the original owner parked it (inside, fortunately) in the mid-eighties. He decided to have it restored in 2014. Unfortunately, he died a year later. To make it presentable to sell, the family had the cosmetic aspects of the restoration finished, but a lot of mechanical issues- sloppy steering, wiring problems, various incorrect parts and so forth- were unaddressed. A gentleman in Pennsylvania bought it, but soon discovered that it was going to be more of a project than he wanted, and put it up for sale. We were able to reach an agreement on price that reflected the work the car needed, and since I'm much more comfortable doing mechanical repairs than paint & interior, it was just the sort of thing I was looking for.
I brought it home to Arkansas in January, and have been working on it as time permits. Its not done yet, although I've fixed enough that I now trust it on the road. Anyway, here are a few pics:

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The '69's weren't the fire-breathing track cars the early Shelbys had been, but man are they pretty:
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Optioned just the way I'd have done it in '69. 428, 4-speed, 3.50:1 Traction-Lok and no A/C.
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This is an older pic. Caution Fan decal has since been removed and a few other incorrect details have been addressed.
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1970 Cougar Eliminator 428SCJ, black

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Re: '69 GT500

Post by JB BATTERSHILL » 13 May 2016, 16:39

There's probably a Ford fan out there that wouldn't like to own a Shelby but I'm certianly not one of them and I as well wanted one so bad when I was young....
Stunning car, thanks for sharing, grats to you....ENJOY!

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Re: '69 GT500

Post by 1967 S Code » 13 May 2016, 18:47

Beautiful Shelby! I really like the color combination.
Steven
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


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390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
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Re: '69 GT500

Post by propayne » 13 May 2016, 19:28

Awesome! I've always loved Shelbys too and have been a SAAC member off and on since the early '80s.

They have a terrific forum (you probably already know that) -

http://saacforum.com/index.php

Where in VA was your Shelby originally sold from?

- Phillip

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Re: '69 GT500

Post by jcbingcougar » 13 May 2016, 19:56

That's a gorgeous car!
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Re: '69 GT500

Post by Al Bundy » 13 May 2016, 20:15

Sweet ride.
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Re: '69 GT500

Post by cj750 » 13 May 2016, 21:04

Phillip: Koons Ford in Falls Church.

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

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Re: '69 GT500

Post by SuperCJcat » 14 May 2016, 05:32

Very sweet and congratulations on your purchase. Your story is very similar to mine. My dad bought a mustang new in 68, sold it in 72. Bought another 68 fastback in 77. While looking for mustang parts, came home with our first Cougar, 68 big block car. My brother and I both drove that Cougar as our first car. Then many Cougars were bought and parted out to restore the 68, and the the two Eliminators were also bought. I always loved 67 Shelbys and one day I decided that I needed one. I worked hard and saved, and in 97 bought my Shelby. I enjoy my GT350 and it puts a big smile on my face every time I take it out and hope you enjoy yours just as much!
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Re: '69 GT500

Post by Zogman » 14 May 2016, 09:43

Great looking car. Congrats!!!
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Re: '69 GT500

Post by relentless » 14 May 2016, 10:59

Thanks for sharing, that is a beautiful car. I didn't know we could show our other car passions on the Classic Cougar site. Is this frowned upon? If not I have something to share.

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