1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Project Car

I was looking back over some of our past project cars and though you might like to see one of our earlier projects that now resides in Japan.

We started with a very sound California car with no rust. Unfortunately, we found out later there was some front end frame damage.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The car went to the body shop and the demolition has started.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

If you look closely at the driver’s side headlight area you can see the first hints of the prior front end damage.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The idea was to make a Shelby GT 350 clone that was very accurate from the outside but powered by a more powerful 351.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The repairs begin.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

Sand and prime , sand and prime.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

More of the same.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The car was not blasted, it was all a DA.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The body was getting very smooth at this point.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The first shot of primer is on.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

More primer and more sanding.


1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

Some new (used) front end panels were required.


1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The car did require a trip to the frame shop to get the prior damage made correct. It was impossible to line up the sheet metal correctly until the frame rails were where they were suppose to be.1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The first layer of color goes on.1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

This is when you start to feel good about a project!

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The correct Wimbledon white stripes were applied exactly to Shelby specifications.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

It is almost ready but still needs some detail work.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

This is what the interior looked like prior to the restoration. It was a combination of red and black.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

With the seat covers removed, the old red interior was unfortunately visible.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

When completed the interior was all black and new. Note the 65 style dash pod in the center of the dash and the racing seat belts.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

Almost ready to hang the new bumper and do the final detail.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The completed project was beautiful and a lot of fun to drive.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

Sitting to the side of a winding mountain road in Southern California was its favorite place to visit.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

The license plate says it all, “IBATOY 2”. It shared a garage space with a red Corvette with the license plate “IBA TOY”.

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone

I miss this car but our current 1967 Mustang Project Car fills the previously empty space in the garage.

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  1. Jawz says:

    Done Right !

  2. Petey says:

    Nice paint…is it enamel?

  3. leonardo (from Brazil) says:

    It’s very good!!!

    But i don’t like this front bumper, I prefer a originality!!!

  4. Diana says:

    What color red did you use for this car?

  5. Richard says:

    Not sure what the name is but it is the factory 1966 Ford/Shelby red.

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