Eric English
August 17, 2007

What's It All Co$t?
Your intended use will dictate which R-model parts to choose for an early fastback, but the following would be critical if trying to come up with a near duplicate of the real thing. Trimming a bit here and there could still leave you with an impressive effort such as Howard's, whose dash and steering wheel look great, but aren't the original style or cost that we've listed below. The following prices and products were drawn from specialty vendors like Tony Branda and Delta Bay Mustang.

Exterior
Shelby fiberglass hood - $450
R-model front apron - $180
Side louver block-offs - $80
R-model rear window - $400
R-model aluminum frame side windows - $500
Mirrors - $80
American Racing Torque Thrusts - $760

Interior
Bucket seats - $500
Rollbar - $300
Rear package shelf - $260
Aluminum door panels - $75
Six-gauge dash panel w/reproduction CS gauges - $980
Steering wheel - $565

The Details
'65 Shelby R-model replica
Owner: Ian Howard, Bothell, WA

Engine
Mexican 302 block 3.25-inch Trick Flow forged steel crank Crower Sportsman steel rods
Ross 12:1 forged pistons World Products Windsor Sr. cylinder heads (iron)
Crane 1.6 roller rockers Crane solid lifter cam, 0.553/0.572-inch lift, 244/252 degrees duration at 0.050
Cobra reproduction dual-plane intake, ported March underdrive pulleys Ford Racing Performance Parts electronic ignition Gemini Racing 10-qt oil pan

Fuel System
Holley "blue" electric pump 31/48-inch fuel lines BG Speed Demon 750-cfm carburetor with mechanical secondaries

Exhaust
Hooker Super Competition header Edelbrock RPM series mufflers 3-in side exhausts

Transmission
Close-ratio Top Loader four-speed Centerforce clutch McLeod aluminum flywheel Hurst shifter Rearend
9-inch Traction-Lok 3.89 gears

Suspension
Front: 750-lb coil springs, Koni shocks, polyurethane bushings, adjustable 1-1/8-inch swaybar, reinforced shock towers, export brace, Monte Carlo bar
Rear: 250-lb five-leaf springs, Koni shocks, polyurethane bushings, adjustable shackles, Panhard bar, override traction bars
Custom subframe connectors

Brakes
Front: Kelsey Hayes four-piston discs, Porterfield pads
Rear: 2-1/2-inch drums

Wheels
Front: American Racing
Torque Thrust D, 15x7
Rear: American Racing
Torque Thrust D, 15x7

Tires
Front: Hoosier Street TD, P225/60R15
Rear: Hoosier Street TD, P225/60R15

Interior
R-model seats
R-model rollbar
Rear package shelf
Aluminum door panels
Auto Meter Sport Comp gauges
Radio and heater deletes

Exterior
Fiberglass Shelby hood
Fiberglass front fenders
R-model front apron
R-model rear window
R-model aluminum frame windows
Side louver block-offs
Wimbledon White acrylic enamel with Guardsman Blue stripes

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