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Rolling Down the Road in a 1969 Shelby G.T. 500
Ron and Trudy Dickerson graciously loaned us their ’69 Shelby G.T. 500 for the last leg of the 2017 Hot Rod Power Tour
Mustang Monthly readers no doubt know the name Dave Stribling as the author of our monthly Back to the Basics tech column. Obviously, Dave is a Mustang nut, and runs his own shop in Indiana. When he heard that we were going on the Hot Rod Power Tour, he grabbed the keys to a car that he had worked on and met us at our hotel in Indianapolis for the last day’s drive down to Bowling Green, KY.
Ron’s G.T. 500 is mostly stock but with a bored and stroked 428 CJ that makes just north of 500 horsepower, and Dave installed a pair of TMI seats to make the ride a little more comfortable, which was nice. The most shocking thing for any big-block Mustang owner to hear, however, is that even in almost 100-degree heat and an hour-long traffic jam trying to cross a bridge over the Ohio River, Dave never shut the car off and the temperature gauge never moved off the half-way mark. He attributes the cooling success to a big radiator and huge electric fan. Whatever, it works! And the car hauls the mail too!
Thanks for the lift guys, it was an awesome way to finish out the Power Tour.