August 1, 2001

How To Get That Look And Feel
It's easy to understand the attraction for the Shelby machines, no matter what vintage it may be. This is something you have to have...but if you can't have the real thing, you want the next best thing.

There are many opportunities to find a happy middle ground. Manufacturers understand the lure of the Shelby, and have made it easier for you to customize your very own car to trace the path of the timeless trendsetter.

If you're looking for a way to make yours a bit more of a tribute to a great car, here's a place to start.

Get The Look
Stencils & Stripes Unlimited offers a complete line of stripes and decal kits for the '65-'70 Shelby Mustang GT. All kits are reproduced from factory-original decals and specifications. Decal kits are available for GT500KR, Shelby GT350, and Shelby GT500. Call or write for details. Catalogs are available for $4.

For more information, contact Stencils & Stripes Unlimited, Dept. MF, 1108 S. Crescent, Park Ridge, IL 60068; (847) 692-6893; www.stencilsandstripes.com.

Straight Steering
The most recent addition to the ever-expanding Flaming River Industries line of steering components for Mustang enthusiasts are two steering boxes to cover the classic '65-'66 and '69-'70 Mustang market. These boxes are "all-new" manufactured units and provide better-than-new feel and steering response. These boxes are direct, bolt-in replacements for the originals, with all-new castings, sector gearshaft and internal components. These boxes feature some updating, such as needle bearings for more positive steering inputs and feedback. These classic Mustang steering boxes have been out of production for over 20 years, and no new internal components have been produced since that time. Any boxes for these classic Mustangs have only been rebuilts, and the quality of even the best rebuilt is still no better than that of a 30-year-old unit. The FR1497 box is a direct replacement for the '65-'66 model year with a 1-inch sector shaft and a 45-inch-long steering shaft. The FR1498 box is for '67-'70 models with a 1 1/8-inch sector shaft and a short steering shaft. Both boxes are 16:1 ratio and carry a one-year factory warranty. Additionally, there is a short-steering-shaft version of the 1-inch shaft box for street rod and other custom applications.

For more information, contact Flaming River Industries, Dept. MF, 800 Poertner Dr., Berea, OH 44017; (800) 648-8022; www.flaming-river.com.

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C-Clip For You
Moser Engineering offers a wide range of products made for both strip and street applications. Moser Engineering's stock replacement axles are available with C-clip buttons like the factory axles, or with C-clip eliminators for those needing a proven safe setup. These stock replacement axles are available in 28- and 31-spline, and are 25 percent stronger than stock 7.5 and 8.8 axles. Moser Engineering also makes its custom alloy axles for the Mustang. These axles are available only with C-clip eliminators and are 40 percent stronger than factory. Custom alloy axles for 8.8 rears are available in 31- and 33-spline, and the 33-spline axles carry a 10-year limited warranty. Both types of axles are available in any length and have either a four-lug or five-lug bolt pattern.

For more information, contact Moser Engineering, Dept. MF, 102 Performance Dr., Portland, IN 47371; (219) 726-6689; www.moserengineering.com.

Restore Your Door
Count on the professionals when you need work done on original or used door panels. Gene Painter door panels will restore your original '69 and '70 Shelby door panels in all factory colors. You'll be pleased with the outcome. Gene Painter also offers a huge inventory of door-panel hardware and other interior parts.

For more information, contact Gene Painter Door Panels, Dept. MF, 132 Kingswood Cir., Simpsonville, SC 29681; (864) 297-0342; fax (864) 297-1791.

Cobra R With Bite
Dedication to perfection and lots of mileage, the Cobra R from O.E. Concepts is priced just right. O.E. Concepts understands that in order to get the best-looking Mustang you must work hard, but play even harder. Visit the Web at www.oeconcepts.com or call toll-free (877) 525-5697.

The Correct Tire
Expert restorers and car show judges agree that the Firestone Wide Oval is the "correct" original equipment tire for your '60s and '70s musclecar. These authentic 2+2 polyglass tires are available in the famous Sup-R-Belt tread design. Original sidewall options used on the late '60s and early '70s muscle Fords included raised white letters, red lines, and white pinstripes, and they're all available from Coker Tire. Coker Tire currently offers several sizes of original Firestone Wide Oval tubeless tires ranging from D70-14 to F60-15. Call the number below or e-mail at info@coker.com for a free color catalog. For more information, contact Coker Tire, Dept. MF, 1317 Chestnut St., Chattanooga, TN 37402; (800) 251-6336; www.cokertire.com.

Read All About It
Mustangs Unlimited offers a '65 Shelby press kit, a perfect addition to the collection of the Shelby lover. This kit is an exact duplicate, which contains 30 pages of press releases, specification sheets, data, and Shelby organization information. It also includes 16 glossy 8x10 photos. The kit sells for $54.95 and is a must for every Shelby enthusiast; '66 kits are also available.

For more information, contact Mustangs Unlimited at (800) 243-7278 or see them online at www.mustangsunlimited.com.

Super Kits
Performance Suspension Technology now offers the Polygraphite Super Kit. Unlike many frontend kits, PST Super Kits have all the components necessary to properly rebuild your front suspension-inner shafts, upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods, idler-arm and control-arm bumpers (when equipped). These Super Kits also include Polygraphite(r), a new, superior, graphite-impregnated bushing material that doesn't "give" like OEM-type bushings. The Polygraphite(r) bushings included are upper and lower control-arm bushings, strut-rod bushings (where required), sway-bar bushings (with brackets), and stabilizer links with bushings.

For more information, contact Performance Suspension Technology, Dept. MF, P.O. Box 396, Montville, NJ 07045; (800) 247-2288; www.p-s-t.com.

The Wheel Deal
The long-anticipated '66 Shelby and '65-'66 Mustang Deluxe Woodgrain Wheel is now available from National Parts Depot. It has beautifully detailed plastic woodgrain and finely crafted spokes, with proper chrome and brushed appointments. With a retail price of $299.95, this wheel is a must-have. Order from your nearby National Parts Depot location. Florida (800) 874-7595; Michigan (800) 521-6104; California (800) 235-3445; North Carolina (800) 368-6451.

That Classic Look
American Racing's original Torq-Thrust "D" wheel has the classic look for your vintage car. This popular one-piece alloy wheel has conical seat lug holes and a painted magnesium gray center for the authentic look. The Torq-Thrust D also comes complete with a classic five-ear screw-on cap with the genuine American racing logo. The Torq-Thrust D is available in RWD sizes 14x6, 15x4.5, 15x6, 15x7, and 15x8.5.

All American Racing wheels are backed by a lifetime structural warranty. For more information on American Racing's complete line of over 80 wheel styles, contact American Racing Custom Wheels, Dept. MF, 19067 S. Reyes Ave., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221; (888) AR-WHEEL; www.americanracing.com.

Original Wires
These spark-plug-wire sets are exact duplicates of the originals. They feature the correct wire, boots, and markings. Sets are available for all Shelby engines, including the '65 to early '66 289 Hi-Po steel core wires, 428 Police Interceptor, 428 CJ, and more.

To obtain your wire set, contact Virginia Classic Mustang, Dept. MF, P.O. Box 487, Broadway, VA 22815; (540) 896-2695; www.VaMustang.com.

Turn Your Shelby
Mustangs Unlimited has a special wheel for Shelby lovers. These wheels were originally used on '65 Shelby machines, but will fit any '65-'67 Mustang. Reproduced for Mustangs Unlimited by the original supplier in England, they are the most accurate reproductions on the market today. The kit includes steering wheel, aluminum hub, screws, and center emblem. It features a mahogany hand grip with nine rivets, and retails for $469.95.

For more information, contact Mustangs Unlimited at (800) 243-7278 or see them online at www.mustangsunlimited.com.

A Better Master
If you're still running one of the old-style "suicide" master cylinders on your '64-'66 Mustang, Cobra Automotive has announced an aluminum dual-reservoir master cylinder "direct bolt-on" conversion for all early Mustangs. It comes in a choice of two bore sizes, including a big 1 1/8-inch bore for vintage racing. The aluminum unit is also a bolt-on replacement for '67-and-up Mustangs, which were factory-equipped with cast-iron dual reservoir units.

For a complete Mustang braking, handling, and performance catalog, send $5 to Cobra Automotive, Dept. MF, 37 Warehouse Point Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492; (203) 284-3863; www.cobraautomotive.com.

Metal Mask
Metal Mask is a new, super-tough bare-metal-colored chassis coating from RestoMotive Laboratories, makers of world-famous POR-15. You can permanently coat and protect all of those components on your chassis left unpainted at the factory when your vehicle was brand new. Use it on items such as steering boxes, leaf springs, master cylinders, coil springs, and more to keep them looking like brand new, unpainted cast iron or steel. Unlike spray cans of ordinary enamel paint, Metal Mask will not chip, crack, flake, or peel.

For more information, contact RestoMotive Laboratories, Dept. MF, P.O. Box 1235, Morristown, NJ 07962-1235; (800) 457-6715; www.por15.com.

Center Of Attention
These new Vintage 50 10-spoke wheels are available in the 16x8 size. Manufactured by Vintage Wheels, these beauties are distributed by Trans Am Racing. To add to the elegance, Trans Am Racing has billet-aluminum center caps. These caps come plain with engraved Cobra or Striking Snake.

For more information about these products and others available, contact Trans Am Racing at (310) 323-5417. E-mailtaracing@earthlink.net or visit the Web at www.transamracing.net.

Take A Hard Line
Classic Tube has everything you need to replace the hard lines on your '64 to '99 Mustang or Shelby. Stainless steel or steel replacement brake, fuel, vacuum, transmission, choke, and distributor lines are always in stock for immediate delivery via UPS. Classic Tube is your one-stop shop for stock replacement or custom Mustang tubing from 1/8- to 5/8-inch OD. All Classic Tube lines are computer-bent for 100 percent accuracy and are available with stainless steel or correct color-coded end fittings. To protect your tubes, gravel guard or spring wrap is installed where necessary, and all tubing is available with metric or standard-size fittings. Custom tubing can be manufactured to your specifications from your pattern.

For complete information on all of the company's tubing products, contact Classic Tube, Dept. MF, 80 Rotech Dr., Lancaster, NY 10486; (800) 882-3711; in New York, call (716) 759-1800; www.classictube.com.