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Old 04-15-2014, 11:45 PM   #6001  
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1969 Shelby GT Promotional Photo - shows the use of Fiberglass panels on the car


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1967 Terlingua Shelby Mustang Trans Am Racer




This car is a recreation of the one above raced in 1967's SCCA Trans Am Championship




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Old 04-16-2014, 12:28 AM   #6003  
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H.B. “Toby” Halicki and the 1971 Mustang SportsRoof “Eleanor” from GONE IN 60 SECONDS


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Old 04-16-2014, 12:43 AM   #6004  
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Converting 1965 Mustangs into Early GT350s at Shelby's Venice CA Shop







A temporary workshop. Production was moved to a much larger facility at the Los Angles Airport


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Old 04-16-2014, 01:03 AM   #6006  
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1965 Mark IV 396/425hp Promotional Photos







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The engine above was the first to use the moniker; Turbo-Jet. All the small blocks previous to it were called Turbo-Fire.




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Old 04-16-2014, 01:21 AM   #6007  
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Did you know . . .

The total number of L79-powered Chevelles, Chevy IIs and Corvettes from 1965-1968 was 49,034.




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Old 04-16-2014, 01:32 AM   #6008  
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1966 L79 Nova SS




Put a set of 3.73 gears in one with a 4 speed and you could beat pretty much any Muscle Car in 1966 . . . as long as it wasn't from a standing start. There was a HUGE flaw in the rear suspension - monoleaf rear springs - which created massive wheel hop.

The car above weighed approx. 2875 lbs. A 1966 Chevelle SS 396/375hp weighed 3375 lbs. A 500 lb difference was HUGE.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:30 AM   #6009  
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Chevrolet Mark IV 396 Turbo-Jet





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Old 04-16-2014, 03:17 AM   #6010  
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So why did Chevrolet make their new 1965 Mark IV Big Block "only" 396 CI?

From April 1965 Motor Trend Magazine:




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One reasonably substantiated guess for the engine being released at no more than 400 cubes was that Chevy didn't want to rattle the Corvette troops with a grossly huge motor replacing the venerable 327 "Fuelie". If you were around back in the day, you would know that many diehard Corvette owners were upset that the Fuelie would be no more – though it was available all year in 1965
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A little known fact is that the shorter stroke 348 and 409 crankshafts could be installed in the Mark IV with the use of "spacers" in the main journals but without modifying the crankshaft. This was done to make 366 cubes, for engines competing in classes that only allowed 6 liters max.
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I think the above 3 explainations are all good ones. And I would add that because Chevrolet was no longer involved in NASCAR racing (starting Jan. 1963) which is where ALL the high performance engines were aimed at . . . there is a reason why the Hemi was 426 CI, the Ford at 427 CI, the Pontiac at 421 CI and the Chevy Mark II at 427 CI. NASCAR had a 7 litre max limit: 427 CI. . . But in 1965 Chevy wasn't in NASCAR so their major aim was showroom sales and the new developing Muscle Car market which Pontiac started the previous year with the GTO. I believe the Motor Trend explaination is the correct one. The GM Corporate Ban of no engines in mid-sized cars over 400 CI. was the determining factor. Chevy wanted their Chevelle to be a big part of the Muscle Car market . . . not for 1965 (they only made 200 Z16s) . . . but for the years to follow (Chevy sold almost 30,000 Chevelle SS 396s in 1966) . . . and they succeeded. And the Ban would include the Camaro SS (1967) and the Nova SS (1968) both which could take advantage of the 396.

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1970 Chevelle SS 454 Convertible - Stripes Delete




Not sure it's a real LS6 convertible but it is a real stripes delete car.

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1968 Firebird 400




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1968 L79 Nova







With A/C no less. That has to be rare.

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Did you know . . .

The first woman to ever win an NHRA event was "Drag-on Lady" Shirley Shahan in 1965 (Winternationals -Super Stock/A) with her Hemi powered Belvedere. Chrysler gave it to her with an automatic. She asked why? They told her she couldn't handle the 4 speed . . . which was Shirley's first automatic. She had driven nothing but 4 speeds previously.



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Happy 50th Birthday Barracuda!

With all the hoopla over the Mustang's 50th, many forget that the Barracuda also celebrates. It was first introduced on April 1, 1964 - a few weeks before the Mustang intro at the NY Worlds Fair. The Barracuda came standard with 6.50x13 tires . . . that's right - 13" tires, with the largest engine option being the 273/180hp V8.





1964 was the "year of the introductions" as I like to call it. Look at all the cars that were introduced in 1964:

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