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Old 12-30-2005, 08:37 AM
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69 Shelby Lacquer AND Enamel?

From the "restomod" thread it looks like there are some Mustang/Shelby guys on here, maybe you could clarify something for me.

I have done a number of Mustangs and Shelbys but never have gotten "into" them. Back about 1985 or so I did a complete paint on a super nice original 69 Shelby GT500 Convertible (four speed with a "drag pack") that was Grabber Green. I get sick to my stomach just thinking about repainting this car because it was such a nice original car with only dings here and there but I was paid to do it, so I did it.

Anyway, when stripping off the sticker stripes down the side I was using 3m stripe remover (which was state of the art back then, junk today) and it attacked the paint on the fender. The door was fine, but the fenders paint was eaten by the remover. After further investigation it appeared that all the glass parts, hood, fenders, deck lid, end caps, scoops, all the parts installed by Shelby were lacquer while all the rest that was built by Ford was enamel.

Am I dreaming about this or did they really do that? The color a I remember was right on the money between the two.

By the way, this car was really not very fast, the guys 69 390 Cougar Eliminator was much faster (He had one with each motor available Boss302, 390, 351C, and 428)


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Old 12-30-2005, 09:07 AM
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Back in the day

Back in the day if my ole brain cells have not failed me..Ford used a baked enamel finish on their cars..All we had out here in the woods was the old laquer systems and yes one can get a good color and appearance match to the Ford finish using laquer..

So yup you are not dreaming..just having a nitemare

Shelby being a small shop that it was back then did do exactly that I would presume since they did not have that bake oven and fiberglass was in its infancy back then....

Honestly I would say this is one of those "watch out" deals when restoring older Fords as the shops did use laquer systems to make repairs..what we did was to repaint a whole fender or door or what ever to match the rest of the car..that is what I remember from those days..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Old 12-31-2005, 05:13 AM
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I don't know what kind of paint was used but as far as I know the last Mustang built by Shelby was 1967. Ford took over with the 1968. That's one of the reasons why the 1967 is worth so much because it is the last true Shelby.
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