Originally Posted by My 39 Buick
I have spent a couple days searching the forums for imformation and can not find the answer im looking for. I have a 67 Mustang Convertable that i would like to change into a Shelby Clone. My question is who makes the best closest fitting parts to accomplish my transformation? I have seen parts everywhere on the internet with a wide range of prices. Would i be better off with parts that have the mounting hardware installed or would i be better off to fit the parts and install the hardware after rough fitting? Im not a pro by any means but im a pretty fair novice, dont want to build something that will not look right. Any opinions will be most appreciated.
I haven't ever done a Shelby clone but, I am now and have in the past required to clone several other vehicles for customers. You are right, every after market clone parts supplier claim to have the ideal part for your project. In the past I have contacted suppliers to see if any of these parts are "manufacturer approved" and had respectable results (Carroll Shelby signed many clones through the years) . In today's world you are more fortunate than I was 15 -10 and even 5 years ago. Try "Googling" something like SHELBY APPROVED PARTS or CARROLL SHELBY APPROVED PARTS and see and take it from there. Carroll Shelby is not a bad reference, still, call the supplier and ask for more references, if they don't have any or refuse to give you references consider it "strike one". Your spending hard earned cash and it is your right to ask questions and get well informed before you lay out the money, don't be shy, Jesus doesn't reward a coward.
I'm working on a major project at the moment, I haven't put out a dollar yet but I have spent over 100 hours researching parts and suppliers. I'm also a firm believer in not generally buying the cheapest... I'd sooner pay the extra and get ease of installation and better fit and finish.
The fellow who posted before me is correct, when these cars where first built fit and finish left a lot to be desired. This may be one case where the after market, years later has come up with better clone parts than the original in 1967.
Good luck and good hunting.