1969 Shelby GT 500 – Brian Shear

How often do you get to hear the story of a car, purchased as a kid and still owned, decades later. Well, Brian has just that story.

Purchased from his neighbor as a teenager, it is still his and is going through a restoration.

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What type of vehicle is this?

1969 Shelby GT 500 vin # 480477 sports roof ( fastback)

Black jade in color w/ white stripe. One of 1553 made.

They weren’t done in any sequenced numbers but you could say it’s the 477th made. 3150 total were made in 1969, of which 1868 were GT 500’s (333 convertables)

Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?

I’m the 3rd owner. The 1st was J. R. Slavic whom I’ve talked to on Facebook, and the 2nd was Ronald Comer.

When was it purchased?

I purchased it in 1971 late in the year. Drove it to school just after the Christmas break. It had approx 32,000 miles on it.

How much was it purchased for?

I paid $3,250 for it . that was all the money I had , I think my parents kicked it a few to make the sale.

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

Not really a father son project but I do have a son who is very involved with cars.

Why this particular vehicle?

The 2nd owner was a neighbor and seeing it drive by the house was all I needed to want it.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I grew up the son of a gas station owner/mechanic. Loved cars since I started to drive and before. I Would spend weekends at my dad’s shop cleaning car parts for his workers.

Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)

The car has 85,000 Michigan miles on it.

We use salt on our roads so you can guess what condition it is in.

When I was 50 I decided to do a ground up restoration on it. The uni body has taken quite a hit from the salt.

The right side forward inner fender extension is bad along with the core support. Rear quarters have damage and the doors bottom edges, as well.

Typical stuff that happens to car in Michigan.

What have you done to it so far?

Having the car for so long a lot was done to it; being in the auto business I had access to Ford parts supply at a 20% off discount rate( dealer pricing).

Rebuilt the motor years ago and again, just recently.

I added factory air-conditioning, power driver’s seat, intermittent windshield wipers, power antenna, aluminum intake , carburetor upgrade from 735 cc to 780 cc, cruise control , extra lighting ( ashtray) , oil cooler.

The inner fender extension has been removed along with the core support and torque box.

Stripped to bare metal and sand blasted (doors forward), Motor and trans removed and rebuilt .

The trans is a C-6 auto with internal upgrades to it.

Motor has been balanced and blueprinted dyno at 477 hp.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

Car has been sitting for years with above work mentioned to it. Sand blasted with a light coat of rust on the bare metal. Striped from the doors forward.

Any special parts you have used?

I was fortunate to have a friend whose father owned a junk yard, so on the weekends I would go and strip cars for parts to use and save for future use, paying very little if at all for them.

The story; I grew up the son of a gas station owner. I had extensive access to any thing cars. Our neighbor had this car and would drive by with it . I fell in love with it. One day I was driving by their house and he was washing it . I pulled in the drive to talk and he said it was for sale. selling it because his daughter wouldn’t drive it. It scared her to drive it. Would rather drive the corvette, that didn’t scare her to drive. I told him I would buy it on the spot , he replied that someone was coming that day to look at I , but if it fell through I could have it. Needless to say, I bought it the next day. My dad required that his main mechanic look at it. The neighbor drove it to the garage to be checked out but I got to drive it home. When I pulled out into the street and got up to 30 mph he said that he knows that I has itching to floor it. Go ahead he said and I did. At that speed it was in the best  power curve and the trans kicked down into 1st gear. Going sideways to the right and shifting into 2nd going sideways the other way. I screamed holy shit and was shaking the rest of the way home.

There was a time I was leaving collage parking lot , got on it and when it shifted into 2nd gear the studs that are welded on the torque converter sheared off , needed a tow to the shop that day, then the time the rear leaf spring snapped or the time the seat back broke , and the universal joint going . just a few things, I drive hard.

One day my mom drove it and got a speeding ticket, and when my dad went shopping and slid sideways across the street when pulling out. A trip from my house or home from Ann arbor takes 50 min. One night I did it in 25. We were going 120 – 130 mph home.

The car hasn’t run in years I just drag it from home to home as I go. Currently it’s in the 2nd garage I built for it. Hoping to finish the restoration I’ve started. I WILL finish it.

I have every receipt for anything I purchased for it going back to day 1. Having Ford access I have purchased all Shelby related parts to do a factory correct NOS Restoration on it ,stuff purchased more than 30 years ago.

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2017 – A Year in Review

Well, another year has gone by and we have had some milestones happen. This has been a good year for us, so, in an effort to recap what has been happening, let’s look back at last years review. (Make sure to scroll down and check out all of the articles. Also, write a comment on your favorite article, or articles.)

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As for this year, well, let’s just say it started a little slow. January through April, we had a total of 1,019 views to our site. Four months and we barely had any viewership, which made me wonder if this was at all worth it.

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Hot Rod Fuel Hose – The Company

Recently, I found out that there is this small start up company that was making a product based on real needs of the Hot Rod community. (Actually, I won a free Sticker and that led me to their story.)

These guys had found a need, based on their own issues in building a project and decided that it would be a great idea to make a product that was superior. Below, you can read their story and see why they did it, for yourself.

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This is their story, who they are and why they feel they will succeed.

So, Justin Gorzitza, tell me a bit about yourself, why you started this.


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High school was when I first inherited my dad’s 1980 Chevy C10, boy did I ever have big plans for this thing. At 15 when I started working on this puppy I wanted it to have the best of everything and spent way too much money to try and make that happen. I also had no clue what the hell I was doing and a lack of confidence in how to make it happen. I took a lot of stuff apart including the engine, transmission, and the rest of the drive train. Spent too much money at the speed shop and then didn’t know how to get the thing back together again.

It Sat and Sat and Sat, I got married, had a Son, and It followed me as I moved multiple times but never really got the time or the desire to get back onto this project until 2015 when I finally got serious again. My desires changed at this time and I thought it would be really impressive to rebuild this back to a stock look and still be a reliable driver. You can check out my build thread on 67-72chevytrucks.com The idea was to impress my dad with this truck that looks just like when he bought it.

1980 C10 by Hot Rod fuel hose

So, what made you get into fuel hoses and lines? Why would that even be an issue?

I had been reading lot’s on fuel injection over the years and considered installing a Mega Squirt at one time and converting some type of other injection system to my 383 stroker that I had built, but was always turned off by how much work would have needed to go into learning how the mega squirt and fuel injection system worked.

The year I started back seriously on finishing this project a company called FiTech released an affordable fuel injection system and it had great reviews and was gaining a following of automotive enthusiasts. So I gave it a shot and ordered one up.

I went down to the local speed shop and was seeking out ways to install my fuel system –


A sample of their fuel line and connections

Well, they want almost as much cash for the rubber stainless steel braided line as I paid for my EFI FiTech system. That’s not right! I thought I could do better than that, my gut told me so.

I reached out to a ton of manufacturers and ordered samples, tested the product, and negotiated like crazy.

Once I had a product I believed in, at a price I felt is better suited to people like me, we ordered some. A LOT of hose and A LOT of fittings – probably too much but we believed so strongly that there is an opportunity for a High Quality PTFE braided hose in the market with awesome looking AN fittings that we committed to taking the idea forward.

A side note, so everyone is up on the terms and what the products are.

What is PTFE hose and what is it used for?

PTFE is a specific chemical composition commonly referred to as Teflon. We chose to only offer PTFE lined AN braided hoses due to better chemical resistance with common automotive fluids and specifically the higher ethanol content gasoline that is offered today.

It is most commonly used for fuel lines and transmission cooler lines. Many guys use it for LS swaps, EFI installations, and good old reliable carbs. Typically fitting adapters are needed to convert to an AN style fitting.

What are the fittings made from?

Our PTFE hose end fittings are made from 6061 Aluminum alloy and anodized to give it a sharp look. We also engrave our logo to really make them pop.


A close up look at a fitting with their logo.

Ok, so, you have your fittings, you have your hoses, what’s next?

Well, we are still a new business selling PTFE hose for Hot Rods so we want to do a great job at getting our name out. Sales so far have been very strong and in fact above expectations. We have had to order new product already thanks to support from our Awesome customers and we look forward to becoming a premier supplier of Hot Rod fuel hose and AN Fittings and continuing to search out new opportunities for finding quality products at great prices so we can all continue to enjoy this hobby we have (and that our wives definitely don’t like) and I hope you will all support us and let your friends and hot rodding buddies know we exist as that has definitely been the biggest challenge in this venture so far.

This is a new company with some great reviews already. (Check out their reviews!)

Want to contact them? Check it out!

Email us at info@hotrodfuelhose.com

Contact us on FACEBOOK

Call US (866) 797-0384.

Let them know you saw them here. We don’t get anything from it, but, it would help them to know that they are out there.

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2017 Apple Scrapple Festival Car Show – Bridgeville, DE

On Saturday, October 14th, my family and I decided to attend the 2017 Apple Scrapple Festival Car Show in Bridgeville Delaware.

This year marked the 26th annual festival in this little town. We have been going on and off for the last 17 years we have been married, but, my wife has been going longer that that, as she has lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland longer that I have.

Now, as you can guess, this festival is centered around apples and scrapple. (For those of you who may not know what scrapple is, it is scraps of pork, seasoned and cooked and put in a mold.)

The festival is a Friday evening and Saturday event that includes vendors of every kind and plenty of food vendors, with an emphasis on apple foods and scrapple sandwiches. (Again, if you really want to know what scrapple is and my explanation just isn’t enough, ask google.)

Now, this event also hosts a decent sized car show, which is what I will be sharing with you in this article.

You can see the videos, basically, 3 videos that I edited from one large video. This is just a quick walk-through of the show, to give you and idea of the size. I am also adding all of the photos, so you can see some of the best ones there. (All of the cars/trucks were very good, but, I only had so much time.)

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

Video Part 3

Here are the pictures for you to go through.

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Denton, MD Cruise-In – June 2017

20170609_200344On June 9, 2017, Denton, MD hosted there June Cruise-in. This event happens from 6 to 9 pm and is located in downtown Denton. There is food and music available, not to mention, there is a town of shops you can browse in between looking at the cars.

(Photos of this cruise are at the bottom)

(You can view the video of the Ocean City Cruise here.)

Cruise-in plaqueI took my oldest son, Aaron and my youngest son, Benjamin with me. They were tasked with taking some pictures while I spoke with some of the owners. We got great new contacts and had some great conversations. I have new business cards I have been handing out, thanks to Aaron, who helped me make them.20170609_195010

We got there a little before 7 and walked the length of the street before I started taking pictures. I didn’t count how many were there, but, it took over an hour to get photos of all of them and to have se20170609_194550veral great conversations. These guys were here for some socialization and to just enjoy the evening showing others their car and seeing the other cars..20170609_194708

Most cars and trucks there were pre 1970, however, there was definitely a presence for later models and they all seemed to show well. It was a small crowd of people and I did see some cars leaving before and during my time there, but, for the first cruise of the year, (The May one was canceled due to rain.) I thought it was pretty good.


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Ocean City Cruise week – 2017

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Ok, so, we tried something a little different. We got some new equipment and decided to do a video blog about our trip to Cruise week.20170518_183700

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We decided to go down, on Thursday, May 18, 2017. We went down for the afternoon, thinking, (My first mistake), that we could use the daylight to park and talk with owners, then hit the vendors in the evening.

20170518_195250Unfortunately, in OC, trying to do a video interview is almost impossible, but, we did get 4 of them from the Ocean City Cruisers, prior to actually getting to the show.

We tried to make it like a trip, so, you could see what we saw, but, you have to remember, we are not paid professionals, we do this because we enjoy it, so, no critiquing my skills. lol.20170518_200253





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OMAHM – Interview – Part 2

Alright, we’re back, part 2 of the interview with mart about his full Mustang restoration.

The last post gave you some insight into why he chose this car, who bought it for him, (Again, his wife ROCKS! Click here to see the article about it, again!), and what he has had to do to complete this build.

Here, we are going to finish the interview and here a couple of stories regarding the Mustangs encounter with other humans.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

After four and a half years of hard, sometimes tedious, frustrating work she was completed. That’s every weekend I was working on the car, except for a few weeks of holidays. I also worked during the weekend and evenings during the summer while the light lasted.

Mart drove it as a completed restoration on February 21, 2016

Were there any special parts you have used?

(I have added several reviews Mart has written on his website for you to check out. Maybe this will allow you to see how good/bad or easy/hard a part is to work with. He has more than what is listed here.)

I tried to make the car stock as possible although I used some upgrades. American Autowire wiring loom, LED lighting,  front disc brakes, dual reservoir master brake cylinder, modern day replacement 2 speed wiper motor, upgraded sway bar, Monte Carlo cross brace, heavy duty export brace, 1 wire alternator, updated Holley 600cfm carburetor, Autolite replica grp 24 battery, steering wheel, custom door cards, custom fit exhaust, polished stainless steel fuel tank, lots of chrome and polished bits in the engine bay, Magnum 500 polished chrome 15″ wheels, raised white letter tires, original radio updated internally to take a smart phone or iPod connection, custom made voltmeter swap out, custom color paint job inside and out.

So, during this 4 year love affair,was there any help you have gotten? (i.e., friend(s), a garage, body shop, parts supplier, box store or online, yahoo videos that were helpful, etc.)

I looked on the Internet for things to help, and to be fair a lot of it wasn’t relevant. I needed brake diagrams, fitting guides all of which I found and eventually collated for my needs.

The experts at Mustang Maniac completed all my welding, panel work, paint job and prep work. They supplied me with steps that needed to be done and how I should do it. When I needed help for the heavy things they would help no questions. They set up my engine timings, and suspension alignment and road tested the car until they were happy to let me have it.

ALL my parts came from Mustang Maniac; everything was in stock from full panels to engine bay stickers. I picked their brains endlessly and wanted to learn. When I hear a noise from the car I pretty much have a good idea what it is now.

My wife has put up with me disappearing every weekend, supported me when things went wrong and has put up with me spending hours and hours writing about it all on my blog, https://onemanandhismustang.com

(You thought I was joking about his wife!)

I have documented everything that I could, I have also bought some great tools and some crap stuff too, everything I have used from paint stripper to car detailing products all of which I reviewed.

Ok, so, this is the end of the interview part of this post. Next are a couple of stories Mart e-mailed me to go along with it.

(From Mart) I can tell you a couple of little stories which could be a little note you can use which wasn’t really on my blog posts.

Once my car was completed it was taken straight to the Birmingham NEC Classic Car Show in November 2015. Most of the people were fantastic asking lots of questions, taking pictures and being interested in the car and how it was all done.

After the three days were finished I noticed that my voice had got considerably horse after all the talking I had done.
On the second day I had a old guy come up to me and said that the “Pony corral was not up to standard in the middle of the front grill”. I must have looked a bit confused as he said it was broke. He was correct, one of the mounts was broken, but I repaired it and you couldn’t really see it unless you looked hard at the back of it. I went on to explain that I wanted to keep as much of the car original as possible. So that included the chrome work around the glass which shows a few small signs of age, but they all shine up pretty good, as well as the Mustang corral he was talking about. I went on to explain that the badge (for the want of a better term) was the “soul” of the car and probably one of the most recognizable parts of the car, along with being a surviving original part of the car.

He disagreed and said “I should change it”, as if it was his car!

In the mean time I had a couple more guys stand with us to listen what I was saying. They agreed with me and understood where I was coming from and made their comment to say, “I think it’s a nice tribute”.

That guy’s first negative comment has stuck with ever since, so much so that at any car shows I subsequently attended when anybody looked at that corral, I wonder what they are thinking, “what a rubbish restoration” or “half a job” maybe, but they wouldn’t understand my reason unless I explained. In fact it got to bother me so much that I changed it about six months ago for a new replacement. I felt as though I had to justify why it was like that all the time, defending my decision if you like.

Yes, the new one looks nice and shiny and its not broke now. That one bloke sort of tarnished my car for me. I have kept the old Mustang corral and I intend to make a desk display out of it mounted on a wooden plinth.
That same weekend on the last day I had somebody come up to me and say I had the wrong radio aerial fitted. Correct, it’s not the correct aerial for that car, but as the original aerials never fully retracted down I wanted one that did. Any car cover for these cars has either a purpose cut hole in it or just rests on top of the aerial.

As I wanted to cover my car properly with a indoor dust cover the retractable aerial seemed logical. I eventually found one to fit and it works great. It also gives me piece of mind that if I park it up somewhere, the aerial won’t be “accidentally” bent over by a jealous person should we say.

I did tell this particular guy, I wanted it like that, being as it was my car after all. Another little fact on that note, I haven’t even switched the radio on in the car while I have been driving it, I’m more than happy to drive with the window down to hear the growling v8 as I press the loud pedal. That engine is just music to my ears and all I need, and I can’t see me ever tiring of that sound. However I do have on my phone (which plugs into the original radio that has been modified internally,) a list of classic 50’s and 60’s classic Rock and Roll tracks to play when I do, just so I can feel the era of the car even more fully. If that makes sense?
I did ask these guys at the show what cars they had, both of them had new(ish) bog standard run of the mill, euro box wind tunnel designed cars, all of which you see in their thousands. They didn’t even have a classic car of their own to talk about. Everybody who has restored a car for their own benefit and not just to make a quick buck, puts a little of themselves into that project to make it theirs, that can be anything from the color of the paint, wheels, exhaust note or just a sticker placed in a certain position. That person would have thought about all these things, trust me they really do.

This concludes the interview and stories you won’t get on his blog. This has been great and I hope, one day, to get to meet Mart in person and see his Mustang.

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