I pulled the old Shelby back apart, so I could start removing the paint. Who ever previously painted the bike did an awesome job removing the original paint. The only original paint I found was under the head badge.
I stripped most of the paint off, I was tired of stripping and I needed to spend some time with the wife.
Now I'm sure this is what the Shelby looked like yrs. ago.
I went over my dad's house today to look for a piece of aluminum for my tank panel. I picked up a couple pieces, while walking to the door I spotted this piece of vintage aluminum like the old 50's coolers were made out of. I had to have it.
My intent was to have a rubber border around the aluminum, but it wouldn't make around the tight corners so I ended up going with approx. a 1/16" air gap around the panel. I don't want the panel setting on the paint.
Trimmed about a 1/4" off the bottom of the Cobra to get it to fit.
A little history about the Shelby KR. I've owned the KR for 32yrs. I'm the 6th owner. It was sold at McCafferty Ford Trenton NJ.
The KR has 51,000 miles, numbers matching drive train. It has been painted one time 35yrs. ago. All body panels are and interior are original to the car. Current mods are headers and exhaust, Hurst shifter, Detroit Locker posi. Holley 750 double pumper.