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Ford Shelby GT500

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  • shelbydude...Thanks for the clarification. I received the same info. from my dealership regarding the battery cable. The only thing that I initially questioned about my car was that the boost gauge didn't seem to be working after knowing that all the proper PDI's had been performed...they said don't be afraid to get on it and then watch the gauge...and to my surprise it was working quite well!
  • Yep...my mechanic here said the same thing. The gauge only moves when pressure builds up which means you have to get on it to make that happen. The more you get on it, the more pressure builds, the more the gauge will move.
  • BTW....what is the fastest anyone has had their shelby up to so far? I was up to 130 MPH before having to let off and slow down because of approaching traffic. I've read these cut off at 155 and/or 160 but I haven't been able to get up that fast yet.
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I don't think I will drive my Shelby again until I talk to another Ford dealership. I don't believe mine was delivered correctly to me and I'm afraid I may be doing damage to my Shelby. I was even handed the bag of lock nuts for the rims that I had to request to have put on. The dealership I bought my Shelby from have nice people there, but I just don't believe their knowledgeable to deliver this type of auto. I haven't heard of anything about this PDI checklist or anything. The psi gauge on my dash has stayed at 0 each time I have driven my Shelby. I have accelerated to 80 mph and it has stayed at 0. You speak of getting on it, but if that means 130 mph, I don't need to worry about that psi gauge because my Shelby nor any vehicle of mine will ever see 130mph. HA! HA! I out grew that many years ago. :confuse:
  • When you accelerated to 80 MPH how fast did you go from o to 80? Just crusing up to 80 isn't going to cause the gauge to move. If you REALLY GET ON IT you will see the gauge move. It has to create a lot of pressure in the supercharger before it will move the pressure gauge. Now if you really get on it as in 0 - 100 in 60 seconds you will see that gauge move. Cruising up to 80 or cruising around at 80 or a 100 won't move the gauge because that alone will not build enough pressure to move the gauge. It only creates pressure when you go all out at full bore if you were starting out slow and going to 80 or 100 in 60 seconds or less. That is getting on it! Just cruising up to 80 isn't going to move it at all. There isn't any pressure building up.
  • bri66...Unlike a turbocharger, the supercharger is driven directly off of the crankshaft...The harder you mash your right foot the more demand for gas and air...as the RPM's rise the rotors in the supercharger spin faster and boost will build...This whole cycle happens very fast and the boost gauge will be very erratic if you do not keep your foot it long enough to look down at the gauge. I suggest you find yourself a safe bit of open road and lay into it while looking @ the gauge and knowing you have nothing but open/safe road in front of you...Also it won't hurt your car to go through the PDI instructions again just to make sure they got done...
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I was entering onto a state highway so maybe 30 to 80 in 3 to 4 seconds maybe. I was watching the tach and it only climbed a bit above 3K. I tried it again today with the same results. Unfortunately their was a state cruiser a ways back that saw me enter the highway and followed my butt off at the next exit. I don't think he was too impressed, but once he saw who was driving it I guess he figured I was an old fool. HA! HA! When you say it has to build up boost prior to showing on the gauge what speed and rpm's are you at? Thanks for the PDI instructions, I am going to go over them this weekend. I took my wife's uncle for a ride today and he owned brand new a 68 Chevelle SS that put out 350 horses in the day and he claimed he would not have stood a chance against this car. Although he claimed he only paid $3,800 for his toy back in the day. I love this car, it is soo sweet to drive and quite the eye catcher. :shades:
  • If you take it to 4000 RPM's like right now, your gauge should show signs of life... :)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,668
    you could try using a lower gear, to get the revs up without too much speed.
  • Yea...I was thinking 4000 RPM in 1st gear...sorry I didn't specify that...and don't worry, thats still 2000 RPM below redline.
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    Thanks for all the info. I am going to go over the PDI you emailed to me this weekend. I don't think my boost gauge is ever going to see the needle move and if it does I'll either be on a track, dyno, or just very upset at someone who just cut me off. HA! HA! It's suppose to be a nice fall weekend up here in Massatusets and may even drive up north to see some dyeing leaves with the family. If anyone sees a Shelby doing the speed limit it will probably be me. :shades:
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    Here are pictures I took the day I took delivery of my Shelby. :shades:

    http://www.carspace.com/bri66
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Is your '66 a real GT or just has the GT light bar?
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    Oh yeah.....nice Shelby! ;)
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    My 66 Mustang originally had a six cylinder that I found out when I got my first flat tire back in 1980. Someone had changed the motor and rear end prior to me buying it. When I restored it four years ago I completed the change over to an eight cylinder and added the light bar at that time. Original parts that I could obtain were used and everything else was reproduction parts from several Mustang part vendors. I did return the white vinyl top it originally had, but it's not a numbers car.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Well, I'll bet THAT was a bit of a shock. Good looking '66 coupe though (and I like that color).
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    It did, when you have a four lug flat and a 5 lug spare and your 25 miles in the middle of a desert before anyone but William Conrad on Cannon had a car phone and way before there were cell phones, it bit the big one. :cry:
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,668
    great pic's and a good story too. reminds me a bit of having an 83 tbird that i bought a full size rim and tire to use as a spare. sold the tbird and got an 86 mustang. kept the spare. when i went to use it, just to rotate the tires, the hub was too large on the mustang. good thing i never really needed it.
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I had a 06 GT Mustang pull in this morning while I was getting gas and he wanted to look at my Shelby. He claimed that he wanted to buy one, but couldn't pay the high premiums in our area. He opted to wait and see what the dealers would want for the new 07 GT Shelby and the 08 GT 500 next year. He claims that the dealers in our area are now selling their allotments of the new 07 GT Shelby's and the dealers he's contacted all want $25K and up over sticker. I know there would be a premium, but didn't know they would be higher than the GT 500's were. He also told me which I didn't know that most dealers are charging a order premium of $5K if you want to order a new GT Mustang. These dealers are making a killing on us Mustang owners. I wonder if because Shelby's crew are finishing these 07 GT Shelby's if that's why their more money? Has Ford announced the prices yet? I'm glad I don't have to ever worry again. I have all the toys I need. It's too bad and I feel bad for anyone who wants to own one, but can't because of the premiums. It's not right.
  • Right now there are a LOT of Shelby GT500's out there sitting at dealers. I've noticed some are selling between $55k $60k on e-bay where they were selling between $60k - $72k. So they have come down some. The Shelby GT will be limited to 10k units so a premium is expected, but I can't see $25k over. Perhaps the dealer misunderstood and thought he was talking about the GT500. I suspect the Shelby GT will be priced somewhere between a GT and the Shelby. Mid to upper $30k's. I suspect a premium of $5k - $10k over on those. As far as a regular GT goes you can buy them all day long at MSRP or less. If you have dealers marking those up on you I will gladly order one for anyone that wants one for MSRP! Sorry, but don't ask about Shelby's. Ours are sold.
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I would think a dealer ought to know if he was talking about the Shelby GT or a GT500 Shelby, but I'm not sure. I probably won't see him again any ways. You would think that if I went to a Ford dealer and said I want to order a new car I wouldn't expect to have to pay a premium to the dealer just to order one. Maybe he was full of crap and was drooling too much over my Shelby to think straight. HA! HA! However I do know first hand that there is a local Ford dealer in my area that will charge you an appointment booking fee to schedule a non warranty repair. :shades:
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    :P Great car ! You are certainly not going to drive it in winter?? I live in your state ! :shades:
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    Thank you. I am very happy with it and it won't be much longer before I put both poni's in their corral for the winter. We're not suppose to drive it when the temp goes below 40*f. I did once and found a huge difference in the handling. Those are warm blooded sneakers on them. Great news in the mail today I just received the title to my Shelby. It's official now it's all mine. Anyone interested in buying it? Psych :) :shades:
  • I went thru the same deal, talking to dealers about ordering a GT 500. Got all sorts of markups, from 5% plus $5k to take the order to $30k.

    Once the price got around $50-55k, I started thinking about a Vette instead -- better, faster car (am not attached to the Mustang thing like some guys). The whole appeal of the GT 500 was that it was supposed to be under $40k.

    Still digging my '05 GT Premium (w/ manual, of course), but know that it won't be long before I get a Vette (can't decide between a C06 and Z06 ... if only I could test drive each). :shades:
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    Drove my Shelby tonight to work and realized I now have 1,400 miles on it all ready. Driving it on the second week of November in New England is unspeakable on most years, but the weather has been very good to us so far. I am very pleased to this point. I washed it this past weekend with the new Mr. Clean car wash and was very pleased with the results. Small dislikes to this point are the key ignition. Is anyone else having trouble inserting their key to start the car? There are times I have to wiggle it back and forth to get it in, (easy). Hope I never have to make a fast get away. HA! HA! The clutch is quite an adventure. Most take off's I have been much better of late, less chatter. Also I have noticed that a few times when I start my Shelby the stereo Shaker 1,000 kicks off from the CD to the radio. Anyone else having this problem? On one of these times I was unable to get it back onto the CD option until I shut the radio off and waited a while. Where is everyone else at for mileage and what do you think so far? I give mine a straight A. :shades:
  • I'm at 1800 miles. No ignition key or radio problems at all. The clutch chatter disappeared at about the milage you have on yours now. I thought I was just getting used to it so I had my wife drive it and she gets no chatter either.

    No problems so far and I'm a happy camper!
  • Saw the real thing for the first time, at the San Francisco auto show. They had it up on a rotating pedestal, no one allowed to touch or sit in it. :cry:
  • The thing is, it doesnt matter if you think the Shelby is overpriced or not. The bottom line is we are sold 1 year in advance at 15k over. We would have already sold out entirely if we didnt stop taking money on them. We think the market price for them will actually go up from where it is as the end of the run nears. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If you want a Vette, go to any Chevy store on Earth. They'll have one in any color you like, ready to go. If you want a Shelby, be prepaired to make a $5000 non-refundable deposit and wait a year until your car gets here, at which time the remaining $55k (+ tax tag title) will be due. Wait a minute.....you cant even do that now. As for ordering Mustang GTs, whats the big deal? I sell them at or near invoice all the time.
  • Whats not right about the premiums?...its the result of a free market for crying out loud. The truth is, if no dealer was allowed to charge a premium, every one of those cars would be bought by dealership employees, then sold at a premium on the open market for a profit. Trust me, I tried to do it. The point is, the price is not determined by the manufacturer, the dealer, Edmunds, or the individual customer. It is worth what people will pay on the open market. I consider anyone who dissagrees a socialist. God bless America.
  • guestguest Posts: 774
    Hi Newbie here, I actually drove a Shelby about 2 weeks ago it was at the auction it was a short, but quick test drive beautiful car!!!!!! I was VERY excited just to be in it! :shades:
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I recently went to the kelly bb web site and was delighted to see that they list the true value of a coupe at $62,000. I stopped at a local dealership today to price a air filter box for my Shelby and saw they had a line of Roush 427 GT Mustang's. The sticker prices were slightly higher than the premium I paid for my GT500. If I did not get my Shelby because of the premium I would have probably bought one of these this morning. Very nice looking 4.6 V8 GT putting out 427 horses. Might be an option for those that wanted a high performance Mustang and don't mind it not being a Shelby. Has anyone changed their Shelby's air intake to the cold air kit? If so does anyone care to sell their stock plastic air filter box? :)
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