June 25

1968 Shelby GT350 – Various Repairs

Auto Repair, Ford Cars


Our featured service is a variety of repairs performed on a 1968 Shelby GT350 Mustang, brought to us by a client from Point Grey, Vancouver.

1968 Shelby GT350
1968 Shelby GT350. Sexiest car on the road?

Initially this beautiful 1968 Shelby GT350 came in with a couple of repairs needed, but as frequently happens with these vintage cars the list grew longer.

The vehicle had failed the AirCare test for excessive CO emissions at idle. Fortunately these repairs were quite simple and required carburetor adjustments.

Item two on the list was to get the A/C system working. This car had previously undergone extensive service and restoration work at another shop. They had installed air conditioning but for some reason never got it operational. We installed wiring to operate the compressor, tightened the hose fittings and charged the system.

Engine oil leaks were item three. We diagnosed the leaks and found the oil pan and valve cover gaskets leaking. We repaired these leaks using the most modern gasket technology ensuring  a long lasting repair.

After some extensive road testing a few more issues occurred: the headlights started to flicker on and off due to a defective headlamp switch; a coolant leak developed from the radiator and the temperature gauge was reading incorrectly. We proceeded to repair all of these concerns.

This 1968 Shelby GT350 Mustang is an exceptionally attractive car. I’ve driven many different types of cars and this vehicle has garnered more attention than anything else. It’s akin to a hot blonde in a mini skirt walking past a construction site. People stopping at red lights give a thumbs up, heads turn while driving down the road, driver’s honk, while others wave as the car goes by. It’s amazing; people really love the look of this car.

While this car is certainly gorgeous I really don’t like driving it much (sorry!). Older cars especially 60’s muscle cars look incredible and sound good too but they don’t hold a candle to modern car technology. Many modern cars blow these things away with speed and acceleration plus they handle and brake well. Late model cars are infinitely safer in a collision.

In defense of our featured Shelby the owner has modernized many components of this vehicle: the steering features rack and pinion steering; suspension is upgraded with modern components; the transmission is a five speed with hydraulic clutch and the brake components are modern and improved. All of these make this car much better to drive than an original Mustang.

For more about the Shelby GT350 click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_Mustang

For more about Carroll Shelby, the man behind this amazing car click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_Shelby

1968 Shelby GT350
Engine compartment of our featured 1968 Shelby GT350. Even this looks gorgeous.

About the author 

Bernie Pawlik

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