A little history......at least my history anyway.
I bought this car 10 years ago for my wife to drive to college (we were engaged at the time). It was sitting in a field commonly used by owners for selling their cars. I called the owner who told me that he bought the car from a car lot auction that went out of business for his son. His son decided that he wanted something bigger and did not want the car. I took it for a test drive and gave him an offer of $650.00 which he accepted. The only thing wrong with it at the time was that the charging system was not working. Traced that down to a bad regulator. At the time I had no idea that the Shelby was as rare as it is. I just thought it was another shadow that was "dressed up" a little. Plus my soon to be wife had a shadow that she wrecked, so parts were available. It was not until several months later that I researched the Shelby CSX on the net and found out the jewel that I lucked into.
I have not driven this car very much. My wife only drove it for part of a term of college before she got pregnant with our daughter. After that it pretty much sat out in the weather and was driven by me on rare occasions. The odometer had 99K on it when we got it, it now has just over 101K. So just under 3000 miles in 10 years. I keep the car at my parents place because they have the room and a shop where I can work on it. It is also the place where I work as an A&P mechanic wrenching on airplanes. I only decided recently to do some restoration work on it because out of all the other projects that I have, it needs the least amount of work to complete. I also own two 1969 Mercury Cougars, a couple of Datsun Z's and a 1941 Ford pickup. My dad also is part owner of the truck and owns a completely restored 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, so I am not a complete rookie when it comes down to doing this type of work.
Anyway, currently I have a new set of lower control arms out of a 90 Caravan that I finished cleaning up and installing new ball joints and Poly Bushings in today. (Thanks to Johnny at Poly Bushings for the bushings and help over the phone) I will hopefully be getting them installed into the car this weekend and have it back off the jack stands. I can then get it over to the main shop to do a weld repair on the frame crack and start to button up the front end. Afterwords, off to paint the clip and body. I will paint the fenders, hood, doors and anything else that I can take off the car off of the car. I paint quite a bit in my business and am pretty picky about how it should be done. I do not like to just tape things off when it can be done nicely with just a little more work. I have a few pictures of the control arms that I will post here, the old passenger arm has a pretty good crack in it that may interest people in seeing. It is the main reason for going with the heavier Caravan ones.