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  1. Hi Chip, This spring I am going to be redoing my stripes on my white 07 SGT. My hood scoop was indeed warped and I would really like to purchase the functional scoop that you and Heath had designed. Please let me know if you guys are still making them. Best, Brandon Harris

  2. Gentlemen, Well, wonder of wonders. After a natural disaster there is a severe gasoline shortage in New Jersey and New York. I am assuming here that most of our members have read my white paper on the reasons that gasoline prices are much higher than need be and supply disruptions are impossible to fix. The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who surely knows better, has threatened to prosecute and jail any gas station operator who sells fuel at prices more than 10% higher than those that existed before this crisis. John Wayne once said that life is hard, and it's harder when you're stupid. Well Chris Christie is stupid, seriously stupid. With power out in many areas, tank farms damaged, two of the areas major refineries completely shut down, and with many service stations trying to keep their doors open and employees paid without any fuel to sell, the brain trust in that state capital thinks that an increase in prices more than 10% is price gouging and small businessmen guilty of that offense should be put in jail. The cost of doing business also skyrockets during a disaster but somehow those businesses are supposed to keep retail prices the same as when supplies are unlimited, transportation unfettered, and conditions are normal. Really?!?! Fuel is available and could be in the gas tanks of New Jersey and New York residents if it were not for the counterproductive posturing of politicians more interested in scoring political points by taking cheap shots and threatening the only people who can solve this problem. Like many areas of the country, New Jersey requires all service stations to sell a boutique blend of gasoline that is not used in surrounding areas and has made it illegal to sell any other type of gasoline. Both Gov. Christie and Barack Obama acknowledged this week that this requirement is one of the reasons that fuel is not being shipped into the affected areas and they both made pronouncements suspending the blend requirement. But as of right now there is no fuel flowing into the affected areas and it may take weeks for oil companies to receive written acknowledgment from all necessary governmental agencies before they will risk ruinous prosecution for the unforgivable crime of shipping the wrong blend of unleaded fuel into New Jersey. As they have previously in many areas of the country these idiotic boutique blend requirements put every area requiring them in serious jeopardy every time there is a supply disruption or natural disaster. It has happened time after time but our political leaders refuse to learn these obvious lessons of history. When these blend requirements are effectively killed by getting written acknowledgment into the hands of oil company distributors there still will not be any fuel flowing to the affected areas because of New Jersey's "Price Gouging" laws. The higher shipping rates necessary to lure supply trucks from other areas of the country in addition to a myriad of other higher costs that would be incurred in diverting fuel into these areas would certainly result in fuel prices exceeding New Jersey's 10% price increase cap. Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents would certainly rather pay $10 a gallon and be able to pull in and buy fuel right now and get on with their lives than sit in a line for six hours with a 5 gallon limit. But the state of New Jersey has made it illegal to ship higher cost fuel into the state. Without these moronic laws and Gov. Chris Christie's very public threatening of both oil companies and service station operators, Adam Smith's invisible hand would be well on its way to solving New Jersey's fuel shortage already. Every New Jersey resident willing to pay substantially higher prices from service station operators who took extraordinary steps to ship in high-cost fuel would not be sitting in the lines for cheaper fuel and thus would make it easier for everybody to buy gasoline. But when the market is prevented from working by elected officials who substitute their own political self-interest for the economic self-interest of business and the basic needs of their constituents, the results are predictably disastrous and that is what we see playing out today. The free market is the only system that will keep all products available at a price at all times, will allocate scarce resources in the most effective and efficient manner possible, quickly solve supply disruptions caused by accidents and natural disasters, and bring prices back down to normal levels as soon as possible. Any political interference in the market mechanism will make every situation much worse than it needs to be. I have dealt with supply disruptions that shut my fuel stations down for over a week. I sold the limited amount of fuel I had left at prices more than double what they had been before the disruption. When customers complained I told them that my cost of operations were not going down, that my property taxes were not being reduced, my employees still expected to be paid, State, County and City taxes still had to be paid, and I am expected to stay in business without any source of supply because of the idiotic actions of government regulatory agencies. Complain to them because I don't want to hear about it. The Arizona State Atty. General threatened to prosecute me for price gouging even though there is no price gouging law in Arizona. Imagine that. I was threatened with prosecution for breaking a law that does not exist. Talk about political posturing. Well, New Jersey does have a price gouging law and New Jersey residents are paying the price for that statutory stupidity. I suppose we genuinely do get the political leaders we deserve as all of these men and women were voted into office. There is no substitute for education and economics are no longer taught in our schools. There are only two ways to allocate scarce resources. 1-With a price or..... 2-With a line. If the market is allowed to work prices will rise high enough to reduce demand to match the supply and new supplies will flow into the effected area lured by those high prices. The shortage will quickly be eliminated and prices will start to fall back to normal levels. Those people willing and able to pay the price can buy the fuel they need, when they need it, without waiting. If the market is not allowed to work and prices are kept at below market rates using the coercive force of law, demand will greatly outstrip available supply and long lines will form resulting in a loss of productivity for the entire community. No new supplies will flow into the effected area because the cost of doing business there is higher, shipping costs are higher, logistics are more difficult, and after paying these higher costs the retail price dictated by those Price Gouging Laws would result in lower profits or more likely a loss. Now, only those people willing and able to stand in a line for hours can buy a limited amount of gasoline. Is that better??? The shortage will last much longer because new supplies are not drawn in by temporarily higher prices. Time is money and the overall cost of trying to keep prices artificially low is much higher than the cost of letting the market work. John Wayne was right. Life is hard. It's harder when you're stupid. If I've offended anybody here I'm sorry but my blood was literally boiling when I heard Gov. Christie in one breath threaten to prosecute any service station operator or fuel distributor who dared to let the market mechanism work, and then that crybaby whined and moaned about how badly New Jersey needed supplies of gasoline. How can a smart, articulate guy be so completely clueless. Chip
  3. ChipBeck

    Ford GT Forum

    Sportscars, First, Merry Christmas. As the Moderator of the Ford GT Forum I want to assure you that you were not banned and everyone is welcome to read and enjoy the Ford GT Forum. It has always been an owners forum but in the past a few spectators were allowed a limited # of posts. The problem was the amount of time required to approve or deny new members. It was burning up way too much of DBK's (the owner) time and so now anybody can join and read the forum, no new memberships are denied (in the past, 90% of memberships were declined), but only owners and build team members can post. A few non owners are allowed to post but they are subscribing members and even then their posts are limited. I hope you do join the ranks of Ford GT owners and I look forward to meeting you. Chip Beck Ford GT Forum
  4. Gentlemen, I like a relatively uncluttered look in my garage. I used Premier Garage for a GREAT LOOKING and indestructible flooring with wall mounted cabinets. Wood shutters that match the cabinets and some nice paintings and/or framed art completes the decor. Chip
  5. Doug, I'm knocking on wood as I write this but my 500HP Whipple GT/SC has 15,000 miles on it (over 10,000 with the SC) and it has the original belt and the stock tensioner. The car has been faultlessly reliable and it's blisteringly fast. Without the SC it was a pretty cool car but not all that special. With that SC under the hood it is the fastest, most unbeatable street car short of the Ford GT. Once you get your pulleys aligned you will love that SC. Chip
  6. The stripes on my hood scoop and my hood are painted on and clear coated. The rest of the stripes on my car are the original vinyl. I just asked the body shop to match the existing stripes and they did not have a paint code. The match is perfect and I've never had anybody notice that some are painted and some not. Even if you get a paint code each batch is slightly different and will need to be tinted for a perfect match. Find a good painter and he'll get it done. All Shelby GTs have a mix of painted and vinyl stripes as the scoops are all painted. Chip
  7. The rubber piece your shop mentioned is actually black medium density foam. It was used in an attempt to keep the soft plastic 1st generation SGT hood scoop from collapsing as they got really soft when left in the sun. A photo of the piece you are talking about is shown below. The 1st and 2nd generation scoops expanded and contracted with temperature changes and destroyed the vinyl stripes that were sandwiched between the scoop and the hood. The 3rd generation SGT hood scoop is a rough copy of the Heath scoop. It is made of standard fiberglass and does not use (or need) a foam spacer to support it though it does use an internal molded in brace. The 3rd generation scoop is normally attached with pop rivits but many owners have attached theirs with the Rivit-Nuts used with the Heath scoop. The Heath scoop is stronger, displays a higher level of finish, requires no internal ribs or bracing of any kind, and can withstand higher temperatures because it is laid up by hand using aviation grade vinyl ester resin glass mat cloth. This makes it especially well suited to open scoop applications. I hope this helps. Chip
  8. Jer, Here you go. Heath Scoop installed with Rivet Nuts. Functional installation over a full size hood cutout. Chip
  9. Gentlemen, According to Jamal Hameedi, the head honcho at Ford SVT (and he has the factory data to back it up), an untethered first generation (1997-1999) GT500 will go 189 mph in still air at sea level with an unlimited run (like Nardo, Italy) BUT, he would not like to be the one driving it at that speed as the aerodynamics of the Mustang are unsuitable at that speed. Unlike the Ford GT that has shown itself to be rock solid at 270 MPH with it's stock body, the GT500 has no belly pans and relatively poor aerodynamics. Chip
  10. I have driven my car in heavy rain for long periods of time (never on purpose) when caught a long way from home when a downpour started. There is no problem with rain damaging anything. I'm sure some rain gets through but I can't see any evidence of it. Rain also splashes up from below and comes through the radiator. We have many members who have been running open scoops for years and there has not been a single problem. Chip
  11. 0471, Well done. The car does seem a lot cooler and more "real". The 1966 GT350 hood scoop was open into the engine compartment the exact same way. That black plastic block off plate screams phony and it always bugged me. You'll like the result! Chip
  12. Read my posts in this thread. It describes the process. http://www.teamshelby.com/forums/index.php?/topic/27484-absolute-hood-scoop-final-fix/page__p__414865__hl__%2Babsolute+%2Bhood+%2Bscoop+%2Bfinal+%2Bfix__fromsearch__1#entry414865 Chip
  13. Gentlemen, As I view original 1960's Shelby Mustangs at various shows and auctions, one of the things that always bugs me is how the original fiberglass hoods invariably warp or bow creating poorly fitted and unslightly seam lines around the edges of the hood. Those hoods often bow up because of spring tension where they are bolted to the latches (a real problem on 1967 models), or are slightly warped at their leading edges (especially on 1968 models). These "flies in the ointment" are seen even on award-winning examples and it bugs me. My Shelby GT hood scoop bothered me the same way. In total, by the time I had finished doing research, design, and redesign, with an ungodly amount of very expensive aviation technician labor, I spent over $6,000 to build one perfect aviation grade vinyl ester resin fiberglass hood scoop for my personal Shelby. The cost of building additional units by hand is about 1/10 what I payed. I have no financial interest whatsoever nor do I make one penny when Heath sells one of these. Made of aviation grade materials and capable of withstanding extreme heat as well as extreme cold, they will maintain perfect shape and last forever. As long as Heath is still around, for about $600 Shelby GT owners will have a place to go to procure a perfect hood scoop for their cars that can be used as a dummy scoop like the originals with the block off plate in front, or used as an open scoop because their strength and rigidity requires no internal bracing. If attached with rivets, nobody would ever be able to tell this was not an original although they would wonder how you got an original that wasn't warped. I suggest attaching them with rivet nuts which are much better looking, allow their removal and replacement in minutes, and allow owners to attach them with just the right amount of pressure. No curling, no warping, no dips, no expansion or contraction, no more fighting this issue. All the best. Chip
  14. The opening is marked with a black felt pen (Sharpie). A small drill bit punches pilot holes 1/8 inch from each of the 4 corners. A 1/4 inch drill bit then opens the 4 corners with a nice radius. Use a fine rotary blade on a high powered Dremmel type tool to cut the rest of the opening. I removed the hood insulation (see my pictures) and painted the bottom of my hood so it was as nice as the top but that's not really necessary. From the top you can't see the edges because they are covered by the scoop. The bare unpainted edges of the hood cut will not corrode because the hood is aluminum but you can touch the edges with touch up paint if you like. Chip
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