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Bobert

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  1. HI i have 3 Shelby GT's that I have had the stripes painted on the cars. Any good shop can pull the right color by using the side stripes for the match. Most good shops have computer equipment that can determine the exact mix. One tip is to have them leave the scoop alone...remove it and them have them reattach it....it did not match the sheen on the stripes when new. The other thing I did was have them mask the stripes exactly as the tape stripe except in the license plate area. The stripes should start and stop before getting to window trim on the roof (for example). In order to keep my cars looking original I did not have them blend the clear coat. I had them mask and shoot the stripes on top of the car so I have a ridge just like a tape stripe...then apply clear coat. Mine have been going strong for a number of years and no fade or issues. Don't waste your money on tape stripes. Bobert
  2. Hi: We purchased 07H427 about 14 months ago and although I had read the thread on the SGT's history that AJ had responded, I had no idea that this thread existed as well. I believe the moderators should move this one to the top as they did with the other thread so it can be preserved and enjoyed because of the history and comments AJ provided. My wife and I beleive in trying to keep the cars as original as possible as well (except for the silver tape stripes...we have had our other 3 SGT's painted) so this thread is important for the history buffs and future owners of these cars long after we are gone as AJ's comments help to clarify what was happening at the time! Bobert
  3. http://mattstonecars.com/blog/ I thought maybe you would enjoy this. Matt drives a 2008 SGT convertible as his daily driver. He is a really great guy and a big Shelby fan! Bobert
  4. Had similar symptoms with my daughters 07 SGT last summer. She was driving along fine and then all of the sudden dashboard...it went nuts. I told her to park it at a local park near by and went and got a new Interstate Battery. Battery fixed all the symptoms and we drove it home. She has been driving over a year now and no more problems. I would put a new battery in it before I did anything else. Once a battery acts up on these modern cars all kinds of stuff happens! Bobert
  5. AvidShelby, Virginia Tire and Auto in Chantilly. His name is Jason. He's the best! Bobert
  6. I have 3 SGT's and one GTH vert. When we needed to get the first one aligned I contacted Shelby and they confirmed that they did not change the alignment on the car and that the factory specs for the GT were the correct specs to use. One of ours has over 40,000 miles and I have a excellent alignment guy here in Northern Virginia who has been doing all my cars in my collection for years. He has done all the cars and the factory spec is correct for SGT's. Tire wear is normal and the higher mileage car is wearing correctly and is just fine. If you do change the supsension from stock then you will have to figure out how to align the car with the new bits and figure out the proper alignment for wear and to get the handling you desire. But for the street the factory spec for the SGT is the same as the Mustang GT. One word of caution...make sure the alignment tech does not use the GT 500 specs on a SGT..they are different! Bobert
  7. I have had the stripes done on three of our SGT's. I left the side stripes alone as they are fine. I had them mask them off with the same cut lines as the original tape and paint on top of the body work so when you looked at them you would feel a ridge like the tape stripe. If you do them as original you will see that the stripes did not roll under the window frames on the roof for example. We had the shop pick up the color by computer from the side stripe so they match perfectly. Did not have them paint the hood scoop as when you put it back on and polish the paint it looks stock the way it is. Price was about $1800 in the DC area which was fair for the work and we have high labor rates here.Two years later the cars still look great and the clear coat is fine. In a couple of years we will have them painted on our Hertz Vert as the stripes had been redone just before purchase but I know they will go bad. The only thing we did differently was in the license plate area. Instead of all that silly masking around the rear plate we had them spray the plate area and carry the color stripe through it just as you see on the 1/18 models of the car. All that silliness around the rear plate is because of all the cutting and folding that would have been needed to get the tape to lay in the license area. It looks a lot better and I had seen one done at Ford Carlisle that way and it gives the rear a cleaner look and a more professional appearance. Hope this helps you. Bobert
  8. This is all great advice. The problem was at USAA when I called (repeatedly) they told me that the anwser to #1 was individually rated...until my daughter moved out an low and behold they sent me my new revised policy out of the blue with my new lower rates. My advice is ask all questions repeatedly to insure you get the correct information and then double check your policy when it comes in the mail. Bobert
  9. My daughter has had a Shelby GT since she was 16...she is now a senior in college. I have been with State Farm the entire time with her and they insure the car and the driver on that car so she is charged only for her car...the rest of my cars do not get any premium add on for a teenage driver. USAA on the other hand, we discovered, was charging a premium on all my cars when my older daughter was living with us (she could drive any of them since she lived there was the excuse) after graduating from college and getting started in her first job even though she had her own car and insurance. When I found out I dropped USAA like a hot potatoe and switched to SF and saved a ton of money. Each state is different and lets the insurance bandits get away with whatever they have been able to pull off....so your results may very. I would shop my policy now and get established with a new company so when the kids start driving you know exacly where you stand and you are well established with that company and your agent so if a fender bender occurs by one of them the agent knows you and has your back on any claims or issues. By the way, I have all my collector cars with Grundy...they are the best both on price and claims service. Bobert
  10. I bought them...PM sent. Looking forward to getting them. Bobert
  11. Just saw one sell that had not been in rental Fleet at Mecom....$40,000...does not suprise me. Penske name does not carry as well as Shelby. Bobert
  12. I just wanted to add my thanks to all Hertz II has done to keep up the for sale list. He has been a very valuable information resource for me since we added 07H427 to our collection. I look at all the cars for sale and am using it to guage the market. We are now looking for a H Coupe! Bobert
  13. On three of my 4 Shelby GT's I have had the stripes painted on. We just recently acquired a Hertz Vert and when they go bad we will have them done as well. I had them masked off to replicate the factory stripes to include around the washer on the hood. The only thing I did differently was had them paint through the rear license plate area and run the stripe through the plate. If they had been painted on at the factory, I am sure they would have been done that way (to save time) and if you look at any of the 1/18 models you will see they were done on the model that way. The tape goes around the plate because it was fast and avoided wrinkles and cutting issues. I had them masked identically to the original stripe stopping short of the trim around the windows just as the original tape stripes were done. I had the paint matched perfectly and then clear over so they will last for years to come. Mine have a ridge just as the tape does so they look just like the vinyl...The side stripes hold up better as they do not get the heat and sun so I left them tape from the factory. If you look at my cars the only thing you will notice is the stripes are shinier. I blew a ton of money and time fooling with warranty claims and such on my cars. The oldest, our 07 White car went bad in two years with the new and improved stripes. Don't waste your time, go get them painted. With the new computer paint technology they can match the color and your car will look great for years to come. I really doubt that paint vs tape is going to change the value of these cars and if anything the cars with painted stripes for sale seem to be bringing a stronger number....or at least they will be easier to sell as any Shelby enthusiast knows about the stripe problem. Corvette came out with a Silver stripe on its 427...was talking with the Corvette group at Carlisle two years ago. My wife suggested they Google Shelby stripe problem and the Corvette guy just about pooped a brick when he read it on his phone....they got a warranty problem coming big time as one of the test cars was already showing signs of the deterioration. Silver and gold vinyl do not hold up well in the heat and sun. Just my 22 cents worth...Bobert
  14. On three of my 4 Shelby GT's I have had the stripes painted on. We just recently acquired a Hertz Vert and when they go bad we will have them done as well. I had them masked off to replicate the factory stripes to include around the washer on the hood. The only thing I did differently was had them paint through the rear license plate area and run the stripe through the plate. If they had been painted on at the factory, I am sure they would have been done that way (to save time) and if you look at any of the 1/18 models you will see they were done on the model that way. The tape goes around the plate because it was fast and avoided wrinkles and cutting issues. I had them masked identically to the original stripe stopping short of the trim around the windows just as the original tape stripes were done. I had the paint matched perfectly and then clear over so they will last for years to come. Mine have a ridge just as the tape does so they look just like the vinyl...The side stripes hold up better as they do not get the heat and sun so I left them tape from the factory. If you look at my cars the only thing you will notice is the stripes are shinier. I blew a ton of money and time fooling with warranty claims and such on my cars. The oldest, our 07 White car went bad in two years with the new and improved stripes. Don't waste your time, go get them painted. With the new computer paint technology they can match the color and your car will look great for years to come. I really doubt that paint vs tape is going to change the value of these cars and if anything the cars with painted stripes for sale seem to be bringing a stronger number....or at least they will be easier to sell as any Shelby enthusiast knows about the stripe problem. Corvette came out with a Silver stripe on its 427...was talking with the Corvette group at Carlisle two years ago. My wife suggested they Google Shelby stripe problem and the Corvette guy just about pooped a brick when he read it on his phone....they got a warranty problem coming big time as one of the test cars was already showing signs of the deterioration. Silver and gold vinyl do not hold up well in the heat and sun. Just my 22 cents worth...Bobert
  15. OptimaJim...thanks for coming on this board and helping us understand your product better. I do have one question? With these cars starting life as Mustangs and the Zillion cars that have been made since this body came out in 2005....doesn't Optima make a battery that is an OE type fit for a Mustang? Shelby GT's use the factory hood and Mustang GT battery tray so I would have assumed that the Mustang market would be a fairly lucrative battery consumer and business model to Optima. Seems strange that you have to mod a car to fit your product...or am I missing something here? Bobert
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