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Green Mojave (Ben)'s 2012 GT500 Suspension, Shifter, & Driveshaft Build

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I sent him a couple of pics while he was at Monterey and he said it looked good. So, I'll wait a while for him to answer the email I sent yesterday.

 

Most of the install I did by myself. I enlisted my wife for some help with the front struts and my son in law to help with the UCA and an alignment. I had a shop do an alignment and was not happy with their results. Went to my daughters house and helped my son in law do an alignment in their garage. Way better job than the shop did, took longer but well worth it. It pays to have an engineer in the family :)

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Hi Ben and Tim,

 

Emails responded to, Tim...it's amazing how many alignment shops don't know what they are doing. I use the same alignment shop here that I have used for 17 years, and I still help them do it the way I want it done...LOL...guess its part of my OCD...

 

See you on Saturday, Ben, bring some blankets for your take off parts. You don't want to scratch up Debbie's Caddy....

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Alex my son in law and I did the alignment in his garage using string and a ruler and a scientific calculator. Came out fantastic.

When I told the shop it had caster camber plates they looked at me like I had a third eye and said they would have to drill out the holes to get the specs I wanted. I told them to just get it off the lift with it as close to stock specs as they could get and left.

 

I'll get a pic to you tonight showing the rear wheel. It very well may be me and my own form of OCD. :D

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Hay Alex and Tim, glad to see you guys got together on this......I'm hopin Tim got it right the first time, but I'm sure Alex can answere the tweeky questions, best of luck Tim! Alex, looking forwared to Saturday, talk to ya then.

 

 

Ben

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Traded a few more emails with Alex and looks like I get a do over. I managed to miss align things trying to do this job by myself. I can fix it but it'll take up part of my weekend. ;)

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Thank you Ben!! I hope you and Debbie had a great one too. I took my nieces to Knott's Berry Farm the day after. Had a great time. Haven't been on here for a while as I have been really busy...building a new 7200 sq ft shop and display area after 5 years of fighting with the County, they gave the green light, finished the 71 Mach, and now onto the 68 GT/CS and a 98 Cobra. Have a few other projects too. Haven't touched my Boss 302 since SEMA other than taking a bunch of parts off to hydrocarbon and interior out to Hushmat. Still need to mess with he tune since installing the Kenne Bell supercharger. You should come by on Saturday to catch up. Will be there in the afternoon, call first, obviously, you know the routine...

 

Hope you are enjoying the GT500!!

 

Alex

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Alex, good to have you back on TS, missed you....... like everyone else. the "done with mustangs" comment worried me some, I feel fortunate to have met you, not just for the Shelby, but as a friend. Besides, whose gonna show me how to get to Terlingua next year? Got in touch with Sean and he gave me the info on T-13.......sounds like a good time to me ! If the weather does'nt turn to crap, may come down so we can catch up.

 

 

Ben

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Pics and Green Mojavi's GT500 look great.

 

I need to get down to Mackenzie for some items one of these days. Wish it was close enough for me to bum a ride home. :hysterical2:

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Thanks, Ben, it is always a pleasure to see you and Debbie. You will have a blast at the BASH this year, again...LOL Happy New Year to you both also!!!! :)

 

Ron, thank you. You are certainly close enough (about 2 hours or less)...LOL...if Russia, Canada, China, and 49 of the 50 states aren't far enough away, I don't know what is...most ship their cars for my shop to do work on, you can even wait while you car is worked on ....

 

Alex

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Hay Alex! Yup... lookin forward to the Bash.. Tickets bought...Hotels booked...and the Shelby will go into Ford for her annual check up in mid March!! then its Agua Caliente and gone........ Life is Goood !

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Hi Ben, all sounded good until you said "Shelby will go into Ford for her annual check up in mid March!!" Not Good. Yucca Valley Ford Tech's have more tattoos than teeth. I bought my 93 and 94 Cobras there and needless to say, they are not acceptable. My 94 got the first 3 oil changes included with cost of the car. When I took it there for the first one, the tech put the wrong oil in it (5-20 vs correct 10-30), wrong filter (Cobras had a shorter filter due to oil cooler) and the sway bar hit the filter and pierced it going out of the parking lot....Needless to say, I never went back. It was a JOKE. Have seen and heard horror stories even since too, almost 20 years later still...PS and Fiesta not much better...unless you supervise, don't bother....I'll give your car it's "annual check up" for free if my lift is available.....

 

Alex

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Thanks for the heads up Alex....I was not aware of Fiesta's Tech reputation....feel like I got "stupid" tattoed across my forehead again :banghead: I purchased the enhanced service contract so all service costs were covered regardless, you might expect Ford could service their vehicles :runaway: Any way, I would be Thrilled to Have you give the Shelby a once over !! Thanks in advance on that..... I'm heading to Florida on 2, Feb. My kid brother is fighting a bad illness, going to give him hand. I will be back mid Feb. if all goes well....I'll call you then Buddy. Thanks again

 

Ben

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Sorry to hear about your brother, Ben. Give me a call when you return, and best of luck and safe travels, my friend.

 

Alex

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Oh man, that car is beautiful!

The solid blue like that just makes me feel like your incognito; a BA factor with intimidation.

In the first post, I refer to.

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Hay Alex! Back in town.... Kid Brothers doing well, looks like his problems will respond to meds and diet change..WooHoo..........thanks to all for the good thoughts!!

 

Ben

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Hey Alex,

 

All Signed up for the Bash, Hopefully will get to talk to you about the upgrades for my 2013 Shelby. After reading all your reviews

and builds I am already excited about it. See you soon!!

 

Jim

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Sounds great, Jim!! It was a pleasure talking with you on the phone the other day. See you at the BASH welcome reception....

 

Alex

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Reviving your build thread Ben, so you can see your build thread all over again, 3 years later after seeing your car in action last week at the Bash.

 

Alex

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It's with great sadness that I revive this thread for Ben's wife, Debbie.

Ben passed away last Tuesday while we were all preparing for the Bash of congestive heart failure. 

Debbie has asked me to sell the car for her. If anyone is interested it has 10,200 miles and has always been garaged, never wrecked, and maintained and upgraded by my shop since new. I will offer it here for sale first, if no bites I will put it on ebay for her. Price $42K or best reasonable offer. All upgrades are in this build thread. 

 

Alex

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