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Offline austr6

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66 GT anti sway bar finish
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:49:27 PM »
Hello all, I'm in the process of finishing the front suspension on my 66 GT
Just not sure what finish should be on the anti sway bar?
Any ideas ?
Kind regards
Richard.
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Offline J_Speegle

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Re: 66 GT anti sway bar finish
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2017, 03:15:27 PM »
They would have been a dark heat treated bare steel finish. Plenty of articles and threads on how to reproduce this look/finish on the site :(


Semi-gloss black    ::)

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Re: 66 GT anti sway bar finish
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2017, 04:51:21 PM »
They would have been a dark heat treated bare steel finish. Plenty of articles and threads on how to reproduce this look/finish on the site
My San Jose Oct 65 GT K Fastback's sway bar is painted semi-gloss black. When replacing the lower arms, I intended to replace the sway bar bushings, but because my Fastback came with heavy duty suspension, I did not find a proper ID bushings for the larger diameter sway bar that were not slit, so I stayed with the originals.
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Re: 66 GT anti sway bar finish
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2017, 05:41:31 PM »
Thanks Jim for the catch.  Not sure what I was thinking at the moment I typed that.  One of the benefits of public forum review

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Re: 66 GT anti sway bar finish
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2017, 07:45:53 PM »
Just to show variation on the sway bar finish ,the vast majority of 65/66 GT350 sway bars I have seen on survivor cars appear to be un painted dark heat treated spring steel. That may be what Jeff was thinking off when he first posted.  All of the NOS service bares I have ever had over the years (about a dozen) have been unpainted also. Typically many bare metal service parts get painted rather then left non painted . The point being in this case the service parts seem to have the same finish as the assemblyline parts.  The GT 350 1 " sway bar was special and maybe that explains the finish in that case.  I have seen a few that were painted but couldn't confirm they hadn't been messed with. 
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Re: 66 GT anti sway bar finish
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 08:38:26 PM »
Just to show variation on the sway bar finish ,the vast majority of 65/66 GT350 sway bars I have seen on survivor cars appear to be un painted dark heat treated spring steel.
Shelby was not building concourse grade cars and from several people that did get a look-see while 65-66 GT-350's were being built said that almost anything went. You can see inconsistencies in a lot of areas that were not part of the as delivered car. It's what makes a 65-66 Shelby unique.
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Re: 66 GT anti sway bar finish
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2017, 08:47:22 PM »
Shelby was not building concourse grade cars and from several people that did get a look-see while 65-66 GT-350's were being built said that almost anything went. You can see inconsistencies in a lot of areas that were not part of the as delivered car. It's what makes a 65-66 Shelby unique.
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I think that often the "anything went" has its limitations and often owners and restorers have used it as an excuse or to make other choices. Guess that is where the "almost" comes into play. In this example I doubt that Shelby had people painting the sway bars and instead used what was delivered to them so that would create some limitations.   Heard one "anything goes" urban legend years ago where the person making the comment suggested that 65 Shelbys were assembled with 6 cylinders from San Jose    ::)

Wonder hoe Peyton would react or respond if ask his opinion of some of the comments that have been made over the years. Were wish I could ask him this an a couple of other questions


But of course we're getting off thread ;)

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Re: 66 GT anti sway bar finish
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2017, 09:51:30 PM »
I think that often the "anything went" has its limitations and often owners and restorers have used it as an excuse or to make other choices. Guess that is where the "almost" comes into play. In this example I doubt that Shelby had people painting the sway bars and instead used what was delivered to them so that would create some limitations.   Heard one "anything goes" urban legend years ago where the person making the comment suggested that 65 Shelbys were assembled with 6 cylinders from San Jose    ::)

But of course we're getting off thread ;)
It has been my impression that ether the person was uninformed or part of the making excuses crowd when the ole anything goes sentiment was used when describing Shelby American production.
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