Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Southport, Qld. AUS.
Re: On line Shopping for Edelbrock Parts in Australia?
Indeed Gambit, it is an awesome car... no doubts about it. But the rings are tired, and that bloody 750 Double Pumper Holley is pretty agricultural. It's only done 51,000 miles in it's life but metal gets tired over 39 years - it can't be helped.
I'm currently toying with keeping all the original parts and bolting on some Edelbrock Performer RPM parts such as the alloy heads, the pro-flo injection, and the cam and lifter kits. My thinking here is that I can keep all the original parts for posterity sake, but bolt on all the wonderful new hi-tech stuff. Just one rule - no cutting. If any holes or cuts have to take place... no dice.
Certainly, the Edelbrock Performer RPM heads look compelling. I recognise that various other manufacturers make alloy heads too, but the Edelbrock people make all the other nicely tuned bits too like cam timing etc. And besides, it gives me an excuse to lift the 289 out and give the engine bay a total "show car detailing" into all the places you normally wouldn't be able to get at.
The vehicle is immaculate, both inside and out, but shit it's loud. Refined is not a word which comes to mind when I think of the GT350.
My other current point of interest is the Quad Weber Dual Downdraft setup which was used on the GT350R race spec car. The manifold's for those cars were also used on the true 289 AC Cobras of the same period circa 1964-1967. You can't buy the REAL manifolds anymore, but Inglese Manifolds in the USA have been making perfect clones since the early 70's.
And the Holley Carbs people in Perth sell a complete Redline Manifold and Quad Weber IDF setup complet with linkage which fits under the GT350 hood with 2 inches to spare on top of the trumpets. Man, now THAT is an engine note. Zero exhaust overlap going back into the shared manifold plenum. The crispest inlet sound of any V8 on the planet. Imagine the Quad Weber setup mated to the Edelbrock Performer RPM alloy heads and cams? Gotta be getting close to 380hp easy - which was the original race output of the 1965 GT40 289 engine.
The Boo Boo Mobeel: 1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang Fastback. Scarlett Red with White Le Mans stripes with matching co-ordinated Pony interior. 289 Hi-Po Cobra currently mated to a close ratio 4 speed Top Loader. 17" Torq Thrust II's and 13" Baer Racing disks all round with PBR 4 spot calipers.