1988 Shelby CSX-ND (CSX-T #236)
As soon as I can find time, I will post a complete
write up of this fantastic vehicle. For now, I have had many
requests for pictures of the 'infamous' CSX-ND....
Carroll Shelby himself signed the car at SDAC-7 at Donna's
We bought this car on the 21st of June, 1997. Within
two weeks, we removed the TII engine that was installed, fixed
some body damage, applied custom graphics, oh, and did one of,
if not the first install of a TIII engine into a non-factory
car. We ran it, at first, with an 88 T2 SMEC system. We ran a
custom distributor off of the exhaust cam, and solved the problems
of it rotating backwards, and oil sealing. At the end of those
first two weeks, we had driven it over 1800 miles to Chryslers
@ Carlisle, and then onto SDAC-7.
In early 1998, we went to SBEC electronics, and built
a variable nozzle turbo system, based on a VNT25/T3 hybrid, along
with a Tial 38mm external wastegate to take care of the high
end stuff. It would routinely spin the engine to 9000 rpm, with
some bursts as high as 11000 rpm. It sounded like regular Indy
car fare. We took it to Carlisle again the summer of '98, and
then to Las Vegas for the new Shelby American grand opening.
Two weeks late, on October 30th, the car was destroyed in a hail
storm consisting of baseball and softball sized hail. I was driving
at the time, and the car had the power to get me out of danger.
The car sat for about a year, and I then sent it off to a body
shop to be restored. Several months and cubic dollars later,
the shell came back with fresh paint. It was nice, but I became
a bit dis-interested in it, and it sat for another year. I then
sold the shell in 2001. We enjoyed this car immensely, and I
won't rule out building another like it someday!
CSX-ND at Shelby American Grand Opening, 1998.