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Old 11/24/2008, 10:04 AM   #1
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Cobra Project Update

We are moving along slowly on the cobra project. Thus far, we have undercoated the body and built up the rolled edges on the fender wells. Then, we worked some on the frame by installed the upper and lower control arms, spindles, ran brake lines, and installed brake calipers. After that, we placed the body back on the frame so we could begin body work.

As for body work, I have been busy lately closing gaps at doors, hood and decklid. I am just about done with that and will start laying a fine layer of bondo on the body. After that, we will sand down and start laying the final sandable primer to get ready for paint.

I also have all of my holes cut in the body for front and rear turn signals/tail lights, hood pins, etc.

Lastly, I have ordered my new Canton oil pan for my 390 build. I need to get it over to the engine builder so he can build the engine this winter. Looking foward to having it back.

We have a few things to figure out. The biggest thing is the pedal assy setup. We are on our own to figure out which setup will work with this car as they are no longer making the setup they used to. As well, I have some work to figure out a slave cylinder system for my clutch fork. Not a huge mystery, just takes time.

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Old 11/24/2008, 01:48 PM   #2
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Looking good Paul. Are you putting in a Big or Small block engine? What's your anticipated completion date?

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Old 11/24/2008, 02:23 PM   #3
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It is a big block 390 FE. Not chasing horsepower though as it will have Cobra Jet heads (instead of aluminum) and a 4 speed TopLoader. Will dyno but dont expect to exceed 400 HP.

I don't have an expected completion date. Hopefully by this time next year but we will see.

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Old 01/04/2010, 09:14 AM   #4
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Cobra Back from Paint

The "Black Pearl" is back from paint. We picked it up a week ago. The weekend before Christmas, we fired the 390 and heard it come to life. Now, the panels are all installed in the fire wall, the body is installed, some electrical is complete.

We are trying to complete before World of Wheels in Feb, but I think it is a stretch since I have to travel most every week between now and then.

Anyway, thought you would enjoy some recent pictures.

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Old 01/04/2010, 10:01 AM   #5
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Paul,

I love the Cobra hotrod you're putting together, maybe someday I would love to have something like it ... seeing these pic's also is inspiring me more to get my car painted, I think that this'll be the year I do it finally ... BTW, what are your plans for your motor (390) ... share some details ...

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Old 01/04/2010, 12:42 PM   #6
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Sure. My 390 is freshly built. Bored .40 over. Flat top pistons, 428CJ heads, aluminum intake, Holley 750 carb. The machine shop made a mistake and bored it .40 over instead of .30 over. Bad piece of luck. 390 is a 1969 model.

We also have a Lakewood bellhousing, stock clutch, Willwood slave cylinder, and a 68 David Key (4 speed) Toploader transmission.

This pic does not show the oil cooler installed - but we have it installed now.

Hope that helps.

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Old 01/04/2010, 03:14 PM   #7
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Stock 11-1/2 inch clutch?

Nice project.

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Old 01/04/2010, 03:54 PM   #8
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Congratulations Paul,

WOW it is really coming together rapidly for you now. Thanks very much for keeping us up to date. I was thinking of you this morning as I came along the shores of botany bay in sydney and passed a cream on blue cobra on my way to work in the special. Yours already trumps most cobras and can't wait to see the trim coming back together. With the go to back up the black pearl show I'm excited we won't have to wait long to see it complete!

Thanks again for the update.
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PS - the red car yours too? similar setup?
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Old 01/04/2010, 06:41 PM   #9
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That is my brothers red 428 cobra. Yes, it is the same manufacture. Mine is our 3rd cobra in the family. We built a blue Factory Five Cobra for my brother in-law. We all live within 5 blocks from one another. Some folks have called us "The Brotherhood of Snakes". Thought it was cool.

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Old 01/04/2010, 06:52 PM   #10
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The machine shop made a mistake and bored it .40 over instead of .30 over. Bad piece of luck. 390 is a 1969 model.

Paul
Paul, I know some of the 72-73 blocks can be punched out a bunch, but are the walls of a '69 block thick enough? As the owner of a "similar" car, I can tell you that anything that contributes to higher engine temps can really give you problems, because of the confined space and lack of air circulation in the engine compartment. You might want to be thinking about ways to deal with overheating. Email me if you need some ideas.

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Old 01/05/2010, 07:18 PM   #11
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Wow Paul it is really coming together! Love the pictures. I can almost smell that spent fuel. Marty
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Old 01/06/2010, 09:22 AM   #12
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I understand what you are saying. According to my engine builder, an FE block can go out to .60 without any issues. Regarding cooling the engine, we have done just about everything we can think of to keep HP out, a good high output electic fan, good thermostat, rejetting the Holley double pumper carb, etc. Running hot is a worry I don't want.

Don't be affraid to send ideas. We may not have thought of everything so give us input!!

Thanks everyone for the kind remarks.

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Old 01/11/2010, 09:12 AM   #13
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Lates pictures from Sunday night. Almost ready to start installing carpet in most areas. Front is complete - with exception of hood. Wiring in process.

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Old 01/11/2010, 08:04 PM   #15
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forgive me for asking, but what are the two strips in the drives front fender for?

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