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Old 05-17-2019, 05:56 AM
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A guy that a good friend of mine worked for had a kit one. I don't remember the details of the engine and all but I did get to drive it out on an airport runway. Stupid fast!
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:57 AM
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Factory five is a great kit but as others have said it comes down to the builder. I’d actually give the nod to Backdraft as the nicer of the two because it just seems a better or more balanced appearance.

For that money you should be able to enjoy it for a year and get your money out of it. Go for it.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:04 AM
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Buy one already built, IMO the lighter the motor is the better, I would want one with a LS7, I cannot see any advantage to an heavy big block carburetor motor like so many of these are built with.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:11 AM
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I was a member of the Porsche car club that allowed the cobra in their club. Interesting that with a professional driver the cobra did well against them on the track. With a rookie like me would up backwards in the infield, lol. 500+Hp in a 2300 pound car.
Yep. Gorgeous cars, but downright nutty power to weight if you don't know what you are doing. Guy that hangs out at my watering hole of choice has a bit motor cobra kit, and discussing either selling it, or putting a roller 289 in it to make it more drivable. Fun to drive as it is, but not practical (or enjoyable) in traffic.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:13 AM
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Buy one already built, IMO the lighter the motor is the better, I would want one with a LS7, I cannot see any advantage to an heavy big block carburetor motor like so many of these are built with.
Or a new Coyote 5.0. Hell, I think a Ford 425hp crate motor is $7500. Also Ford Performance 5.2L Aluminator XS Crate Engine M-6007-A52XS rated for 580 hp is $16k....
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Or a new Coyote 5.0. Hell, I think a Ford 425hp crate motor is $7500. Also Ford Performance 5.2L Aluminator XS Crate Engine M-6007-A52XS rated for 580 hp is $16k....
Can you stuff a OHC ford in one? Was thinking they were too wide.
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I grew up about 3 miles from where Carroll Shelby built them on the grounds of the LAX airport, I actually like the original 289 version better, he widened the original A/C body to fit the big block, I saw many when they were built there
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I worked with a guy that was "lent" an original Cobra by his bud. He took it for a spin and wrecked it. Within a year or two he went completely bald.
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I worked with a guy that was "lent" an original Cobra by his bud. He took it for a spin and wrecked it. Within a year or two he went completely bald.
Hell if he wrecked an original Cobra then I hope his balls fell off too
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:06 AM
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If you want an original you better hurry, auction is today. Each is expected to fetch 1.7M or above.
https://www.motorauthority.com/news/...ead-to-auction

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Old 05-17-2019, 11:18 AM
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One of my favorite cars in the world..loved 'em since I was an early teen. My dad was into European racing, and into US muscle cars. So I learned about them early on.
The 289 Cobra was one of, if not THE, first cars to do 0-100 and back to 0 in under 10 seconds. And if I recall, 0-60 was 3.6 seconds....and that's taking into consideration the primitive tire techology back then..probably bias ply.

I passed one coming back from the marina last weekend...going over the Niantic River Bridge, there's a guy sorta around my area...see him now 'n then.
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My uncle had a series 1 for a little while. I was pretty surprised when he pulled the cover off of it for the first time. Im pretty sure he got it from an auction that the bank repossessed it from a drug dealer in a small town.
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Corndog38 View Post
I worked with a guy that was "lent" an original Cobra by his bud. He took it for a spin and wrecked it. Within a year or two he went completely bald.
I realize that it's been a couple of hours since this was posted, but I keep feeling like I'm missing part of this story.
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does it have the lane departure feature? I wont buy otherwise, Safety is number one.
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
does it have the lane departure feature? I wont buy otherwise, Safety is number one.
Why yes it does! Mash the right pedal and it will depart the lane in no time.
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Reminds me of the friend who had an all-original Shelby GT500 Mustang. 427, 4-speed. Dang, that thing was brutal..
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i sold my CSX to an undisclosed buyer in Morocco.
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Originally Posted by fjmaverick View Post
My uncle had a series 1 for a little while. I was pretty surprised when he pulled the cover off of it for the first time. Im pretty sure he got it from an auction that the bank repossessed it from a drug dealer in a small town.
Reminds me when in college I was talking cars with a fella I met who lived near campus ask if I wanted to go for a ride in a Jag . Sure enough in an old barn sat a 67(?) XKE 6 cyl hardtop in British Racing Green .
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Originally Posted by RIDE2GETHER View Post
Hell if he wrecked an original Cobra then I hope his balls fell off too
They were helped "off" by a couple guys and a knife, who were hired by the owner...
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I was driving thru the Alps in Switzerland. Looked in the rear view mirror, a guy in a Cobra was coming up the road behind me. You'da had to shot him in the cojones to get the grin off his face....
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