How to Build Cobra Kit Cars & Buying Used
How to Build Cobra Kit Cars & Buying Used

How to Build Cobra Kit Cars & Buying Used

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How to Build Cobra Kit Cars & Buying Used
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The original Shelby Cobra left an indelible imprint on the automotive landscape. This nimble English roadster, powered by a raucous Ford V-8, set new performance standards, won countless races, and became an iconic supercar. The Shelby Cobra was only in production for six short years and only about 1,000 cars were ever made, but Cobra aficionados yearned for and revered these cars. Then, beginning in the late 1970s, companies manufactured and sold Cobra replicas as a kit car, so enthusiasts could build one in their garage, and other companies eventually offered complete rolling chassis as well as complete new cars.
Author D. Brian Smith, former editor-in-chief of Kit Car magazine, shows you each crucial step for assembling a modern Cobra replica, and in particular, he profiles assembling the most popular Cobra kit car: the Factory Five Cobra Mk4. He guides you through selecting the right Cobra kit car for a particular budget and performance goals, and then shows how to plan, budget, and use the necessary tools. Detailed step-by-step captions and photos show you how to assemble each major component group of the car so you assemble a strong running, reliable, and safe Cobra replica.
Also included in this informative guide is how to buy a pre-owned Cobra replica. It shows you how to inspect, evaluate, and test drive used Cobra kit cars for those who prefer to purchase one already assembled.
Chapter 1: Choosing a Kit 
Select a Donor Car 
Factory Five Racing 
Chapter 2: Buying a Pre-Owned Cobra Replica 
Where To Look 
Which Car is Right For You? 
Inspection and Evaluation 
The Test Drive 
Chapter 3: Build Options For Cobra Kit Cars 
Jesper Ingerslev’s Factory Five Racing Mk3 Roadster 
Tom Morgan’s Unique Motorcars 427SC 
Darren Friedman’s 2006 Kirkham 427SC 
Engine Sources 
Transmissions, Clutches, Scattershields, Etc. 
Chapter 4: Building Your Cobra On Time and On Budget 
Develop a Plan 
Evaluate Your Skills 
Create a Spending Budget 
Create a Time Budget 
Chapter 5: Organization and Preparation 
Kit and Component Inspection 
Consult Your Build Manual 
Tools and Supplies 
Chapter 6: Chassis, Suspension and Brakes 
Deconstruction Begins 
Project 1: Disassembly 
Project 2: Panel Removal 
Project 3: IFS Installation Preparation 
Project 4: Front Shock Absorber Installation 
Project 5: Front Spindle Installation 
Project 6: Front Disc Brake Installation 
Chapter 7: Rear Suspension and Differential 
Project 1: Independent Rear Suspension Installation 
Project 2: Rear Brake Installation 
Chapter 8: Pedal Box, Steering Shaft and Steering Rack 
Project 1: Footbox Panel Installation 
Project 2: Pedal Box Assembly Installation 
Project 3: Steering Shaft and Steering Rack Installation 
Chapter 9: Fuel System, Brakes and Footbox 
Project 1: Fuel Tank Installation 
Project 2: Fuel Pump Installation 
Project 3: Footbox Installation 
Project 4: Fuel Line Installation 
Project 5: Brake Line and Master Cylinder Installation
Chapter 10: The Engine 
Small-Block or Big-Block? 
Crate Engines 
Stroker 427 Small-Blocks 
Dart Machinery 
QMP Racing Engines 
Project 1: Install Long Block Assembly 
Mating Engine to Transmission 
Chapter 11: Drivetrain and Cooling System 
Project 1: Drivetrain Installation 
Project 2: Driveshaft Installation 
Project 3: Radiator Fan Installation 
Project 4: Radiator Hose Installation 
Chapter 12: Electrical System 
Project 1: Wiring Harness and Fuse Box Installation 
Project 2: Trunk Wall Installation 
Project 3: Battery Installation 
Project 4: Gauge Installation 
Chapter 13: Miscellaneous Parts 
Project 1: Header Installation 
Project 2: Clutch Cable Installation 
Project 3: Transmission Shifter Installation 
Project 4: Roll Bar Installation 
Project 5: Seat Installation 
Project 6: Emergency-Brake Installation 
Project 7: Sidepipe Installation 
Project 8: Weather Strip Installation 
Chapter 14: Body Fitment and Paint 
Project 1: Fitment Procedure 
Project 2: Door Latch and Hardware Installation 
Project 3: Eliminate Mold Line and Trim Body Panels 
Project 4: Hood Scoop Installation 
Project 5: Primer Application 
Project 6: Complete Footbox 
Project 7: Painting Procedure 
Chapter 15: Interior and Windshield 
Project 1: Windshield Installation
Project 2: Floor Pan Finishing Procedure 
Project 3: Interior Carpet Installation 
Project 4: Seat and Restraint System Installation 
Project 5: Steering Wheel Installation 
Chapter 16: Final Fitment 
Project 1: Roll Bar Installation 
Project 2: Fuel Cap and Fuel Filler Hose Installation 
Project 3: Headlight Installation 
Project 4: Turn Signal Installation 
Project 5: Taillight Installation 
Project 6: License-Plate Light Installation 
Project 7: Side Vent Installation 
Project 8: Miscellaneous Panel Installation 
Project 9: Splashguard Installation 
Project 10: Front Apron Installation 
Chassis Alignment
Chapter 17: The Test Drive 
Our Maiden Voyage 
Chapter 18: A Guide to Cobra Kit Car Manufacturers 
Factory Five Racing 
Unique Motorcars 
E.R.A. Replicas 
Everett-Morrison Motorcars 
Shell Valley Classic Wheels, Inc. 
Lone Star Classics
B&B Manufacturing 
Hurricane Motorsports 
The Turnkeys 
Superformance, LLC 
Backdraft Racing 
Kirkham Motorsports 
Unique Motorcars 
E.R.A. Replicas 
Shelby American, Inc. 
Source Guide 
Pages: 176
Size: 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format: Paperback / softback
Illustrations: 473 b/w photo
Publisher: CarTech
ISBN: 9781613253878
Product Code: SA202P
Publisher: Cartech Books / SA Design
Paperback: 176 Pages, 473 B&W Photos
Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.8 x 0.5 inches
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