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Title: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 15, 2020, 11:57:40 am
What a fun day and seeing the process of these kits and cars come together. I can't thank Alec enough for spending the whole day on Friday going over all sorts of things and answering my questions.
Some pics form my morning arrival...
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 15, 2020, 11:59:16 am
A few pics of the Coyote powered
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 15, 2020, 12:02:58 pm
HM-2027 with it's tag freshly welded on.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 15, 2020, 12:07:56 pm
Other work in progress in the shop.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 15, 2020, 12:13:00 pm
After lunch we went up to Lake City to see where the glass work, body and other parts are made. Body and cockpit just out of the mold in the past day or two.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 17, 2020, 05:08:29 am
Greg thank you for the frame pictures!! Had no idea they weld the number on. Nice touch. Do you know who's hood that is in the picture? It's like the Gumball Rally Cobra hood. Very cool. Hope some of those fiberglass parts are mine!!
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 17, 2020, 06:06:22 am
Oh Greg BTW did you purchase HM-2028 while you were out there?
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 17, 2020, 07:41:30 am
The gumball rally hood goes with the one just above it in primer, will be going to CA complete less power.
The laser cut frame tag is a new item, yours was the first. 2028 is spoken for, 2029 is a special project.
As of right now, 2030 will be the number assigned to mine.
One thing I forgot to mention, new fuel tank design is coming, will be similar to what Paul P. has done with his.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 18, 2020, 04:45:24 am
Very cool info thanks!! I hope 2030 will have your name on it.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 20, 2020, 07:56:12 pm
It will, first part delivered yesterday.  ;)
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 21, 2020, 01:21:53 am
Nice glad to hear it. What trans/engine you going to use?
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 21, 2020, 10:11:12 am
Will be using a 347 SBF w/ modified T-5
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 21, 2020, 09:45:41 pm
Nice!! Those 347's are screamers!!
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: dgldseq on August 27, 2020, 06:40:40 pm
Hey Greg.  The car going to CA is mine.  Been waiting for it to go to the paint shop and after, final assembly less engine and tranny which I will complete once it gets here.  It's a great observation to notice the hood vents fashioned after the Gumball Rally Cobra, a movie I've watched a countless number of times, as a small detail.  Not too many without an eagle eye would notice. Paul Proefrock as well as Alec at HM have been so helpful to me on this build. 
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 27, 2020, 11:01:47 pm
Are you doing a full on replica of the Gumball Rally car? Such a great movie. Don't forget your 70's Snooper radar detector! I snagged a NOS one on ebay for $30.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 27, 2020, 11:17:43 pm
I always liked this shot of the car. Shows the roll bar holes where it was removed for whatever reason.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: dgldseq on August 28, 2020, 11:41:33 am
LOL 😆.  Probably no radar detector.  I always obey the speed limit signs.....NOT!  Not possible with a Cobra.  I'll take my chances...as well as the back roads.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 29, 2020, 04:10:04 am
LOL yea they are not much good these days. They just let you know when your getting a ticket. Plus the technology has changed so much. I'm going to find one of our local PD officers doing radar and ask to try it. It's pretty much a novelty item anyway.

Oh forgot to ask you what engine and trans are you going with?
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: dgldseq on August 29, 2020, 08:42:54 pm
I'm going with a 427 Side oiler with Edelbrock heads and a holley carb. and a TKO 600 churning a 331 gear I.R.S.  I was talked out of putting another top loader in the new build (HM2025) for the TKO.  I wanted to stay as period correct as possible but I folded on the tranny.  I originally bought the engine and ran it in an ERA #85 car that I built in the early 80"s.  In that car a ran a 4 speed top loader with Hurst shift linkage.  The car was stolen after 1100 miles which was recovered about 12 years later.  The body was trashed but the engine was rebuildable which I just recently did.  So, to make a long story short I'm anxiously waiting for the crew at Hurricane to finish up their part so I can take delivery and get that sucker on the asphalt.  How's your build coming along?
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 30, 2020, 03:31:01 am
Oh wow nice!! I'm a big FE engine fan. Do tell why were you talked out of the Toploader? Please send a pm if you prefer. TY!!
ERA are beautiful cars. Sorry to hear the troubles! That's horrible but glad you got it back. Look forward to seeing your new car!!
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 30, 2020, 07:57:45 am
Don't quote me on this, but I think the tunnel has to be modified to accommodate the toploader's linkage.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 30, 2020, 09:17:54 am
Oh!!! LOL I see. Greg thank you so much for posting this. Yes something to look into for sure. My old 67 big block Shelby and Mustang both came with a toploader with reverse lockout. I just can't remember if it went next to 4th gear or 2nd gear. And with the shifter handle installed 180* either a new tunnel top or some patch panels with zerks and seals seem to be in my future. I haven't ordered a trans yet. So I may have some options possibly. The side cut out isn't too bad. But the top does not leave much meat for the shifter ring to get bolted too. That's interesting.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: dgldseq on August 30, 2020, 05:05:55 pm
I love the 427 FE. The first one I saw and heard was in  65 Cobra.  It sported two Holly carbs.  You could hear that car whenever he came to town.  It was especially exciting because his girlfriend lived down the street!  Sorry, I just got sidetracked.  I went with the TKO because of the 5 gears.  Hopefully with the 331 IRS, and a sort of over drive capability I'm hoping to get an acceptable compromise between performance and gas milage.  The ERA car gave me about 7 miles/gallon...passed everything but a gas station as they say, which I proved to be a true statement.
How far along are you on your project?  How is your engine set up?0
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on August 31, 2020, 05:36:23 am
Me? Still waiting for kit to arrive. Hopefully mid to late September. Engine is pretty much stock iron medium riser but with a 428 crank. Solid lifters. Still a few things to sort out there. I had much the same Cobra experience as you. Old town I lived in a guy had a original. He'd drive around with his 2 little boys stuffed in the passenger seat. Could hear the rumble mile away. Rattled the house windows. I was looking at ERA as well. Excellent car but out of my reach with the budget set. It's easy to get carried away LOL.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: dgldseq on August 31, 2020, 06:47:25 pm
I bet the anticipation is killing you.  They're probably busy working on your car and put mine on hold, LOL. But, that's OK.  If I have to wait a couple more months I'm OK with that.  Its too hot here to get out and do anything on it anyway.  I went with HM mostly because they said they could get the car done and shipped in several months.  However, I did make a couple of changes which took a little time to engineer, the hood being one of them.  I talked to Peter at ERA and he said about a 2 year wait on a complete build, minus engine and tranny. Even a kit was a year and half wait.  I don't have the energy to source all the parts the kit required like the first car I built plus a lot of the original parts are harder to locate.   HM I thought was the next best choice.  So here I am...patient waiting.  I know when we get our cars we won't be disappointed.  Have you decided to go with a Top Loader or a TKO? In my ERA car I went with the top loader and 355 rear end.  Glad gas was cheaper then!!!!
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on August 31, 2020, 08:15:10 pm
I bet the anticipation is killing you.  They're probably busy working on your car and put mine on hold, LOL. But, that's OK.  If I have to wait a couple more months I'm OK with that.  Its too hot here to get out and do anything on it anyway. 

Hey Alec...Did you hear that?  ;)
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on September 01, 2020, 04:44:42 am
Well I hope we all get our cars very soon!! With your car just needing paint I bet it's very close. Going to be a amazing ride for sure. That hood is super cool. Well worth the wait. Yes ERA had a bit of a wait time. They are beautiful cars. Before I chose HM I was looking for a old Contemporary. Prices were way up there and not many out there at the time. Strong money for even for 428 and small block powered cars. I remember seeing them new at the NYC Auto show at the Javits Center in the late 70's. Nice cars.
I hear you on sourcing original parts. I have a few good sources if you need original FE things. Let me know I'll pass on the info to you. Expensive but good people. Yes going with the toploader and 3.50 9" rear. The IRS is so nice but I kind of went overboard on the engine and transmission costs. So had to dial it back a bit to stay on track. I bet your car will handle great with that IRS though. What 427 block did you use? OEM or aftermarket?
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on September 01, 2020, 04:47:19 am
Greg when I get the call to pay the final part of the bill I'll know it's close! ;D
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: dgldseq on September 04, 2020, 08:07:47 pm
I went with an original 427 FE.  I was also able to pick up an original SHELBY stamped intake manifold which I felt like I was very fortunate to obtain as even then they were pretty hard to find. The engine survived, which was a miracle but, unfortunately, when the car was stolen and  found at the bottom of a canal 10 years later the aluminum or whatever light weight material they used to manufacture the intakes back then, was trashed.  Flowing water and aluminum don't play well together.  Lost the original Holley carb. as well.  Fortunately I bought 2 of them at the time from then Ford Power Parts in the Los Angeles area.  I think they are long gone now.  Alec said the car will be in paint soon.  I know he's doing his best to complete HM 2025 and get it out the door to make more room for more Cobras.  Going to be hot here this week end.  Not going to do much on a new garage I'm building that will sport the Cobra.  Not sure which one will get completed first.  Have a great week end.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on September 05, 2020, 01:52:22 am
What's the carb #? I'm using the C5AF-9510-BE. I forget the list # but can check. I saw a NOS version on ebay for like $3500. Wow 10 years in the canal. What a horrible fate. But the fact your able to salvage some of the car is great. If that canal was part salt water yes aluminum does not do well.
Thanks and have a good weekend also.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: dgldseq on September 07, 2020, 05:26:18 pm
I'll have to get that carb. info. for you.  It has been sitting in a box since 1984 and now is at my engine builders shop.  I asked him if he thought I should go with a new carb or maybe a EFI carb look alike system.  His response was hell no!  He said he could make that carb perform as well as any new carb or EFI system (minus the better gas mileage with the EFI).  Plus it was defeating the purpose of keeping the period correct appearance, which I am trying to do.  So, that means mounting fuse blocks, etc., on the firewall as the original cars as well as several other visual correct things.  The only thing I'm having a little difficulty finding is a pair of the Cibie fogs, which you pointed out....good observation buy the way.  I purchased a couple of items that were original on the car and sent them to Alec to use in place of some of the parts that Hurricane supplies that give it a more period correct look as well.  Until the car gets here I think I'll have just about all I need.  Hope your parts search goes well.  I have learned that patience really is a virtue.   
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: Greg K on September 08, 2020, 05:54:19 pm
Some pics of new prototype tank with slanted bottom.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on September 09, 2020, 02:54:21 am
I'll have to get that carb. info. for you.  It has been sitting in a box since 1984 and now is at my engine builders shop.  I asked him if he thought I should go with a new carb or maybe a EFI carb look alike system.  His response was hell no!  He said he could make that carb perform as well as any new carb or EFI system (minus the better gas mileage with the EFI).  Plus it was defeating the purpose of keeping the period correct appearance, which I am trying to do.  So, that means mounting fuse blocks, etc., on the firewall as the original cars as well as several other visual correct things.  The only thing I'm having a little difficulty finding is a pair of the Cibie fogs, which you pointed out....good observation buy the way.  I purchased a couple of items that were original on the car and sent them to Alec to use in place of some of the parts that Hurricane supplies that give it a more period correct look as well.  Until the car gets here I think I'll have just about all I need.  Hope your parts search goes well.  I have learned that patience really is a virtue.


Ebay has the Cibie foglights. Expensive but saw a NOS pair for $300 with clear and amber lens w/ white covers.
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on September 09, 2020, 02:57:18 am
Greg that's a nice tank! No idea what I'm getting but one of those would be good. :-)
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: dgldseq on September 11, 2020, 04:24:12 pm
I did see some of the Cibies on EBAY.  They look close to the original ones used on the Gumball car.  Can't seem to find the model # of the fogs anywhere on the net.  Googled it without any luck.  So I might have to take the plunge and order one just to see the fit and how I would mount it.  The Gumball car appeared to mount them to a bar between the bumperettes and left the hoop off.  I'm going to try to figure a way to mount them to the hoop and hopefully get a similar look.  It's all fun.  Maybe I'll have the car completed to drive to car shows next year.  It's September, your car should be on its way shortly  :) 
Title: Re: My Visit to Hurricane
Post by: FFR428 on September 12, 2020, 03:29:13 am
I'm not sure what they used either. I know some had metal covers and some plastic. Yes it sure does look like just a metal bar they were mounted on. Pretty easy to do.
My car will be a while still. Hopefully sometime in October. Alec said they were still working on the under car exhaust. I told him take the time they need to get it right.
Hope your car is done soon. I think it will just needed final paint. Can't wait to see it painted.