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General Questions / Re: New build HM-2022
« on: June 15, 2018, 05:55:55 am »
Welcome Dick.  You made an excellent choice with Hurricane.  I've never regretted making that decision.  Great bunch of guys at Hurricane.

If you need any assistance with your build, just ask.  There are plenty of us that have and/or going thru the build process and can provide plenty of assistance.

Where are you located?


General Questions / Re: Headed off to Lake City for another
« on: June 04, 2018, 06:32:29 am »
Super!!!  Keep the pictures coming.  Would like to see all the newest changes Hurricane is making.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2018 Build Thread
« on: March 18, 2018, 06:09:43 am »
Nice work on the door check straps.

I enjoyed your story about your mother and the Chevy dealership and buying a Ford.

My grandmother lived to be 100 and died in 1997.  When she was 85 she was at KMart with my mother and aunt.  She wanted to buy a push lawn mower to mow her grass.  She lived alone until just a couple of weeks before she died.  My mother and aunt said not just no but "hell no" you have great grandkids that would break a leg to mow your grass.  She said "fine, take me home".  When she got home, she called my uncle and got him to take her back to KMart and she bought that lawn mower.  That little woman could get that thing started (pull start) and push it around and mowed her grass for a good number of years.  BTW, her mother lived to be 98.  My mother is 91 and lives alone.  Hope I got some of those genes.

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: March 16, 2018, 01:51:19 pm »
It will be along while before that smile starts to diminish.  Lovin' every minute of it.  She enjoys it too.  Guess I'm gonna have to let her drive it.

Gave a presentation out at my old work on Wednesday since it was half finished when I retired.  Also took the car out there for show and tell.  Had probably the largest turnout ever for our Motorsports group.  A lot of gearheads and racers out there.  One guy has a FF5 that he is re-converting to a street car from a spec racer.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2018 Build Thread
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:50:55 am »
Hope that all works out.

TexasDMV changed the laws from the time I bought my car from Hurricane until I registered it.  It is registered as a 2017 Assembled Vehicle Replica of a 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C built from a Hurricane Motorsports 1965 Roadster 427 S/C.  My insurance say 1965 Hurricane 427.  I have to meet 1965 safety regs but am exempt from emissions regs.  I had to pay sales taxes on the base price of the kit when I registered it.  Total was about $1450 with all the taxes and fees.  We only pay yearly registration fees which is about $80.

BTW, wife and I drove mine to go see my mother for her 91st birthday yesterday.  About 150 miles round trip.  Took the windey long way to get there through our hill country.  Really nice trip.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2018 Build Thread
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:57:18 am »
Really nice car.

Hope the registration process is easier than it was for me.

Russ Ritttimann

Build Pictures / Re: HM2008 Build
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:57:40 am »
Looking really good Bobby.

Are you planning to bring your car to TCC?  I know you were hoping to have it running without paint by then but maybe next year.

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: February 26, 2018, 02:33:20 pm »
Yes, I got it from Gregg Herdlitchka.  He was going to make a clock out of it and hang it on the wall but never did it.  I got it when I borrowed his tires/wheels to pass my safety inspection to get my car registered.  I tried it then to make sure it fit the 5 pin drive Vintage adapters. 

I bought a small scissor jack from eBay that collapses down to almost nothing.  Has a removable handle. 

I bought a couple of tool bags from Harbor Freight (blue Hercules brand) to put things in.  Small enough to fit in the openings on the sides in the trunk.

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Spare Tire
« on: February 20, 2018, 05:54:51 am »
I decided to put a spare tire in my trunk.  I acquired a P155/60R15 tire mounted on a 15x6.5" Shelby American rim.  This was one of the silent auctions at the TCC a couple of years ago and the buyer didn't use it so I bought it from him.

Mounted a couple of footman loops up against the battery tray shelf and secured the tire with a 1-1/2" strap so it wouldn't move around.

This tire is 24" diameter and just fits in the Hurricane trunk space.  Any larger diameter and the trunk lid wouldn't close.  My billboards are 26" diameter so the difference from the ground to the axle is only 1".  Since I have independent suspension all around the difference in diameter won't be an issue.  This tire will get me home.  I have my lead hammer and a small scissor jack in the trunk.

I also hedged my bets and have a combination portable air compressor/fix a flat from Griots and a tubeless plug repair kit in my trunk.  If I need the room, I can take the tire out and still take care of a flat.

Here's a pix of the tire in the trunk.


Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:16:39 am »
You can see there is room for top posts in front of the 2X2" support.  I think Mark McKinnis used a top post although it might have been shorter battery case.  The covers I used on mine were left over from a top post battery from my Jeep.  They would work to protect the top post terminals/cables.

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: January 30, 2018, 06:26:18 am »
I decided to go with the side post battery.  I bought a billet battery hold down.  With the battery and hold down, it just barely fits under the 2X2" support that is above the battery shelf.  In fact, I tried installing the hold down on top of the carpet and I could not get the batter in place.  Had to cut around the carpet and set the hold down directly on the fiberglass shelf to get it to fit.

In the picture you can see there isn't much room above the batter to the 2X2" support.  This is without the carpet.

Others have used a top post and they fit fine.  The posts sit in front of the 2X2" support.  Not sure the size they used.  I decided on the side post as I was able to put some covers over the terminals so nothing gets shorted.

Can't wait for TCC.  Looking forward to being able to drive my own car finally.

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: January 27, 2018, 05:50:41 am »

Hope my experiences can help others with their build.  Mine was one of the first cars from Hurricane in Lake City so there were some challenges.  I like that Hurricane is making the car even better from the changes you have said they made to yours.  I've never regretted buying and building a Hurricane.

BTW, drove it Thursday.  It was in the 50's and clear.

I told my wife I should get some license plates that say "Beast" because there is nothing tame about a Cobra.  Not the steering, brakes, suspension, raw horsepower - nothing!!!  Respect it or it will bite you big time.

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: January 26, 2018, 03:30:56 pm »
Finished installing the carpet in the trunk.  There are 5 pieces of carpet for the trunk.  Since I couldn't find any installation instructions for the trunk, here are the sequence for installation I used: 1) install the two side pieces.  Align with the side tops and then wrap them around behind the rear wheels.  Glued these pieces down.  Don't trim the extra for now. 2) install the center floor section starting at the battery shelf.  I only glued the carpet on the battery shelf to allow the rear to be pulled up to get to the fuel level sender.  The carpet has been custom sewed so it fits snugly and flat. Have to cut around the roll bar and fuel inlet tube.  3) install the two pieces behind the wheel wells. Glued these down.  Now is the time to trim everything so it fits nice and neat.

Here's a pix of the final result.  With the installation of the trunk carpet, I'm essentially done with my car.

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: January 26, 2018, 03:18:48 pm »
Nice!  Glad they made that mod.  Looks like the openings to the cockpit next to the door posts still need to be closed off.  Might be as simple as how they trim the cockpit tub so it fits closer to the door posts.

Hurricane keeps making their car better and better.

Build Pictures / Re: HM-2005 Build Thread
« on: January 26, 2018, 06:58:17 am »
After driving my car for 300 plus miles, I found gravel in the cockpit area behind the seats where my rear tires were picking it up and it was making it through gaps in my rear inner fender wells.  I had planned to install inner fender liners but had not gotten to it.  Some builders have installed custom bent aluminum panels to enclose the inner fender wells.

After looking at my inner wheel wells, it was obvious the gravel was coming from the gap where the rear cowl lip on the cockpit tub is supposed to seal against the cowl area on the body and also on the bottom of the fender area.  There is a "D" gasket that was glued to the lip on the cockpit tub to proved the sealing.  In the area around the fender area, the lip deviated from the contour of the fender and was no where close to sealing.  Big gap right into the cockpit.

I decided to fix the cockpit tub cowl lip so it conformed to the fender contour and sealed properly.  In the picture below, I cut the lip in Area 1 and spaced it about 1/2" with foam pieces to the fender contour.  I then fiberglassed the triangular piece that resulted in cutting the lip.  The picture is after I glued in some high density polyurethane foam and contoured it with an angle die grinder with sanding disk.  Just a matter of applying fiberglass matte and resin over the area.  I used 4 layers of matte and resin.  Now the "D" gasket (you can see it in the picture where I pulled it out) will fit the 1/2" gap and seal as it is supposed to.

While I was at it, instead of custom cutting/bending some aluminum panels to fill the inner fender liners, I decided to just fill the gaps with the same foam, fiberglass matte and resin.  Those are shown in Areas 2 and 3.  I only attached the new fiberglass to the existing fiberglass of the cockpits tub.  I masked off where the new fiberglass contact the metal seat post or frame.  Also where the cockpit tub meet the body.  This will allow the fiberglass to flex a bit when the frame flexes.  Again, 4 layers of matte and resin as I found this results in about 1/8" thick fiberglass composite patch.

After applying the fiberglass, I coated everything with rattle can truck bed liner.  Matched the existing coating pretty well although the texture is not as aggressive.  Applied a large bead of black silicone to all the joints.

The final result is shown in the picture below.

Just a different approach to filling the gaps and sealing the rear inner fender wells.  Seems to have worked well.  No more gravel in the cockpit area.

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