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Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: April 16, 2021, 07:36:16 pm »
Big day today, we got to see partially completed paint job. Clear applied but hasn't been sanded & polished yet

Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: March 23, 2021, 09:06:28 pm »
. . . like to see more detail about how you corrected and rolled the front fender edges. that's the one thing about our bodies I think needs some correction.

I modified my first car, after it was painted since the flares looked so bad. Spent a little more time on this one to get them closer. I rolled the edge all the way around the car except for the side panels where they wrap under the footbox/seat platform. About 24' worth of fiberglass work. Ugh!

This sketch shows it in a very simple form. I had to build up the inner edge and then grind it round so it looks like a sheet of aluminum wrapped around a solid wire filler. The body is about 3/16" thick and I added about 1/8-3/16" then ground it to be round. The hardest part is getting the square inner edge so it doesn't feel like just a blob of fiberglass. Mine feels like the panel actually ends there.

To make it a little simpler, I made some fixtures that bolted to my RotoZip tool so I could route the shape once the fiberglass had hardened.

On my first car, it cost me a couple thousand to touch up the paint but I was very pleased with the results.


Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: March 22, 2021, 07:24:29 pm »
Update: Bodywork finished, car primed, ready to start applying some color. A few more details on my site:

General Questions / Re: Finish Line Accessories
« on: December 28, 2020, 08:01:06 pm »
Aaron & All
I have been supplying things to Finishline and have seen the gradual decline as Taylor took over the company. I decided to change my distribution to the end-users rather than solely supplying to resellers and manufacturers. Period Correct doesn't have a full line (yet) but many of the items Finishline had are now available here:

If you have a particular need that isn't on the website, let me know, there are a number of items that I have fully finished yet and ready for publication but may have them on the shelf

Paul Proefrock

Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: December 02, 2020, 07:40:07 pm »
Couple weeks late in posting, but starting to get excited. Found the formula for the paint color - not an easy task as it is a proprietary color.  Saleen LizStick Red

Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: November 13, 2020, 08:09:52 pm »
Moving car from shop to bodyshop, starting the paint finishing process. Took a little longer than planned but she's on her feet now. From the beginning, I believed that details matter. Like having a full wrap around the header pipe outlet, or an accurate firewall/footbox


ps: don't know why the first thumbnail is upside down.

Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: September 27, 2020, 07:26:01 pm »
Greg - Yes, the windshield was a casualty. Having to tap the center mounting holes, I touched the glass with the tap and %$#^%*.  The windwing was a broken one I was using to verify clearances. The side louvers are the normal ones. Probably just an optical illusion

Sam: Thinking Candy Apple Red with a ghost stripe

Glenn: Yes, my website is open and I've added a lot of items to it. Take a look at


General Questions / Re: Posting pictures...
« on: September 27, 2020, 07:22:18 pm »
According to the InnerWebs, IOS converts HEIC into JPEG automatically for uploads like this. Sorry, the forum will not accept HEIC. It is not a commonly used format for pictures, on any forum or internet site, it is proprietary Apple. 

Your Apple device(s) should have a settings change in both Camera and in Photos to automatically enable the JPEG uploads.  Look for HEIC converter settings on Google.

Sorry, we can't help. Apple is in a world all their own


General Questions / Re: Posting pictures...
« on: September 25, 2020, 09:17:23 pm »
I just changed the forum settings to accept jpeg files. Supposedly IOS will convert HEIC files to JPEG on upload. Try it and let us know what happens.


Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: September 24, 2020, 08:39:55 pm »
Making Bondo dust - almost ready for paint

This is the favored part of the build - NOT

Build Pictures / Re: HM1085 Build Thread
« on: May 20, 2020, 08:06:37 pm »
Sorry to hear about your Dad, I'm certain he's looking over your shoulder as you complete the build.

Every state is different in its requirements for licensing. If the car has already been licensed in Minnesota, much of the battle is done. You will now be transferring a legal title/license from one state to another. Wisconsin will have a process for that and also a process for assigning the 17 digit VIN.

Maybe there is a Wisconsin forum member who will speak up. Another idea is to look on the forum for another cobra owner in Wisconsin near you. They may be able to share information on transferring/licensing.

If all else fails, a call to the State DMV number and ask them - be prepared for a long answer as this isn't done daily and the person you're talking to may not truly know the correct answer.

Welcome to the Hurricane family


Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: April 15, 2020, 07:22:01 pm »
That was Alfredo Canalizo, built HM1045. This is a link to pictures of the car and the sheetmetal parts. I just noticed he didn't remove the corners in the hood opening, but modified the tubes to fit around it. Strange to go to this much work and not correct that obvious non-accurate item.


Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: April 15, 2020, 09:23:30 am »
One of the biggest hangups I have on being 'period correct' is when you open the hood, it is obvious a fiberglass car, due to the configuration of the underside of the hood. I took this away by building a replica hood frame, then mounted the skin to it, same as the originals. Only difference is the skin is fiberglass instead of aluminum. Now just need to finish the fiberglass and trim to fit.

For Sale / Re: Parts & Spares
« on: March 10, 2020, 08:44:09 pm »
This is Mike Arps parts stash. Looks like he's decided to unload rather than complete. Pretty sweet deal, if you know what it is.


Build Pictures / Re: HM2023 Build Thread
« on: February 05, 2020, 07:09:01 pm »
That was one of the motivating factors to do it. On my first build, I had the ECU mounted upside down on the top of the footbox and every time I wanted to do something on it, I had to lay on my back. Getting too old for that.

I have a buddy who put the EPAS on his Factory Five and he gave me a unit with all the pieces. It's laying on the footbox right now to see if its worth the issues to put it in. I want to hide it so I maintain the originality, plus there's no room in the engine bay for it - too full of motor  ;D

I'll keep you informed


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