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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #15 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.
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« Reply #16 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.
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« Reply #17 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?
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« Reply #18 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?
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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #19 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!!
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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #20 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.

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« Reply #21 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.
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« Reply #22 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
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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #23 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.
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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #24 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!!!!
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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #25 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?  ;)

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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #26 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?
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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #27 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
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« Reply #28 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.
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Re: My Visit to Hurricane
« Reply #29 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.
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