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  1. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member Single Barrel Sirs

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    Oh yeah!!!
     
  2. TimKonaGT500

    TimKonaGT500 Member Established Member

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    As a fellow 01 Cobra convertible owner, I appreciate the resurrection of that car! I am glad you found a solution to keep the interior tan, as that was fairly rare, and looks great with the black. I know how much the replacement upholstery is for the black/gray... I am not even sure the brown/tan is available.

    Keep up the good work!!!
     
  3. foofinator

    foofinator Engineer/Lawyer Established Member

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    I used low-profile TMI seat brackets: https://www.cjponyparts.com/TSB12/p...lac_guid=abfc7a4f-ca88-e811-80f7-0050568938fc. If they sit high off the floor, I don't really notice it, but I'm fairly short.

    Love the car, particularly the Saleen body kit. If the parts you have are salvageable, I'd go all in with the scoops etc. My recommendation on the motor would be to replace the 2v with a 2v (or rebuild yours) and add boost. I put a TorkTech manifold and ported 03/04 Cobra Eaton on my 1998 GT (silver car in the images above), and its way faster than the 01 Cobra.

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    I'm a fan of odd colored interiors. My 1998 GT's is grey, and my 75 Nova's is porno red.

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    There is no margin. A beautiful one of these cars is worth, what, 17.5k? The price of the car, with shipping, being like 4K, that leaves 13.5K. The motor build and paint alone will come close to eating that up, and that's not covering the clutch, flywheel, transmission, driveshaft, rear end rebuild, wheels, tires, convertible top, interior, starter, battery, sensors, yadda yadda.... I just ordered another $500 in parts from Late Model Restoration, and it's for dinky stuff like e-brake cables, brake pads, and brake rotors; there were a lot of similar purchases. I may end up with 25-30k in this thing, but it will be like a new car with a new drive train and a twin turbo kit. But no one will ever buy it for that.

    A project car that would provide a margin would have to be in much much better shape. I'd recommend one with shiny paint, a healthy motor, and a few minor (electrical and the like) issues. One that you could hit with a polisher.

    We've been PMing, and I know I owe you another picture. Sorry for the delay!


    And the updates... picked up some new rear brake calipers (at O'Reilly's of all places, pretty inexpensive).

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    Fixed my previous compression fitting repair of the rear brake lines with double flare unions. If anyone needs to do this, I can't recommend this tool (Titan Tools 51535 Double Flaring Brake Line Tool, 45-Degree) enough! I previously tried to use a tool from NAPA and it sucked. Also cleaned up the undercarriage a bit.

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    Re-did the underlining in the fender wells that was obliterated by my pressure washer.

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    And it's in! Complete with 9/16" front subframe bolts. The brake calipers in this picture are the old ones.

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    Also dropped off the 04 to get ready for the March mile!

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    Best wheels ever on the banana.
     
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  5. foofinator

    foofinator Engineer/Lawyer Established Member

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    Thanks!!

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    Got her back on the ground and took her out for a test drive. I need to bleed the brakes again, but rides much better. No more clunk when you change gears, etc. Going to get her back up in the air to give everything another once over and take care of some final details on the rear end, then moving to the front to get the tubular K-member and twin turbo kit installed.
     
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    Weather Man Persistance Is A Bitch Premium Member Established Member Top Shelf Gentlemen

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    Nice work for sure.
     
  7. Mike's03Mach

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    Wow, looks like a new car.
     
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    That car loves you.
     
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    What did you use for the underlining material?
     
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    Yep! I am planning to do all of that. Great minds think a like. I never owned a 4V car and the swap isn’t bad, I just want to do something different since I owned a 2V car for many years. Lastly, the light interior with dark colors are cool to me. A lot of people like black interiors but I have two tone in my 96 GT.




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    You're brave taking on a project like this. Looks like it's all coming together though. You truly follow the adage "don't crush 'em, restore 'em".
     
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    Wow, really cool job saving it


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    Did you buy it directly from Copart? It turned out that most inventory on copart is available for dealers only. And to be able to buy all vehicles that are listed, you need to use broker. I always used A Better Bid® Online Car Auctions - Damaged, Repairable, Used, Salvage Cars Sale online action to bid on vehicles, maybe there is an alternative?
     
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    Wow. Incredible job that you have done thus far. You have certainly saved one from the crusher.
     
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    foofinator Engineer/Lawyer Established Member

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    BTW, still at this. Dropped it off at the painter today. Work done that I haven't posted about includes a UPR tubular K-member to fit the turbo kit (still uninstalled) and some MM coilovers. Also, new glass on the passenger side!

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    Great that you keep updating this thread. Awesome job, brother! You resurrected a disaster that was likely destined for the junkyard, and a car you can now get a lot of enjoyment with. The black convertible top was a good choice.

    You should sent some photos to the last owner if you have contact info. His jaw will drop to the ground.

    Keep us posted!
     
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    awesome thread! That's some great work to restore her. I am a bit surprised that the guy who had it repossessed didn't pawn those rear tail lights!

    Keep the news coming. I am looking forward to seeing the painting pictures!

    :)
     
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    Awesome save. I’m also undertaking a restoration/build of a black 01 cobra vert. Mine started out a little nicer that yours. I purchased a roller with very nice paint and full interior for the cost of a nice dinner.

    Keep us updated!


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  20. foofinator

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    Thanks, and will do. I do not know that I ever want to have contact with the PO after this experience! Or the shady-ass Oklahoma City dealer that repo'd this and listed it on Copart and had the balls to try to haggle up the price.

    Yeah, I was a little surprised. But he had no idea about anything. Unfortunately, the driver side rear light has lost its chrome on the inside and leaks. Not sure if I can fix that myself or not. The passenger side one is mint.

    Very nice paint is huge. I'm spending over $7k on my repaint.

    Thanks! We will check these out.

    Updates I didn't post:

    Installing the tubular K-member (car was dirty, had been hanging out outside for a minute).

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    Cervini's cowl hood (I love Cervini's) and reproduction 03/04 Cobra front bumper. I did the Cervini's hood first after being unable to remove the flex seal from the factory hood. For the front bumper, I really wanted to stick to the 99/01, but I couldn't find a decent bumper for a good price. The one the car had was pretty trashed. Then, I rolled into someone's trailer hitch turning right on red (they stopped after starting to go because they saw a cop, and I was looking to my left, thinking they had gone - still my fault) and that was all she wrote! Casualties = front bumper cover and underlying foam.

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    And I also got new wheels for the 04!

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    This poor car locked up its Whipple 3.4 at the last mile at over 200 mph. Everything else is fine. Decided to work on the black '01 instead of going to this year's March mile for a change of pace. Already did 205.4 mph, and I've been to two miles a year for a bit.
     
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