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Thread: Cheetah inspired build

  1. #21
    Thanks Mike. I was in my 40's when I was able to start building cars. I have 5 children. I'm 62 now. My children are adults and gone. I miss the days of them being young and my house being filled with there voices and activities. Working on my car is what fills my days now.

    Enjoy your family. Time passes quickly.

  2. #22
    I've built a second frame. I've been test fitting the components before taking it to a professional welder for completion. I'm on a tight budget for this build. I'm using readily available off the shelf parts. The headers and side pipes are from Patriot. Ends up that they will work well and are simple to install. Today I'm fabricating the brackets to mount them.

    A guy from another forum did a photo shop of my car. He's given me permission to use it.

  3. #23
    Junior Member
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    Aug 2005
    Thoroughly enjoying this thread.

  4. #24
    Junior Member
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    Apr 2019
    Earlier in this thread you mentioned that the Cobra clan were now happy with you Chevy powered version. I guess they did not know that Carrol Shelby initially built the Cobra for a sbc power. He even used a GM radiator. After approaching GM about supplying him with power units and being turned down, he struck a deal with Ford. Even though the first Cobra's were Ford powered, they all were equipped with GM radiators.

    Back to your build, he look great!!!

  5. #25
    I had heard that Shelby tried to get SBC engines first. I was not aware about him using Chevy radiators.

    I've finished the second frame and fitting the aluminum panels. I'm in the assembly process right now. I hope to have it drive able in a couple of weeks. Then I have to go through the NY registration process. That can take a little while.

    I plan to drive it this summer with the body in it's white Gel Coat. Over next winter I'll finish the body work and paint it. I'm anxious to get it on the road.

  6. #26
    Senior Member
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    Jun 2014
    Land O' Lakes, Fl
    Really like the creativeness of this build. I think I am almost as anxious to see updates as you are to get it on the road. lol

    Keep at it, this project is highly interesting and I love seeing it come together.
    It's a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself. - Dale Earnhardt Sr

  7. #27
    Thanks Mike. I'm anxious too!

    I designed the chassis so that i would end up with a 5 inch ride height and 60% of shock compression available at that ride height. I'm happy to say that I accomplished that. I set the tub on to make sure tire clearances were correct and to play with tail lights. I have a full set of Lucas Winged lights. The mount externally and would meet NY's requirement for marker lights.

  8. #28
    The car is sitting a little high in these pictures. The final ride height will be set when assembly is completed, fluids are added and I'm in the car.

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