afghanibob's 1995 Cobra build up---(2021) - things got out of hand

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Test fitting the Mark VIII fan.
Stock 94/95 (16"0 fan vs the Mark VIII (18")

This one has been cut down in thickness; placing the blades less than 1/2" from the radiator.
Too tall and not quite wide enough.


Clears my charge pipe and when I put it in a new shroud I can move the fan/motor to the driver's side more.

Cut down it clears the water pump pulley.
 
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How she will sit till October. Checked in for my return flight.
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Did find the AEM water temp and oil pressure will not fit in the cluster where I wanted them too. So they will have to be replace with autometer phantom II also. I tested another autometer gauge and there is hardly a counts hair between them.
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Great build! Man you have a lot of money tied up in this one for sure. Looks great.
 
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Holy cow this thread is old and lagged behind.

Since last post, the vert ran, switched over to Holley EFI Dominator a custom air/water system, plus meth, manual rack, tossed the A/C, went vacuum pump, full Viking coil over, reinforced torque boxes and drag suspension and TONS more. In October'ish of 2018, we got it on the dyno, made 750rwhp on 10lbs and the new custom dual disc clutch just couldn't hold it.....built a 4R70W with trans brake instead. Installed auto trans and then lost interest.

Fast forward a year, and I bought a 1995 Cobra coupe. Had it immediately stripped down to a bare shell, sold off all the parts I wasn't going to use, had a full 12pt cage from Team Z installed, mini-tub rear,, through floor subs and started building a full on street/drag car for Dragweek.

I swapped over the drivetrain, added a 417 Motorsports 2k air/water intercooler and Holley Hi-Ram 8.2 intake, swapped into 83lb injectors (93oct fuel goals), bought/built the largest radiator/fan combo I could and moved it to the back. Made a custom heat exchanger out of a chunk of a Fluidyne radiator a buddy wasn't using. Mounted it up front in the bumper cover. Went with a 417 Motorsports tubular front end to free up weight and space as well.

Got rid of the Behind Bars 18gl fuel tank and magnafuel pump and went with more Holley stuff, using their dual feed brushless dual controller pump with a -12 and a -10 feed from a 13gl fuel cell I put in the trunk.

Swapped out the beautiful Cobra Rs...I sold and immediately regretted ....and went with some Billet Specialties Street Lights, dual bead lock rear 15x12 6.5bs and 17x4.5 fronts. Rear tires are a 325/50-15

Had a Mossier M88 rear built with 9" ends. Damn thing is a tank. 3.73 gears and a spool and Strange axles with 5/8" studs.

Went with Racecraft Inc for all the suspension, Chromoly K-member, a-arms, caster camber plates, and rear uppers & lowers with their Anti-Roll Bar as well. Moved over the Viking shocks/struts too. Installed another Flaming River manual rack in this one too. Used a Wild Rides upper control arm S-box and we tied it into the cage main hoop. I got a killer deal on Bear SS+4 brakes front and rear too. Strange and Maximum Motorsports manual brake conversion with pedal. Tin Soldiers race cars gas pedal.

Sparco steering wheel with strange quick disconnect and Motion Raceworks button kit and a pair of TITS Kirkey road race seats. They have a longer base pad to better support the legs and more side bolstering. Much more comfortable than their standard prostreet seat.

Also went with Racecraft Inc rear spoiler and chute mount and other odds and ends

Hood is a VFN Cajun Pro lift off extended and front and rear glass is now Optic Armor.

Here are some rando pics until I can figure out a way to populate more over from other build threads.







all the bars. satin black vht was the right call


























 
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Trunk stuff


Test fit



Rear tin work. Traced template onto 2 sheets of .063" aluminum. And cut out.


test fit. worked pretty well.




Punched my rivet holes and held with cleco.


I installed 2 underside LED service lights


these are tits. I power them with Milwaukee m18 battery on a 3D printed adapter.
 
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Packaging, packaging, packaging.
I pulled the rear carriage assembly and cleaned up welds and hit it with paint.





I'm Project Binky engineer bracket maker but this thing came out great.











Put down a little weatherstrip. I'm not wanting any rattles. It will also help seal it and keep tire smoke out.


Aluminum in for hopefully the last time.





Everything worked great going in and out during mock up. We welded on feet the other day and what a huge pain in the ass getting them in today was. Not to mention drilling for bolts. But they are on for hopefully the last time.


And the radiator.







plenty of clearance. those lights are tits too.
 
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A little bit of front end stuff.

Pulled it apart...sort of.


Chopped the excess pinch weld and trimmed/smoothed it back.


Installed intake, injectors, rails, and intercooler. Installed remote oil filter and built oil filter lines, breather canister and those lines. Installed belt and began upper radiator hose.


Welded tabs to lower core support and mounted brackets for the heat exchanger we built along time ago from a chunk of radiator.


Built this upper bar with threaded tube ends and some spare metal.


Fits like a glove and sturdy as hell.




Made a simple bracket and mounted up fuel pressure regulator. Made a couple fuel lines too.


 
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A little electrical porn. This took 18 months of back and forth emails to get finished but built specific to the car and my wants/needs.



















 
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So all this was built during corona-cation last March - July. I was stuck at home on R&R that turned into 5.5 months. The last thing we accomplished before I redeployed on July 27th, was hear it RUN...


Then I came back to Afghanistan and have been here since. Hopefully I get laid off in June/July and will come home to finish her up.

In the meantime, more upgrades. I ordered a Schoneck fiberglass dash, and am debating on his Cobra front end. Car needs brake lines ran, driveshaft made, and a few other odds and ends and it will start making a few laps around the neighborhood...minus the top or glass lol
 
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Looking good as always Keith! That relay board with the military plugs is pure pornography.
Thanks.. Your white car is the inspiration to coyote swap the vert.

and that damn electrical seriously took 18 months of hounding the guy for my stuff. I was quick to pay and keep up my end of the deal but he missed several deadlines with me. THEN damn if UPS didn't loose my 56lb box of thousands of dollars of parts I had just waited so long for. When UPS finally showed up with it at 9:30pm he was shocked when I told him the value of the box and why I was on their ass to find it.
 

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Thanks.. Your white car is the inspiration to coyote swap the vert.

Aw shucks.. The Coyote is the way for sub-500 whp NA fun, period. Stock parts, stock reliability with a very useable powerband. The only gripe most people have, I’ve found, is dialing in the exhaust note.

and that damn electrical seriously took 18 months of hounding the guy for my stuff. I was quick to pay and keep up my end of the deal but he missed several deadlines with me. THEN damn if UPS didn't loose my 56lb box of thousands of dollars of parts I had just waited so long for. When UPS finally showed up with it at 9:30pm he was shocked when I told him the value of the box and why I was on their ass to find it.

Wow. I feel your pain, I have a set of Coyote cams lost in the FedEx abyss as we speak.
 
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very nice build.
Thanks. I'm just ready to get back home and finish it. The longer I ponder the [emoji2957]it gets. I'm a click away from a closed in cobra fiberglass front bumper cover. Because...streetcar

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