Keep GT or get a Cobra?

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  1. DropTopPony

    DropTopPony Administrator Staff Member Admin SN95 Supporter

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    I am trying to decide whether or not to switch to a 98 Cobra Vert.

    My 96 GT Vert is a 1 owner car (me) with suspension and brake upgrades built SRA, ported heads/cams etc etc .

    I have a built Teksid short block and supercharger waiting to go in as well as an IRS swap from 04 Cobra waiting to go in.


    My dilemma is do I want to continue adding parts and putting more money into my GT or do I find a nice low mile 1 owner 98 Cobra Vert to work on. Most of my parts are transferrable like interior, export mirrors and tails, plus the IRS and Teksid.

    Selling my GT specific parts would be no problem as most are good quality and the car once returned back to almost stock would sell eventually.


    I am thinking in the long run the Cobra will retain much more value and even start to appreciate down the road at a much higher rate then the GT.

    A nice low mile Cobra Vert will cost me $7-11,000.

    I could sell my GT Vert for $4-5,000 with no trouble so out of pocket for the upgrade would most likely only be @ $4,000 not including the money I will get for selling supercharger and other parts.

    What do you think?
     
  2. 1MEANMACH

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    Keep the car and put your motor and blower in it
     
  3. 97stanger

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    Keep the GT and build it the way you have been dreaming of for years. Will be well worth the reward
     
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    I'd keep the GT.
     
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    I toy with this idea literally every day. But what sways me is that my GT is much cleaner than most Cobras in my price range.

    What it comes down to is that all the little sh!t is right on my GT. The right color combo, it's clean, I like everything about it. With a cobra, I might have to settle for black-on black, have to replace the radio again, have to lower it again, have to get wheels for it again. All the little annoying stuff that you don't realize right away when you're starting on a new car.

    You can always make the GT go faster too. And likely for less money than the difference from the GT sale to the Cobra would net.

    But 4v motors are literally car porn, so this idea still taunts me. I know how you feel.
     
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    Keep the GT, put that money you would spend on a cobra into your GT :)
     
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    Keep the GT. It's worth it just because you know everything that's ever been done to the car.
     
  10. JerZeyStangz

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    This is a tough call droptop, you put a lot of value into your GT and there aren't many like it. The real question is do you want to go through all the hoops again to personalize the 98 Cobra to your specifications. Any type of motor work on a 4V is a headache because of the size of the heads and cams so supercharging it is a no brainer but you have to think of everything as a whole. To tell you the truth it would be awesome if you could keep both but not everyone has the coin.
     
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    Nail on the head.. My mom is telling me to sell mine and get a newer one.. But I got the car 100% bone stock, I know every single thing done to the thing since I did it all myself.. I say keep the GT, drop those goodies in and have an even better car than a Cobra. Starting all over, wheels, suspension, radio, exhaust, motor etc.. it will be annoying. You've owned the car since it was new, so you know the full history of everything, I vote keep the GT.
     
  12. DropTopPony

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    This is what is enticing me!

    I have been playing with 2V's for 17 years and maybe I am just looking for a change.

    Money is not a factor in this decision either, financially I could keep this and buy a GT500 but then I would get divorced and cost me oh so much more.

    I feel like I might want something new to play with but I like the SN's so if I did make a change it would be for another and part of the fun would be starting over.

    There are several really clean low mile Cobra verts in my area so finding a clean canvas isn't that hard, just letting go of my GT is the hard part.


    But I am picking up a new interior and stock mid pipe this week so I can pass emissions and get the GT back on the road for some cruising and maybe I'll have one of those WTF was I thinking moments.
     
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    I knew what your answer was before I posted.
     
  14. JerZeyStangz

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    How come you can't just have both?
     
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    Wife said no, plus I don't have room in the garage. My mowers, tools, other equipment take up a lot of space so only room for 1 car in the garage. And its not a DD so having 2 extra cars isn't something that would help keep the wife happy. She still isn't over me buying a $5k lawn mower :)
     
  16. JerZeyStangz

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    That sucks, wife should be understanding about the your passions/hobbies for mustangs but thats a whole another topic. I could see why room could be a issue though.
     
  17. D3VST8R96GT

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    Keep it. You'll kick yourself everyday once its gonw

    The D3V
     
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    I would definitely get your GT on the road so you can enjoy it before making the deciding factor. I feel like that will make you realize what was I thinking once you can finally enjoy your GT
     
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    THIS. By all accounts I have a much nicer, limited production car now and I still regret selling my GT.
     
  20. 1997GT4.6

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    If you already have all said parts ready to go in, keep the GT. You'll save money from not purchasing the more expensive car and have that money to use on more upgrades. Unless you are really looking for a new start, 4v is the way to go! Except when they break, then you'll wish the cost was that of a GT.