RedTwilightZERO 1996 Cobra Build

Discussion in 'Build Ups & Projects' started by RedTwilight, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. RedTwilight

    RedTwilight Active Member

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    I guess I'll finally make a thread for the build up of RedTwilight ZERO. My 1996 laser red Cobra.
    I purchased it used back in Sept. 1999 with approx. 47,000 miles on the odometer.
    This was my first manual car, but I have been driving tractors and four wheelers since I was little. So it didn't take me long to get used to it.
    It was completely stock except for the intake air silencer removed and a K&N conical filter.
    I drove it this way until Feb. or March when I couldn't stand it any longer. It was too quiet. Something had to be done. So I ordered up a 2 1/2" BBK off road H-pipe and 2 1/2" MAC Flowpath cat back.
    The difference and sound was outstanding and just what it needed.


    I drove it like this for quite a while. Daily driven, cruising, racing, and even car shows. All the things one would want to do in such a vehicle. I have been through more clutches than I care to count, and even obliterated 3rd in the original T-45. So with that happening came it's first big change.
    The almighty and revered T-56 6 speed transmission! I said I could either spend $1000.00 to rebuild the T-45 or put that $1000,00 towards acquiring the 6 speed. And the later is exactly what I did. So after a call to D&D Performance a T-56 with aluminum drive shaft was on the way. At the same time I also upgraded to an 11" clutch.


    And this is pretty much the way it has stayed while slowly acquiring parts for paint and body, suspension and other items.


    It currently has well over 200,000 miles and several dents from daily driven duties and deer impacts.


    It's current list of installed mods are:

    Engine and Drivetrain
    removed air silencer
    K&N cone filter
    2 1/2" BBK off road H-pipe
    2 1/2 MAC Flowpath cat back exhaust
    Weapon X coil packs
    Taylor 10.4mm ignition wires
    Custom Ignition wire covers
    Tremec T-56 Cobra spec 6 speed
    Fidanza aluminum flywheel
    11" Centerforce dual friction clutch
    Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
    Aluminum drive shaft
    '03 Cobra radiator and fans
    Exterior and Appearance
    Painted body matching calipers
    One piece clear projector headlights
    Red Cobra grill emblem'03
    GMC Envoy fog lights with HID's
    Interior
    Cheap Cobra Misano L replica seats (true Misano L's to be purchased one day)
    '03-'04 Ford Racing leather 6-speed with silver medallion shift knob
    Autometer gauge bezel gauge pod
    Autometer electric Phantom water temp and oil pressure gauges
    Super bright LED's in factory dash cluster

    Parts awaiting to be installed: (someday)
    '03 IRS (waiting to purchase brake lines / fittings and FTBR bushings and diff cover)
    Saleen rear bumper
    Saleen side skirts
    H.O. Fibertrends 1 1/2" cowl Cobra hood
    Shinoda Boss decklid spoiler (still have butI've decided on a different spoiler)
    ABC Exlusives Cobra front bumper extension / air dam (still have but unsure if I'll use)
    Side Scoops (Stalker style)
    Coil on plug conversion kit
    '04 Cobra C.O.P's
    '04 Cobra C.O.P. valve covers
    '94-'98 Export side mirrors
    Bullet style pedals
    Maximum Motorsports 4 bolt Caster / Camber plates
    '04 Cobra front lower control arms

    Trunk Springs with Bumpers
    Dome light door switch
    Door Hinge pins
    Front bumper cover hardware

    spoiler delete trunk lid
    Slowly collecting parts for an Eaton swap!

    Griggs Racing GR40 carbon fiber decklid spoiler
    Carbon Driven '03-'04 Cobra carbon fiber side skirt splitters
    Carbon Driven carbon fiber cowl panel
    ThomasW's carbon fiber Firewall panel
    Aerocatch carbon fiber hood latches
    Rovos Durban Satin Bronze wheels 18x9 front / 18x10.5 rear

    Stiffler's "Fit" system subframe connectors, jacking rails, and matrix braces.
    Stiffler's tubular transmission crossmember

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    Calipers painted to match.

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    Custom plug wire covers

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    T-56 Cobra spec 6 speed

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    '03 Independent Rear Suspension

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    '03 Envoy Fog lights and custom brackets

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    H.O. Fibertrends 1 1/2" Cobra Cowl hood

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    Authentic Saleen Side Skirts
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    Export mirrors and Bullet style pedals.
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    '04 Cobra front lower control arms and Parts for eventual Eaton (Kenne Bell / Whipple) swap.
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    MMR stage III '04 Cobra heads with Manley valves and springs and titanium retainers.
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  2. cameron57

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    Clean car for all those miles. She be a fun car when complete.

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  3. RedTwilight

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    Thanks! But sadly those are some older pics. It no longer looks as good thanks to a deer or 2 that have put a couple of minor dents in it. Also the paint has faded and is now several shades of red/ pink.

    After I get the rear back in my '93 notch I plan to start on the body work and then paint and suspension before Mustang Week next year. Then hopefully after that the engine and engine bay work will begin.
     
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    Yawn.............is it done yet!?!? Lol


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    Love this thread this car is going to be amazing for sure. post some more pics and keep up the great work man.
     
  6. RedTwilight

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    Slight update.
    Not really any work done, but moving closer to starting.
    I got some guide coat, glazing putty, sandpaper, and sanding blocks. I then pulled out the H.O. Fibertrends hood to begin preparation for the endless process of sanding and primer and more sanding all before paint.


    Also ordered a few pieces for the eventual restification of the Cobra.


    New trunk springs with bumpers

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    Dome light door switches
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    Door hinge pins
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    Front bumper cover hardware
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    Nice collection of parts. Shud be a fun ride when all said and done.
     
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    Where did you buy the hinge pins from?
     
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    www.latemodelrestoration.com

    They also have the whole hinge assembly, but are a bit on the pricey side.
     
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    Was afraid of that. See my write up, ask any questions. They didn't want to force their customers to drill out the hinge for new bushings, so these fall in. Problem with them falling in, they're not tight. Curious how yours goes, but the doorman bushings fit great after drilling them out....

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    Thanks for the heads up. I will see how they fit when I get around to it. If not I'll do the Dorman bushings or find some other bushing.
     
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    I pulled to H.O. Fibertrends Cobra cowl hood out of storage yesterday and started block sanding and prep for primer. The hood is a really nice piece. The only thing I don't like about it is that the scoop bezels were molded in instead of being a 2 piece design like the factory.


    So now before I get too far I've got to decide on what to do with the scoops on the hood. Do I want to
    1. ~ cut out the moulded in bezels and make mount for the factory scoop bezels?
    2. ~ go in with a dremel, files, and sandpaper to sharpen up and deepen the outlines of the moulded in bezels?
    3. ~ or fill the outlines and smooth the area around the scoop.




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    Scoops with guide coat on after a little block sanding.
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    Got myself a spare Teksid block. I plan to start building this one for the Eaton / Whipple / Kenne Bell swap while still being able to drive the car. It was a good deal that included the Cobra Engineering timing dowel upgrade kit and ARP main side bolts.



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    Also I found a spoiler delete trunk lid. So now I don't have to spend all that time to fill the holes for the spoiler in my factory trunk lid.

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    Little update. Not much has been done to the car other than driving it. I've spent most of my time on my '93 coupe doing a full suspension upgrade.
    But I have just recently pulled it into the shop and hope to begin doing some work to it soon.

    I did make a purchase to add to the Pile-O-Parts.

    SVE FR500 steering wheel in black.
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    Is it done yet?!? ;-)


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    The SVE FR500 steering arrived the other day and WOW does it feel so much more comfortable than the factory wheel.

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    Wait until you put it on the car. You will love it.
     
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    Nice. You need a solid weekend of parts installation and make some good progress! :slowclap:
     
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    Thanks, but it's going to take a lot longer than just a weekend. I'll probably spend a couple months just on body work. Then all the little bits and details that I want to achieve.