How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used

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CarTech Inc, 2012 - Transportation - 176 pages
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The original Shelby Cobra left an indelible imprint on the automotive landscape. This nimble English roadster, powered by a raucous Ford V-8, set new performance standards, won countless races, and became an iconic supercar. The Shelby Cobra was only in production for six short years and only about 1,000 cars were ever made, but Cobra aficionados yearned for and revered these cars. Then, beginning in the late 1970s, companies manufactured and sold Cobra replicas as a kit car, so enthusiasts could build one in their garage, and other companies eventually offered complete rolling chassis as well as complete new cars.

Author D. Brian Smith, former editor-in-chief of Kit Carmagazine, shows you each crucial step for assembling a modern Cobra replica, and in particular, he profiles assembling the most popular Cobra kit car: the Factory Five Cobra Mk4. He guides you through selecting the right Cobra kit car for a particular budget and performance goals, and then shows how to plan, budget, and use the necessary tools. Detailed step-by-step captions and photos show you how to assemble each major component group of the car so you assemble a strong running, reliable, and safe Cobra replica.

Also included in this informative guide is how to buy a pre-owned Cobra replica. It shows you how to inspect, evaluate, and test drive used Cobra kit cars for those who prefer to purchase one already assembled.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
5
Birth of the Cobra Kit Car
7
Choosing a Kit
8
Buying a PreOwned Cobra Replica
13
Build Options For Cobra Kit Cars
23
Building Your Cobra On Time and On Budget
34
Organization and Preparation
39
Chassis Suspension and Brakes
43
Drivetrain and Cooling System
96
Electrical System
102
Miscellaneous Parts
115
Body Fitment and Paint
126
Interior and Windshield
141
Final Fitment
152
The Test Drive
162
A Guide to Cobra Kit Car Manufacturers
165

Rear Suspension and Differential
54
Pedal Box Steering Shaft and Steering Rack
60
Fuel System Brakes and Footbox
70
The Engine
84
Source Guide
176
Back Cover
177
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About the author (2012)

The former editor-in-chief of Kit Car magazine, Smith has been writing about Cobra replicas for many years and created a variety of technical how-to articles while at the magazine. Currently, he is a freelance writer and photographer. He owns and operates Redline Review, an online magazine for auto enthusiasts.

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