Cobra (re)build

  1. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I always remember there was a vauxhall viva coupe on my way to school...it belonged to my mates grandad and every time we walked past it he would always say that it was going to be his first car when he passed his test...no idea if it ever happened.

    I thought it was a good looking car...but it's the only coupe version of the viva I ever remember seeing so can't have sold many of them.
     
  2. Olderisbetter

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    Look at droop snoot firenza and magnum versions, Same as the viva coupe but serious looking and went well.[​IMG]
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  3. Wallace

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    Check out the South African Chevrolet Firenza. :D
     
  4. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Yea thats the one I remember...except it had square lights I think...and was a 1970s dark brown. I think those twin lights look pretty cool...better than the square ones.
     
  5. mylesdw

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    Finally made a start on this job. Car was looking rather unloved

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    So I got on and started removing stuff ready to pull the engine out

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  6. chris pruteanu Member

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    Didn’t read the whole thread but the car looks to have a different number plate now, does- it ?
     
  7. HopefullySoon

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    If I ever get to NZ , I'm dropping over for a drive . Awesome looking cars and for a driver a drivers car .

    Jealous .

    Malc
     
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  8. mylesdw

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    These plates are the NZ plates, it also has UK plates (on SORN!)
     
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  9. mylesdw

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    You'd be very welcome - always up for chatting about cars and drinking beer.
     
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  10. chris pruteanu Member

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    Got it now! Sorry if i sounded daft, its a nice project. We have a replica ac cobra at the garage as a demo car with a corvete engine inside, its a scary car to drive even with large brakes and modern day suspension! Looks menacing next to our corvete with also a ls3 engine on steroids!
     
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  11. Browser Happiness is an even fillet.

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    Always had the teenage-lad-growing-up-in-the-80s dream of building a Cobra or Countach replica, then I found out how much it'd cost me!!! Lovely-looking car Myles, looking forward to reading more about it.
     
  12. slim_boy_fat

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    We definitely need pics of that one! :thumbup:
     
  13. chris pruteanu Member

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    There you go...hope OP won’t mind me hijacking his thread !
     
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  14. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Thanks, that's a really impressive Corvette :thumbup:. But I meant detailed pics of the Cobra :ashamed: :ashamed:
     
  15. chris pruteanu Member

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    Sorry mate, the cobra isn’t mine and I wasn’t there when they built-it. All I know is a Backdraft Motorsport kit with a crated ls3 engine and some beefy gearbox, has genuine wheels and wilwood brakes all round. It’s also on modern suspension and has little over 350 wheel horse power. It’s a really mean car to drive, it’s just waiting the opportunity to rip your head off and spit it out !!
    If you want to look at a few videos then look Vector Custom and services on Facebook and scroll trough their list of built cars, it’s there. The owner is the son of a wealthy entrepreneur and is well into yank cars, he has a fully done chevelle on carbs, a really mean Dodge Charger and a lot of fast 1600+ whp machines...and he’s only 28 ! He’s brother is also a test pilot for Lamborghini and used to drive also for Porsche...
    Once more sorry for hijack...
     
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  16. mylesdw

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    Any ideas for some thoroughly rusty manifold bolts with poor access? I could take a few out with a socket, and they needed a lot of force to get them moving but there are quite a few that you can't even get a ring spanner to.

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  17. angellonewolf

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    plusgas for a week soak leave soak leave

    had to remove glow plugs on my last car looking at them prob the orignal took to a garage bloke said your better doing your self bud

    said the same to me plusgas over a week take the car for a run get hot and take it easy unturn a few turns turn it back in keep it going
     
  18. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    I have no luck with bolt removal...whatever I try they always seem to break off almost flush. I've taken to just cutting the heads off....remove the part and make myself some room. Maybe I'm just getting old or something...
     
  19. angellonewolf

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    it was luck even the mechanic said so he said x snap y dont you have more chance if you play with it using the gas and driving when you take it in to a shop to do they will just try taking them out if they snap you pay for removel on top at least the guy was honest and said so
     
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  20. chris pruteanu Member

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    As above, loads of plusgass and heat if possible use a short ratchet so you dont snap them bolts... Use coper slip to refit and new bolts are a must!
     
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