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  • bird_dog0347
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    Originally posted by 4bangen View Post
    that lower rad support looks killer. I'm wanting to do the whole team z kit from in front of the strut towers forward on my rally car.
    The front bumper/crash bar is also the tubular one that LMR sells, it's just not on there or needed yet. I also love the clean look of the upper side where the radiator mounts and you can see the welded up quarter sized holes there, when the hood pops you'll only see a nice clean look! We just have to figure out what to do with the aftercooler tank that typically mounts in the battery area. Kevin is trying to convince me to ditch that setup and go with a traditional bumper intercooler setup but I always loved the look of the aftercooler (assuming the mess can be hidden).

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  • 4bangen
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    that lower rad support looks killer. I'm wanting to do the whole team z kit from in front of the strut towers forward on my rally car.

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  • bird_dog0347
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    More work progressing on the engine bay, it's getting smoothed from the shock towers forward as well as above the pinch on the firewall. I also saw where LMR came out with their own tubular core support so I snagged that and it's got final install this week, Kevin still needs to mock up and install the mounts for the AC condenser though.



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  • bird_dog0347
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    Originally posted by 4bangen View Post
    can't wait to see it together.
    You and me both man!

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  • 4bangen
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    can't wait to see it together.

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  • bird_dog0347
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    No pics to add at the moment, but here's the invoice notes from this week so lots of progress still being made.

    Hours 15
    Installed T-roof conversion. Which includes 14 million rivets, 40 spots welds over my head,
    hammer and dolly of a pillars to line up posts, then ribbon sealer at every seam. Used sealant
    under edges for a water tight seal. Then started working roof front and back section to body.
    Now its time to start putting Frankenstein back together and set it all on gaps and lines.
    Coming next. Excited to finally have a car​

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  • bird_dog0347
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    Been a while since the last update, not a ton of new stuff to show as it's just a lot of the same... primer/sand/primer/sand/primer/sand but here's a couple of new ones showing how straight the door is and how nice the bumper is compared to the earlier pics. Almost ready to let them cure a few months for paint. Once all the body is ready to cure Kevin will start smoothing the engine bay and getting it in primer.





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  • bird_dog0347
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    Been a while since I updated this, it's been a bunch of boring stuff blocking and sanding some of the body panels and getting them perfect. Getting the front bumper done with the Cobra insert to make it look like it was original and not cut and stuck on there. The top of it will also be closed in and look like a GT bumper cover from the top when you open the hood (can't tell a difference with hood closed). Pics from a while back while it was being worked on.






    Anyway, after the shell got completely stripped and Kevin thought he got any/all rusted panels replaced he sent it out for media blast and discovered there was more rust in the passenger floor pan so I shipped him a passenger pan replacement from LMR which he managed to install and make it look better than factory. The car is officially rust free now, straight, and ready to start shaving the engine bay. The car, including the new floor pans has 5 fresh coats of epoxy primer.

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  • Rick Modena
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    Originally posted by bird_dog0347 View Post
    You talking about the "welds" on the exhaust? If so, yeah, pretty terrible but not my problem anymore as the guy who bought the roller also threw in an extra $200 for the headers and H Pipe. I'll be getting new ceramic coated headers for it.

    Kevin was planning this week to remove the intake, valve covers, oil pan, timing cover, and brackets to get them sand blasted and cleaned up to be good to go for new paint as well as all new gaskets to ensure no leaks.
    Yes, I was talking about the h-pipe and headers. Great job in getting $200.00 for them, lol.

    Also, good idea on the gasket set. It should come with them but the o-rings that go on the spark plug valleys but if they don't I'd get those for too for sure.

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  • bird_dog0347
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    Originally posted by Rick Modena View Post
    LOL @ "KurrupT"!

    And that welding job is the worst I have ever seen and I've seen some poor work. And I have never seen an SN95 SVT Cobra that butchered.

    Though those '96-'98 Teksid aluminums blocks are built very well. Iirc they have 'squared hatching' on the intake valley, where as WAP (Windsor Ass. Plant) cast blocks have 'cross hatching' (looks like diamonds vs squares).
    You talking about the "welds" on the exhaust? If so, yeah, pretty terrible but not my problem anymore as the guy who bought the roller also threw in an extra $200 for the headers and H Pipe. I'll be getting new ceramic coated headers for it.

    Kevin was planning this week to remove the intake, valve covers, oil pan, timing cover, and brackets to get them sand blasted and cleaned up to be good to go for new paint as well as all new gaskets to ensure no leaks.

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  • Rick Modena
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    LOL @ "KurrupT"!

    And that welding job is the worst I have ever seen and I've seen some poor work. And I have never seen an SN95 SVT Cobra that butchered.

    Though those '96-'98 Teksid aluminums blocks are built very well. Iirc they have 'squared hatching' on the intake valley, where as WAP (Windsor Ass. Plant) cast blocks have 'cross hatching' (looks like diamonds vs squares).
    Last edited by Rick Modena; 11-09-2022, 03:16 PM.

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  • bird_dog0347
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    All good now though, the engine and trans are officially out and ready to get cleaned up a bit while they wait to go in the notch. I'm going to just order some new headers and X/H pipe as well as they are not in good enough condition to be put on this car. These are usable and could be cleaned up, but I'll just sell them cheap to someone who wants to put in the work. Next up Kevin will put the roller back together so the new owner can pick it up.












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  • bird_dog0347
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    The last week or so has been more about getting the 97 Cobra drive train out so the new owner of the roller can come get it and it will be out of the way. Not too many surprises, but there were a few during disassembly... First off I was told when I bought the Cobra that it had a Walbro 455 LPH pump and 60# injectors, but when Kevin was driving it on the Dragon it's like there was a hard rev limiter at 4k rpm. Kevin decided to drop the tank even though we don't need it and I already have a better system on the way to him, and he found the only fuel upgrade appears to be a 255 lph in tank pump. Hard to tell on the injectors, they don't appear to be marked so we will have to have them tested to know what we have. Obviously the car was seriously under-fueled for it being supercharged but that will be solved so no worries there.


    Also, when Kevin pulled the after cooler he found this.





    Then later when he pulled the heat exchanger he found this.






    Not to mention some of the crap wiring work and spaghetti mess, as well as the subwoofer box in the trunk that was so big it had to be put in from the back seat, but they had to cut part of that frame to put it in THEN put a crap weld on the frame to reinstall the seat.

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  • bird_dog0347
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    Originally posted by Rick Modena View Post
    Hmmm, I did have a picture saved...
    Very nice... I always liked those colors too, but they are a bit too dark for me. I really loved my old 2008 ZX-10r that I had. The factory color was Candy Plasma Blue and then I painted my race fairings but can't recall exactly what color I used. I'm sure I could go through my old threads on a different forum to figure it out, but I also shared those pics with Kevin and he knows my tastes now and will custom mix something that's one-off.


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  • Rick Modena
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    Hmmm, I did have a picture saved...
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