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Discussion in 'SN95 Cobras' started by Makobra, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. Makobra

    Makobra Active Member Established Member

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    Hey everybody. I've got a handshake deal right now with a guy on delivering a black 97 cobra (VIN 1FALP47V9VF117538 if anybody wants to hook me up with a check).

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    Sounds good right? Not so fast. Here's the bad:

    1. the engine had some issues so they pulled it, redid the heads, the block (teksid) is all apart, it had boss 302 rods and some forged pistons (not sure the brand), but its all apart. The guy said it had a spun bearing but after giving it some thought when I look at these bearings they just looks scored, not spun.

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    The story is this. Somehow the cylinders were flooded with fuel which leaked down to the oil pan which then pumped said fuel into bearing journals and i guess could've pumped dirt and crap with it? Could be bad assembly. I don't know but the story goes they had some issues and shut it down after idling a few minutes. A couple shops told the guy the crank just needs to be polished and thats it.

    So the engine is out and I've got boxes of parts. I fully expect to need to get odds and ends like gaskets, lines, rails, or whatever is missing because once parts are loose who knows where they run off to :D

    That's the engine story. Remember that shiny black paint? Well, its done by a shop in houston called performance mustangs and they are a dumpster fire of shady crap building nonsense. Think the kind of quality you expect from a mid 90's ricer just trying to scrape together enough cash for a maaco paint job. There ya go. Garbage.

    I run the vin through google and this car was in their hands so red flags are flying all over the place. The guy who has it now is awesome, he scooped it up after a rich kid beat the shit out of the car and it started having issues.

    I went out to see the car yesterday and spent a couple hours just talking with the guy, going over the cobra, so its all legit. I have a picture of the clean title, etc.

    So remember that shiny black paint? Look at the trans tunnel.

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    I see this and it hits me... this is a fricking crystal white car.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    I'm sure everyone is well aware of the problems with that paint. I check the doorjamb sticker and sure enough, ZR. crap. Alright, so we talk for a while more and he takes a hit on the price and throws in a new set of BBK longtubes and an X pipe to cover the copious amounts of effort that will go into stripping TWO layers of paint off of this little bugger.

    Whew, okay. So that's the mess. Here's the good stuff.

    1. its a real cobra
    2. motor stuff from the ad:

    -Teksid block bored .20 over
    -Boss 5.0 connecting rods
    -Icon 2618 forged piston
    -Kellog forged crank
    -Stock heads, refreshed with 0 miles on them
    -powder coated gloss black valve covers and timing cover
    -Stock t45 transmission
    -New Clutch and flywheel
    -03/04 cobra K member.

    3. i have 99.9% of the parts to make the thing run again
    4. new black 03 cobra wheels all around
    5. new leather on the seats, 7K miles on em tops. mew carpet
    6. its in dire need of resurrection so I won't be molesting a good cobra example
    7. aforementioned long tubes
    8. subframe connectors installed already
    9. only 104K on the chassis
    10. H&R springs

    That's the car. I've been rebuilding a 99 cobra IRS with 4.10 gears for the last few months to go IN said car. It'll have the full delrin treatment and I've cleaned up/reinforced the subframe considerably. Yes, I know, backwards, but this isn't my first car build :D

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    So now I got a fire under my butt to get some single stage black on this subframe.

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    That's where we are today. Hopefully this deal goes through and I can spend saturday cleaning up and tearing apart my new cobra.

    PLEASE if you see anything I should watch out for throw stones, the deal isn't official yet
     
  2. Weather Man

    Weather Man Persistance Is A Bitch Premium Member Established Member

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    Good luck and have fun!
     
  3. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    Looks like a fun build.
     
  4. DSG2003Mach1

    DSG2003Mach1 Well-Known Member Premium Member Established Member

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    I guess it depends on how much you trust the guys claiming the crank just needs to be polished.
    I would also want to double check the cam towers/caps that they weren't damaged

    the car would have to be dirt cheap for me to consider it
     
  5. Makobra

    Makobra Active Member Established Member

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    It is. I could profit on parting it out and I think there's a grand worth of parts I can sell off of it right off the hop.
     
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    I ran the vin and it checked out.
     
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    2DXTRM Pushrod 5.0 Established Member

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    sounds like a fun project
     
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    2DXTRM Pushrod 5.0 Established Member

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  10. scottydsntknow

    scottydsntknow Active Member Established Member

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    People have been using coyote/boss rods in modulars since they came out.

    2000 Steeda GT #0048. 4V swap, FTBR IRS swap, suspension/tune.
     
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  11. scottydsntknow

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    Cheap enough to make money parting it? So $1500 or so? Worth it then. I'd say keep it white, just a better paint that doesn't suck. Or full color change it, hell do it up Sonic Blue or something.

    2000 Steeda GT #0048. 4V swap, FTBR IRS swap, suspension/tune.
     
  12. Makobra

    Makobra Active Member Established Member

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    1500 is rolling chassis with no drivetrain or interior money around here. so... no... but after factoring cost for transport and selling what i don't want off the car I think i'm pretty close to that.

    I'll be stripping the car to its bones BTW.

    Oh and as for color I'm calling it project snow pony for a reason.

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  13. 98Vobra

    98Vobra Active Member Established Member

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    That is a perfect color. I am looking at a Charger 392 in destroyer gray, its darker but the same no flake paint like that color. That would look killer on an sn95.
     
  14. Makobra

    Makobra Active Member Established Member

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    I'm officially a real life cobra owner.
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  15. 98 svt

    98 svt Premium Member Premium Member Established Member

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    Congrats!
    SN95 = the sexiest of them all.
     
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  17. Makobra

    Makobra Active Member Established Member

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    It's beginning to look a lot like christmas... christmas2.jpg
     
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    Congrats have fun on the build


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  19. mysteed

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    Good luck with the build. Should be a fun driver car once finished.
     
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