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Old 08-04-2011, 01:05 AM   #1
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My fathers Shell Valley 1967 AC Cobra Replica going to paint

I have mentioned this a few times here lately. My father has been building a 1967 Shell Valley AC Cobra replica for a little more than a year now. My brother Reid you see in the pics of delivery ended up having cancer. This pushed my father to start this project that till now was just a dream. Things were really scary for a while with Reid. We all stayed positive but expected the worst.

Lucky for us, Reid literally beat the odds.

Proud Pony was nice enough to offer suggestions and insight regarding Clutches and such which my father and I are both grateful for. By the way well before we were out of the woods with Reid.


The Horsepower is guesstimated to be around 730 or so. After a year of people saying thats too much power for a 2000 pound car, the owner of the body shop may have been one too many. He said the car was a potential death trap. Were going to take it easy and maybe detune it if we still feel it is too much power.

So here it is...


My fathers Shell Valley AC Cobra Replica he built.

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Took Delivery 4/16/2010

My brother Reid in the Grey shirt.

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July 2011 after over a year build. Helping with my brothers Rocky and Reid helped my father transport the car to get it to paint.


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Thats me at left walking back in the garage. That day it was over 100 deg
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Car on Trailer. That is a 2002 Silver Trans Am under that tarp in the background. Side pipes removed ready for paint.

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Car arriving at body shop. My brother Rocky is on the left.

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Car finally at the Body shop. Thats my father at the driver side looking down. My brother Rocky is at far left.

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Re: My fathers Shell Valley 1967 AC Cobra Replica going to paint

Awesome car. Congrats on your brother beating his cancer.
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Damn it, can't see the pics here at work. Sounds like a cool deal though, especially as a sigh of relief after your brother's situation.

But, yeah, if that 460 is really making 730 hp, that might be a bit hairy in a car that small...
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Damn it, can't see the pics here at work. Sounds like a cool deal though, especially as a sigh of relief after your brother's situation.

But, yeah, if that 460 is really making 730 hp, that might be a bit hairy in a car that small...
Sounds like fun to me! I have no experience driving anything that fast but if it really does turn out to be that scary to drive you can always just de-tune it a bit.

Can't wait to see it finished!
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Great story and awesome ride. As for "detuning" it, you're all adults with seemingly a newfound appreciation to the value of life, right? Just don't press the gas pedal down that far. I'm predicting anything past half-throttle will just be melting the tires, anyway.
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Thanks! This really is a best case scenario. Were really happy things turned out. The next step was for me to go give bone marrow but fortunately didnt get to that step. Now that I think about it I still want to donate. We are extremely lucky.

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Damn it, can't see the pics here at work. Sounds like a cool deal though, especially as a sigh of relief after your brother's situation.

But, yeah, if that 460 is really making 730 hp, that might be a bit hairy in a car that small...
I hope thats due to security settings at your work and the pictures came out in my original post. Here is a link to photobucket where I uploaded the pics to if that's any help.

Yeah. Sometimes theres a thin line between thin line between exciting and death trap. My father started it before I got there and said he loved the way it sounded. I actually took off work about a month before for the first start up but it wouldnt stay started. Ended up being something about a O ring on a timing gear getting shredded and had to be fixed. So I havent heard it myself for long.

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I hope Im not speaking too soon on the 730. Thats not confirmed from dyno.
My father said it was what Ford said it would do so Im not sure exactly where it came from. With whats in it though I wouldnt be surprised. Its far from stock.

It has a Holly 1000 double pumper and agressive cam among other things I cant think of right now.

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Sounds like fun to me! I have no experience driving anything that fast but if it really does turn out to be that scary to drive you can always just de-tune it a bit.

Can't wait to see it finished!
You are not the only one with no experience with something that fast. Fastest thing Ive driven by far is a friends 1992 Mustang in the late 90's that in 1998 had a crate GT40 5.0 motor dropped in then Tremec Trans and heavy duty rear installed.

A buddy whos foxbody ran 13.5 drove it and estimated it was probably somewhere 11 sec car.

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Great story and awesome ride. As for "detuning" it, you're all adults with seemingly a newfound appreciation to the value of life, right? Just don't press the gas pedal down that far. I'm predicting anything past half-throttle will just be melting the tires, anyway.
Thank you! Using only the power needed has been my fathers attitude for over a year now. For some reason when the guy who owned the body shop said it he wasnt so sure. Maybe because it was one too many people saying the same thing not to consider it, or maybe because its closer to being complete. I used to feel that way, but realistically I changed my view a lot earlier on. What good is power you cant put to the ground? I mean not to detune it before we have an idea, but to keep it in mind. a little free gas mileage if we go that route with no trade off kinda.
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Video of the car back home in the garage


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Awesome! What a good story. Thanks for sharing.
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My pleasure! I hope you were able to see the video. My step mom just put it up on facebook.

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Nope. Do you have it set as private?


Just put it on youtube.
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Nope. Do you have it set as private?


Just put it on youtube.
I am not sure what the settings are on it. Its my step moms video on her profile so that didnt occur to me. Ive tried saving it but Facebook wont let me.
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But, yeah, if that 460 is really making 730 hp, that might be a bit hairy in a car that small...
My Dad has one that makes 520 HP. He said every Cobra owner is the same way. They originally want a car based on the old 427, but once they own and drive the car wish they went with one based off the 289.

It's a combination of being an ultra light car as well as a short wheel base. The wheel base on a Cobra is half a foot shorter than a sheet of plywood. Get sideways in one of those and you're in some real trouble. That's why you don't see many of them at the dragstrip. You don't have room to make a mistake.

The lower powered versions are much more useable. You can explore them to the fullest.
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To put it in current perspective, take a Z06 today, strip 1000 lbs off the car, and then shorten the wheelbase by 15 inches. They're death traps.

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