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#41 Darin Bastedo

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 02:11 PM

Thanks for the comments. I'm getting more and more confident with scratch building. This project has really made me stretch my abilities and come up with clever solutions for some difficult processes. I've learned a lot so far.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 05:28 PM

Thanks for the comments. I'm getting more and more confident with scratch building. This project has really made me stretch my abilities and come up with clever solutions for some difficult processes. I've learned a lot so far.


Great looking project you've got going here. Lotta fun watching you keep piling on the details. You're right about the solutions. IMO, the process of coming up with a method to make a part is more interesting than actually making it.

Thanks for the excellent progress pics.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:14 PM

Started on the interior tin-work, and am close to finishing the bodywork on this one. a lipe was added to the door opening so the dor has a prototypical jam to it. The interior panal has a lip that meets the door jam. (still needs to be smoothed and trimmed at this point. Also all the vents are now opened and both side pipe holes have been filled. The hood is trimmed and fits like a glove and the door lip has fixed the fit of the doors.

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Here is the tool I made out of sanding film, sheet aluminum and an exacto handle to file the openings of the fender vents.
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Still plugging away at this one every chance I can get. Hopefully I'll have more to show this weekend.

#44 Peter Lombardo

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 03:42 AM

Darin, this is really great watching what you are doing here....this is, I think, a kit that we all take for granted. I am sure we have all built many of these but not many, if any, to this level. Great job. You are right, these cars were built for one reason and one reason only.......go very fast. Thats it, no frills, no comfort.....just go fast and stop fast. It is no wonder that there are so many kit car replica's out there.....the 427 Cobra just excudes brute force. You are certainly doing justice to this car and improving that kit many times over. keep it up!

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 05:32 AM

I don't know who's worse Darin. You or Jeff Surber. The details you guys do are mind boggling to me.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 09:18 AM

Great looking project so far. like the mini metal work.

#47 Gary Davis

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 09:36 AM

Man Darin...I just caught up with this WIP that you're doing here. Awesome craftmanship. This is a GREAT subject to build as it's an ALL time cool car. I'm really enjoying your build.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 09:59 AM

Just a little FYI for all you Cobra fanatics... :o
Hope I didn't hijack your thread, just wanted to relay a little info
Good looking build...you just gotta love a cobra.
They always represented the ultimate high performance street car to me
Shelby American
Production Figures

Cobras and Shelby Mustangs 1962-1970

COBRA PRODUCTION TOTALS 1962-65

260 Cobras

Street Cars.............................62

Factory Teams Cars (initially 260 engines
then updated to 289)................4

Factory Prepared Competition Cars (initially
with 260 engines then updated to 289)
..................................................1

Independently-prepared
competition race cars.................7

Dragonsnake (initially 260 engines then
updated to 289)...........................1

Total 260 Cobras ......................75

289 Cobras

Street Cobras .........................455

Standard Competition.................2

Sebring Cobras...........................3

LeMans Cobras...........................3

427 Prototypes...........................1

427 Prototypes 'Flip-Top".............1

FIA Roadsters.............................5

Daytona Coupes..........................6

USRRC Roadsters.........................6

Total Factory Team Cars............29

Factory Prepared Competition Cobras

Standard Competition....................2

LeMans Prototype..........................1

LeMans Replica..............................3

USRRC Roadsters...........................5

Independently-Prepared
Race Cobras................................21

Dragonsnake Cobras.....................2

COB/COX* Street Cobras.............60

COB/COX* Race Cobra..................1

Total 289 Cobras........................580

Total small block Cobras.............655

*(COB - Cobras for Great Britain)
*(COX Cobras for export other than to Great Britain)

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Coil Spring Big Block Cobras

Street Cars ................................260

Prototype Competition
Roadsters......................................2

Production Competition
Roadsters....................................19

Semi-Competition Roadsters..........1

Daytona Super Coupe.....................1

Chassis Only..................................3

COB/COX Cobras..........................32

1965-67 427 & 428 Cobras ..........348

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Total Cobras Built .....................1,003
SHELBY MUSTANG PRODUCTION TOTALS 1965-70

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----- 1965 -----

GT 350 .................................... 515

GT 350R .................................... 36

GT 350 Drag Cars..........................9

GT 350 Street Prototype................1

Competition Prototype GT 350.......1

Total 1965 Shelby Mustangs.....562

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------ 1966 -----

GT 350 .................................... 1,370

GT 350H ..................................1,000

GT 350 convertibles......................... 6

GT 350 Drag Cars.............................4

Total 1966 Shelby Mustangs .....2,380

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------- 1967-----

GT 350 ......................................... 1,175

GT 500 ........................................ 2,048

GT 500 Notchback Prototype................1

GT 500 Convertible Prototype...............1

Total 1967 Shelby Mustangs .........3,225

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-------1968 ------

GT 350 .......................................... 1,253

GT 350 convertible ........................... 404

GT 500 ......................................... 1,140

GT 500 convertible ........................... 402

GT 500KR ........................................ 933

GT 500KR convertible ........................318

GT 500 Notchback Prototype...................1

Total 1968 Shelby Mustangs ............4,451

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------ 1969 & 1970 -----

GT 350.............................................935

GT 350 convertible......................... ..194

GT 500 .........................................1,536

GT 500 convertible .......................... 335

GT 350 Hertz Cars ............................150

Prototype Test Cars..............................3

Cars updated to 1970 est. .................789

Total 1969-70 Shelby Mustangs .....3,294

Shelby Cars Totals
Shelby Mustangs ........................13,912

Cobras.........................................1,003

Total Shelby cars produced ..........14,915

Source of information: Shelby American Automobile Club Registry

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 03:04 AM

Thanks guys. I'll have more to show in a couple of days.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 07:36 AM

Thanks guys. I'll have more to show in a couple of days.

What an incredible build you're doing. Build? It's more like a work of art! Fwiw I borrowed the 427 CSX once owned by Tony Hogg of R&T from an
owner before he had it, my friend Mike Clark of Altoona, Pa., for photography in Georgano's book "A History of Sports Cars". I drove it for a week and will never forget that.
I recall getting onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Bedford and as I nailed it and flew past an 18-wheeler, the driver gave me a big wind-it-up sign with his arm and blasted his horns.
Attached is one of the many cars I should have kept from those years.
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Check my car pix plus my B&W of Donohue and Penske at the '66 Marlboro Trans Am race at http://don-struke.artistwebsites.com/

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:05 PM

Darin, what was the source for the flip top fuel cap shown?

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:15 PM

Neat build...I wouldn't mind building a model of CSX 3141...it apparently had the sunburst wheels also, and had an automatic. I've never seen the car, but I've seen photos--a professor I had in college bought it new and had iit nto the 70s. I remember the CSX number because he mentioned a couple times that it was the 1st 4 digits of the number PI.

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