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#61 vintagestang

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:28 AM

I'm still trying to decide what to build for a Tribute , so I dug out something I started a looong time ago ! Back in 1982 I started a 1/16 Cobra modeled after the Steve Arntz Replica that was on the cover of Hot Rod in 1979 . Using the MPC kit , I scratch built the frame and suspension using brass tubing . I just unboxed it for the first time this past weekend and took these photos .
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It's pretty banged up and the paint has yellowed . It was Bright Red with a Bright White stripe !
The interior panels are aluminum and have oxidized pretty badly .
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Overall , I think it looks pretty crude and may not be worth rebuilding . I have anither MPC kit that hasn't been touched yet .
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This shot shows the front frame extension is broken . Also the working suspension can be seen .
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Bottom views showing the frame and all the plumbing . One of the lower control arms is broken . I'm not sure why the rear links are rect. tubing , and there are no uppers !
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The braided hoses are the shielding found in electronic wiring . It looks pretty bad compared with what we have available today .
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The fuel tank is an R/C item and the battery must be from the kit .
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That aluminum floor is probabably the worst part of this thing !
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Okay , like I said it's probably not worth saving , but I'm looking for ideas . Save all or part ? Or set it aside and start over .
I got carried away with the photos , didn't mean to take up so much space .
I really need some input on this one !
BOB .


I know the paint yellowed but it still looks good red and yellow.

#62 TooOld

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:04 PM

Thanks Steve , Ray , and Patrick . I appreciate your comments . When I did this build , I had never seen a Cobra in person and really was working from pictures in Magazines .
Alot has changed in the last 30 years ! I boxed it back up the way I found it , and will save it for another time . I plan on building a new Cobra using the kit I have and everything I've learned since then .
I hope there is no deadline for this CBP . I might be awhile .
BOB .

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:05 PM

got mine done and off the bench.

i did it box stock, as i wanted to get something completed to keep me motivated to build.

here's some pics!
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:14 PM

Very nice Mark

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:35 PM

Looks great...cant wait to get mine in, will more than likely be done box stock, but not blue...love them in blue, but too many out there...will have to think of a different color.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 06:11 PM

Bob I gotta tell you I am very impressed with the level of detail on that cobra. Incredible. I can only hope to some day aspire to your level of expertise. In the mean time I do have a GT350H I've been wanting to get to so this is a good excuse. Count me in.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:23 PM

Had my laptop crash on the the other morning, so had to put a halt on this build...so I will be using the laptop as a place to snap pics, until I get it fixed (if its fixable)...

Finally got a chance to work on my Cobra. I dont all this today...got just about everything ready for assembly. Just need to clear the body and add the small pieces afterwards. I had initially planned on wrapping the body in BMF (after getting hood wrapped within 2 hours, the body did not coporate as well) but ended up going yellow. I will be using the cover for the pass side of the car. Hope to get it finished before the weekend.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:41 PM

Nice clean work and that dash looks super too, good job. Sorry to hear about the comp, good luck with the save on that one.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:20 AM

I agree . And the yellow is going to look great ! People think I'm crazy , but I've seen a couple bright yellow cobras and they are beautiful .

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:01 PM

yeah i think they look amazing in yellow. Would look better with black stripes, but this one got the stripe delete option lol. Hoping to have it done a little later tonight, but probably this weekend...got the clear sprayed today, not just all the little details. thanks for the comments.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:06 PM

here it is after clear coat sprayed....

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:34 PM

Looks great, what yellow did you use?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:31 PM

It is Createx Opaque Yellow. Was the only thing I had when I was ready to spray the body. It looks alot better than I imagined it would.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 11:13 AM

Yep , that's pretty .

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:53 AM

Cobras look great in yellow and yours is no exception. I have several yellow ones. Nice paint job !

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:35 PM

Unfortunately I will not be finishign this for awhile. I have had soem stuff come up and not into building at the moment. On a good note..I did get my laptop fixed.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 02:42 PM

This is my build so far:

It's nothing special at this stage, although I did paint the body twice. I wasn't happy with the outcome the first time around so why not make it perfiect the second?

It's a vintage Essex Wire kit and I thought that it would be perfect for this build. I don't recall seeing any other Essex Wire finished builds, so hopefully I can do a decent job!

While no one knows what ever happened to the original Essex Wire Cobra, here is my reference material: http://www.legendary...y_Cobra_Racecar

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 02:52 PM

Looking good Steve, I am trying to decide on what I want do next for this CBP, cant decide on a newer or older Shelby Mustang , hmmm

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:16 PM

Looking good Steve, I am trying to decide on what I want do next for this CBP, cant decide on a newer or older Shelby Mustang , hmmm


If you ask me, the Shelby Mustangs are more readily available (at least around here) than the Cobras. You can't go wrong with either generation because it's a SHELBY!

The newer generations seem to have more aftermarket support if you want to try your hand and a one off, custom build with wild wheels, resin hoods and scoops. Whatever you decide, just make sure to share the pics ;)

BTW Thanks for the feedback!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 03:29 PM

You have some good points, I have been thinking about doing the 68 shelby and either the 2007 shelby, or the 500 KR shelby