Excellent work, way to go! I agree with cutting the width of the header and setting the bumper edge back closer to the edges of the front fenders. That's the first thing that caught my eye when I looked at it the pic's. Other than that it really looks good.
I also worked for General Motors in the past, I quit froze my pension and sold cars for the rest of my working career, pretty much all GM dealerships of course, I also did do 5 years with Chrysler. Hey I thought highly of Chrysler, Ford, and the now defunct American Motors also, they all made some great cars. In my opinion GM was the Greatest Corporation to ever grace this planet and the largest for many years. I don't believe anyone will ever be able to come near what they've accomplished. I learned a lot from them through the years, I think they were the most professional ever in the car business.
It truly saddens me to see the jackpot there in now, I just can't believe how there management could run this Mighty Corporation into the dirt the way they did.
You know they really stooped pretty low to go to the white house cut a deal and sell out with Obuma and form the new "Government Motors", Cash For Clunkers, Oh Man and the stock holders that got screwed, I don't want to get started. And they put the Berra lady in the CEO position to purposely soften the blow for the corporation from the heat there going to receive.
You know it sounds like to me they really aren't as car oriented as they used to be, it was there main stay, I heard they wanted to be more into the banking business.
If this how there going to operate "with a crutch" and "being unprofessional", ( there probably wanting another bailout ) THEN THEY SHOULD GO OUT OF BUSINESS !!! 'cause it's sure as hell not the General Motors I once knew !
Oh yeah I had to keep it short when I wrote that PM because of space. Yepper, the weight and distribution of the 427 plus the fact of too much power and the traction. It definitely had it's problems. Oh yes, Mike and the "Liver regenerating itself". lol I wanted to type something on the ride, It wasn't as bad as some of the hard tail choppers I built but it was rough. Although it wasn't a street car it was made for racing.
I Love them! Totally Awesome! What a race design, looked like it was screamin standing still. It just possessed everything good looks, arrogant, Smooth rolling lines.
I worked for GM years back, I had a Superintendent that was personal friends with Zora, I used hear some good stuff on occasions. One thing he did tell me on the Cheetah was (and it might have been mentioned before but I've never read it) was the cockpit heat was so intense that it would melt the soles of the drivers shoes and make the foot pedals sticky for the drivers. Now that's a hell of a thing to have to keep in the back of your mind while your wrestling with that monster and super powerful it was.
I think if they were able to work the bugs out, the frame flexing, and the intense heat in the cockpit, and anything else they could have resolved the problems, they would have hammered the Shelby Cobras. I had a very good friend that owned a 427 Cobra God bless him he was a good guy. His dad owned a foreign car dealership and Tommy hounded him until he bought him a Cobra, and he paid his dad back. His dad told us later he really didn't want to buy it he was afraid he'd get killed or hurt in it. I rode in it, it was a wild ride. it was a 427" had the mag wheels, road pipes ,amber headlights, a plaque rivited on the dash that said "Not Recommended For Street Use". And at that time the one thing that I've only seen on his car was a Lift-Off Hardtop and it was aluminum like the rest of the car. I loved that Cobra, but let me tell you it didn't handle well either, I think it's all about torque, I'd watch him crack the throttle at different levels and the car would go crazy and he would be fighting hard to straight line it. At times we would go to other hot car areas and race, everybody wanted a piece of the infamous Cobra, we would watch out for one another and be (lookouts for the cops). You could tell how unstable the car really was if you would just keep your eyes on the amber headlights you would see them bouncing all over the place, you knew he was putting it in the wood. And that bad boy would get hot big time too.
I think the whole problem with the Cheetah was Chevrolet pulling the plug on it, or it would have been everyone's favorite car.
Greg I agree with you if someone would produce a kit of it I think it would sell some good numbers. I have the Cox kit it's not bad for a curbside kit the proportions on the body look right on.