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Old 11-14-2017, 11:17 AM
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First Cobra and could not be happier

Unique 427 with an all aluminum 427 SO - stroked to 482
Tremec 5 speed with a Dana Splicer locker rear end
Goodyear BB lettering on Mickey Thompson's after sanding down the sidewall letters
I can't believe this much fun is legal.

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Old 11-14-2017, 11:22 AM
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Have fun and enjoy. These cars a blast to drive.
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:50 AM
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Have fun! Nice to have something come to fruition. Remember, they are only legal until you get caught testing their limits
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:16 PM
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Oh, you think you're done, do ya?
Congrats and enjoy!
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Old 11-14-2017, 01:57 PM
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Congrats on a really nice looking Cobra! Uniques are rock-solid and I'm sure you already know that the Weavers are among the finest people in the Cobra business. Enjoy!
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Great looking car!

Care to share your technique for sanding down the tire sidewalls?

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Old 11-15-2017, 01:07 PM
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I already had this saved from a past reply when I was asked so I’ll post it. Hopefully the OP will post his technique as well to compare them.

Here is the process I used.

It’s best to do the tires unmounted from the rims to ensure you don’t damage your wheels by accidentally hitting it with the sanding disc but I’ve done this with them mounted too so just be careful. Also ensure you have every letter you need in each kit so you don’t start and be short something.

1. Lay the tire flat with black letter side up.

2. Use 4 1/2 inch Angle Grinder and 120 grit flap disc

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3. Starting on the raised letters With a slight downward angle, Carefully move the disc back and forth until the letter is gone. It won’t take much nor a lot of pressure on the disc to accomplish this.

4 just keep moving around the tire in the same manner until all letters are gone. I then take the disc and make Long back n forth movements around the tire to smooth out the marks.

5. I then take a medium or corse sanding sponge and work the tire to remove any small pieces of rubber debri.

6. Then use a fine sanding sponge to smooth out the tire.

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7. I then washed the tires with a power washer to get rid of and contamination and small rubber from the sanding and let dry.

8. I then place the letters out on tire to get the spacing and location I want and use chalk to mark letters locations. Usually a few marks per letter.

9. I use scotch tape to pick up each letter from the white side. Then using a small paint sponge, I wipe alcohol on tire area and back of letter to clean it. Let it dry or use heat gun to evaporate quickly ( what I did) Add the adhesive as the instructions state on the back of the letter. Don’t get to much or it will oozze out from behind the letter when placed but cover the rear of the letter with then amount of adhesive. Use the tape to hold and place the letter onto the tire. Using the tape let’s you place it exactly and not get glue on your hands and make a mess. The tape also holds the letter down once placed. I personally start with the Goodyear Sneaker as it’s the Center point. I then go Y, E, A, R then back to the other side and go D, O, O, G. This way you spacing will be spot on. On the EAGLE I start with the G then go L, E and the A, E, Also make sure you look at the Os to get the facing the right way and consistent.

10. Let dry, while off chalk marks and enjoy.

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Old 11-15-2017, 03:35 PM
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A local guy just received his Unique 427 today with an Southern Automotive 427 ( 482) engine in dark Ford Blue. Guessing they were being built almost side by side. I haven’t had a chance to see it, as I’m currently traveling, but he said it’s an awesome build with a powerhouse of a 427 engine that Susan/Lyle built. I can’t wait to take a gander of it next week.

Think we are gonna tackle his tires in the coming weeks. Enjoy and be safe!!!!!
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Old 11-15-2017, 03:40 PM
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Done....yeah, they are never ever ever done. well maybe for a minute, but then alas
another upgrade, project, tweak, add-on, failure that opens an opportunity to do.....
something or another,
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Congrats !

My Unique was virtually a "pre-owned brand new car" when I bought it (5500 miles ago) and I have been very happy with it, and the Weavers have been great whenever I have needed technical advice, or info...
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Thanks E5USMC.

Great description/how to.

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I just want too say nice car and even nicer guys maurice and alan at uniquemotor car are great and very honest people to work with enjoy the ride.
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First Cobra and could not be happier

Unique 427 with an all aluminum 427 SO - stroked to 482
Tremec 5 speed with a Dana Splicer locker rear end
Goodyear BB lettering on Mickey Thompson's after sanding down the sidewall letters
I can't believe this much fun is legal.


Awesome! Congrats.

A couple of things if you could be so kind.

I'm keen to hear more details about the engine: Who built it? What ingredients? Block, heads, cam choice, etc... Any dyno number you'd be happy to share? How does it drive?

and Shhhh.... don't tell too many people, because if this "
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I can't believe this much fun is legal.
" ever gets out they're sure to shut it down!
They have in other countries...
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Looks great! Congratulations...
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:15 PM
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A local guy just received his Unique 427 today with an Southern Automotive 427 ( 482) engine in dark Ford Blue. Guessing they were being built almost side by side. I havenít had a chance to see it, as Iím currently traveling, but he said itís an awesome build with a powerhouse of a 427 engine that Susan/Lyle built. I canít wait to take a gander of it next week.

Think we are gonna tackle his tires in the coming weeks. Enjoy and be safe!!!!!


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