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Old 01-23-2020, 05:37 AM
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The difference in weight, based on the bronze versus aluminium body is not a lot.
Assuming you need 4 sheets per car. That's before you cut and shape it.

Also assuming the material thickness is the same, which we don't know.

Did all four cars have period correct engines?
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Old 01-23-2020, 06:33 AM
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Thank you for the article, Mike. I had never seen that. The bronze car has a 482 aluminum engine built by Keith Craft and the Copper has an aluminum SOHC motor. I believe the aluminum car has a 482 Keith Craft engine, also. The FIA 289 car has a 427 small block. If I was outbid on mine, I was going for that one, but my limit was way, way below what it sold for.
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Thanks for the engine update. So one can say those were "full spec/loaded" versions of their kind destined to fetch highest prices. Good benchmarking!

Now let me save up for a cast iron top oiler 427/428 Kirkham Street with 4-speed and tubular suspension - and 16" steering wheel :-)
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You described a nearly perfect Cobra, the street versions are beautiful.

I liked the non-roll bar look of the bronze car.
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Old 01-28-2020, 10:14 AM
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427 street cars are pure eye candy....
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+1 on that. When I was a teen, long before replicas became so common, the first Cobra I ever saw was a real one. It was a silver street version with undercar exhaust and Sunburst wheels, and it was gorgeous. I was recently licensed and out cruising when it blasted past me at the intersection of two country roads. I gave chase but it wasn’t long before the driver got tired of being tailed. With a waive of his hand he opened up the dual 4-barrels and disappeared in the distance. I’ve been in love ever since and the street versions are some of my favorites.
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I'm the one that ended up with the Bronze Kirkham. My wife and I saw it at a show a few years back and we both loved it. I had sold a CSX4000 Cobra about a year ago when I retired and figured I would never have another Cobra. When I saw this one going through the auction, I figured I'd make an effort to buy it. This is my fourth Kirkham built Cobra that I've had in my garage one at a time. I set my maximum limit going in never thinking it would be high enough, if someone had bid one dollar higher after my final bid, I wouldn't own it. I hope I'll be a good owner for the car.
I have a few items to address. The first are the tires and the second are fender protectors for the rear. If anyone knows of someone that sells good spats, please let me know. Since I don't have a trailer any more, I will drive this car on occasion, I drive everything I own.
I emailed David Kirkham yesterday and he responded right away with congratulations, he also provided some much needed information about the build. Its good to be back in the Cobra loop.

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I'm the Texas Chapter Judging Chairman for NCRS and we have a meet in Houston that weekend that I'm in charge of. I may swing by on Thursday to view the cars on the way to Houston for my event.
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I'm glad the site is up and running. Quick update on the bronze Cobra. The mileage was at 20 when the car arrived, it's now up to 80. I'm still driving sparingly until I get the spats from H.R.E. The car needed lots of polishing as there were handprints all over from transit. There was no damage, just tons of handprints. I've got many hours of polishing in already and the car looks great. I lifted the rear up a bit as I thought is was way too low. A wooden steering wheel is on order, too. The car runs like a banshee, it is very well sorted out, Kirkham makes a wonderful car.
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It looks great Tim and it has good company in your garage too!
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Tim...well bought. Enjoy the hell out of it!
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Beautiful Cobra Tim, much better looking already then it did going across the block on TV I don't know what you're using on the body (Polish) to get the fingerprints, swirl's, etc. off, but I collect vintage stereo's from the 70's with brushed or polished bare alum. faces, the lettering is paint, so you rub too hard, the lettering comes off, and it go's from a perfect vintage stereo, to a garage stereo real quick I have tried EVERY Alum. polish out there, and what I use on all my alum (Bare) piece's is 'Blue Magic' blue Metal polish, cleans Alum stereo faces without removing the lettering, also great for alum. wheel's, valve covers, even my plastic turntable covers, newer plastic headlights (Remove's fine scratches). Might be worth a try, if you haven't tried it. Hope this help's. Glad to see your driving her Cheers Tom.
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Tom, thank you for the tip. I've used various polishes including Flitz and Mothers. I'll certainly try Blue Magic. From the beltline down on the front and rear was really neglected as were all the areas on the top of the doors. I've got about 10 hours of polishing in the bronze portions and the trunk. The stripes look much better, also. No tarnished shadows on the sides and in-between. I think it's time to drive the darn thing tomorrow and get the miles well over 100.
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I am very impressed that you are driving this rare car! Good for you! A little tail high rake looks good on a car and is compensation for the additional weight of a driver and passenger.
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