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Old 08-06-2001, 02:38 AM
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Hello all, l'm a very confused person at the monent, lve gathered some information on AC Cobras but have not come to a conclusion on what kit to get. I've looked into DRB and RCM, lve heard alot of stories on each kit, but struggle to make up my mind.

Please help, l needs some unbais advised on a good reliable kit without spending to much money
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Old 08-06-2001, 08:11 AM
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Hi Alvin,

I think almost everyone on this site has had the same dilema.

I guess you have to decide what you want out of it. Do you want a car that just looks good or do you want one that has the performance to match. How much of the work you can do your self and your parts scavenging skills can be a big part of the fun of a cobra and will also greatly affect the final cost of your project.

I went with a Classic Revival basic body/chassis kit and will do most of the build myself. I was very impressed with the quality of this kit and Ian was patient and happy to answer all of my questions (I can talk the leg off a chair).

The C R kit may seem expensive at first but but It should actually work out cheaper than many others. The Diff is expensive since it's the IRS from the AU ford but it doesn't have the extra expense of rebuilding and modifying like a Jag IRS could. The front arms and brakes are sourced from the JAG XJ6 and hasn't cost that much more to do up than a Holden Torana. So far about $1000 to buy the front end and rebuild, replacing nearly every thing with new parts. Bushes and baljoints are not to badly priced. I figure I'll have a basic rolling car less motor, trans and trim etc for around $16K Motor, box and Computer will add another $10K. Wheels and tyres $3.5K. Paint, Trim and on road costs will add another $5-8K. Doing as much work yourself will save you a lot of money since the a cobra build is labour intensive.

In the end you have to chose a kit you like and think you can finish from a manufacturer you respect and trust.

If you are trying to build a Cobra on the cheap you might consider finishing someone's unfinished project. Check the Melboune Trading post as they come up fairly regularly.

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Old 08-06-2001, 08:26 PM
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Thanks Mike for your helpful advise, l will look into C R kits and see what comes up


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Alvin,
From my experience I collected information for approx 6 years and alot of stuff changed over that time. I went with GV auto in sth Melb. They are enthusiasts and put what they build on the track. Any Cobra that you build is going to cost a fair amount of $$. The only way to save considerable money is to do as much as you can yourself. Dont rush, or take shortcuts you think you'll fix later when you get a few extra bob, you'll just regret it and end up doing it twice.

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