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Old 02-17-2021, 09:35 AM
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Default Newbie Here! Planning on building a CR

Hello everyone, new to the forum. I'm from Edmonton, AB, Canada. I'm planning on buying a nearly complete kit that's been in an elderly friends possession for some time. It's never been started. My son is 7 and is showing an interest in building cars and I want to foster that. I'm not a novice in the garage, but my experience has been with muscle cars and doing most of my own repairs. I figured a kit would be a great place to start for my son, rather than a ton of fabrication or restoring something. Plus, I've always loved the Shelby Cobras, and I have a 91 Mustang 5.0/5 speed donor car, and because my son is showing interest, I don't have to convince my wife about it! A first for me! The build would be a mild street cruiser, nothing radical, but I'm sure that may evolve. I'd keep the 5.0 fairly stock with some bolt on upgrades.
I have a few questions, and I'd really appreciate and advice:

the car is an automatic kit, which I would want to change. I did find a thread hear on pedal upgrades. I guess what i'm asking is if this swap is difficult or can most of the parts be purchased off the shelf? Can a trans mount be easily found as well?

The original owner did buy a bunch of the add on kits, like the heater/defrost, but never received the heater box. Does anyone know if CR made their own box, or was it built buy another company, if so, any chance anyone knows the manufacturer and part no.?

Lastly, it's missing the roll bars and side pipes. I'm assuming any local shop could bend some pipes and a roll bar could be fabbed up, but could I buy these parts from a vendor, even though there were so many different manufacturers of kits?

That's my little guy helping replace the wheel bearing on Mom's Caddy.

Looking forward to the build, and learning from all the members here!
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Welcome... At the rate I am going you'll probably complete your kit before I do mine. lol

Pedal upgrade, I wish I went the route of a hydraulic clutch vs the cable. From what I have seen get the Wilwood pedal for brakes and clutch where the pedal hang down and the MC face forward.

Trans mount is super easy... The cross mount is a flat bar that goes strait across across the frame. I used a 2x4 during mock up... The same cross is used from auto / manual transmission. (If I understood your question correctly).

The heater box was made by CR but it bulky. I better option would be to buy a small heater box and run tubes to the vent locations. ie "Vintage Air 506101"

Side pipes you are going to have probably get made.. The CR ones were REALLY restrictive and most people swapped them.

If you search the CR2 forum you will find specs for getting the CR rollbar.
Use that to have someone create you a set. Other roller bars will most likely not fit/work with this body. (If you search my user name I tried to do a group buy but never got enough people but the spec sheet should be in the thread).

Post some pics of your kit when you get a chance.
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Cobra Make, Engine: Classic 427, I purchased it May 2005, the kit was bought in 1991. I'm not sure when it was completed! Installed GMPP Connect & Cruise 376/525 with T-56 S/M 3.55 gears about 2 years ago! 1/4 miles is with old setup!
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Roylerumble this is how I did my exhaust! A friend did the headers with a 1 7/8ths wield-up-kit! Sent them off to Pro-Kote-Indy for ceramic coat! These were for a 388 SBC, We did a new set of headers for the LS3/525, still using the same mufflers!

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Cobra Make, Engine: Classic 427, I purchased it May 2005, the kit was bought in 1991. I'm not sure when it was completed! Installed GMPP Connect & Cruise 376/525 with T-56 S/M 3.55 gears about 2 years ago! 1/4 miles is with old setup!
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Classic Roadsters II has a forum here. It might be worth your while to reach out to them specifically.
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thanks! all great stuff. I just took a look at the wilwood site and saw a few options.

I'll keep digging through old threads and classifieds and see what I can find.

I have to drive 7 hours to pick it up, but when I do, I'll post pics.

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wow, nice. Awesome pics to use for reference, thank you!
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Let us know if you pick it up! Thatís exciting.

I might be interested in going in with you on having some roll bars made. Iím on Vancouver Island. The detailed plans are on the forum here. I have a copy saved somewhere. There are probably 5 others interested on this site, but most will probably be in the states. Who knows- maybe we can get a bulk order made.

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I found the drawings on here already! I wonder if Americans would be better buying Canadian as the exchange rate is in their favour (favor in US ), but the cost of building it might be less in the states.... I was chatting with one of the last remaining hotrod shops in Edmonton yesterday. Turns out a fella from not far from me bought the other kit the guy had for sale.
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