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Old 04-16-2018, 04:52 PM
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Default New 427 Cobra owner under sad circumstances

Hello everyone! FNG here, so please forgive any breach in etiquette that might happen. Anyhow, my father recently passed away and left behind a NAF 427 kit Cobra (along with a few 427 motors, blocks, etc.) to me. It's been quite sometime since I've been active in the car scene so I started looking on the internet to find some solid groups to join and gain a little guidance.

Anyhow, as it stands, the car is a NAF kit. During it's life it sported a single carb 427 side oiler...then dad got bored and decided to drop in a NASCAR spec 427 top oiler with a 2X4 set-up. Motor is placed about 7 inches back and puts the power down via a 4speed to independent jag rear end.

In it's early life it was an award winning show car, but through the years it's been, ahem, enjoyed ...and put through it's paces. It's been around Willow a few times and even made it's way to both Fontana and Las vegas speedways for club events.

Anyhow, looking forward to some insight from some veterans and figure what I want to do with the car..ie...restore and enjoy...or let a true hard-core enthusiast give it a better home.

Anyhow, glad to meet you all!
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Old 04-17-2018, 05:39 AM
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Condolences on the passing of your father. Sounds like he was a real car guy, and now he's left you some really neat toys. It would be great to see some pics when you're able to post them. Do whatever suits you best wth the Cobra - above all, enjoy!
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I've always thought a Cobra isn't a car you can casually enjoy like a Corvette or any other sports car. Either you love driving them or you don't - there doesn't seem to be much in between.
If you don't anticipate good weather so you can go for the first drive of the year, keep it polished in the garage between drives, post pics on social media and go to car shows to show it off and see other cars (including Cobras), and generally enjoy the time spent with, in, and around the car, probably should consider letting it go. IMO.

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I've always thought a Cobra isn't a car you can casually enjoy like a Corvette or any other sports car. Either you love driving them or you don't - there doesn't seem to be much in between.
If you don't anticipate good weather so you can go for the first drive of the year, keep it polished in the garage between drives, post pics on social media and go to car shows to show it off and see other cars (including Cobras), and generally enjoy the time spent with, in, and around the car, probably should consider letting it go. IMO.

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Bob,

You hit the nail on the head! Between my spouse/family/friends/car/motorcycle/ obligations, it's hard to justify holding onto this for another 20 years when I actually have the time (and hopefully) the money to enjoy it.

I know an enthusiast would really appreciate the car much more than myself. When the moderators give me the ability to post pics, believe me I sure will!
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:30 AM
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Fozzie,

I am sorry to hear about your Father. I hope that everything goes well with the Cobra and maybe later on when the kids are grown you can get another one if you want to. Take care.

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Old 04-17-2018, 10:04 AM
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@Fozzie, I too am sorry for your loss. I lost my Father not that long ago, a true Sports Car guy his whole life, I had the task to either keep his last car (69 Saab Sonett) or sell it to another Saab lover, I chose the later. The new owner loves it as much as my Dad did. I still have the memories, and he has a car to make new ones with. My thoughts & prayers go out to you, Tom.
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@Fozzie, I too am sorry for your loss. I lost my Father not that long ago, a true Sports Car guy his whole life, I had the task to either keep his last car (69 Saab Sonett) or sell it to another Saab lover, I chose the later. The new owner loves it as much as my Dad did. I still have the memories, and he has a car to make new ones with. My thoughts & prayers go out to you, Tom.
Thanks Alfa02,

I'm lucky enough that he was a gearhead and left a few cars/projects around. I'm not completely jumping ship. I'll keep one of his mustangs since I can fit the family inside of it.

Like you, and others have said, it's better to get it into the hands of a new owner who would love it as much as he did.
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:27 PM
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Welcome to the Forum. My condolences on the loss of your dad. Sounds like he was my kind of guy! Good luck with whichever route you take with the car. Like the others, I’m anxious to see some pictures.
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Fozzie,

I'm sorry to hear of your Father's passing.

My condolences to you and your family.

Welcome aboard to the forum, hope the lads on here can help you.

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Fozzie,

I am sorry to hear about your Father. I hope that everything goes well with the Cobra and maybe later on when the kids are grown you can get another one if you want to. Take care.

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I'm going to hold onto his 66 mustang fastback. That's the car I have my "life' memories in...and hope to make it a part of my kids life too!

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