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Old 11-15-2021, 01:45 PM
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I will reiterate the advice of a 289 car vs the 427 car. I had always preferred the look of the 427 style. But the large displacement engine never was happy running on the streets, and barely got satisfied on the freeways. You simply can't satisfy its desire for air and fuel unless it's on a track at wide open throttle. It always felt it needed the cobwebs blown out. The large engines aren't happy unless running at higher RPMs and to satisfy that the 5 speed transmission was a waste of time. I spent virtually most of the time in 3rd and 4th just to keep the revs up.

I understand why Shelby wanted the big block in the car, but in essence the Cobra is a frame wrapped around an engine with the sole purpose of moving that engine around a track.

The 289 matches the Cobra much better for street use.

Interesting point! I don't need that type of rpm range on the boulevard, cool as it might be to have. But to have a meaningful 5th gear could be nice.
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Old 11-20-2021, 08:47 AM
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Sums it up lol
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Old 11-20-2021, 10:22 AM
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Sums it up lol
And the insurance company asks, what does your plate mean? Lol
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Old 11-23-2021, 02:25 PM
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That's my old LLC:

Dingro USA

wouldnt all fit on the plate

[whistles innocently]
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Old 11-25-2021, 10:09 AM
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I admit my bias is FFR. Bought in 07, now have 53000 miles and over 5000 on race tracks. Started with a 302 (350 hp) and stock T-5, good combo, but I eventually wanted more so my 347 making 490 hp and a beefed-up T-5 was injected.

I bought is used with 3800 miles and it took 2-3 years to find all the little things wrong with it.

You seem to be interested in cruising more than track use. Some suggestions follow and should be considered an upgrade to the one you find.

Cup holders
Heated seats.
Foot box vents (not an upgrade look for one with this installed)

Check out ffcars.com for used Cobras.

Just my 2 cents Lee
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