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bcrumpley 03-07-2018 10:42 AM

Nice work Andrew, looking forward to seeing more as you go. I just received my Jag rear from David at Everyday XJ, along with all of the part numbers from Doug at ERA, so I hope to get started on it in a few weeks.

AndrewB 03-07-2018 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by bcrumpley (Post 1439997)
Nice work Andrew, looking forward to seeing more as you go. I just received my Jag rear from David at Everyday XJ, along with all of the part numbers from Doug at ERA, so I hope to get started on it in a few weeks.

Exciting! Feel free to hit me up if you get stuck on something.

CCKW353 03-07-2018 12:37 PM

The paint job really is nice.

Cobalt289 03-07-2018 12:46 PM

Your car looks fantastic! Don't want to add to your to-do list, but I suggest you paint the underside of the spare tire try black at some point before it's all put together.

http://www.clubcobra.com/forums/era-...tire-tray.html

1795 03-08-2018 05:03 AM

Looking great, I would concur that while you have it up and not fully together, paint the under side of the spare tire tray black.

AndrewB 03-08-2018 11:54 AM

Great suggestion, thanks! I'll add that to the list. I wish I did that before the rear went in, but better now than later I suppose. I'm liking the idea of using bed liner/undercoating for durability. Anyone know what the originals looked like? In going through my picture archive, I am not finding a real good angle of the well in a car that was not overly restored.

jolsen42 03-08-2018 01:41 PM

No, leave it alone! I love the combination and I think it's perfect.

John O

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Originally Posted by AndrewB (Post 1432235)
I was really struck by the princess blue/red color combination, but I understand its not for everyone. I'm sure I'll hear a few "shoulda done a black interior" but that's OK by me. I am a bit concerned though that I might have chosen a red leather that is too bright. ERA offered a great selection of swatches and now I feel like I should have chosen a darker version. I'll cross that bridge when it comes to it, but as of now that is a future me dilemma.


Cobalt289 03-09-2018 04:38 PM

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Originally Posted by AndrewB (Post 1440067)
Great suggestion, thanks! I'll add that to the list. I wish I did that before the rear went in, but better now than later I suppose. I'm liking the idea of using bed liner/undercoating for durability. Anyone know what the originals looked like? In going through my picture archive, I am not finding a real good angle of the well in a car that was not overly restored.

In looking around for a good photo, it appears in the original cars some of the spare tire tray tubs were dark and some were light. I tried to upload photos, but it wouldn't let me, so links are below.

light - https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2015/0...rs-to-auction/

light - http://phscollectorcarworld.blogspot...2135-some.html

dark - http://www.motortrend.com/news/1964-shelby-cobra-289/

dark - http://www.legendarymotorcar.com/inv...obra-1636.aspx

dark (and with a red interior like your car) - https://www.rmsothebys.com/en/auctio...9-cobra/175168

Anyone know the answer as to how they originally came from Shelby?

AndrewB 03-09-2018 06:11 PM

Thanks for the links! I've ordered up a quart of Herculiner so we'll see how that looks.

John, I'm definitely sticking with red. I'm just not positive that I selected the right shade. It's supposed to be sunny this weekend (gasp!) so I'll try to push it out and take some pictures in natural light to illustrate.

RockBit 05-29-2018 12:07 PM

AndrewB anything to update?

AndrewB 05-29-2018 12:49 PM

Unfortunately not a whole lot as we've been quite busy the past month. I did end up Herculine'ing the underside of the spare tire well black and it came out great. I got some time this weekend to work on the engine and got the front cover, water pump, and rocker studs installed. Hoping to button up the rest of it in the next week or two.

Here's a few pictures I took back in March.

Getting some vitamin D.
https://i.imgur.com/8qbT8AMl.jpg

Found a somewhat appropriate 1963/64 Washington plate and had it restored.
https://i.imgur.com/ZEKm1pwl.jpg

My helper :LOL:
https://i.imgur.com/d1bSBqnl.jpg

patrickt 05-29-2018 01:00 PM

That last picture is funny. I've got shots from when my ERA was new just like it... but they grow up and now he has his own roadster (a BMW Z4) and is pushing hard for his "first drive in the Cobra." %/ Time absolutely flies by.

http://www.clubcobra.com/photopost/d...um/coolpat.JPG

AndrewB 05-31-2018 01:35 PM

I've often wished he were a bit older so his contributions to the project could be more substantial, and for him to have solid memories of the process other than pictures, but I already feel that the days are really flying by and they are growing up uncomfortably (for me) fast. While I do get frustrated that we are not further along, spending time with family always has to come first.

I guess that is just an excuse to do another build down the road! :cool:

ACHiPo 05-31-2018 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by AndrewB (Post 1445354)
I've often wished he were a bit older so his contributions to the project could be more substantial, and for him to have solid memories of the process other than pictures, but I already feel that the days are really flying by and they are growing up uncomfortably (for me) fast. While I do get frustrated that we are not further along, spending time with family always has to come first.

I guess that is just an excuse to do another build down the road! :cool:

Yeah you need a 427 to complement that slabside!:)

AndrewB 05-31-2018 09:24 PM

Well a street 427, narrow hip, on sunbursts, perhaps ivy green does make me feel all tingly in my nether regions.

RockBit 08-20-2018 09:24 PM

AndrewB - How about an update. Are you driving yet?

AndrewB 08-20-2018 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by RockBit (Post 1449969)
AndrewB - How about an update. Are you driving yet?

Ouch. That hurts :)

No, definitely not driving. In fact, the car and I are not even on the same coast. Long story short, I noticed a handful of little pimples on the car that I was certain were not there on delivery so I sent Connecticut Custom a few pictures and they quickly arranged for the car to be shipped back to them. It's a bummer, but I am very impressed (and thankful) that Connecticut Custom stood behind their work like they have. I was not really planning on posting about this as it sounds like a fluke incident and I didn't want anything to get misconstrued. I just want to be clear that I have nothing but good things to say about the Walts and their work and I would not hesitate to use them again. That said, the paint work is now complete and it is back at ERA waiting on Intercity for pick up, but they are fully booked due to Pebble Beach. Last estimate I got was first week in September for pick up.

Now I wish I could say that I was just waiting on the car, but summer has been busy and the engine project has taken a back seat. I estimate* I need another solid weekend to get it wrapped up. Instead, I have been buying awesome parts for the car that I didn't think I needed such as Armrer's beautiful seat tracks, some correct mirrors, and other little things I noticed while ogling the original 289's at SAAC. With that, I'm done spending money on it for real this time...really I am. :rolleyes:.

I'm really hoping I can get a few good drives in before the weather changes but that is looking more and more unlikely.

*if history is any indication on this project, and my estimating skills, a week is more like a month+.

1795 08-21-2018 05:09 AM

Nice to hear that you will be able to be back at it soon. Also, like your attitude about the paint job. I too am of the opinion that even the best people will at times make mistakes or have something go wrong. If that happens, you contact them and if they make it right, then no need to trash talk them in a public forum. I would not have mentioned it either, unless in some positive way stating that they really stand by their work.

Good luck.

Jim

dacobb 09-03-2018 12:59 PM

"Done spending money on it" will take willpower that no human possesses.

AndrewB 09-27-2018 11:32 AM

Good news -- the car is back and it looks fantastic. Time to get to work!


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