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Old 03-26-2014, 10:30 AM
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First post, First Cobra..

Enter Kirkham # 625

Anyone with any previous history about my car ,please chime in,
And Hello David Kirkham!!
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:02 AM
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:13 AM
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That was Mark Thompson's car.


CLICK HERE did not know it was even for sale.



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Old 03-26-2014, 11:47 AM
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Yes Paperwork says Mark Thompson,
Very Very well optioned car.


HMMM, his stat sheet says 468 cu
mine, or K Craft says 482
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:49 PM
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suh weeeeet ride.
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:42 PM
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Mark had a 468ci engine built, not a 482ci. He wanted the shorter stroke for quicker/higher revving IIRC.

I knew Mark had it for sale and sold it, but didn't know where it ended up. Congrats.
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:47 PM
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I also remember Mark building a head pad mount for the roll bar and installing a head cushion. I wonder what happened to that piece. I thought he had a thread on CC about fabricating it.

Although he didn't live too far away from me, I never did meet Mark. But he seemed like a very smart guy and was very particular (detailed) about his build.
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I have put a few hundred miles on it already..all local..
Very addicting , like Heroin I am sure!

I havent had time to address the only problem..
Thats Dieseling..
I am waiting for the first tank to run through but when shes hot I must kill the engine with the gear box..
Possbly carbon hot spots in cylinder heads igniting bad gas..

KCraft says check timing and gas..
may have to install solenoid on idle valve..

I have tried shutting fuel pump 2 minutes before I park but thats no way to count on a good outcome.

All good though...actually Incredible high each drive..hope it never ends!


Any other suggestions on cure?
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I have put a few hundred miles on it already..all local..
Very addicting , like Heroin I am sure!

I havent had time to address the only problem..
Thats Dieseling..
I am waiting for the first tank to run through but when shes hot I must kill the engine with the gear box..
Possbly carbon hot spots in cylinder heads igniting bad gas..

KCraft says check timing and gas..
may have to install solenoid on idle valve..

I have tried shutting fuel pump 2 minutes before I park but thats no way to count on a good outcome.

All good though...actually Incredible high each drive..hope it never ends!


Any other suggestions on cure?
With Mark living in the SF Bay Area, I'm sure Keith didn't build a lot of compression into his 468. Also, Mark probably didn't drive it much, so timing and gas is an excellent start. I'd check the spark plugs and wires too just to make sure those are good. Also, make sure your cooling system and fan are functioning properly.
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With Mark living in the SF Bay Area, I'm sure Keith didn't build a lot of compression into his 468. Also, Mark probably didn't drive it much, so timing and gas is an excellent start. I'd check the spark plugs and wires too just to make sure those are good. Also, make sure your cooling system and fan are functioning properly.

On top of that I'd lower the floats on the carb(s), put smaller primary jets in, maybe even check the carb size, as KC is known for his "bigger is better" carb applications

Are you in NYC, NJ, Westchester, or out on the Island? I ask as there are several decent shops that you could be point to in order to set the car up for your wants and needs.


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Pm sent as I owned this car after Mark

It is not a KC engine
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Sweet ride, what color are you going to paint it?
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Great looking, congrats and enjoy!!
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Beautiful ride and Keith builds a very nice engine. If you find yourself on gravel roads for any amount of time and find little pimples that may appear above the wheel wells or on the fenders they can be gently knocked down with a light hammer. It happens, no big deal!

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It is not a KC engine



I see an interim owner, is your first name Robert??

If its not a KC engine please Help me Identify this Pic..
The car definitly has an advanced cam as the Idle is erratic!


EDIT: I Stand Corrected, it is a 468 FE Specialties Engine, 615HP/ 638 Lbs. Torq
Thanks to a previous owner Steve...King Cobra
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Can someone suggest the best Replacement spark plug for this FE engine , will try this weekend,
May just be carbon build up as previous owner states never had this problem??


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Welcome and congrats.
Those photos look fantastic...
Also how does that Ferrari go compared to the Kirkham?
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