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Old 01-06-2011, 10:31 AM
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Default New/old Midstates build

Hey all,

Just thought I'd make a post in the Midstates area, I know there is not too much traffic here so I will also make a post in one of the other areas.

I bought an unfinished Cobra many years ago and like a lot of them, life kind of got in the way, got married and moved from one end of the country to the other. Business has been going great so I decided to pull out the car and get working on it.

The previous owner was going to run a BBC but I wanted to run an aluminum stroker Ford FE so I made up new motor mounts and made a few other changes. I have the car sitting with a 390 in it right now for mocking everything up, the chassis is pretty much ready to send out to be powder coated. The car has a custom chassis with Howe front suspension and Bilstein coil overs, the rear is a Corvette IRS with a modified center section and custom trailing arms. I am not sure who built the chassis but it is a work of art, probably the most rigid chassis I have ever seen and some of the nicest welds. I will get some pictures soon.

One thing I am wondering though, is there anyone on here with an FE powered Midstates Cobra who can give me some measurements as far as engine placement/setback? I am going to make my own headers so I am able to move the motor around a bit, the best thing would be to scale the car I guess but I don't have acces to scales right now. Was there any kind of assembly manual for the Midstates cars?


OT- Just for fun here is my daily driver I built, it is not a Cobra but does have a 'Cobra' motor!
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:09 AM
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Can't chime in on the FE but thought I'd say........ Very nice Daily Driver! Good luck with the Cobra build.

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:00 PM
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My car has a 460 so I can't be of much help there.

I didn't get a builders manual when I bought my car but I was able to get all of the support that I needed directly from Midstates. Since then the company was bought by Shell Valley and last that I had heard there were a few of the original people that were still there. You might try contacting them if you are unable to get your questions answered here.
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:13 PM
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there are NO original Midstates people left at that establishment.....
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:20 PM
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Default Thanks everyone

I just wanted to say thanks for the comments and to the people who have contacted me, I got some pictures and measurements from Rusty Bob that should help me out a lot.

One other thing, does anyone know when Midstates first started selling the Cobra bodies?


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Old 01-21-2012, 05:23 PM
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I purchased mine in 1989 in Hooper Ne. if that helps.They were once called Kallio cobras from Fremont Ne..I believe they started in 1982

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