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Old 04-16-2018, 05:29 PM
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Hi all,

Newb here based out of Tacoma. Anyhow, I'm surprised/shocked to see such an active Cobra group in the Northwest given how, ahem, challenging our weather can be...especially like today!

here's the skinny...I'm faced with a pretty tough decision. My dad recently passed away and left behind his NAF 427 SC kit to me. It's seen some better days, but has some pretty solid bones...ie...427FE big block with a 2x4 set-up...polished jag rear end, 4 speed, halibrand knock-offs, etc... I need to decide whether I keep this...or just let another enthusiast enjoy the piss out of it...more than I would.

Anyhow, if there are any local gearheads in the area and would like to offer some insight, I'd love to meet up and see what you guys have to say about my conundrum. That being said, I look forward to meeting you guys.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:01 PM
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...I'm faced with a pretty tough decision. My dad recently passed away and left behind his NAF 427 SC kit to me ... I need to decide whether I keep this...or just let another enthusiast enjoy the piss out of it...more than I would ...
Lets see, I think this is soluble using only four function math.

If you could enjoy it at, lets say an 87.4% level and another enthusiast could enjoy it at, lets say a 104.6% level well I guess the numbers speak for themselves ...


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Old 04-16-2018, 07:48 PM
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Lets see, I think this is soluble using only four function math.

If you could enjoy it at, lets say an 87.4% level and another enthusiast could enjoy it at, lets say a 104.6% level well I guess the numbers speak for themselves ...


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My Dad built kit Cobra's and classic mustangs from the 80's until his recent passing. I can't lie, driving some classics (and a kit Cobra from time to time) in high school was a heavenly experience not many get to have.

Unfortunately, I'm in my 40's now and I've got my own little wee ones, (8-9 yr olds) so most of my time is spent helping them chase their activities. While the kit is not a garage queen, it can still hold it's own with a little blood, sweat, & elbow grease!

Like you said, cars like these should be in the hands of people who truly enjoy them...
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Old 04-17-2018, 04:05 AM
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Fozzie,

I am very familiar with you area and the rain problem. When I came back from Korea, it seems that was 100 years ago, I spent my remaining months in the service at Ft. Lewis. I had some job offers in the Seattle area but that continual rain was a little to much for me. That being said we have a member over on our site that worked at Boeing and he had a Cobra and enjoyed it when he could. But when he retired he moved to Arizona.

If you think you and the kids would enjoy the car then let them work with you on it. If it is going to be to much then sell it and use the money for something that you would enjoy. Whatever you decide I wish you the bast.

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Old 04-17-2018, 04:13 AM
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My Dad built kit Cobra's and classic mustangs from the 80's until his recent passing. I can't lie, driving some classics (and a kit Cobra from time to time) in high school was a heavenly experience not many get to have.

Unfortunately, I'm in my 40's now and I've got my own little wee ones, (8-9 yr olds) so most of my time is spent helping them chase their activities. While the kit is not a garage queen, it can still hold it's own with a little blood, sweat, & elbow grease!

Like you said, cars like these should be in the hands of people who truly enjoy them...
I gave my Dad a hand many times from a young age, about 7 years old.
He continued to teach me many things, then I became a mechanic.
Nothing gave me more of a buzz than to have him asking me for my help or opinion. I was now teaching him things he never knew.

If your kids show any interest, then consider keeping it as a restoration.

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Old 04-17-2018, 07:46 AM
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Sounds like you are looking all ways to either enjoy, working, and driving the car. If you decide you would like to send it on its way let me know. I am located in Port Orchard and have been searching for another cobra. It is just an option for you to consider. One of many. thanks..
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Sounds like you are looking all ways to either enjoy, working, and driving the car. If you decide you would like to send it on its way let me know. I am located in Port Orchard and have been searching for another cobra. It is just an option for you to consider. One of many. thanks..
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It's beginning to look that way...I have too many projects of my own going on. Send me an IM with your contact info and I can share some information with you. Thanks!
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Hey guy's I'm in Port Orchard too, And had a get together up at Old School Garage last week with some Cobra buddies, To look over my car, We have a get together coming up in May 12, in Sequim, But would love to see you before that. Fozzie, Skibum2 I have lots to share you two. PM me. Cheers Tom. Joe at the shop can look your car over for the both of you, as he cares for other real Cobra's & reproduction's, as he finishing mine now.
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Anything I can do to help, Fozzie. I'm here for you, as you know the rest of the club is too. I would love to see your dad's car. If I didn't already have mine, I would be a interested party. Didn't realize you were in Tacoma. Tom.
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The NAFs were good cars, I drove one for 13 years, just sold it.
Good luck with your decision.
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The NAFs were good cars, I drove one for 13 years, just sold it.
Good luck with your decision.
That's great to hear! When my dad chose it to make his demo car (his 5th or 6th kit cobra at the time) he knew what he was looking for by then and really set it up the right way.

I wish I could post pics of it, because I think a lot of you would appreciate everything from tip-to-tail. If I recall correctly, the NAF kits were pretty stout in the late 80's & 90's. And let's be honest, compared to most kits out there, the look of the NAF kits do a pretty good job mimicking the real thing!

As for my decision, I firmly believe I'm going to sell it...hopefully to the right buyer! I'm still keeping my dad's mustang fastback, so I'm not running away from the car hobby right away!
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Thanks Marc, for the pictures, I don't know how to down load them from my Email, if someone can tell me how , I'll post them here, (remember I'm old, so bear? bare? with me). Yea, lets get your dad's car up here, (Hopefully the carrier I sent you, can do it for a reasonable price) and we'll go from there. I know Skibum2 has first choice but my friend is interested too. We'll get it in the right hands so it can continue to make memories for it next owner. Talk to you soon, Tom.

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I'm sorry for the your loss of your father. I suggest you do as your heart feels.

Welcome either way to Club Cobra.
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Sadly I must pass on this. A house I have been watching came on the market, I made an offer and it was accepted.. I am in the paperwork process now.

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Sadly I must pass on this. A house I have been watching came on the market, I made an offer and it was accepted.. I am in the paperwork process now.
Congrats on the house. Now begins the fun of remodeling and making it your own!
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