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Default Cobra lettered bellhousing

Hi Guys I have been looking for a Cobra lettered 5 bolt bellhousing. What kind of value do you put on these price wise. I found a nos one in the box with a big cobra logo on the box. It had a C40Z part number on the box. What year did they stop making this part? Its cool but what is it worth?

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Send me your current email address in a PM and I will send you my slide show on the multiple versions.
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Didn't Jim Cowles from Wisconsin repo some ? (Shelbyparts.com)
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Didn't Jim Cowles from Wisconsin repo some ? (Shelbyparts.com)
At least two companies have made copies of the six bolt style.

Never seen a copy of any five bolt ones of any brand.
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Dan Thank you for the info you sent me. I sent the guy a deposit. I will be picking it up sometime in the next 3 months. Will tell you guys more info when I get it.

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Dan Thank you for the info you sent me. I sent the guy a deposit. I will be picking it up sometime in the next 3 months. Will tell you guys more info when I get it.

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Well the swap meet I was going to go to pick up my bellhousing got canceled. So a 1500 mile round trip and 27 hours latter and I have it hone. The box is in poor condition. Mice used it for a home. Rust on the casting. But looks good for sitting in a damp leaky warehouse for many many years.

Dan it looks like its version number 3. But the boss for the alignment pin on the right side look like a number 1 or 2 version. Also the quotation marks on the left side are more like a number 4 version. Starter tab looks like number 6 version.
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So Dan were these left as bare metal when they came on a factory car? Also do you know if anything else would have come with the Kit other than the bellhousing? If you need better pictures of anything let me know. Now I need to figure out if I am going to clean it up or not and how.
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Well the swap meet I was going to go to pick up my bellhousing got canceled. So a 1500 mile round trip and 27 hours latter and I have it hone. The box is in poor condition. Mice used it for a home. Rust on the casting. But looks good for sitting in a damp leaky warehouse for many many years.
Nice, the prior owner(s) 'seasoned it' for you. EVAPO-RUST® will do an excellent job but it is not the only commercial 'safe' rust removal compound. About a week ago I soaked a fuzzy red Cobra suspension part over night and it looked great the next day when removed from the container and warm water rinsed.

That is a rare version.

Most got painted on the exterior either a dull black or a deep silver. The nos one I had for decades was painted dark silver gray (low gloss) before machining. The unrestored very early one on our black car is a dull black.

The new in the box one I used to have.
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Very cool! Love the box too!
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Larry yes it is. When I first saw it I think I thought the box was cooler than the scatter shield.
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Thats one hell of a find !!! Love the box to.
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Dan the one you had new in the box. Did the box look like the one I got? Do you have a picture of the box?

There are some traces of a dark silver gray here and there on the casting. I though it was the raw casting finish.

There is a used 5 bolt Cobra scatter shield on the Saac forum. They want $1500.00 for it. Also there was another one for sale in the last year or so. It was offered on the Saac forum under parts for sale. It was offered for $2700 with no takers. After about 6 months relisted at $2500.00 and sold within a week. That one was NOS in the box. I did not get to see that one. Looks like there still out there.


Very excited to get the one I got!

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The best I can tell all versions with a Ford part number on them were sold as the same Ford accessory kit number. "COBRA KIT" accessories was a Ford Motor Company endeavor. Ford published a flyer itemizing available items and Dearborn Steel Tubing Company was responsible for packaging and shipment. (DST doing the kit building was why fasteners and other small parts in retail kits for Cobra parts and accessories were not the same ones Continental Cars or Shelby American used.)

“COBRA KIT” packages received paper COBRA stickers as part of the advertising identification. There were several sizes of stickers from quite small (small enough to fit on a paper envelope pack an emblem was in) to large for big things like complete induction systems.

“COBRA KIT” parts came in a variety of types including:
1) Exact same parts used in new HP289 engines
2) Exact same parts used in a new Cobra or 427 Cobra
3) Service replacements of several types for production parts
4) Aftermarket accessories never used on any new car
5) Even complete engines

Some “kits” required at least one other kit. Example: If you bought a 3-2V induction kit for a Fairlane you also needed a designed and made for the purpose throttle linkage “COBRA KIT” to go with it.
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Thank you Dan!

Has anyone seen any other box styles other than like shown above. Somewhere along the line I think I have seen a box that the Cobra label was different. The ones shown above are paper and glued to the box. The other one I think I saw was printed on the box. I think it was just red. Half of it was on the top of the box and the other half wrapped on the side . It was also offset to the left side of the box. The logo would have been about 6-7 inch across ……………………...Maybe I saw it in a dream?
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The stickers Dearborn Steel Tubing Company had were paper on large rolls. I suppose the intent was to apply one sticker per package but it was not rare to find some extras inside the package.



I opened up a kit in the 1980s that had about two feet of stock with these little gems. I kept two and gave the rest away.
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Great find and a great way to spend 27hrs.....
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