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cobrakiwi 07-25-2017 05:15 AM

The body is very nice, Thank you!:3DSMILE:
I have had the shinny and brushed finish, but for me paint is the way to go:cool:

Now for my shop/demo car I may leave raw Aluminum just to show off the construction and workmanship of the build, (but will not be polished).

Kevin has the big decision ahead of him, what ever he chooses I'm sure it will look great.;)

Mongoose930 09-30-2017 10:39 AM

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I finally found some time to fly down to VA this week to visit Craig and my car (not necessarily in that order) and I could not be happier with how the body turned out. My goal is to build a replica of an early comp car with FIA wheels and dry sump and Craig absolutely nailed the body proportions especially the rear fenders. Nice and wide but without the S/C "lip". The body is officially done and now Craig is doing the final shaping, panel fitting and riveting of the body to the frame. After that he will fabricate all the inner panels, complete the cut-outs, set the ride height and then the car is off to paint. I cannot begin to express how happy I am with what Craig has done to get my Cobra build back on track. He is great to work with and his fabrication skills are amazing. Anyway, I will let the pictures do the talking...

Mongoose930 09-30-2017 10:48 AM

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Since I left VA, Craig has been very busy putting the final touches on the alloy body. As always, incredible workmanship...

Mongoose930 09-30-2017 11:00 AM

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Body perimeter is fully riveted to the frame. FIA wheels are looking mighty fine and the headlight & parking light cutouts are finished...

1795 10-01-2017 05:26 AM

Spectacular work! It is so close you can almost taste it.

cobrakiwi 10-01-2017 02:52 PM

It was nice having you at the shop Kevin, I am excited to be building this one with you, the unique options you have opted for will truly make this car a special one.
I will be finishing up with another car in the shop over the next couple of weeks then back onto this one.:)

1985 CCX 10-01-2017 03:03 PM

Love the comp body and FIA wheels.
Will really be different once completed.

cobrakiwi 11-19-2017 04:25 PM

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It's been a very busy past few months finishing up some other projects.

Now that I have those out of the way it's time to get back onto Kevin's project.

Today I got the foot boxes trimmed and fitted, firewall made up and fitted as well.

Mongoose930 12-08-2017 05:41 PM

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Craig is making great progress on all of the inner panels and the workmanship is absolutely amazing. It won't be long now before she goes out for paint!!

1795 12-08-2017 06:57 PM

Craig does amazing work.

LMH 12-10-2017 07:19 AM

Really nice work!

cobrakiwi 12-16-2017 11:16 AM

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Thanks guy's
With every new panel made and fitted the project is looking more like a car!
Starting in on the floors.

1985 CCX 12-17-2017 08:06 AM

Nice work
Cannot wait to see it running the Spring at club events

LMH 12-18-2017 07:29 AM

Craig, are using 3003 aluminum? Your bends are really nice looking!

cobrakiwi 12-20-2017 06:55 PM


Originally Posted by LMH (Post 1434696)
Craig, are using 3003 aluminum? Your bends are really nice looking!

Yes 3003.

Blue66 12-21-2017 07:58 AM

truly amazing ! :D

maxakarudy 12-25-2017 12:49 PM

You've made a really nice job of the body, I'm learning the process of metalshaping and made a few panels in aluminium. Looking at your panels, there doesn't seem to be any wheeling marks, I'd expect to see just a few, this makes me think they are more stretch/hammer formed like the Kirkham process?, just an amateur wanting to learn more.

Mongoose930 12-26-2017 08:20 AM

Hi Martin,

The body was made with an English wheel, various hammers and a buck, just like in the old days. If you are serious about pursuing metal shaping, I would highly recommend taking the class taught by Wray Schelin at Pro Shaper. I actually made the hood for this Cobra while taking Wray's 4 day class and I have attached the link showing the process. It is well worth the money and it is an awesome experience:

Pro Shaper Sheet Metal LLC | Sheet Metal Shaping Services, Classes, And Tools

Stargazer 01-09-2018 11:36 AM

If i may ask, what is the thickness of the aluminum used?

cobrakiwi 01-10-2018 06:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Stargazer (Post 1436043)
If i may ask, what is the thickness of the aluminum used?

Aluminum used is .062 to .065.

Test fitting the new 850 hp engine!:LOL:

Finishing up the floors.

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