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Old 08-26-2016, 12:43 PM
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Good stuff Kev! Hope the assembly goes smooth and quick!
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I had the boss come in on Friday afternoon to help out bolt a few things on his frame, and check out the quality and progress overall.
Our goal was to try and get it on it's wheels so we can set the ride height and get started on the body.
We soon ran into problems with parts of the suspension, (Kevin may have more details) but we pushed on and made some progress.
It was a hot couple of day's working in the shop but the cold beers sure went down well.
Big thanks for your help Kevin,
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Keep it going.
Looks great!
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All I can say is AWESOME!!! Craig did an incredible job of repairing the frame and making new door and trunk frames that actually fit and function. I couldn't be happier with the quality of work that Craig is doing.
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Unfortunately, getting the car back on the ground so that the alloy body could be started would not be as easy... I am still dealing with the garbage that my previous fabricator screwed me on. Control arms that are so misaligned that they can't even be bolted to the frame. Spacers that were cut with what looks like a hack saw, made out of the wrong material and not even cut to the correct width. The rear upper control arms are so bad that they will be totally scrapped - warped tubing, horrible welds, misaligned bearings, incorrect widths, etc. Lucky for me, Craig was able to address and correct all of these issues.
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After a lot of hard work, Craig was able to get my Cobra back on the ground with a suspension that is actually functional and safe. Now for the fun part - a brand new alloy body!!!
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It's looking first class!
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That chassis came out nice! I'm sure Craig will quickly sort out the suspension. His parts are nice and aligned
Those A.... control arms look familiar and and don't pivot with the ends out of alignment and than there's the improperly fitted bushings....
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Unfortunately for me, my previous "fabricator" over reamed the bushing in order to get enough play for the bearings to align with the mounting holes on the frame. Now, both the brand new bushings and bearings that I paid good money for, (not to mention the exorbitant labor charges) are garbage. I don't know how he sleeps at night. Most of his previous New England customers won't even speak with him anymore. Anyway, he will deal with his own bad Karma eventually.

Craig has pretty much fixed most of Acton's screw-ups so the build should be a bit easier moving forward. Not that anything about these cars is easy...
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Thanks for all the positive comments, we have turned a big corner with this build.
Now we have a very nice foundation to proceed to the next step, (body).

Kevin and myself are both very excited to be moving onto the next stage.

We should have some exciting updates coming over the next few weeks.
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I am glad to finally see that NICK ACTON has been named by name. Many of us have been screwed in the past by this thief. He is lowest of the low praying on people he has gained the confidence of.

I'm very happy to see that your project is on track and finally headed in the right direction. Many others are not so lucky.
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Great project thread!

Can't wait to have Kevin and Donna back in the fold......

Craig, awesome job.....

Kevin is right, nobody here in NH will deal with him any longer.... Figure that would ring a bell or two??
Anyway, will stay positive...

Just glad you did not sell the buggy, we all wanted to at some point with previous support system. Now we are all back on track.... Many miles to come and petrol to burn...

Remember these are the purest form of hybrid
"Burns gas and rubber!"
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Project looks terrific. Reminds me of the day I got mine back from powder coating. What an exciting day that was and I imagine for Kevin also now after what he has been through. Everything going forward should be new stuff, so all positive I hope. Looking forward to updates as it goes.
Jealous of the alloy body, but not sure I would give up my Roger Bollick carbon fiber body for it.....

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Project looks terrific. Reminds me of the day I got mine back from powder coating. What an exciting day that was and I imagine for Kevin also now after what he has been through. Everything going forward should be new stuff, so all positive I hope. Looking forward to updates as it goes.
Jealous of the alloy body, but not sure I would give up my Roger Bollick carbon fiber body for it.....

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If Carroll Shelby were to start the whole Cobra thing again, I suspect he'd be using carbon fibre (or fiber, depending upon where you reside) for competition cars. It's hard to argue against the merits of strong and light, and probably cheaper to spit CF bodies out of moulds / molds than to hand form aluminum / aluminium. Street cars, OTOH, seem to do just fine with fiberglass.
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Could always make the alloy car and wrap it in carbon fiber pattern.
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That's what makes this hobby so neat, lots of choices.
And the choice for some is to get it as close to how it was.
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Mongoose and Scratchbuilder The ends on those control arms could be brought into alignment with heat in the right place and letting it cool. Its called flame straightening . No manual bending involved. What you see there happens all the time even when it is welded in a jig. If all the jig holes were nice and tight and you fully welded your part you would probably have a hard time getting your part out of the jig. And you would have a harder time getting it back in the jig.

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I was able to flame straighten one of the front lower control arms,

with my TIG torch tip after I cut one end off and set it up in my jig before introducing the flame
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This thing is going to be SWEET! Awesome Kev! Very happy that you moved on and are finally seeing positive results from your investment. It is going to be a real fine ride!
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Project looks terrific. Reminds me of the day I got mine back from powder coating. What an exciting day that was and I imagine for Kevin also now after what he has been through. Everything going forward should be new stuff, so all positive I hope. Looking forward to updates as it goes.
Jealous of the alloy body, but not sure I would give up my Roger Bollick carbon fiber body for it.....

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If I had one of Roger's carbon fiber bodies, I probably would have only gone with alloy doors, hood and trunk. The carbon fiber bodies are very cool - light, strong & dent resistant.
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