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Old 06-03-2002, 09:28 AM
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Question Used Superformance Roller

Have my eye on one with low mileage. Anything I should pay close attention to when we get it up on the rack since I can't drive it ? Rear end, CV joints, axles, brakes, suspension, etc ?

Also, what should the dealer be responsible for since it is used ?

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Old 06-03-2002, 10:00 AM
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Ask about the roller number. It will provide an idea of the updates and what to look for. If it has Wilwood brakes, ask about the anti-knock clips. If it has Trigo wheels, not the SPF version, but original Trigos, ask if the shims have been removed and the wheels turned. Look for the small features like the bug screen in front of the radiator, the inside vents (on the 700 series and above) Check the rear drivers CV boot. All minor things to consider but important to look at when purchasing a used SPF.
The factory updates will be handled by any SPF dealer, but modifications and owner desired updates, will be your responsibility. Ask also about any prior body or engine damage, and if it presents, who did the repairs. The MOST important benefit that you can create is to take a disinterested, knowledgeable person with you to inspect the car. This will counter-balance the wow factor and negate the cobra passion that may obscure your objectivity. After examining the car, LEAVE, have lunch, think about what you saw, then reapproach the seller. Write your questions down ahead of your initial visit and check them off respectively.
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Old 06-03-2002, 10:31 AM
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Dan - it is a 2000 model and does have the Wilwoods - but what are the anti-nock clips ?
It has inside vents on the dash, is that what you are refering to ?
Also, what would one look for when inspecting the rear drivers CV boot, and why ? My point is, shouldn't both rear boots be looked at with the same scrutiny, why just the drivers side ? Also - I am having someone from the shop who would be installing the motor going to look at it on the lift and inspect it, and tell me what else would be necessary for the drop in. Sound good ??

Thanks very much for the quick reply, very helpful points !!
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Old 06-03-2002, 04:50 PM
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We also have a 2000 model with the vents. The Wilwood brakes especially the emergency brake, have a tendency to rattle. The upgrade is a clip that anchors the brakes better and eliminates the rattle. The drivers side CV boot was aproblem for some of the earlier SPF's but not on all. Occassionally the boot would tear and the grease spray all over the upper A arm and wheel well was an obvious diagnostic tool. Look for excessive grease splatters on the drivers side, if it's not there, then there's no problem. Ask if they performed the update on the upper rear A-arm bolts and bushings. They did have an update on our series.
Everything else sounds good. Be sure to check your motor mounts when installing your engine and measure the side pipe clearances on both sides. You don't want the pipes too close to the bottom glass ledge. Is this car coming from a dealer or a private individual?
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agro1,

The number of the car may clear much up. If it is on the Second Strike registry, a lot can be found about the car, it's history.

Dan or I can help.

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Dan / Great Asp:

Where do I go to check out the # of the car (if it's registered) ? Second Strike ? Where is that ?

Thanks for the post !!
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The person selling it should know the car number, or it will be on a plaque inside the engine compartment, or check on top of the cross member in front of the motor.

Second Strike is a registry for Superformance cars. When you buy the car new, you place it in the registry. Up grades to the tranny, engine, ignition are all kept track of.

For example, I hit a deer with my Superformance (car 992). The front clip needs to be replaced and painted (IMO). But no matter, the registry keeps track that 992 was wrecked on 4/14/02. Repairs should be kept track of on the registry also.

Very helpful when buying a car. Who owned the car before would make a differance to me. If it was a guy like Dan Semko, I'd pay more for the car.....

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Eric,
When we were picking up our cobra, Eric alias the shiney one, was girdling your crank.
It's the first time that I've ever seen that process. As soon as your heads arrive, the build will progress rapidly. I did see an example of the new style heads and they are very impressive.
You might consider a dental check up before you take delivery of your new cobra, that puppy is definitely going to loosen all fillings!
Hope that you're on the road soon,
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Dan,
That is great advice about the "wow factor". Could you provide a link to the Second Strike site?
Thanks. look foreward to seeing you and your brother at the fling.
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Old 06-04-2002, 06:07 AM
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Steve,
Great to hear from you. I'd like to provide a link to the Second Strike/Superformance Cobra Owners Forum (SCOF) but as with the Free Masons, we're sworn to secrecy and if I told you I'd have to donate your body parts to a recipient in Las Vegas.
Actually, the site is designed for only owners of SPF's and cannot be accessed by the public. If there's information that I can research and help you with, let me know and I'll be happy to assist.
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Dan,
Just wanted to look. I guess I have to get a SPF to complete my favorites list.
That lucky guy in Vegas would be Very popular with the show girls...IF ya know what I mean....
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Dan,
The one I'm looking at is a 700 model and HAS had the rear upper arm upgrade (hyme joint) and no history of the CV boot tearing. They also said there was never any problems with the brakes "knocking".
I'm having someone from House of Cobras go and take a look at it to do an inspection. It was never registered with Second Strike.
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Steve,
I didn't know that you could dance!
Agro1, ask if they added the rear clips to the Wilwoods and to the emergency brake. When you test drive the cobra, run over bumpy roads and listen for a rattle in the rear end. That emergency brake does rattle on the SPF's which is common, not unsafe but somewhat annoying.
What's the number of the car?
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Talking Hey Dan!

Fillings huh? I was taking a pair of Depends and never thought about my teeth!

Should be together this week, we will see.......

agro1, the brake issue is minor, and has a fix for the older cars, both the parking brake, and the "rattle" that can occur in the brakes. Get the # to Dan or I, and we will tell you Top Secret information about the possible love of your life

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You guys are killing me. Even though I am past the "WOW" stage - I still want that sucker so bad I can taste it...However, what I don't want is someone else's problems - thus the due diligence continues...Answer me one question though - If I love cars, motors, and racing - will I ever sell it if I buy it ? Are they that much fun ??

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