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Hi guys and gals. I am new to this forum (1st post) I hope itís in the right place! Guys I am kicking around purchasing a Superformance. I am 5ft 7in and 255lbs. I am loosing weight but have a ways to go! My buddy has an ERA, I tried sitting in it the other day with the seat all the way back and the wheel is very close to my knees. Also the space under the wheel to the seat is pretty close. I can get my leg through but once your in I would not feel comfortable driving it. The pedal box is insanely tight as well. Size 10 1/2 sneaker. I currently have a 96 Viper and thatís spacious compared to his ERA. Is the Superformance larger or the same as the ERA? I know of the Backdraft cars but I want a BB car. I know some guys change the wheel to a smaller Dia or even install a removable wheel. Advise? And thx for any help you can offer me. O and the Superformance car is 2 1/2 hours from me thatís why I havenít sit in that car yet. Maybe this weekend. Thx again.
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I would first go visit that car and then come back with your same or newly formed insights or questions.
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I had to do some adjusting for a comfortable position. I moved the seat mounts up to get better visibility. Also put in a spacer under the wheel and modified the pedals to make room to hit one pedal at a time. I also adjusted the width of the front of the shoe by grinding them off. ]

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Guys before I go 2 1/2 hrs each way to look (and be leaving in 10 min) my basic question is are there any known differences in the seating position between a Superformance and ERA. Or are they both close to original spec. This question includes the pedal box area.
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Guys before I go 2 1/2 hrs each way to look (and be leaving in 10 min) my basic question is are there any known differences in the seating position between a Superformance and ERA. Or are they both close to original spec. This question includes the pedal box area.
Go here: 427 Frequently Asked Questions and go three quarters down on the page until you see a picture of me driving away. I've got nine inches on you and my ERA fits me like a glove. BUT, you have to know what to tweak and how to tweak it. Not to mention my 12EEE feet.
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ERAs newer than about 735 have noticeably larger foot boxes than the early cars.

I am 5'11" 190 pounds and fit with plenty of room.

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ERAs newer than about 735 have noticeably larger foot boxes than the early cars.
That's 731 and above to be exact.
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I am 5'11 205 with a size 10 shoe. It took a little getting use to the closeness of the peddles in my Backdraft but now I don't even notice it. Pedal and pedal box modifications can be done if really needed. I went with a 1 inch smaller diameter wheel for a tad bit more room.
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When I was 250 lbs, I fit my superformance fine (6' 2.5")
Now that I'm under 220lbs, I fit even better, but I slide around a bit more ��

I could only drive my old factory five with wrestling shoes because of the pedal spacing. I can wear any shoes now aside from wide slippers to drive (size 11 shoe).

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Lalmeida617 -- to make your car fit you perfectly, you will be adjusting four points of contact to your body. 1) Your butt distance from the the floor. This is adjusted by how much padding you have in the seat and whether there is a seat track or whether you bolt the seat directly to the floor; 2) Your seat distance and angle. Obviously you can move the seat forward and back, but tilting the front up or down a smidge can make a surprising difference while being virtually unnoticeable from outside the car; 3) The size and tilt of the steering column and steering wheel; 4) The distance of the pedals both fore and aft along with horizontal spacing. By far, the most difficult change to an existing car would be the pedals, as it will require re-crafting them for the spread, either through spacers or bending (I'm thinking ERA). ERA's pedals come up through the floor, so I know exactly what to do with them, but I have never stuck my head up under the dash of a Superformance car to see how the pedals are fastened on those cars and how you would fix them to your liking. Moving the pedals fore and aft is easier than spreading them. For me, because I am tall (6'4" with 12EEE feet) my configuration required a special clutch master cylinder with additional volume. That's not a big deal at all. If you got in my car and tried to take her around the block, chances are you would have difficulty even reaching the pedals and you would be sitting too low. When I was up at ERA 15+ years ago and sitting in some of the cars that were under construction, there was one that I remember where I literally looked over the windshield, my knees hit the steering wheel, and it generally felt like one of those toy cars you buy a toddler to drive around in the back yard. I remember thinking "you got to be kidding me." Then I sat in an identical car that had no seat in it at all and I could barely see over the cowl and I had to stretch to touch the pedals. That tells you what you are working with. You can make these cars fit you unless you are a real outlier on height and weight -- you just have to throw a little time and money at it.
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... and a pic of my pedal spacing.

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The first thing to remember about a Cobra is that you do not really sit in one, you wear it.

Do not buy a Cobra unless you sit in THE CAR YOU'RE BUYING. The rule can be relaxed a little by trying on cars of the same manufacturer, but even then there are changes, e.g., Superformance has gone through several generations and they are different in the foot box and importantly, steering wheel angle.

I found that the steering wheel on the SPF cars hit my lap yet Shelby CSX was plenty of room. You don't want to buy a car on ebay and then find out you can't wear it.

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Not sure you can judge a car to another car so the Viper is irrelevant.
I am of similar size as you with a foot a size larger, Cobras are not spoacious vehicles.
SPF might lend a slight bit more room as pedals mount from the top versus floor. Floor monted is a tight deal but not that bad, I drive my gold car (floor pedals) with work shoes which are cumbersome but it works.
Cobras are meant to be light and fast not a GT car by any means.
Just buy the car if you like it, you will figure it out.
Most cars have a steering loop that can be adjusted, not sure about SPF, this means its possible to raise the wheel a bit. Comes STD in the AC MKIV, HiTech and CSX.
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Hi guys and gals. I am new to this forum (1st post) I hope itís in the right place! Guys I am kicking around purchasing a Superformance. I am 5ft 7in and 255lbs. I am loosing weight but have a ways to go! My buddy has an ERA, I tried sitting in it the other day with the seat all the way back and the wheel is very close to my knees. Also the space under the wheel to the seat is pretty close. I can get my leg through but once your in I would not feel comfortable driving it. The pedal box is insanely tight as well. Size 10 1/2 sneaker. I currently have a 96 Viper and thatís spacious compared to his ERA. Is the Superformance larger or the same as the ERA? I know of the Backdraft cars but I want a BB car. I know some guys change the wheel to a smaller Dia or even install a removable wheel. Advise? And thx for any help you can offer me. O and the Superformance car is 2 1/2 hours from me thatís why I havenít sit in that car yet. Maybe this weekend. Thx again.
We can fit a BB in a Backdraft without issue. And you can fit in the car, now
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That's really a perfect analogy. None of my four points listed above are adjustable on my car by the driver. My seats, steering and pedals are all shimmed to my specifications and then locked down. Not that they can't be changed, just that you can't reach down and scoot anything or pull a lever and change the orientation of anything. But on the positive side, I know that even if someone else has been sitting in my car, nothing ever changes because it can't.
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Guys thanks for your advise. I did not realize there were some adjustment points. This car is as stated a Superformance built in 2001. The salesman said it does have a drop in the floor near the peddles. I don’t know if it has the ability to remove the seat track and bolt it to the floor. Looking at the chart of Superformance changes over the years it does not state what year the 300 series started. This car has a black roll bar (chrome was standard after a certain year) So it’s a little older. I am going tomorrow afternoon to sit in it. Thx again. I will keep you guys posted.
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I like my lonestar if nothing else for the room. I have big feet 12,s, and am 6’3” 220. Plenty of room, and my head isn’t above the windshield. It’s practically comfortable. The tilt wheel is kinda nice too. Each car is different. Try it.
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Guys thanks for your advise. I did not realize there were some adjustment points. This car is as stated a Superformance built in 2001. The salesman said it does have a drop in the floor near the peddles. I donít know if it has the ability to remove the seat track and bolt it to the floor. Looking at the chart of Superformance changes over the years it does not state what year the 300 series started. This car has a black roll bar (chrome was standard after a certain year) So itís a little older. I am going tomorrow afternoon to sit in it. Thx again. I will keep you guys posted.
What's the last THREE digits of the chassis number? It does not sound like it is of the 700 series by your description BUT it would be if it were built in 2001.....so something does not sound right. FYI, I have 832 and the MSO says mid 2000.
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