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    Cobra odds & sods

    Thought I might actually contribute something to the forum since I've been a reader for years now.

    Not exactly a rod but this is the Cobra replica I built nearly 30 years ago

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    That was taken around 2000 and since then it has been sitting rather neglected in a variety of sheds in two countries but now I'm starting to do a bit of a rebuild.

    If anyone's interested I'll post up some stuff about the various repairs and upgrades I have planned.

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    Engine and running gear?

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    Neat... love the roll bar, post some more

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68roadrunner View Post
    Engine and running gear?
    It's an early Corvette engine (bored and stroked 327 giving 355 CID) and ZF five-speed box. The rest of the running gear mostly Jag. The kit was called a Ram and sold by a company called LR Roadsters in Newmarket. Chassis is a Reynard designed tubular backbone.

    Sitting in the barn looking a bit unloved.

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    A few months ago I dragged the car out of the barn and started it. It sounded like a bucket of nails - one or more lifters stuck I think so I decided I would pull the engine, give it a little TLC, drop it back in and have some fun in the car this summer. Well...

    To get the engine and gearbox out I needed to remove the gearstick...

    To remove the gearstick I needed to remove the carpet...

    To remove the carpet I needed to remove the rollbar and that was not budging at all

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    The rollbar locates in two tubes on the chassis and it was well and truly stuck. I tried heat, oil, hanging the whole car from the rollbar, jacking devices

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    but it was not moving. In the end I had to cut a great hole in the tub behind the seat

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    and then cut the thing off

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    Which of course left a whole lot of repair work and the body needed to come off to do it.
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    Keep posting. Looks like fun!

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    yep keep em coming looks like some fun coming up.
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    To get the chopped bits of roll-bar out and then repair the chassis needed the body to come off.

    So soon all in pieces.

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    The Ram is a nice bit of kit and very well thought of in the Cobra REP world, getting quite rare now. Well worth the time and effort getting it running again. Worth more than you think it is. or maybe you do know.Keep the pictures coming.

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    I bought it purely because of that tubular backbone chassis, so much nicer than the square ladder affairs under most of the cobra replicas at the time.

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