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Old 11-08-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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ETMC's LS powered 1966 AC COBRA

East Texas Muscle Cars Kit car build: This will take a while as i am building this myself and not really in the shop so this is a 9pm to 12AM project but in 4 months i has got quite a bit done!

Car will be a LS powered car

Sence i was 11 years old and saw the first AC cobra and actually knew what it was i have wanted one. Well i finally had the chance to build me one. I had to sell my 1100+ HP 2010 camaro I built But i got it.

Kit was delivered about 4 months ago:








Super excited about right now!!!! Got the car out then had to unload all the boxes






First things first, found the instructions:bang::bang::bang:







i bought a basic kit with all FFR a arms and wilwood brakes, and a moser 8.8.

the car didnt come with the Brakes or the Moser 8.8 so more boxes soon to come!
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:59 PM   #2
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First off the car comes with the body set on the frame and the alum panels just set in place. You have to take the whole car apart, and label all the panels.








Then the fun begins. I started a little out of order but o well. here is the front end and brakes on.





rear end came in about 3 weeks later so in it went!



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I will have to apologize now for he crappy pictures :-( they are all from my I phone

now to start on the ALUM. starting with the front:












and moving to the REAR









man that last pictures turned out really bad :-(

anyways at that point i have the gas tank installed already, all the alum is in and sealed. now that was the easy part now to start the brake lines,pedal box,dash, eng, trans......
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Brake MC. o what fun, i still dont have them adjusted right may have to rear the instructions for these..LOL..








now it is getting time to move it down to the main shop so i can use the welder and get to going on the motor





so far no real complaints that i have found except the rear brakes i had to have machined to fit the 8.8
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:07 PM   #5
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Totally sick! Magnacharger and coil pack covers (valve
cover look) to make it look more like an old motor?

Sort of like this
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Looks like a nice build!

but...a GM engine in an AC Cobra? I know I'm weird like that and love the LS engines, although while the (replica) AC Cobra is going to be mine down the road, it has to have a Ford engine Wished I wasn't like that, cause I have a really nice 383 SBC that would be awesome in there; just can't bring myself to do it though.

No matter, as that thing ought to be really cool when it's done!
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:19 PM   #7
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MOTOR TIME NOW

for the motor i went with a block i had sitting around the shop. a old ls3 crank. some Eagle rods and wiesco pistons. to top it off some PRC 317 2.5 heads with a ls2 intake.

Went with a fresh t56 and a ACT twin disk clutch





for the mounts i had to cut the ford ones off and make my own mounts. I got some HSC rubber mounts and use the FFR trans mount in the rear with a F body rubber mount. The mounts in the picture are just when i was mocking it up. They are now boxed all in.





THE CUT OFF MOUNT AND WELDED BACK ON

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now for the fun stuff. Mocking up the Turbo kit, and putting the March front drive kit on the car








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there isnt alot of room in the front of the car so i decided to go with a air to water setup :
if you look down you will see the two innercoolers




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Old 11-08-2012, 02:26 PM   #10
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Why did you bury the turbo so low?
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:27 PM   #11
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NOW TO THE DASH





Ill go take some nice pictures of the car today!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:29 PM   #12
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Why did you bury the turbo so low?

Room. with the MArch drive(4+ inches further out from normal ls drive) and all that is going on the car i couldn't do a top mount. there is no room behind the motor (APS style) plus the pipes come out the side. i didn't want to have a TON of extra exhaust pipe running everywhere so putting it between the side pipe and the header was perfect
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Fair enough. I guess I would have gone high and ditched the headlights for badass inlet tubes right to the birdblenders.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:32 PM   #14
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Awesome stuff. You'll love it.

If you ever have questions, shoot "The Wrench" a PM - Walt over at WM Motorworks in PA, he's built a dozen+
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:40 PM   #15
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Nice build. I rode in a car like this once, felt like a total death trap!
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here is how she sits today










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Fair enough. I guess I would have gone high and ditched the headlights for badass inlet tubes right to the birdblenders.



lol, this car has to be able to drive at night..LOL

it will also be a SEMA next year inside, atleat thats the plan right now.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:45 PM   #18
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now the body is another story. Me and our painter are not to happy with there( 40hrs and ready) body. after taking off the seams they leave you there is alot of voids in the fiberglass under the gel coat which is a big NONO. i am a little worried about the rest of the body and heat and those air bubbles we dont find coming back to haunt us down the road. there is a TON of high and low spots also. this car we want 100% perfect so there will be were guessing 80-100hrs of body work and all to get it right and painted. Not 40 like they claim.


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Old 11-08-2012, 02:47 PM   #19
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o here is a sneak peak at what it will look like. it will be a black but it will have pearl in it, and some red peal stripes, ditch the big snorkel and the pass side roll bar. but there is my wheels photoshop on it also.

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:49 PM   #20
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Tonight after i get this ZO6 tuned that we are finishing a stg6 kit on i am hoping to get the rad hoses on, the IC water pump mounted and start on the engine wiring

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Awesome build. Looking forward to more pics
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Cool, so a T-56 can be made to work in an AC Cobra? Didn't know that and hmmm, I have one of those too with this 383...damn, that makes me want to say farg it and go with a GM setup...

Car's looking real good and wow that'll be a blast (and potentially a handful if not careful) to drive!

btw - is it common for them to offer a hardtop on the kits now? While I think it looks kind of bleh, it does add some more practicality to the car.
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Nice, Stephen. Factory Five makes some good kits. Are you going to have FORD milled into the valve covers?
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OH MY GAWD!!!!!!! This is SO awesome.

My dream (once I have a garage with enough room) is to build myself a FF Cobra. I've never even debated which power plant I'll go with. It's 100% going to be an LS. I'll be watching this thread giddy with anticipation.

I love the turbo placement BTW. Form > Function. When I saw those pics, I thought "Oh man, that's perfect".
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:42 PM   #25
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Cool, so a T-56 can be made to work in an AC Cobra? Didn't know that and hmmm, I have one of those too with this 383...damn, that makes me want to say farg it and go with a GM setup...

Car's looking real good and wow that'll be a blast (and potentially a handful if not careful) to drive!

btw - is it common for them to offer a hardtop on the kits now? While I think it looks kind of bleh, it does add some more practicality to the car.


they dont offer a hardtop that i know of no.

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OH MY GAWD!!!!!!! This is SO awesome.

My dream (once I have a garage with enough room) is to build myself a FF Cobra. I've never even debated which power plant I'll go with. It's 100% going to be an LS. I'll be watching this thread giddy with anticipation.

I love the turbo placement BTW. Form > Function. When I saw those pics, I thought "Oh man, that's perfect".

thanks!
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Looks great,im digging it (except for your clutch lol)
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Man, my buddy has faced a FFR Cobra Rep for years and with his 347 stroker in it, it is already a handful!!!! I can't imagine a turbo LS . . . . Crazy!
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Buddy of mine has a cobra rep. with a blown 302 in it. This, while heavier, will be even more awesome! Looks great so far. How much power are you looking to make?
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First off the car comes with the body set on the frame and the alum panels just set in place. You have to take the whole car apart, and label all the panels.



Are those rotors on right? Thought directional vanes always pointed towards the rear of the vehicle.
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