Coming Out!

HUGE DAY! Took her out in public for the first time. Photos here. It is absolutely amazing how these things will draw a crowd. Three years, three months, three days. Sometimes it feels like it took forever, other times, it was just yesterday I was pulling her home from Lees Summit Let the fun begin…

Almost there

Finishing up all the little details. Car essentially done, appointment made for State Police inspection Sill molding Different designs offer different methods of placing a trim piece. The trick is how do you transition from painted metal(fiberglass) to carpet and cover the raw edge. I learned from some buddy’s of an aluminum extrusion, traditionally used for…

Little details in the nose

Oil Cooler I chose to add an oil cooler to go along with the period correct look. A few issues surfaced. Oil Cooler: The original used a six row Mocal cooler. Those are still available today. I chose to use an Earl’s brand, based solely on price and availability. Shrouding: The cooler is encased in…

The Hardest Part

I’ve been asked numerous times, what I felt was the hardest part about building a car. Undoubtedly, the most difficult part of building a replica car is selecting the color. I’ve always driven red cars, but red is for Ferrari’s. Yellow – Corvette.  Blue? Almost every Cobra is Blue with White stripes – I don’t…

Rear done, move to the interior

Sound and Heat Proofing We road-trip in an air conditioned Miata – and the footbox on it gets warm. I am paranoid about footbox heat and I don’t think this puppy is going to play nice. To counter the heat, I have gone overboard. I am optimistic it will do the trick. Firewall/Footbox The exposed…

Paint

Paint is the badge by which your build is judged.  With this in mind, I had painted vehicles before, but I wasn’t about to gamble my project. I don’t have the facilities for a quality final paint job. When you consider the actual paint costs, the cost of the labor for the paintjob was really…

She’s home – back to work

Body on, final assembly begins. Rear Body Mount mod The Hurricane kit comes with the body “hard-mounted” on the rear. The quickjack mounts and tubes sandwich the fiberglass body to clamp it to position. I was concerned this was a long term failure point. I chose to modify the mounting to incorporate rubber bushings. Once…

Trunk lining

Added aluminum to trunk side of rear bulkhead. Planning to line trunk with aluminum and this piece is not accessible with body on. Installed anchor nuts into body for mirrors and demister vents.