How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used

How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used

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by D. Brian Smith
     
 

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The original Shelby Cobra left an indelible imprint on the automotive landscape. This nimble English roadster, powered by a raucous Ford V-8, set new performance standards, won countless races, and became an iconic supercar. The Shelby Cobra was only in production for six short years and only about 1,000 cars were ever made, but Cobra aficionados yearned for and

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The original Shelby Cobra left an indelible imprint on the automotive landscape. This nimble English roadster, powered by a raucous Ford V-8, set new performance standards, won countless races, and became an iconic supercar. The Shelby Cobra was only in production for six short years and only about 1,000 cars were ever made, but Cobra aficionados yearned for and revered these cars. Then, beginning in the late 1970s, companies manufactured and sold Cobra replicas as a kit car, so enthusiasts could build one in their garage, and other companies eventually offered complete rolling chassis as well as complete new cars.

Author D. Brian Smith, former editor-in-chief of Kit Car magazine, shows you each crucial step for assembling a modern Cobra replica, and in particular, he profiles assembling the most popular Cobra kit car: the Factory Five Cobra Mk4. He guides you through selecting the right Cobra kit car for a particular budget and performance goals, and then shows how to plan, budget, and use the necessary tools. Detailed step-by-step captions and photos show you how to assemble each major component group of the car so you assemble a strong running, reliable, and safe Cobra replica.

Also included in this informative guide is how to buy a pre-owned Cobra replica. It shows you how to inspect, evaluate, and test drive used Cobra kit cars for those who prefer to purchase one already assembled.

Editorial Reviews

Modified Mustangs & Fords magazine - Trent Riddle
ran news release and cover image on pg 9 of January 2013 issue

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934709436
Publisher:
CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/15/2012
Series:
Projects Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
597,412
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Meet the Author

The former editor-in-chief of Kit Car magazine, Smith has been writing about Cobra replicas for many years and created a variety of technical how-to articles while at the magazine. Currently, he is a freelance writer and photographer. He owns and operates Redline Review, an online magazine for auto enthusiasts.

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Henry_Renaud More than 1 year ago
I am currently building my 4th Factory Five Racing "Roadster" and bought this book on a whim. The authors know what they are doing and show it with great instructions and illustrations. Even though I am on my 4th, I still learned from this book - just wish it was around for number 1. Highly recommend this book if you are contemplating building one.
Crickybelle More than 1 year ago
Got it for my husband and I am in the "driver seat". He loves it and I am wife of the year. He said Mr. Smith is very detailed oriented and thorough and easy to follow. It was the best present of the year, except now he wants the real deal.
Tom_Mauldin More than 1 year ago
The book is great for anyone building or buying a Cobra kit car, especially a Factory Five! As a matter of fact it should be included in the Factory Five kit. The pictures are great as well as the descriptions for the pictures. I really can't say enough about the pictures! I think with this book in hand almost anyone could build a Factory Five Roadster! Thanks Brian for the great book! It's about time someone came out with a comprehensive build log in print form!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book (and met the author) while attending a car show at the Huntington Beach Pier in April 2012, came home and placed an order before it was released. Waiting was hard, but worth it. While the book focuses on the authors build of a Factory Five Roadster, the information it contains easily translates to other builds. If you are looking for a "basic how to bend fuel/brake lines etc. book" this isn't the book for you. However, if you are looking at building a replica of an American classic automobile and already have basic mechanical skills, this book will be a great reference. We have already built our Roadster, but I enjoyed the book and glad that we have it in our library. Ray
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book. Although Brian chose to build a FFR, his extensive knowledge of the entire kit car industry makes this a must read for anyone thinking of building any kit car or buying a completed car (new or used). I highly recommend this book.