Damn it where's 7th gear when you need it?!
Spooky, this is exactly what i've been doing this week! I too have been doing some planning on building a Cobra replica, wont be for at least another 12-18mths but I want to get an idea of whats involved 1st. I've just been researching on Google & in newsagent at kit car mags. There's a Cobra mag aparently but not found a copy yet, must be v.popular or no one stocks it!! Anyway, for a Sierra based car Google Pilgrim Sumo, they're car is Ford based primarily & their website talks you through whats involved to a certain extent. There are other manufacturers of kits out there & they all tend to base the car on Jaguar XJ running gear, something i'd decided would be better & more reliable an option than a Ford based. This also allows for rear disc brakes over rear drums that the ford option gives you. 200bhp+ with rear drums, i'd rather not personally!! Its a little more for a jag based kit but worth it in my view. As for overall costs, it depends on what you want to do yourself. I've stimated if I bought a rolling chassis & all the bits direct from the kit supplier & an engine ready to rock then it'll be c£15k & take 4-6mths to complete. If you go sourcing bits yourself & overhaul the engine yourself then double the time but lose a few grand off the price. If you pick up a Rover SD1 with the V8 in it as an MOT failure etc, rip it out & rebuild it with new internals it'll probably only cost you £1-1.5k but take you 2 months to do it. Whereas buy a ready-to-go engine for £3k'ish is possible. So the build time basically is down to how much you want to do & what budget your going to stick to. Other suppliers im interested in are AK & Dax cars, although Dax so far is impressing me the most but thats just down to how good their website info is & how close they are to me!! Let me know what you come up with, as I say this is something im looking into doing myself.
A4 3.0 Quattro Sport - Gone & missed everyday!
Current road going missile.....
........Smart Roadster - arguably the most fun you can have in a car without using lube!!