1965 SHELBY COBRA USRRC / 289 / FIA RE-CREATION
1965 SHELBY COBRA USRRC/289/FIA RE-CREATION
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1st Place winner 2016 Portland Roadster Show
1st place winner 2017 Forest Grove Oregon Concours D’ Elegance
ONLY 824 miles since new!
This is a 3 year build by a master craftsman, using only the highest quality parts, hardware, paint materials, and over the top attention to detail. The builders goal was to build an absolutely sanitary, period correct, USRRC/289 FIA Cobra. He built this car from scratch, this IS NOT a Factory Five USRRC kit, but the build did start as an FFR MK3.1 frame and body before extensive period correct modifications, prior to FFR introducing their version. I have over $50K in parts receipts alone, not including labor or body & paint work.
The builder was totally anal with everything he did, from spacing every rivet on the car exactly the same distance apart, and the same distance from the panel edges, to black powder coating every hand fabricated bracket, to making certain all hardware is either stainless, chrome or ARP, and sourcing pieces from specialty suppliers to get “just the right” bolt, nut, etc. He show chromed the panhard bar, used stainless fuel tank straps, fabricated the polished Aluminum fuel filler splash shield and filler neck, fabricated the velvet black ceramic coated headers and side-pipes, fabricated the 1.75" diameter forward braced powder-coated roll bar, had a custom fabricated FIA oil cooler built, fabricated the aluminum racing seat mount, fabricated original style gas pedal and stainless rod end linkage assembly, and the list goes on and on.
The second place car to mine at the Concours D’Elegance was a $100K Superformance 289 Cobra.
Engine- Balanced 5.0 roller motor, AFR 165 heads with ARP studs, Weber 48 IDA Carburetion with Stainless filters and 1/2" phenolic heat spacers, Comp Cams roller rockers, Comp Cams Weber specific .571./.565 camshaft, Comp Cams pushrods, Ford Racing timing chain, Melling high volume oil pump, Professional Products harmonic balancer, original style Aviaid 289 Cobra oil pan, original 1965 289 Hi-po timing cover with dipstick, professionally restored 1965 289 Hi-po centrifugal advance distributor with Pertronix electronic conversion, professionally restored 1965 Autolite Alternator, original style Shelby American extended breather valve covers, original 289 Hi-po pulleys, Black Aeroquip fuel lines and satin nickel fittings throughout, Black Polyurethane motor mounts, ARP hardware, Percy’s header hardware. Dynoed at 352 FWHP, 375 FWTQ. I designed this set-up of Weber carbs, 1.75” header primaries and AFR 165 heads to work well together, snappy and full of torque. Dyno sheet included, with Dyno video as well.
Transmission- Hanlon Motorsports built Tremec 3550 with upgraded main case, Carbon coated blocker rings, Fortes Hydraulic clutch kit with King Cobra pressure plate & disc, Quick Time steel bellhousing, mid-shift modification with original style reverse lock-out short shifter, removable driveshaft loop, Polyurethane mount, Spicer universal joints, ARP hardware.
Cooling System- Custom built AFCO “double pass” radiator with inlet/outlet on driver’s side, original style 1965 Harrison Tank, Canton aluminum overflow tank, ceramic coated lower coolant pipe, aluminum upper coolant pipe, Spal electric fan with custom Aluminum shroud, custom fabricated 289 FIA style oil cooler with Aeroquip lines and satin nickel fittings.
Steering/Suspension- Quick-ratio rack & pinion(3.7 turns), solid billet rack bushings, stainless steering shaft, pin-drive length adjustable upper and lower control arms with upgraded 4130 steel bushings, 3 Link rear suspension, Koni coil-overs, Spohn Performance adjustable rear control arms, custom built pin drive width 8.8 Ford differential with Ford racing 355:1 ring & pinion, Shelby Girdle, and Yukon axles.
Brakes- PBR 4 piston powder coated front calipers, Ford Cobra ceramic coated rear calipers, Hawk HPS pads, vented rotors, stainless flex lines. Cobra master cylinder with stainless remote brake and clutch reservoirs and all stainless flex lines, stainless hard lines front to rear.
Electrical- Correct 289 FIA style 2 5/8” Stewart-Warner mechanical gauges, 3 3/8” 160 MPH Speedometer, custom built tank sending unit specific to SW fuel gauge, high torque starter, Autolite voltage regulator, professionally restored 1965 Autolite alternator with amp upgrade and correct Orange rubber stamping, Optima Red battery hidden in trunk floor, Pertronix III high output coil with 1965 lettering transfer, Pertronix III ignition with 6500 rev limit, hidden audio ipod/MP3 amp with hidden under-dash Kicker 3.5” 90 watt speakers, column mounted turn signal switch with polished arm and built-in dimmer. Hidden under-dash led lighting. All vehicle wiring wrapped in original 1960’s cloth electrical tape.
Exhaust- Hand fabricated 4 into 1 headers with 1.75” primary tubes, TIG welded inside and out with conical merge collectors and extra thick flanges at both ends, hand fabricated 289 FIA style 3” side pipes with custom ordered 24” Classic Chambered mufflers. Coated in "Velvet Black" flat Ceramic, and mounted in the correct location, partially under the body side as original, which also results in no burns to the legs and ankles!
Wheels & Tires- Trigo Pin-Drive 289 FIA “as cast” wheels, with BF Goodrich 295/50X15 radial TA’s in the rear and 245/60X15 fronts.
Interior- The entire interior is lined with Hush Mat sound/heat proofing. Black original style Roadster passenger seat, Kirkey Vintage low back aluminum driver’s seat with custom welded aluminum mounting (an original style drivers seat is also included), Simpson 5 point harnesses, Black powder coated forward braced 1.75” diameter roll bar with slant back main hoop and correct rubber body grommets, Chrome Halgard fire extinguisher, AC clutch and brake pedals, original style curved gas pedal assembly with all mechanical stainless rod end linkage system to Weber carbs, Original style Moto-Lita wood steering wheel, driver’s foot box left side wall modification, Black powder-coated door hinges, Russ Thompson turn signal switch, Competition dash layout with full under-dash panel, Vintage mechanical Stewart-Warner FIA gauges, 12V hidden power sockets, hidden under dash LED lighting, hidden ipod/mp3 amp system with Kicker speakers hidden under dash, original style aluminum hand brake handle, leather shift boot with reverse lock-out short shifter handle, brushed aluminum door opening trims, polished aluminum rear firewall seat belt trims, brushed aluminum Ray Dot mirror with aluminum mount and thumb screw adjustment, fully carpeted trunk. The builder sourced the dash vinyl at my local fabric store and made 5 "test pieces" before finding the perfect grain and quality. The headlight switch was hidden just above the driver’s knee to clean up the look of the dash.
Body & Paint- 9 months was spent on the bodywork, with the goal to make this as faithful of a USRRC car as possible. The builder painstakingly worked to insure that every gap matched, all the body openings for the radiator, oil cooler, trunk, hood, louvers, doors, dash, all have consistent dimensions all the way around. The wheel openings are also consistent all the way around (including where you can’t see “ because he know that it was there”).
Hours were spent working on the door latch openings to finely match them to the shape of the strikers, so there’s not the huge gap you see on the door jambs of many replicas. Countless hours were spent forming the hood scoop, giving it the curved front opening ramps and contours specific to the FIA cars. After glassing in the hidden trunk hinges the builder formed the same contour all the way around the inside of the lid, making it pleasing to the eye. Stainless screws and nylon washers were used to mount the close-out panel. This anal attention to detail is what makes this car stand out. A correct 289 FIA front section by Bruce Chervenak 289 FIA was grafted to the body! The aluminum front panels to include hidden quick jack covers were hand fabricated so that you don’t see them when looking through the radiator. Closed exhaust cutouts for FIA style under-body side exhaust, hidden body mounts, glassed-in Aluminum front body mounts, hidden hood and trunk hinges painted body color, original style hood and trunk prop rods, 289 FIA style rear deck mounted fuel filler with hand fabricated polished Aluminum splash shield and Aluminum filler neck, rectangular tail light lenses, lower front 289 FIA brake ducts. The firewall was upgraded to .090 thick Aluminum for rigidity. Finishline side louvers correctly painted in body color were utilized along with a laid back windshield for the correct 289 FIA “slant”. In addition, paint protection film was applied to the front of the body, behind the front wheel openings, in front of and after the rear wheel openings. The vinyl roundels were color matched to the Wimbledon White stripe. These are very high quality, professionally applied, (not static cling).
Finally, the show quality paint work. After finessing the body over and over again, until it was absolutely perfect, the builder enlisted the amazing talent of Peter Gherman from Autowerks NW. Peter only works on high end vehicles, such as Ferrari's, Maserati's, Porsche's, etc, as well as the personal collection of a prominent Historic racer. He applied the Glasurit Viking Blue with Wimbledon White FIA stripe so flawlessly that the car is breathtaking, with its "mile deep" clear coat. Peter may be the only person as fastidious as the builder and it shows in this curvy, sexy work of art.
Paint cost: $15,000.00
The bottom line is, if you want the original sound and raw performance you can only get with a no expense spared 289 motor utilizing Weber carbs, the head-turning look of a USRRC race car, and top flight attention to detail then this is the automobile for you. It's the one that always draws a huge crowd wherever it goes.
THIS IS A $150,000.00 BUILD!
A TREMENDOUS BUY FOR A ONE OF A KIND AUTOMOBILE: ASKING $89,900.00
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NOTE: THE CAR IS TITLED AS A 1965 FORD COBRA 289 ROADSTER