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Re: Reason Me Into A 385 Series

Post  427HISS on August 12th 2017, 4:10 pm

Is yours a Midstates ?

I built a LoneStar.

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Post  427HISS on August 12th 2017, 4:16 pm

Sorry, doubled up.

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Re: Reason Me Into A 385 Series

Post  jasonf on August 12th 2017, 4:25 pm

Factory Five Mk 3.
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Re: Reason Me Into A 385 Series

Post  res0rli9 on August 12th 2017, 5:10 pm

you could build one these. 461ci. sbf... 820hp on pump gas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJRMLfrlPvg

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Post  427HISS on August 12th 2017, 8:20 pm

869 HP with the pump on. Wow, what a great one.
With 12:5:1 I'd have to use E-85 or race fuel.

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Re: Reason Me Into A 385 Series

Post  Mark Miller on August 12th 2017, 11:42 pm

jasonf wrote:You will have to forgive my FE comments. In high school we did maintenance on the county trucks which were 70's F series trucks and FE motors. I hated those 100 lb intakes manifolds and never liked FE's again. lol.

Mark Miller wrote:

Can you post any under hood pictures of the 4.6 DOHC in your Cobra?








That engine looks good in your Cobra,it looks like the 4.6 DOHC engine in my brothers 2001 Cobra except your valve covers look a little different!!! Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Mark Miller on August 12th 2017, 11:44 pm

jasonf wrote:Here is my friends 460 powered Cobra. It originally had Webers on it but he kept having driving issues so he went to a single 4 bbl.






That 460 looks good in your friends Cobra,do you know the specs on his 460 engine? Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  68formalGT on August 12th 2017, 11:59 pm

427HISS wrote: I built a LoneStar.

That's what I wanted to build, I went to their shop back in 2003. I liked the idea of the extra 4" in the door and they had a well designed chassis.
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Post  427HISS on August 13th 2017, 10:55 am

Since I live 50 miles from Midstates and Shell Valley I checked them out first, and they are very nice cars. I then looked at Lonestar. The frame is stout, body is thicker and really like the "vinylester" , love the extra touch of the molded in dash, inside the doors, hood and trunk.

Really, the only thing I don't like or understand, is that if you have a FE, a turkey pan will not fit ? (that pissed me off) when I asked why thy said, "we didn't think people wanted it". The new owners have made changes, but don't know if they raised the hood scoop ? I don't mind that some companys like LSC are not built exactly like the originals, except the shape of the wheelwells, I have a thing about that ? With the 4" increased doors and 4" dropped floor, it's wonderful to get into and to drive. I'm 5'9" and can't touch the firewall. At shows I let anyone sit in the car (most owners won't)Rolling Eyes and countless 6' + men love it, one guy sat ina 90" wheelbase but couldn't fit, when he sat in mine, almost teared saying he wanted one since high school and he ordered a LSC that week. Very cool !

The only time you can tell the 4" longer wheelbase is right next to a 90", you can see the doors are longer.

I'll see if I can lower the size of my photo's to post here.

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Post  rmcomprandy on August 13th 2017, 11:09 am

427HISS wrote:Since I live 50 miles from Midstates and Shell Valley I checked them out first, and they are very nice cars. I then looked at Lonestar. The frame is stout, body is thicker and really like the "vinylester" , love the extra touch of the molded in dash, inside the doors, hood and trunk.

Really, the only thing I don't like or understand, is that if you have a FE, a turkey pan will not fit ?  (that pissed me off) when I asked why thy said, "we didn't think people wanted it".  The new owners have made changes, but don't know if they raised the hood scoop ? I don't mind that some companys like LSC are not built exactly like the originals, except the shape of the wheelwells, I have a thing about that ?  With the 4" increased doors and 4" dropped floor, it's wonderful to get into and to drive. I'm 5'9" and can't touch the firewall. At shows I let anyone sit in the car (most owners won't)Rolling Eyes  and countless 6' + men love it, one guy sat ina 90" wheelbase but couldn't fit, when he sat in mine, almost teared saying he wanted one since high school and he ordered a LSC that week. Very cool !

The only time you can tell the 4" longer wheelbase is right next to a 90", you can see the doors are longer.

I'll see if I can lower the size of my photo's to post here.

I don't know much about all the several Cobra replicas available however, I have worked with a bunch of Superformance and Everett-Morrison cars, actual road racers included,  and they all drive very well; especially braking and turning with a big Windsor engine under the hood.

A few have valve cover adapters which use FE valve covers on a Windsor head and at first viewing; because of the front water tank, looks very much like an FE engine, (except for the exhaust headers).

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Post  68formalGT on August 13th 2017, 11:19 am

When I took a tour of their shop they had a customer's car there that they were redesigning a header for small blocks, the shop manager took me for a ride in the car after they finished it up. It had a 392 with a 6 speed manual and could break the tires loose in every gear. On the way back he pulled over and trained spots with me and I got to drive it, I think I scared the shit out of him when I took off with a 4000 rpm launch. The car handled like a dream.
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Post  jasonf on August 13th 2017, 3:00 pm

Mark Miller wrote:

That 460 looks good in your friends Cobra,do you know the specs on his 460 engine? Very Happy Very Happy

No I don't.
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Re: Reason Me Into A 385 Series

Post  427HISS on August 13th 2017, 5:28 pm

rmcomprandy wrote:
427HISS wrote:Since I live 50 miles from Midstates and Shell Valley I checked them out first, and they are very nice cars. I then looked at Lonestar. The frame is stout, body is thicker and really like the "vinylester" , love the extra touch of the molded in dash, inside the doors, hood and trunk.

Really, the only thing I don't like or understand, is that if you have a FE, a turkey pan will not fit ?  (that pissed me off) when I asked why thy said, "we didn't think people wanted it".  The new owners have made changes, but don't know if they raised the hood scoop ? I don't mind that some companys like LSC are not built exactly like the originals, except the shape of the wheelwells, I have a thing about that ?  With the 4" increased doors and 4" dropped floor, it's wonderful to get into and to drive. I'm 5'9" and can't touch the firewall. At shows I let anyone sit in the car (most owners won't)Rolling Eyes  and countless 6' + men love it, one guy sat ina 90" wheelbase but couldn't fit, when he sat in mine, almost teared saying he wanted one since high school and he ordered a LSC that week. Very cool !

The only time you can tell the 4" longer wheelbase is right next to a 90", you can see the doors are longer.

I'll see if I can lower the size of my photo's to post here.

I don't know much about all the several Cobra replicas available however, I have worked with a bunch of Superformance and Everett-Morrison cars, actual road racers included,  and they all drive very well; especially braking and turning with a big Windsor engine under the hood.

A few have valve cover adapters which use FE valve covers on a Windsor head and at first viewing; because of the front water tank, looks very much like an FE engine, (except for the exhaust headers).

I don't care for guys that have BB 427 valve covers on SB engines if,......their trying to fool people that it's a BB. Rolling Eyes
That's like putting Hemi on Chevy covers. lol

68formalGT wrote:When I took a tour of their shop they had a customer's car there that they were redesigning a header for small blocks, the shop manager took me for a ride in the car after they finished it up. It had a 392 with a 6 speed manual and could break the tires loose in every gear. On the way back he pulled over and trained spots with me and I got to drive it, I think I scared the shit out of him when I took off with a 4000 rpm launch. The car handled like a dream.

Lol, good for you !

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Post  427HISS on August 13th 2017, 5:58 pm

Well, no pics as I need to be a member for 7 days before posting links for them.

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Post  jasonf on August 14th 2017, 9:34 am

427HISS wrote:

I don't care for guys that have BB 427 valve covers on SB engines if,......their trying to fool people that it's a BB.   Rolling Eyes
That's like putting Hemi on Chevy covers. lol


Lol, good for you !


Come on now, pentroof valve covers on a windsor are not all that bad. Very Happy







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Post  rmcomprandy on August 14th 2017, 10:04 am

427HISS wrote:
rmcomprandy wrote:

I don't know much about all the several Cobra replicas available however, I have worked with a bunch of Superformance and Everett-Morrison cars, actual road racers included,  and they all drive very well; especially braking and turning with a big Windsor engine under the hood.

A few have valve cover adapters which use FE valve covers on a Windsor head and at first viewing; because of the front water tank, looks very much like an FE engine, (except for the exhaust headers).

I don't care for guys that have BB 427 valve covers on SB engines if,......their trying to fool people that it's a BB.   Rolling Eyes
That's like putting Hemi on Chevy covers. lol

Some people just like the style of those pent-roof FE valve covers; (not necessarily 427 covers).

One guy I do the engine for, has a 392 Cleveland with O.E.M. sheet metal, pent-roof, production "Powered by Ford", valve covers painted wrinkle black.  He is not trying to fool anyone; just likes the looks of 'em.

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Post  427HISS on August 14th 2017, 11:25 am

Now, now,....I said guys that are trying to FOOL people,..... not that that their using pent roof covers.
If you have a small block that is a stroker 427, that's fine.


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