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Ford Mustang, Convertible
Oct 30, 2002 (7:44 am)
"heck find out what a engine costs for that Cobra if available"
I'll bet it would cost too much. If you're going to get a new engine, why get a Cobra? At that price, you're better off with a built 351 or 302. Ford makes some really nice crate motors, some with lots of power right out of the box for less money than a new DOHC 4.6L (if it's even available new). Do you really have to have a Cobra? Are you concerned with image or performance because you can easily build a low mileage Cobra killer for the money you'd spend putting a new DOHC 4.6L in the high mileage Cobra. IMO, who cares what it says on your rear bumper if that GT next to you isn't going to see your rear bumper.
#36 of 54 You could also replace the
Oct 30, 2002 (8:25 am)
rear apron ($200), front air dam ($200-300) and put in a Cobra or Cobra R wing and have a Cobra clone.
Oct 30, 2002 (9:53 am)
Don't do that! That's like slappin' a "5.0L" badge on a 4 cyl Mustang. If this person wants a performer, pick up a clean 91-93 LX 5.0L 5sp coupe and go to town. Those cars are relatively light, cheap to buy, and have an absolutely HUGE aftermarket. A little money spent on one of these rides gets you major performance. If the decision were up to me, I'd much rather have a clean, low mileage, LX 5.0L (they're out there) than a high mileage Cobra "image" machine. If you need a best bang for the buck Mustang thumper, the LX coupe is the way to go. Look out Camaros, Firechickens, and COBRAS!
BTW, I may be a little biased. I used to own a deep jewel green 91' LX 5.0L 5sp coupe. That car was a BLAST.
#38 of 54 I agree - just offering an alternate.
Oct 30, 2002 (10:14 am)
I live my '86. It absolutely screams and beats the Corvettes at autocrosses.
Oct 30, 2002 (10:34 am)
This forum makes me want my Mustang back. God I miss that raucous, ass kickin' beast. There is nothing like the sound of a lumpy 302 inhaling gobs of air and fuel.
#40 of 54 There was a nasty, beefed up road race
Oct 30, 2002 (10:48 am)
(but street legal) 88 GT racing in E Modified this last weekend at our autocross in Nazareth. He ran open exhaust, gutted, but very nicely painted interior (he shows the car), suspension by Griggs Racing, Cervini's fiberglass, etc. He was running a 347 stroker and a FRPP F cam - it absolutely thumped.
That is definitely the cam that is going in my motor when I rebuild.
Oct 30, 2002 (11:49 am)
I used to work at a Ford dealer, so I'd get all of the motorsports parts at 10% over cost. It was a pretty good deal on most parts but the problem was me spending all of my money in that catalog. I was running a motorsports E series cam which is pretty mild but the car still shook a little at idle. It was a nice combination of drivability and power.
#42 of 54 I buy my Ford stuff from Jeg's -
Oct 30, 2002 (12:05 pm)
it's cheaper than nay dealer's retail pricing.
We were talking about replacing Cobra motors. Sean Hyland Motorsports sells 575 rear wheel hp (guaranteed with a 10 psi blower) long blocks.
#43 of 54 that's gotta cost
Oct 30, 2002 (12:17 pm)
some money. I still think it would be kinda pointless though. The guy who started this thread was obviously looking for a bargain and IMO a high mileage Cobra is not a bargain, performance wise. A clean fox body LX 5.0L is a bargain.
#44 of 54 A guy wanted a 600 rwhp Cobra -
Oct 30, 2002 (1:31 pm)
if you've got the depth in your checkbook, who am I to say you shouldn't do it? I'm sure SHM pays the guy for his original 30,000 mile engine, too. The long blocks are between $8-10K, depending on your preferences during the build.