I went over to Talke today to check on progress on my car (and indeed Dale's) as I have so far successfully resisted the habit of a lifetime to stalk Dave on a weekly basis.
The car is now on its correct narrow wheels and I have to say that whilst not everyone will appreciate the stance of a 'street' car, I'm absolutely delighted with how it's shaping up. The relationship of wheels and tyres to wheel arches is a very delicate thing on a Cobra, original or otherwise; especially on wide bodied cars, so I'm happy to report that the period correct look appears to have been achieved so far.
As of today, the car is still pretty much a bare but rolling shell that's awaiting a gearbox (now sourced) and an engine (eagerly awaited). We're still in healthy discussion about the location of the fuel filler and I'm erring on reversing the current SC type rear wing cutout and reverting to the more accurate Ceeandess type (fyi Roger), assuming we can find a safe and practical solution to mounting the filler neck, which Dave is working on (no pressure, Dave).
My role in this overall process appears to be sourcing what Dave refers to as 'the tinsel', while Mr Brookes 'puts up the tree' and I'm more than happy with this arrangement, though the ever growing pile of shiny stuff in my study is beginning to resemble a magpie's nest...
Once the engine is in progress (and more specifically, landed here in the UK), we can really start to gather momentum, though that may be some while yet, pending news from Southern Automotive. The exhausts will be correct for a street specification car, mounted 'underslung', which has provided Dave with much food for thought on how to correctly route them and suitable modifications have been made to ensure a factory fit, though we now have the potential excitement of excess cockpit heat to consider.
After much deliberation, I'm having the car painted by Richard Hodson, who completed my previous car so beautifully and he's assured me of an AC factory finish - i.e. not too perfect . I have now arrived at a definitive colour, after far too much deliberation - more news to follow on this soon...
I'd initially and perhaps optimistically hoped to have the car road ready for the summer BBQ, but in reality that's highly unlikely, unless Mr Shelby shines down on me from above or indeed up from below (either of which is rather unlikely, given the not entirely Thames Ditton origin of my car), but all the best things are worth waiting for and so far, the car is exceeding my expectations.
I can't wait to share it with you as it really will be a rather unusual Cobra when it's done. I'll resist the urge to share any photo's as yet, until the car is good to go. More updates coming soon...
KPG36C - DB 427 side oiler #005 in 1965 'Street' trim