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It's been a long time since I've posted on The Corral, but find myself back after about 13 years.

Over the last several years, a few friends and I have been racing in an endurance road racing series. We started out with a 300ZX, and after a few years split off and formed another team running a Mazda 626 in which we rent seats. We all have been tracking far faster, higher horsepower cars for many years (ACR's, Z06, GT500, etc.) and we decided to build a second car that we would drive and possibly rent out a few stints per race.

To that end, we recently acquired a real D-VIN '95 Cobra. The car is high-mileage, paint is rough, but does not appear to have any substantial crash damage (unibody, undercarriage, etc. all look great). There are a number of advantages to running a Cobra over base Mustang V8's in the series, mostly related to what we get without taking a hit on points.

We are currently talking to fabricators for the cage, have bought the seat (Sparco Pro Circuit 2) for sizing and decided on our wheel/tire combo. We will be running an 18" x 9.5" with a 285/35 square RS4.

The plan is to peel ~400-500# out of the car. We have gone through the rules and believe that we will be able to run coilovers within points. So MM coilovers with MM2 custom-damped (non-adjustable) struts/shocks, MM front K-member/A-arms, Extreme rear LCA'a with panhard bar and various other bits. We will also be going to larger brakes and are looking at moving to the 4-piston Brembos with 14" slotted Stoptech cryo rotors. Nice thing with the Cobra is that we can use the fog light openings for ducting along with rotor duct plates.

We are limited to a "stock" engine, so will port the GT40 irons and intake, ported TB along with some bolt-ons, long tubes, obviously no cats and some other details. SCT will be directly tuning this car for us. Will be moving to a Fuel Safe 18-gallon fuel cell. We're hoping for ~260-270 rwhp.

Any immediate items we should be aware of with the platform from an endurance road racing perspective?
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Is that weight after removal of stuff? I weighed my 1994 GT with full tubular front suspension, coilivers, aluminum headed 363 (dart block) and a full tank of gas and it weighed 3380.
 

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No. That's stock with ~1/2 tank of fuel. When we are done there will be no interior, doors will be gutted, no glass, polycarbonate rear window, everything that can be cut out will be. We may skin the decklid and will be gutting everything that isn't functional including heater, all AC components, PW, PM, cruise, etc., etc..
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I'd consider an external oil cooler, oil and coolant temp gauges, and a road-race trapdoor oil pan.
 

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I'd consider an external oil cooler, oil and coolant temp gauges, and a road-race trapdoor oil pan.
Yes, we're looking at the Aviaid pans and will have to coordinate that with the mounts and long tubes. We also are running a Speedway 3 2 5/8" gauge pack on our other car. We'll probably keep the top half of the dash and retain the instrument panel and convert the centerstack to a gauge/switch panel (for what we can fit).
Oil pressure is obviously a big concern.
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Also, the SN95 Cobra has an "oil cooler", but we'd prefer an external heat exchanger setup. We have to figure out how to do that without getting dinged on points.
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Depends on the series. WRL really only runs one race we'd be interested in running at Road Atlanta and we'd probably class GP2 if we put some weight back in it based on rated HP. AER runs (ran?) two, but not sure where we'd sit. The series we'd most often race would class us in 3.92 liter and up cars.
Because of the fuel limitations in this platform, and the "big" hp V8, these cars are starting off with a disadvantage.
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It took us one day to completely gut the interior, remove the drivetrain and turn the car into a rolling shell.
On Saturday we dropped it off at our fabricator's shop to begin work on the cage. Obviously this will be a full 8-point road racing cage and we'll be tying the front strut towers into it as well. The A-pillars and sills will also be plated to the front downbars and the sill bars.
Work on the engine has started. It will get a leakdown test. If all is good, we'll put a fresh set of heads on it, fresh bearings, new oil pump, all new gaskets, seals, etc. before it goes back into the car.
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Update this post along the way. I look forward to see how the car progresses.
 

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Update this post along the way. I look forward to see how the car progresses.
We will. Sound deadening is stripped out of the car and the fabricator will be starting on bars this week.
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Things are going a little slower than we hoped at the fabricator, but he is making progress.
We have a freshly rebuilt set of 3-bar GT40's for the car and ordered a fresh, stock-rebuild shortblock in place of the tired 100k+ mile engine. Many parts for the car have been ordered and are at the shop for install after the car returns. From the fabricator, it'll go to the paint shop to have the interior and bar painted. We'll likely go with a durable texture paint in a lighter color like tan or gray.
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Cool project. I W2W race with NASA in a 96 mustang (4.6). Class is called CMC (Camaro Mustang Challenge) and what you're building is very close to what we are allowed with a few exceptions that wouldn't be (17in wheels, no coil-overs, stock K-member). Ironically we are allowed a max of 267 RWHP at 3,150 lbs
 

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More progress and we hope to have the car back in a week or so after having the interior and cage painted.
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I would love to get build like this going.
I looked at doing a LeMons or similar build, but could not get a group together. And since they all seem to require multiple drivers, I was not about to foot the bill and do all the work to make it a "rental". Perfect opportunity for someone I don't know to abuse the crap out of my car and walk away.

Good luck with the build!! Looks like a great start!
 

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Just about done and we are hoping to pick up the car to take to the paint shop this weekend.
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A good amount of progress over the last 3-4 weeks. We've gotten the car back from the fabricator, had the interior and cage painted and the paint shop also compounded the car for us. We don't think it will need any paint work to be race-presentable. Front suspension is out of the car and we'll be working on it this weekend. We're about 3-4 weeks behind where we hoped to be, so not sure if we'll make the first race we planned in April.
 

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We now have the majority of the suspension components and fuel cell bolted into the car, at least for fitment. Hopefully this weekend we can get the engine/trans assembled and into the car.
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Moving right along!
 

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What are the wheels you're running? You previously mentioned they're 18x9.5", but they're not a model I recognize. Sharp looking wheels (which is, of course, the main concern for track wheels ;) ).
 
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