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Daytona Cobra Coupe....

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Daytona Cobra Coupe....
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 26, 2004 10:12 AM
I was fortunate to get my hands on one of the fabulous Gunze kits over Xmas - two things: Anyone on here built one Question How well do they go together Question And I am looking for some good ref pics/sites for this car. TIA, Smile

Oh, I just realised that's 3!....oh, and one other - I'm thinking of putting an engine in - what do I useQuestion
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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, January 26, 2004 11:05 AM
I have that kit but I haven't built it yet. When I do, I plan to go all out with a highly detailed model. Because of this, and my interest in the Daytona Coupes, I have been keeping my eye out for good detail reference material. The best site that I have found is . At this site there is a guy who is building a complete 1:1 Daytona Coupe from scratch, not a kit car. He is starting with a 289 Cobra Roadster chassis, just like Shelby did, and building it accurately from the ground up. When he is done, he will have an accurate Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. The car is about 80% complete, and the process is completely documented with many photos. This project is absolutely incredible, and I recommend that anyone who is interested in this type of car should check it out. His patience and talent is truley inspiring.

As for an engine for the kit, people have recommended the 289 from the AMT Shelby Cobra kit, but there are probably better ones out there. Start keeping your eyes open for the nicest 289/302. Since it will probably have an automatic transmission on it, you will need to find a 4 spd transmission. The Daytonas used Borg Warner (probably T-10) transmissions, but if you're not picky you could use a Ford Toploader.You will also need a good set of Webber carburetors and intake. All of this is available with the AMT 289 Cobra engine, but I found the detail on this engine to be somewhat soft, but possibly useable. You will also need to scratch build the unique Daytona headers, but there are great photos for these on the site mentioned above.

Sorry for the long post. I am interested in your project. Keep us posted as you go along, and post some pictures if you can. I will be interested in your comments on this kit as you build it. Good luck

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 6:15 AM
I have this kit and it goes together OK, there are a few issues and the body is a little "clunky" in spots. I have not finished the kit (only had it for oh, say, 14 years...Shock) I have never fit the "glass" but it looks a little suspect.

For an engine I would not recommend the AMT Cobra 289, it is 1/25 rather than 1/24 and it is small even for 1/25. Start with one of the Monogram 289s from any of the Mustang/GT350 series. The Pace car convertible and the 2+2 kits have the plain steel valve covers that the coupe's are based on. The Weber carbs from RCOM would work nicely here...

The headers will be a challenging build with the steering shaft travelling through the drivers side header.

RickBig Smile
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 10:27 AM
Thanks guys - and thanks for the website Trevor. Wow!!I guess there's nothing like building a full size example! I plan to start this kit later this year, once I have finished my current projects ( Yamaha YZR500, Bentley Exp8 and #24 Bugs). that should give me time to locate an engine/gearbox for it and do some further research. Smile


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