Zag Kobra Build (Part 2)

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So this is the 2nd part of my Z3 Kobra build, read on to enjoy the progress...

For part 1 in the Zshed see here: https://zroadster.org/threads/bmw-z3-cobra-kit-zag2.42139/

Why?
I always wanted an AC Cobra and it was the picture on my wall as a kid. Inspired by the images below I knew I could finally get one but the reliability and sheer costs of the bespoke DAX, GD and Pilgrim replica's put me off a little. I wanted something that looked unique but drove like a modern car and most importantly worked when I turn the key!! Luckily I saw an add on eBay for the Kobra replica based on the Z3 which was pretty much what I have been looking for. Building it in Kit form seemed the way forward as then I could choose the spec and design.

Some original Cobra replica examples
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Tribute Kobra examples
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Donor Car
I bought the Z3 last month from a guy in Northampton. Its had 3 owners and the last guy had only used it as a summer runabout so it had sat on the driveway for a while. Its a Silver 2.8 with 88k miles on it. The car was advertised at £3,750 but when I went to see it the rain had got in and it was a pretty bad 1st viewing with the roof not closing properly and clear a few bits needed fixing. I offered the guy £2,500 and settles on 2,750 in cash so was pretty happy with the end result.
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ZedShed Treatment
I took the car down to @Lee and his dad at the Zshed just before lockdown, one thing I was interested in was learning how everything worked so it was great to get Lee's expertise on all the bits as I am a novice but learn fast! I decided to go for the "full works" which involved new brakes, suspension, clutch, and reconditioned front and back sub frame. All went well and you can see the whole thread above. The only issue is perhaps the cheap suspension I used but more on that later. Total cost was around 3k which brought my 6k budget for the car in perfectly.

Tribute Automotive
Tribute build the replica fiber glass shell for this project. Its quite unique in that it incorporates the BMW Z3 doors and gives it a new shell essentially. The kit is supposedly bolt on but lets see about that :D The cost is around 3K for the kit.

Kobra Plan
So now the donor car is completely upgraded its time to look at the next stage. I've joined the tribute owners group on Facebook and they have been really helpful on there with a lot of the research things needed. There is also a company called Classic Coachworks (@BelleClassiccoachworks on here) that are going to help build it with me as I have limited space.

- Colour (Dark Gray or Light silver) with contrasting double stripe.
- 18 Inch Alloy Wheels
- Ride Height as low as possible
- Standard interior (or may treat that as a later project)
- Modern LED lights
- Silver Roll bars
* Everything subject to change depending on the wind direction!! :)

Costs
See the next posts for a full breakdown but my budget is between 12k and 15k for the full build. So far I have spent about 7K already and its only the first post :D

Timescale
I want it ready for the spring/summer 2021

This build will be totally in the open to help others as well as so that I can keep track of whats going on and hopefully the budget! So subscribe to this thread for an alert each time I update it. I hope you all enjoy the journey as much as me!
 
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I am looking forward to this thread, the AC Cobra is one of my favorite cars, it was also among the pictures of cars on my wall when I was a teenager.
I will enjoy following your progress with this project .... :thumbsup:
 

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Looks like being a very popular post, keep it coming "Please"
 

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Pinging @DaveP @Markyb1964 @Sharkiesdad who have done previous Kobra builds, I hope to get advice off you all :D Out in interest do you guys have total costs for your builds?

 

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Keep the progress coming.
As far as how much mine cost i have never added it all up except in my head. I do not dare put it on a spreadsheet. :oops:
Looking at your list most of it all looks very familiar.
Most costly items were the kit, donor, paintjob, wheels and mechanical under pinnings. All the rest add up too.

As most know. I wanted a 289 / Ace type of look and so mine is ambiguous. That also means that some of my choices were less expensive than others (no filler cap, steel wheels, simple underslung exhaust). I did splash out on BC Coilovers though)

Happy to lend a bit of advice when needed. That said you're safe hands with I and B at ClassicCoachworks.

One thing I do know is. My car is unique and when I drive it I smile.

Recently I heard a chap say. "if when you get out of your car and don't look back at it. You're driving the wrong car"

Best of build luck. Im not far away

Dave
 

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Clearly I needed to start with the most important bit! Some bling!!

First up were the worn gear stick gaiters. Here's the tatty old one. I had to remove the glue from attaching the leather to the plastic surround but it was pretty easy with a good knife.
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The put the new gaiter over the surround and super glued in place. Very easy job that took 5mins.

Here's the new one, much better..
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Replaced the standard Z3 gear knob, which was very warn, with a new Storm Motorwerks aluminium one. Check out the cigarette lighter aluminium cover as well in the background. £25 quids worth for a lighter cover!!!
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Also replaced the hand brake with something a little shinier!
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Apparently this is my kit all ready! Its been picked up and should be at Classic Coachworks now.

I'm going to get them to do the full build I think, as I want it done properly to to a high standard.

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Car dropped off at classic coachworks today for the build, will try to add progress pics as I get them.
Good luck. Wish I was able to come down and assist. 😀
 

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MOT fail. Tyre wrong rotation :thumbsup:=))=))

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Ha! Yeh wheels just for show at the moment as @Lee got his back :)

I do love the style of them, just trying to work out if 17" is big enough!

 

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Hard to tell for sure with no bodywork to relate to. I do like bright wheels though.

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Nice lights. Oh and 17” is plenty big enough😀
 

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Nice lights. Oh and 17” is plenty big enough😀
Hmm I'm not quite convinced yet... I will need to see how it sits once the kit is on.

The Kobra wheel arches are quite large and I really like to be able to fill them and make them also look wide enough as well.
 

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Hmm I'm not quite convinced yet... I will need to see how it sits once the kit is on.

The Kobra wheel arches are quite large and I really like to be able to fill them and make them also look wide enough as well.
I have 16”s under mine. 7.5j fronts and 8.5j rears.

Can provide other info if you want it.

Dave
 
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