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260 Shelby ???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by willowbilly3, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. falcongeorge
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    Yes, I was just gonna say the same thing! :mad: As far as the 260 cobras, IIRC the first few also had cast iron intakes??
     
  2. 57Custom300
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    80's 255-POS
     
  3. I always thought that the small-block Cobras were the best looking. The 427's are fat! The Ford dealer in my town raced a 289 Cobra till they became uncompetitive, then put the stock drivetrain, wirewheels, and tan leather back in, painted it white, and let his wife drive it. talk about a pretty site to a young guy!! Pretty car, pretty lady, Susan Sommers in a T-bird didn't look any better! (a tie actually)
     
  4. V8 Bob
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    Two books I have, Carroll Shelby's Racing Cobra, PPC 1986, and Ford Cobra Guide, Bill Carroll 1964, state the first prototype, Cobra #1, and Carroll's personal car, was CSX0001.

    [Chassis CSX0001, now known for all time as Cobra Number One], and [Chassis number CSX2002 was...the second frame and the first race car], are two quotes.

    Maybe the numbers/ID changed over the years, but until I learn for sure otherwise, I'll stick with the info provided from the above scources. :)
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012
  5. Weasel
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    They're ya go - never too late to learn something new - my bad....:eek:
     
  6. This is the id plate that is on the car [​IMG]

    So who knows?????
     
  7. hvywrench
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  8. Don's Hot Rods
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  9. falcongeorge
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    Seen Griffiths before, but I've never seen those valve covers before. Interesting.
     
  10. Don's Hot Rods
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    Me neither. The Griffith that came to my house had Cobra covers, just like the set I was running on my Sprite.

    Don
     
  11. oj
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    A customer of mine sold cobras and shelbys at his dealership. He told me one time when getting 6 shelbys and 2 cobras from the hanger/factory in california he asked Carroll what was under the tarp in the corner. Carroll said they were some of his out-of-date (non-competitive) racecars and asked he wanted to purchase them as well.
    Coulda-shoulda-woulda, but he didn't have any more money to spend.
     
  12. falcongeorge
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    I saw one when it was virtually new in the pits at Westwood when I was a kid, I seem to remember stock stamped steel valve covers, but that was a HELL of a long time ago, and I was about 8 years old. Damn sure I would have remembered finned aluminum valve covers with raised "Griffith" lettering though...
     
  13. falcongeorge
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    Just looked at some pics, the engine in the first Cobra, the one built in Moons shop, and tested in R&T with the yellow paint had a cast iron intake with a holley, also found a pic of engine #XHP-260-8 in chassis # CSX-2002 when it was being prepared for the Riverside debut, cast iron intake, Holley, and spaulding flamethrower. Oddly enough, I also found a pic of an early '63 289 car being assembled, the photo is a little under-exposed, so I wouldn't swear to it, but it looks like it might be a iron intake as well, and that car has an Autolite instead of the holley..
    This would indicate that probably all the 260 4bbl cars had cast iron intakes.
     

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