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Old 05-26-2015, 04:52 PM   #161
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Correct. Reportedly, the G-forces were brutal when the driver punched it while running at 140 MPH.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:03 PM   #162
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Correct. Reportedly, the G-forces were brutal when the driver punched it while running at 140 MPH.
YEIKKKS!

148 mph is the top speed factory rating on my Wildcat. Of course, I'm pushing 4K + lbs with only 360 HP / 500 ft lb torque. Wonder what torque that baby turns out??
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IMHO the best looking, handling and performing, not to mention the most practical to drive, iteration of the AC Cobra was the 289.

YOMV

I'll never forget the first time getting under the hood of one and coming to the realization that Carrol Shelby was a hack. They where not shy swinging the cutting torch getting the old motor out of the way. They also wasted no time with a grinder to clean up the cut steel.

Fantastic cars though. A friend recently sold a 289 for $500k. Sigh...
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:09 PM   #164
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Originally, Ford engine shoehorned into a British AC chassis/body. Best of both worlds.

IMHO the best looking, handling and performing, not to mention the most practical to drive, iteration of the AC Cobra was the 289.

YOMV
I would respectfully disagree about looks. The 427 was, to me, the epitome of a ballsy American (with Anglo body styling) muscle car.

But from everything I've read about how Cobra's handle, I think you're exactly right. The SuperSnake was actually unsafe and could not handle the outrageous torque produced by the twin Paxton superchargers. Bill Cosby returned the SuperSnake Carrol Shelby built for him after driving it once at speed and being scared sh**less.

The guy who subsequently bought it ran it off a cliff into the Pacific, killing himself and returning us, I suppose to the topic of a "bad docking day."

(FWIW, I used to carry a photo of a 427 Cobra in my wallet--where a girlfriend's picture should have been--after seeing one in 1966 at Lennox Square in Atlanta. Driving one is still on my bucket list.)
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The Yugo with the full tank of gas is better.

Remembering the old joke about how to double the value of a Yugo; fill it up!
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:14 PM   #166
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DW-I can remember when I was in HS back in the mid 60's. I lived in Miami and we used to go out to a dragstrip on weekends. They had stock drag races anybody could enter. All the 'Vette guys thought they were pretty hot until about '65 when the first 289 Cobra showed up and routinely blew the 'Vettes away. There were and still are one of the most beautiful cars ever made. I have a friend on San Juan Island with a white '65 with blue stripes. It does not look out of place even today.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:49 PM   #167
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.THURSDAY...SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S TO LOWER 70S. VARIABLE
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Wifey B: ^%@ *&%&^*%. Those temps don't look good to me.

I can't believe you dudes actually run your cars to their top speed. All we know about the top speed of our cars is what the manufacturer and reviewers say. They could be faking us out completely but we don't have needs to run 190+ and such.
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I can't believe you dudes actually run your cars to their top speed. All we know about the top speed of our cars is what the manufacturer and reviewers say. They could be faking us out completely but we don't have needs to run 190+ and such.
That's why women--and men who listen to them--tend to live longer.
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Wifey B: Fast boater here....do you picture me driving a Prius? No thanks. I do drive a car with a name that starts with P. Is that close enough?
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OMG that ^^^^^ was hilarious!
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:00 PM   #173
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YEIKKKS!

148 mph is the top speed factory rating on my Wildcat. Of course, I'm pushing 4K + lbs with only 360 HP / 500 ft lb torque. Wonder what torque that baby turns out??

Not bad.
My 89 Toyota FJ62 Landcruiser has a "demonstrated" top speed of 97mph on a flat surface with a tail wind, and 4 miles of open road
(Of course it has the aerodynamics of a brick and weighs north of 6k by now)

And gets a whopping 12 mpg on a good day too

Meet the Elephant Chaser(minus the for sale sign):
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That's why women--and men who listen to them--tend to live longer.
Wifey B: Actually my man would be less inclined to do so than me.
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Wifey B: Actually my man would be less inclined to do so than me.
. . . and my wife would rather storm the beaches than look for a workaround. That's what I meant by ". . . tend to . . ."
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Not bad.
My 89 Toyota FJ62 Landcruiser has a "demonstrated" top speed of 97mph on a flat surface with a tail wind, and 4 miles of open road
(Of course it has the aerodynamics of a brick and weighs north of 6k by now)

And gets a whopping 12 mpg on a good day too

Meet the Elephant Chaser(minus the for sale sign):
Nice looking LC. Lots more uses than my Cat. But, the Cat draws all types of thumbs-up with verbal compliments. And, my grand kids love it; so does wife! Cause it's sooo retro...

I love hitting passing gear leaving the youngsters on hwy or leaving them in the dust at stop lights - in their "fast" cars. Recently had its monstrously powerful engine completely rebuilt by an expert. At idle she purrrrs. Upon heavy acceleration she roars!
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Wifey B: Fast boater here....do you picture me driving a Prius? No thanks. I do drive a car with a name that starts with P. Is that close enough?
You drive a Pagani and you drive it fast.
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You drive a Pagani and you drive it fast.
Wifey B: Not sold in the US either. Cool looking car though. I had to google it. And we neither one drive exceptionally fast even in fast cars.
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Nice looking LC. Lots more uses than my Cat. But, the Cat draws all types of thumbs-up with verbal compliments. And, my grand kids love it; so does wife! Cause it's sooo retro...

I love hitting passing gear leaving the youngsters on hwy or leaving them in the dust at stop lights - in their "fast" cars. Recently had its monstrously powerful engine completely rebuilt by an expert. At idle she purrrrs. Upon heavy acceleration she roars!
I hear ya Art. Good looking retro ride man.
Love the old classics. Always neat to watch the faces of the new car crowd when you leave them in your wake lol.

I finally decided to get rid of my modified 87 vette and Z-28, but kept the land cruiser.
My granddaughter loves the old battle Wagon and wants to go everywhere in it.

We're working on it a bit at a time and plan on making it hers when she's old enough.
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There are automotive equivalents of docking. The first that comes to my mind is parallel parking. I readily admit to hating it and avoiding it at all cost. I'd rather med moor than parallel park. Then for difficult docking, how about backing a tractor trailer between two walls with just inches on each side.
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