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simonjrwinter
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My Cobra story

Post by simonjrwinter » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:59 pm

I’ve always loved cars and in the past 25 years have owned and built several Cobra and GT40 replicas. However, it wasn’t until 2018 when I bought my first Hawk. It was a part started Hawk ace kit and try though I might to love the shape of the Ace, I really hankered after a 289 or preferably even a 289 FIA.

In November 2019 I was given the opportunity to buy a hawk 289 FIA from an English gentleman now living in France who built and registered the car in 2009. The only problem was that he lived 600 miles away in France. I asked my pal Paul to accompany me and we made our way via le shuttle to France. At the end of January 2019, we drove down to just south of Angouleme to collect the car.
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The previous owner had relocated to France in 2011 and had taken the car with him via trailer and stored it in his barn. The car was a Hawk FIA, Ford 302, T5 ‘box, with all the right bits but had done less than 200 miles since being registered. Jeff (the PO and builder) and his wife put us up for the night, and in the morning we started the 600 mile trip home.
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The car had not run for about 5 years, but after putting on a new battery and fresh fuel (and a bit of churning to get the oil pressure up) it started and ran like a champ.
I removed the hardtop from the car and de-raked the windscreen to give me a bit more headroom and I’ve been slowly turning it into “my” car for the past year.
The car has run superbly apart from an interesting trip to Carfest south where a 1-1/2 hr journey turned into a 6 hour slog….turns out the fuel pressure was set too low and every time we got into a queue, it spluttered to a stop. My son in law and I got pretty good at hopping out and pushing it to the side of the road! A wait of 10 mins with the bonnet up would allow us to progress to the back of the next queue.
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The car has recently been superbly painted by Nige in Cardiff, a fair trot from Essex, but I think you’ll agree, well worth it.
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Re: My Cobra story

Post by simonjrwinter » Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:59 pm

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simonjrwinter
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Re: My Cobra story

Post by simonjrwinter » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:09 pm

Ok chaps, anyone else prepared to tell us the story of their car?
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Re: My Cobra story

Post by StewbieC » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:45 am

Great story Simon!
My build is covered on the Building a 289 section. I still fettle with it now, last jobs are to fit some more original Black Girling reservoirs and re-do the glove box as I'm still not entirely happy with it. :D
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Re: My Cobra story

Post by simonjrwinter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:42 am

The odd thing was that the PO lived and built the car less than 20 miles from where I live.
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