If I recall there was a fixed head coupe along the lines of what you have. Don't recall if it actually competed at LeMans, but I think it did around 62 or 3. Before the GT40's started their run. Did you mold the new roof line? You struck a chord with this one. Back in November I did a cut and splice on a Daytona / AC then used the other halves to make a roadster. Waste not want not.
"As early Cobras were constructed and raced, it was inevitable that someone, or in this case, two someones, should decide that LeMans would an appropriate outing for these cars. Specifically for the 1963 event, aluminum hardtops were added in an attempt to improve the admittedly poor aerodynamics of the Cobra roadsters. It worked well enough to increase the top speed to 160+ down the Mulsane. Two roadsters were entered: one by Shelby American and the other by the AC factory itself, both fitted with 4.7 litre Ford engines prepared by Shelby to racing specs. The American racer was painted in the classic refrigerator white with two longitudinal blue stripe combination made famous by Cunningham in the early 1950's and was left hand drive while the AC entry was prepared in the traditional factory light metallic green and the driver sat on the right. As the racing hardtop extended further back than the normal soft or hard tops, the deck lids were shortened to clear the roof and hinged at the bottom edge. Both cars had fender lip extensions and small identification lights installed and were the first Cobras to carry the front fender vents and hood scoops used universally by the racers from then on. The American car retired but the AC entry finished 7th overall, 3rd in class - not bad for a 10 year old design utilizing leaf spring suspension!"
G G: Great history! I love replications, as most everyone who's been around here as long as I have already know.
fuddmiester: I don't know if you were aware of the LeMans Cobra or not but you came pretty darn close to one of 'em. I've always been an advocate of replication work. Its actually much harder to replicate a car from several others than to customize from scratch due to the research required. :thumbsup:
Basically went from scratch on that one. Dad was a FD fanatic, every 3 years we were toolin' aroundin a new Country Squire. Anything to do with racing he was pushing FORD! GT40s, Cobras, 'Stangs. WAY back when, he had a 1/32nd slot that was a LeMans, molded in blue. Was always my favorite car and I was just trying to dupe it!
When you say "scratch" did you mold roof in metal? That's how I had to do my C4RK Cunningham. I used wood for the positive then formed the mold in high temp silicon. Then I poured pewter into the mold and pressed it with the wood positive. Worked pretty well. I didn't have to do too much whittling on it. Then it was J&B welded to the roadster body after cuttin' out the rear boot section.
It'd be interesting to see what technique you used. 'Cause there's always more than one way to skin a cat. Speakin' of which I got two of 'em that followed us down the road when we moved I wouldn't mind skinnin'. They used to break my stuff at the other house. Now they're breakin my stuff here. Sorry....That's going from figurative to litteral