February 28, 2007

Since the factory heat exchanger did not fit in the '80 front valance, George increased the cooling capacity. To accomplish this, an Afco double-row heat exchanger was altered for AN fittings to attach to an efficient Meziere electric water pump. Additionally, the system capacity was upgraded via a Vortech storage tank from FC Customs. The stock capacity of just under a gallon now circulates 2.2 gallons of supercharger-quenching antifreeze.

The trick part about the whole deal was since they transplanted all the pieces instead of retrofitting, the Kooks long-tubes, X-shape crossover, and Magnaflow after-cat fit perfectly as delivered.

The interior, however, was a completely different story. It was a nightmare until Mike Rodden from Alfa Omega Car Audio in Tailorville, Illinois, stepped up to the plate with some of his fiberglass modeling magic. He custom-fit the door panels, front kick panels, and rear inner quarters to fit the drastically different Fox-body shell. The armrests alone became a three-week undertaking for George and Clint as they mated Ranger, Taurus, and Cobra pieces for what appeared to be a Frankenstein re-creation. They glued together pieces of hobby-store foam and sculpted with a coping saw, files, sandpaper, and a lot of elbow grease before applying a coat of structural adhesive, similar to that used to repair bumper covers.

In May 2006, the Lamberts' Terminator Fox Rod came to fruition, but George and Tara were left with mixed emotions after driving the car. They had many fond memories from late-night blasts down the boulevard to all the hot summer cruises in the park with the sunroof out for the last 24 years. Now the car feels and drives like an '04 Cobra with 14,000 miles on it. It seems as though they get more double takes in the car now than they ever did. The overwhelming attention drawn at car shows makes the entire painstaking journey worthwhile.

Tech SpecsEngine And DrivetrainBlockStock '04 CobraDisplacementStock '04 Cobra CrankStock '04 CobraRodsStock '04 CobraPistonsStock '04 CobraCamshaftsStock '04 CobraCylinder HeadsStock '04 CobraRocker ArmsStock '04 CobraIntake ManifoldStock '04 CobraThrottle BodyStock '04 CobraMass Air MeterStock '04 CobraPower AdderStock Eaton w/Stage IV port/polish by Stiegemeier Head Porting Service Fuel SystemStock '04 Cobra w/all AN-fittings & braided linesExhaustKooks long-tubes, Kooks X-shape crossover with high-flow cats and 2.5-in Magnaflow after-cat systemTransmissionStock '04 Cobra T-56RearendStock '04 Cobra IRS

Electronics Engine ManagementStock '04 Cobra w/Stiegemeier dyno tune on Diablo ChipIgnitionStiegemeierGaugesAuto Meter DPSS digital tach & fuel pressure gauge; Hilton Boost Overlay, extends factory gauge to 15 lbs of boost

Suspension And ChassisK-MemberStock '04 CobraControl ArmsStock '04 CobraSpringsMaximum Motorsports Coilover: Front, 325 lb/in; Rear, 500 lb/inStrutsStock '04 CobraCaster/CamberMaximum MotorsportsBrakesStock '04 CobraWheelsOE Wheels Direct, 340 Cobra w/spinner centersTiresKuhmo