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    I Pitty The Foo CMC SuperCobraJet DarkShadow04's Avatar
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    Hello CMC'ers. It has been quite a while since I have posted here. Lots of life has happened and a 99 Cobra has been left to sit for about 4.5 years as a result of frustration.

    A while back my car started overheating while I was driving it. This caused me to park it, get a new DD and I neglected it for about 2 years. I replaced the radiator, water pump, and thermostat only to attempt starting the car and finding out the starter was not working properly. I swore at the car kicked the tire and left it for 2 more years. I have finally gotten the itch to make it go again, but now have some major issues.

    Lots of surface rust and a completely rotted core-support. I cant get the exhaust bolts off to get to the starter bolts to even attempt getting the car running again.

    I called a body shop and they want over $1500 to replace the core support which seems a bit excessive.



    Is there anyone with more experience in the South Elgin area willing to give their opinion, lend a hand, or just tell me I should scrap it.


    1999 SVT Cobra Black on Black

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    Did this car spend its entire life being driven in the Chicagoland salt belt?
    If your car has surface rust and a rotted out core support; you can bet the rockers and frame rails are gone too.
    You’ll need to do a complete undercarriage inspection to be sure; and I don’t think you’re going to like what you’ll find.
    Something to consider:
    You can shop the southern states for a rust free V6 and transfer everything from your Cobra to the V6 car.


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    You can buy tubular replacement lower radiator supports. Team Z sells them and I'm sure there are others. They are pretty easy to weld in if you are decent with a MIG welder or have a friend who can help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModularMadMan View Post
    Did this car spend its entire life being driven in the Chicagoland salt belt?
    If your car has surface rust and a rotted out core support; you can bet the rockers and frame rails are gone too.
    You’ll need to do a complete undercarriage inspection to be sure; and I don’t think you’re going to like what you’ll find.
    Something to consider:
    You can shop the southern states for a rust free V6 and transfer everything from your Cobra to the V6 car.
    Yes, it has. I didn't think the underside of the car really looked all that bad. I was pretty good about keeping up on car washing during the winter months to keep as much salt off the car as possible. But I don't have the time or room to dedicate to finding a replacement shell and transferring things over.

    Quote Originally Posted by MGLT View Post
    You can buy tubular replacement lower radiator supports. Team Z sells them and I'm sure there are others. They are pretty easy to weld in if you are decent with a MIG welder or have a friend who can help.
    I have 0 welding skills, and I don't know anyone who welds.


    I guess this is a sad realization that it might be time to let my Mustang and CMC years go. Maybe someday I can get back into it.


    1999 SVT Cobra Black on Black

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    I wouldn't give up that easy. There are plenty of people around here who would be willing to help you out. Unfortunately the forum doesn't have much traffic these days. I hate to direct people to facebook, but everything is over there. Join our group Chicagoland Mustang Club (CMC) and post up some pictures with your questions there.

    A lot of the people who used to post here and give good tech advice are in the facebook group.
    -Matt

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