Hello All - Tim Welch here, new member

If your going to keep this car, you definetly need to find a good mechanic. And it wouldn't hurt to learn more about your specfic car as well. At least Superformance are more uniformly built. Join there owners forum:

OBTW the firing order is tied to the cam. All roller cam 302's have newer firing order, even if in older block, any good mechanic knows that.
 
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Tim I have been to Brunos Classic Muscle Cars in Rockville for help a few times. They were very helpful however also very busy. They took care of a few nagging issues very quickly for me. I have a Superformance Mark 3. I agree with Ken join the Superformance Forum it is a great source for information on these cars.
 
Michael: Sorry just saw yours. Thanks for tip on Brunos. Agree they're busy. I was impressed with state inspection & work done by Steve Mele at Auto Italia. Seabrook Garage closer to me was recommended to me by a Unique Cobra owner at Annapolis C&C - again question of getting on the docket.

Update:

1. Went for permanent registration at MVA Annapolis in June. Victory! Got smog exemption. In response to my question on how to get exemption, the Supervisor lady at MVA said I needed to go to Glen Burnie emissions department. I told her my car had an "old Ford engine" and was smog exempt in CA & showed her pic of the CA SB-100 firewall sticker which - go figure - says 1965 Ford V8). I said not way this would pass the a smog test - could she advise? She called "someone she knew" at Glen Burnie & gave Title and VIN #. 2 minutes later she advised me "Done!". So though I don't having a document to the effect the car is smog-exempt I believe I'm on the system and won't get a test summons.

2. Was running nicely after firing order corrected; put about 400M catch-up miles June/July. 2 weeks ago the battery died after less than 2 years. Was waiting with engine off at Annapolis drawbridge after a 45M drive. Wouldn't restart. Two passersby gave me a push & I jump started it to get home. Battery is discharging even after a full charge. So learning the fun of battery removal from a Slabside (lifting strap etc). Hope to be up & running with a replacement shortly. I hope to attend Rehobeth but haven't made plans until I'm confident the car is finally sorted.

I'll get on the Superformance forum. I'll try to do basic stuff (like the battery change and diagnosing the charging system) but am not equipped (experience or tools/lifts) to get too advanced.
 
Hello again - this time I’m ready to join in the fun. I let SPF 0034 Mk2 ”slabside” go a year ago.

Acquired ERA 427 SC (#707) on BaT earlier this month - delivered to Annapolis last weekend. Just put it in winter storage nearby, but will watch for events and intend to be an active member in 2023.

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Hi All: Antsy to roll late March/April with Annapolis area CACC members. Any local events? I’ll show at Ego Alley and Town Center C&C’s meantime. As I accumulate miles/confidence maybe branch out
to DC events, Summit, Eastern Shore etc.

Best to all,

Tim
 
Hello again - this time I’m ready to join in the fun. I let SPF 0034 Mk2 ”slabside” go a year ago.

Acquired ERA 427 SC (#707) on BaT earlier this month - delivered to Annapolis last weekend. Just put it in winter storage nearby, but will watch for events and intend to be an active member in 2023.

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You'll love the ERA, but my advice is to dump the current tires for street use.

Bill S.

PS: 0034 went back to Hillbank, they had it on display at Sema....Nice car, but the original drivetrain installer, not so much......
 
Hi again Bill

-what’s wrong with the tires? They’re cross ply - admittedly ancient ride characteristics esp uneven surfaces. Not saying wont eventually replace with Avons - but these near new and (in their way) predictable.

May bring to Tail of Dragon Sept.

Yes, 0034 was 90% drivetrain garbage install. My mistake was not sending it back to Lance to sort once and for all. At the time, was in middle of move East - decided get it fixed once here. But 2 more strandings and I was done.

Anyway, greatly enjoying 707; even with the big block doesn’t feel appreciably heavier. And starts every time….
 
Hi again Bill

-what’s wrong with the tires? They’re cross ply - admittedly ancient ride characteristics esp uneven surfaces. Not saying wont eventually replace with Avons - but these near new and (in their way) predictable.

May bring to Tail of Dragon Sept.

Yes, 0034 was 90% drivetrain garbage install. My mistake was not sending it back to Lance to sort once and for all. At the time, was in middle of move East - decided get it fixed once here. But 2 more strandings and I was done.

Anyway, greatly enjoying 707; even with the big block doesn’t feel appreciably heavier. And starts every time….
It took awhile to get 0034 sorted, once we get the bugs worked out, the car was fun to drive, however, having two Cobras (0034 and my FIA), and along with the others, logistically, one had to go. I put both up on the market at the same time, 0034 was first to go, came back to me shortly due to a strange MD title quirk that caused the bells in the SC DMV to go off (fixed with one 10 minute phone call the the MD MVS office), then a well placed offer by Hillbank that I was quite pleased with, and off it went to meet it's birthplace. Tire wise, once you get it up on the highway for an extended drive this summer, you'll understand. Hunt and peck is the term I'll use. As for the Avons, I just replaced a set on my ERA FIA with a nice set of Cooper Cobras (blackwall out). As I am not tracking the car any longer, and do not expect extended drives over 120mph, I felt they were the best fit for the car. Sticky in the warm, predictable in the cold (I drive the car year round at a moments notice, so 15-100 degrees has always been the norm), good tracking in the rain (it happens when you are 200 miles from home), no worry about uneven roads, or roads with severe crowning (hey, you are on the east coast now). You'll eventually see what I am getting at. No reason to play the "wannabe racer" with THE LOOK, or mistakenly think what is good for the track is good for the street. The only person you need to impress is yourself.

I'll leave it at that.

Bill S.
 
Thanks Bill, useful. I had forgotten that the Eagles are hopeless cold (as the seller alerted).
 
Thx Rob. Looks like I’ll be getting the wallet out. Got to put a few hundred on the Eagles just to
see how bad…
 
The Billboard always felt like the car was shifting and I could never tell if I had a flat or not. If I had not driven on anything else I may have thought that was the norm. The Avons were definitely a much needed improvement.
 
Thanks Vic. Drove ERA 707 with the Eagles max 100m (got late Nov on BaT); mainly hwy, then straight into winter storage. I liked the feel but my only previous Cobra experience was the 15” all wx Firestone’s on the Superformance Mk2. Which rears let loose with minimal provocation on the CA twisties. Predictable enough but still…. By contrast the ERA - even thus shod - feels gloriously stable!
 
Thx Rob. Looks like I’ll be getting the wallet out. Got to put a few hundred on the Eagles just to
see how bad…
Tim,
Sorry about your experience with SPF 0034. I really liked the look of that car.

Gotta have two sets of wheels and tires. Billboards are much better on track and look cool. They do tramline on the street and flat spot if parked for awhile. Avons are probably better all around if you only have one set.
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Thanks Scott, noted (seems to be equal positives on Avon & Cooper). Looked at Hillbank site & see 0034 was resold and (magnanimously I must say) wish the new owners well. Look forward to meeting up with you guys when events resume. Meantime, transatlantic flight Mon nite - have Preston Lerners's latest "American Shelby" for entertainment.
 
BTW Scott saw your comment on insurance. I’m
clearly vastly overpaying Hagerty for apparently similar coverage ($75K insured value). No mileage limit - they only insure vehicles that are not primary driver but that a moot point because at most I would put 2500 pa. Can you give me a name/number?

ptwelch52@gmail.com

Thx
 
BTW Scott saw your comment on insurance. I’m
clearly vastly overpaying Hagerty for apparently similar coverage ($75K insured value). No mileage limit - they only insure vehicles that are not primary driver but that a moot point because at most I would put 2500 pa. Can you give me a name/number?

ptwelch52@gmail.com

Thx
My Cobra is insured with State Farm along with my house and other vehicles
 
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