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Randy Pflanzer
Technology Professionals Consortium
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   What's New?
 
  02/01/13 - Reformatted web page.

 

Welcome to the Cobra Project home page where I will document my progress at building and driving a Lone Star 427SC Cobra replica.  This site is one of a series of web sites that document my various aviation and automotive projects, both past and present.  If you linked here directly and would like to view my other projects, please click HERE.

From this page you can navigate to any aspect of the Cobra construction effort that you'd like to see.  Below, in the construction log you'll find all of my assembly pictures and narrative for every phase of my project.  You can start at the beginning and page sequentially through every page or you can click on just a specific item of interest.

I hope you find the content here entertaining, perhaps even valuable.  It should be an interesting journey since I am not much of a gear head or car buff.  I am fairly mechanically inclined and pretty good with my hands.  In the past 20 years, I have built and flown three airplanes from kits, and I even managed to get my last airplane, pictured below, on the cover of a magazine and featured in some advertising.

Since childhood, I have always dreamed of owning a Cobra.  Since the originals typically sell at auction from $500,000 to over $ 1 Million, the only alternative for me is to build my own.  There are many, many other people just like me who fulfilled their dream by building a kit version of Carroll Shelby's creation so it is not as far fetched as it may sound.  So if you're anything like me and have always wanted a Cobra but weren't sure you had the skill to put one together, then this site is for you.  We'll learn together.  Along the way, I plan to document the key decision points, build sequence, parts lists, etc.  That way future builders of the Lone Star kit can at least benefit from my research and lessons learned.  Nearly all the information that I've gathered has come from other builders of this kit who have generously shared their experiences via the Lone Star Builders Forum.  They are a great bunch of fellow enthusiasts and I am deeply indebted to them for their help.  Thanks guys.

Finally a word about copyrights.  All the material on my site is copyrighted.  If you want to use it for your own use, go ahead.  If you plan to stick it somewhere on the Internet for others to use, or you plan to distribute the material in any way, I would appreciate it if you would ask for my permission before doing so.  I will usually grant my permission provided I am credited as the author.

I completed the car in January 2012.  I recently upgraded a number of items this past winter based upon my first year of driving.  I've updated the construction log with those items under "Winter Upgrades". 

  Getting Ready

  Construction

  Paint

  Final Assembly

  Winter Upgrades

  Internet Resources