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Very Andy 2nd June 2020 13:51

KOBRA KOUPE - What do you think?
 
Hi all,
Now that we are no longer able to purchase the SWB kit I just wondered what you guys/gals thought of merging two kits to make a Kobra Koupe. Personally I love the coupe look which really hides the Z3 underpinnings so wondered what mating the back of the SWB with a Kobra front would look like. Or maybe cris could mate the Kobra rear wings with the central section of the Z3GT?

Here's the look that I'd love to get close too.


https://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/10...sted-ls3-swap/

oxford1360 2nd June 2020 16:32

Exactly what I was thinking yesterday - Andy's backend

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...?t=7259&page=3

with a Kobra front.

Mitchelkitman 2nd June 2020 19:07

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Originally Posted by Very Andy (Post 104371)
Hi all,
Now that we are no longer able to purchase the SWB kit

Is this true? Why? and is the SWB convertible still available?

molleur 2nd June 2020 22:10

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mitchelkitman (Post 104373)
Is this true? Why? and is the SWB convertible still available?

Do tell please, anyone, anyone.

Lucky@LeMans 2nd June 2020 22:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by Very Andy (Post 104371)
Hi all,
Now that we are no longer able to purchase the SWB kit I just wondered what you guys/gals thought of merging two kits to make a Kobra Koupe. Personally I love the coupe look which really hides the Z3 underpinnings so wondered what mating the back of the SWB with a Kobra front would look like. Or maybe cris could mate the Kobra rear wings with the central section of the Z3GT?

Here's the look that I'd love to get close too.


https://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/10...sted-ls3-swap/

I can see that working really well ! Far more economical than the similar Factory Five kits.

Lucky@LeMans 2nd June 2020 22:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by molleur (Post 104374)
Do tell please, anyone, anyone.

Deja Vu !!

redratbike 2nd June 2020 22:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by molleur (Post 104374)
Do tell please, anyone, anyone.

Not listed on the website ?

Very Andy 3rd June 2020 14:50

Sorry I just assumed as it's no longer on the Tribute site. I had heard from somewhere but might have got the wrong end of the stick :whistle:

Mitchelkitman 3rd June 2020 15:28

Classis Coachworks have the convertible (but not the hardtop) on their website - I don't know if that tells us anything or not? Best not to speculate - just hope we can get the vehicles we like:biggrin:

redratbike 3rd June 2020 19:05

Maybe the moulds have gone kaput

DaveP 4th June 2020 08:22

I have wondered about an extended hard top for the Kobra as an option instead of a full blown coupe.

I wouldn’t want to lose the summer convertible ability but do like the lines of a coupe ish roof line for the winter.

Something along the lines of what 427Hardtops produce for the ‘real’ cobra kits.

I would be even more happy with a hardtop that has the lines of the coupe from the side angle but has an almost upright piece of glass between the balustrades (is this the right term?) that make up the sweeping sides. Like in the new MX5.

An OEM top as a starter with the extras added would be a great project for someone with skill.

Dave

Lucky@LeMans 4th June 2020 13:37

It would great to see one of the Tribute kits equipped with a big BMW V8. An easy 500BHP can be had from the M versions !

Very Andy 4th June 2020 14:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveP (Post 104383)
I have wondered about an extended hard top for the Kobra as an option instead of a full blown coupe.

I wouldn’t want to lose the summer convertible ability but do like the lines of a coupe ish roof line for the winter.

Something along the lines of what 427Hardtops produce for the ‘real’ cobra kits.

I would be even more happy with a hardtop that has the lines of the coupe from the side angle but has an almost upright piece of glass between the balustrades (is this the right term?) that make up the sweeping sides. Like in the new MX5.

An OEM top as a starter with the extras added would be a great project for someone with skill.

Dave

I agree Dave that would look great. Looking at the Cobra in my link it does appear to be a hardtop which may be difficult to make properly as you then get issues with fixing it and stability.

Mitchelkitman 4th June 2020 14:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 104389)
It would great to see one of the Tribute kits equipped with a big BMW V8. An easy 500BHP can be had from the M versions !

All looking good until the diff parts company with the floor?

Lucky@LeMans 4th June 2020 15:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mitchelkitman (Post 104391)
All looking good until the diff parts company with the floor?

Some areas would need to be beefed up !

BMW themselves fitted a V12 in a Z3 as a one off. I'm sure they didn't use the 1.9 diff from their donor !

Lucky@LeMans 4th June 2020 16:00

V12 Z3...…..

https://drivetribe.com/gallery/XlvyV...SKSjB3aGlLymXQ

Mitchelkitman 4th June 2020 18:06

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 104392)
Some areas would need to be beefed up !

BMW themselves fitted a V12 in a Z3 as a one off. I'm sure they didn't use the 1.9 diff from their donor !

Your knowledge is undoubtedly greater than mine - I thought I'd seen reports that M level Z3's had diff mount problems, but I could well be mistaken.

Paul L 4th June 2020 19:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by Very Andy (Post 104371)
...Here's the look that I'd love to get close too.

That would be very nice if you could achieve it. :cool:

https://gmauthority.com/blog/wp-cont...Custom-008.jpg

There was at least one Kobra using a hard top roof.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/dv...A=w856-h642-no

And here are a couple of real ones from last year's Goodwood Revival.


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Dl...=w1152-h860-no

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/UM...=w1152-h860-no

Good luck, Paul. :)

Lucky@LeMans 4th June 2020 20:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mitchelkitman (Post 104394)
Your knowledge is undoubtedly greater than mine - I thought I'd seen reports that M level Z3's had diff mount problems, but I could well be mistaken.

You're right , they did have problems in that area, fatigue related partial failures. Nothing that couldn't be fixed and strengthened.

DaveP 5th June 2020 05:30

3 Attachment(s)
Thanks for the pics Paul. That red one with the hinges at the bottom edge was interesting.

I have lifted some pics from the www.427hardtops.com website. Their offering for the Dax and others is very nice. Probably cost as much as a whole Kobra though ��

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...1&d=1591334964

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...2&d=1591334964

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...3&d=1591334964


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