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Old 12th July 2014, 22:07
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Default Lumpys Kobra Build project.

Hello Everyone,

As some may know I have been lurking about on here, with a huge interest in the Kobra project. Hoarding information and ideas gained from all of your hard work.
I have had all manner of vehicles, from kit cars to monster trucks and before I stumbled on this thread, I was thinking about buying an Aston Martin DB7.
As with most indulgent purchases, I know that with ownership of something exotic or just plain different, always comes a price, be it servicing costs or some minor form of unreliability.
I cannot explain just how ingenious this idea is, something reliable, head turning and exciting to look at.

I personally do not however, have the time, space or inclination to build something like this, for as much as I love "tinkering" I know first hand that space and tools for the job are nearly as important as the skills to do it.

So after travelling to Stoneleigh to have a look at the kit and meeting Richard from Newbodi, I was so impressed with the quality of his work, making fibreglass look as good as his car did in the short amount of time given seemed near on impossible.
The next bonus was that he lived and worked about fifteen miles from where I live.
With permission from the Female chief of staff, a new relationship has begun and I am now in the process of working with Richard to create something very special.

So with no more waffle, here is a little start to the car "porn" with a picture of a sweet bottom.
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Old 12th July 2014, 22:39
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Great to see another build thread starting. What engine is in the donor? and that rear look lower than the usual!
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Old 13th July 2014, 01:56
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Have fun with your build.
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Old 13th July 2014, 08:38
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Great to see another build thread starting. What engine is in the donor? and that rear look lower than the usual-


Its just a 2.8, but the panel is not fixed down properly yet. It is on the lowest setting on the coilovers i have, and hopefully Richard from Newbodi will be removing the bottom spring perch to make it 10mm lower!
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Old 13th July 2014, 21:55
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I cannot explain just how ingenious this idea is, something reliable, head turning and exciting to look at.
Dan and myself always like to make all Tribute Automotive designed kits as simple (and ingenious!) to build as possible to help customers get on the road and enjoying their cars as soon as possible. (See Ian's Z300S build as an example: http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...?t=4941&page=2 )

The idea of the Kobra all started with the Z300S. By the time we had put the final panels on WCA's Z3, last October, we had purchased a Cobra shell before going to the final Exeter Kit Show, which is where we first meet Richard. Workload unfortunately didn't allow us to start on our idea until January this year, had we done it sooner I am sure we would be well into the 30's of kits sold by now, but 11 since May isn't bad though!

Great to see your build has begun, please keep us updated. I am sure that Richard will do a cracking job of putting it together for you.

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Old 1st August 2014, 17:03
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Popped into Newbodi today,
Car is hitting the paint shop on Monday so Richard and crew have a busy weekend ahead.
Very excited to think I will have a car I never thought I could own any time soon, as my daily driver.
He also managed to get my "weekend toy" going as it threw a fit last week.
Clever guy all round.
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Old 1st August 2014, 17:17
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...Very excited to think I will have a car I never thought I could own any time soon, as my daily driver...
+1 to that. Just got to replace the current low profile front indicators on my Z300S with something a little more prominent and mine will be a daily driver too. Unpainted white gelcoat/primer as yet but the red stripes over a white body is still what I'm aiming for.
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Old 4th October 2014, 19:25
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Got the car back today, looking forward to the tinkering, more photos tomorrow.
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Old 4th October 2014, 19:32
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Looking good! love the tyre choice on the rear, really fills the arches well.
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The only 15 inch wheel I could get that suited, Image wanted 265 plus vat EACH. But i quite fancy 295 60 15 cooper cobra's though.
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Old 5th October 2014, 12:12
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Hi who did your paint it looks amazing and where did you get your wheels and spinners/knock offs from?
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Old 5th October 2014, 18:00
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Hi,
Newbodi did all the prep and used a local guy to do the paint work. Not sure if they will use him again though as he struggled with this job by the sound of it.
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oh, and knock off were from ebay, just the plastic ones. I believe there are some nice alloy chromed ones for under 50 for VW's.
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Thanks .I know the vw ones I wasn't sure which ones would fit

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Old 6th October 2014, 17:41
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Hi what wheels and tyres are you sporting.Do they have the same rolling radius as the originals or are they a wider diameter. I like the fat retro look tyre wall rather than the low profile
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Old 6th October 2014, 19:20
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Hi MrP

Wolfrace slotmags, 7x15 et15 at the back et25 front with 15mm spacers.
225 60 15 tires nice cheap set of wheels that have a stainless lip. very retro and cheap.

They were blanks and drilled to BMW spec. I also looked at revolution 5 spokes blanks. Very nice wheel.

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Old 6th October 2014, 19:24
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Old 6th October 2014, 20:32
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Old 6th November 2014, 18:42
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All ready for winter.
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Old 6th November 2014, 21:26
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Well 'sic'... not sure if you put a 'k' on the end? Very smart, you've done a great job.
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