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1978 mustang II cobra restoration

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Posts: 1
Joined: 04/10
Posted: 04/24/10 08:44 PM

I found a 1978 cobra at the junkyard (bad idea, probably) but i fell in love with it the second i saw it, i still havent bought it yet, mainly because i need to know exactly what i would need to do with it in order to "finish" it.

I know it is not a king cobra (which is what they are trying to sell it as) and i realize the interior does not completly match, someone told me it looks like a ghia interior, but i dont know much about ghias.

the price they are asking for the car is $2500 and i know that is way to much, as the car has lots of little rust spots all over, the hood does not completly close (for whatever reason) and the interior is on a scale of 1 to 10 its a 3 or 4. \

I know how to do the work on the interior and the body work, but under the hood is where i have zero experience! my father, who raced these cars back in the day, has agreed to help, yet even he cant figure some things out. Youll know what i mean if you look at the pictures!

First, the radio looks like its been basically ripped out of the car, now this isnt a big deal to me, as i can deal without a radio, even though i would like one, im not sure where i would find one that fits.

Also, the air cleaner/ missing...well it just doesnt have one i guess from sitting in a junk yard for 3 years. ive looked all over and can seem to only find ones for a 289 engine, but this is a 302.

Someone else told me when i showed them the underhood picture that it looks as if alot of things are missing, but i have no clue what that would be, other then the air cleaner, to me it looks like everything is there!

This would be a restoration car, i dont plan on driving it anytime soon. i would just like a car to work on, that eventually ill be able to drive.

The junkyard owner told me that..if i remember correctly...the steering isnt straight (would i just need to get realigned or more?) and something about the brakes. my father just said to get all new brakes, which does make more sense, but where would i find a brake kit for this year and model?

Thats basically it..if you notice anything else from the pictures id love if you told me!
im trying to negotiate the price down to at least $800! the car is very dirty inside and out, as they threw all their extra *** in there so it kind of makes it look worse then it really is!


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Posts: 215
Joined: 10/09
Posted: 04/24/10 09:09 PM

the rust shown on the rear window area is bad... hard to fix...    probably exists in mass elsewhere..

2500 is a lot of that car...    800 is a lot of that car...

i have seen newer mustangs ... for cheeper than 800... there was an 86 SVo in the la cl for 600 bucks.. ad it was a daily driver..  

for a first project car... although its a thought... and it might look nice.. that rust is a huge stumbling block...  

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Posts: 1
Joined: 04/10
Posted: 04/26/10 11:07 AM

If that's the project you want to do, by all means, have at it. I for one would love to do a '78 Cobra II solely for the reason my father ordered one brand new back in 1977 that was black with gold stickers and I've never seen another one. I'm not trying to influence you, but if I found that Cobra II in the salvage yard I would've taken it home simply because you don't see any of them.  

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Posts: 5
Joined: 07/10
Posted: 07/23/10 09:25 PM

I think its a very good project to restore the cobra.Good luck with it and keep us updated about the project.  
Best Couches

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Posts: 1
Joined: 12/12
Posted: 12/28/12 02:50 PM

I have a 1978 Snow White(blue and white) T-top king cobra and I am looking for parts Smile Most of the mechanical work is done, 60k original miles. I would really love help. I bought this car when I was 24, I saw it at a shop for sale. I grew up fixing old cars and always wanted a project car. I turn 30 in June and would really love to be further along in my project. Any help or advice would be great. Took me 6 months to find a gas tank! I bought the car for 1k and I have put about 3k into it.

female in Baltimore Maryland.

Peace and love have a great holiday  

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