GD427 in action

GD427 in action

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Made a start

After an initial delay waiting for work on my garage to be finished, I finally plucked up courage to take a drill and a holesaw to the bodywork and began by trial fitting the doors.

The build notes were fairly self explanatory but I still ended up making a few errors. A few holes were drilled in slightly the wrong place meaning they needed to be enlarged slightly more than planned. Not catastrophic but I still felt a little disappointed I didn't take more time to read and fully understand before I started wielding the tools. Oh well, live and learn. In addition to learning how to build a car and how to write a blog, maybe I can try and learn some patience along the way as well !


Not only is the first time I've built a kitcar, this is the first time I've written a blog. Bear with me, there's lots to learn here.

This site will document my progress in building a Cobra replica. I'm not professing to be some kind of "build Guru" and don't intend for these pages to be instructional in any way. All I'm really intending is to provide a record for my own amusement and to let friends and family know that I'm safe and well and living in my garage.

Whether you're a traditional British sportcars enthusiast or a lover of American muscle, there's something about a Cobra that appeals to both camps. There's been lots published over the origins of the car and whether it was created by AC or Shelby, I won't go into that here but if you want further reading, the internet will provide, just don't expect a definitive answer at the end of it!

The manufacturer I've chosen is Gardner Douglas, and I'll be building their MKIV version.

Here's a picture of someone else's:-

And here's a picture of mine:-

So... a fair way to go then !