Originally Posted by BonneMeMN
Do mod motors fit under the hoods of moste replicas?
To a certain extent, yes. Understand that the AC Cobra is a TINY car to start with. Wheelbase is 90" with very little room inside. (Cars in this class size are the MGA, Triumph Spitfire, Alfa-Romeo Spider, etc.) There'* damn little room for much of anything.
Of the Cobra'* I've seen, they have been equipped with everything from a Ford FE motor (copying the original Shelby 427'*), SB Ford Windsor motors (carb and FI), even SB Chevy motors. The fellow in Georgia who got me motivated back down this road had a 289 powered one, with single carb. Very simple stuff.
The problem of putting modded motors in them is the ability to completely over-power the suspension. There'* a number of crash video'* on the web featuring kit car cobras. In nearly all of them, the driver overpowers the rear tires and the car swaps ends. The original cars were powered by a straight six Bristol that put out about 150hp and were capable of speeds in the 120mph range.
At 200hp, the car is "over-powered"...at 300hp, the car is massively over-powered...tack a blower on in and take aim at 400hp, and, well, you get the picture
What I would like my project to end up looking like is along these lines... though this is a 1961 AC Ace model. Though British Racing Green would be my color of choice (I don't care if it'* technically a Jaguar color)