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« on: June 02, 2013, 12:04:01 PM »

When was CSX3198 delivered to Harr Ford and when was it's first time down the strip? 

If you have to ask, I do have the current Cobra Registry....my issue is that the 1966 Pomona Winternationals was in early February '66....not leaving Shelby American much time for them to complete all of the necessary modifications to 3198, send the Cobra back to Harr Ford in Mass. and have the car painted, and then sent on a return trip in time for the '66 Pomona Winternationals.....the '66 Pomona Winternationals seem to be 3198 debut race.

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 07:43:59 AM »

   Kranky,
       My guess ( educated) would be it was all done out here. Tuned ( as I recall) at Performace Associates by Les Ritchey.  Went back east after the race.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 11:10:53 AM »

You are probably right on that one Randy....as a second guess one would have to wonder if Tweety ended up painting the Cobra?  3198 looks to have a paint job at the Pomona Winternationals....at least it doesn't look to be in primer if you look at the following link in the American Rodding magazine:

http://www.packautomotivemuseum.com/c155.html

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 04:13:50 PM »

     Kranky,

          The time line doesn't fit for the car to be ready for the Winternationals in '66. ALWAYS held in the month of February, the car wasn't finished.
NHRA doccuments would prove the lack of an entry under Gus for '66. I would like to see proof it was there. Lots of other suspect info. I am NOT discounting the fame of the car AT ALL. It is /was a tremendous piece of SAI drag race history with MANY wins to it's credit and a fantastic driver in Gus. I just think the "statistics" are off a little. I do remember the car being out here and seeing what I believe was it at Performance Associates but looking at the manufacturing info I suspect it was '67 Winternationals and the paint was done at Harr Ford. I don't mean to recount my earlier statement but I thought the car was actually built in late '65 which would have been "just in time". I now see I was wrong.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 08:23:20 PM »

I sent some photos of the car to Daley that I took at "The Steering Wheel", Tom Clark was a friend of mine, in fact for about a year, I stored 3183 in his airplane hanger.  Perhaps Daley is a member and can post those photos.

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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2013, 08:36:41 PM »

Drag Sport Illustrated shows that Gus Zuidema won the ASP class with a winning run of 11.58//123.62 for the '66 Pomona Winter Nationals.  I think the link that I provided in an earlier post (http://www.packautomotivemuseum.com/c155.html) shows 3198 on the strip at Pomona for '66 (#610), you'll also notice the Pomona timing tower in the background (American Rodding magazine).  Unfortunately the photo in American Rodding is black and white....the lettering on the Cobra looks like a last minute addition versus what was run later in the season.  I would have to think the '66 results would have to be 3198 since Harr Fords small block Cobra had all ready been sold by then.

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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2013, 07:21:09 AM »

    Actually those times are more like the 289 cobra would run. The 427 would have been in the 10's.

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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2013, 05:15:36 PM »

Recently (within the last ten years +/-) the owner had both csx3198  & csx2427  one of the small block Dragon Snakes. He sold the small block first. Was fun to drive!

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