Progress of my '78 Cobra II. The green and black Cobra is the one my parents bought new. After that its the progress I have made since I bought it. First pictures are from the Craigslist ad. The last pictures are as it curentlly looks.
Cobra II, Supercharged - 14PSI, Solid roller Cam 550lift, 238/248 @50, H beam rods, scat crank, total seal rings, TKO 5 speed, 9" w/3.55:1. Run 10's and still gets 13MPG on street.
1976 Mustang II Cobra II
1969 302 bored 30 over with Speed Pro pistons. It has 1970 351W heads and Edlebrock intake with 600 cfm carb. Hooker Super Comp headers and Hooker Super Comp Mufflers. Comp Cam and 1.7 roller rockers. PST front end kit with G-Max larger diameter sway bars both front and back with KYB shocks all around. This car handles great for as light that it is.
Allan Klingler's 1976 Ford Cobra II
A little well deserved attention at the 2009 Bonneville Car Show for Allan Klingler's 1976 Ford Mustang Cobra II. The car is an original V8 Cobra II model with a fresh restoration including some power upgrades. Its a fine example of the great things this model represented. The Mustang II was voted as Car of the Year by Car & Driver Magazine, something only earned one other time in over 45 years of Mustang production. While many people acuse the Mustang II of being unpopular, the reverse was true. In the years since then, only once has any model year surpassed the annual sales volume than those generated by the Mustang II. Clearly its smaller size and overall design shows a Mustang that is true to its roots with a broad appeal to the sporty youth market. The arguement could be made that with its rack and pinion V8 front suspension system way ahead of its time, its success caused the II front ends to be among the most highly coveted automotive upgrade parts among hotrodders everywhere. As a result, relatively few survive today since their parts are under a generation of street rods which lacked its multiple benefits. This is in spite of over 1.2 million models being produced, something never achieved in any other run of production run with the Mustang before or since. It is a well documented fact documented by Ford's own advertising campaigns that the Mustang II outsold the competition models by a good number of the other models combined. Some of the finer points of this car include a dual three chamber flowmaster custom Exhaust, four barrel carburator and intake, positrack rear end, high performance cam, heads, and internals on the short block, and a 100 shot of Nitrous. While this car looks exceptional inside and out, don't let its stock appearance fool you. With a great power plant in such a light body car, this one can run with the best of the muscle cars out there. Loaded with many interior popular factory options, Allan's car is a fine example of the flagship Mustang II submodel in that period of automotive history.
Justin Walther's 1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra " Video 2 "
The car is putting out 450 hp as it sets. It is tuned down due to the fact that I really need bigger tires and a bigger rearend. With those things in place, we just have to tune it back up and it will be making 600 hp. When I zoom in to show the Boost and vacuum gauges, the vacuum gauge is currently not working. And again, sorry for zooming too much or being unsteady with the camera. I'll get used to it eventually.
1978 Mustang King Cobra Wht
You rarely see a Mustang II...this is much more rare..a King Cobra version. The last year for Mustang II, the Fox Body Mustangs would rule the roost for many years starting in 1979. The markings are authentic, and the condition remarkable! That is particularly hard to achieve, as aftermarket parts for the Mustang II are almost non-existent!
1974 Mustang II Mach1
Just in time for the gasoline crisis here in the U.S., the Mustang II made an appearance. It sold quite well..the underpinnings were based on the subcompact Pinto. This one has the small V6. Interestingly, it's air conditioned, with the evaporator hanging down from the dash...while the much bigger 73 had a unit incorporated into the dash itself. Perhaps the engineers didn't have enough development time to do that for this car. The interior is very nice....the Mustang IIs have been neglected as a group for restoration..it's seldom that you see one, particularly in this condition.