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Old 11-26-2002, 02:51 AM
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Because of Shelby's close association with Ford they had a real parts inventory to pick from and all the parts were referred to as Cobra because of their developement by Shelby. The early mustangs were not called "cobra" because there was a Cobra, they were just called Shelbys (GT350 or GT500). When the real Cobra went out of production the name got tossed around Ford and was used on Torino and anemic MII's as well. As a long time Ford guy I can tell you that the Tri power is fairly rare, there were a lot more 2-4 systems generated, so in good shape it is fairly valuable. If it was originally a 6, and he didn't convert the suspension, I'd do that first, the six cars were all 4 bolt with weak everything. If you post the 5th digit of your serial # you could verify what it was originally.

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I know he re-did the suspension... my brother (knows a lot more than I) basically told me that the guy did everything he could to make it "Heavy Duty"... I'm waiting on the specifics from the guy now.

And the tri-power he put on it is rare? What do you mean when you say "valuable"?
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Even though Carrol Shelby designed the true COBRA, the trademark remained with FORD. As a part of FoMoCo's Hi-Performance aftermarket parts marketing system of the mid-sixties, most everything (especially small block) was referred to as COBRA parts or COBRA kits.

The two four and three two systems (small block) were never installed on a production car, but was offered over the counter to anyone that wanted to upgrade their ride. This was also the origion of COBRA-Powered By Ford rocker arm covers that are so prevalent today in copy form.

FORD had their own performance program, SHELBY was a large contributor as well as independents such as Holman-Moody. You could at one time by anything for anything.

If only you youngsters realized what FORD offered during those years, you would throw rocks at your Stove Bolts...

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The code in the serial # will go farther in determining what the car started as, believe me. When I say valuable, it is relevant to condition and completeness, I imagine a nice complete unaltered system might bring up to $1200+ in the right market and going down from there for lack of all things listed. I recently saw a New 3-2 factory system for a 430 being marketed at $2000,the small block one is an era icon and would be great on any mid sixties Ford ( because they were over the counter items), I'd keep it. They run nicely on the center 2 and only if you kick in the others do you get the extra power, kind of the best of both worlds and why they were so popular.
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I have seen in many places that a properly set up 4 barrel (600CFM) would provide better performance than my 3x2... also, a 3x2 must be much harder to tune and maintain, correct?
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I've run trips over the years on several vehicles (Ford, GM and Chrysler) aand they aren't hard to tune and need little attention. I don't want to start a thread battle over a single 4 versus a trip set up but I don't think a 600 would out run a 3-2. For racing a single 4 definetly has it's advantages, but on the street a 3-2 set up runs on a 2bbl giving good drivability and mileage and the extra kick of the 2 extra carbs, except for the vacuum operated Chrysler units most all the ones I've used had a progressive linkage (which I think yours does) letting the outer carbs come in gradually depending on how hard you nail it.
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