Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ford 347

On the engine front things are shaping up very well. The 347 cubic inch Ford is almost ready to be mated to the 5 speed transmission and then installed into the Cobra. The only thing we are waiting on is the water pump, motor mounts and transmission mount and then we will have at it.


At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B.J. I have lots of question; I just don't want to dominate your board.

You had said early on that you and your Dad were not Edsel purists (I think you were talking about paint at that moment and you would match it as best you could). I used to think that a car restoration should be very pure. However, I have changed my mind on that point(like 12 volt battery and replace vac wipers, ect...). Having said that; why didn't you all attempt to fix the push button shifter or find a modern equivalent rather than put in a floor shifter? This is what made this car unique.

At 5:13 PM, Blogger B.j.Ruland said...

Ask away, I'm not at all worried about you dominating the board.

As for the floor shifter being used instead of the push button we have a few reasons at this time.

One is overall costs, there are after market kits available but we would rather put the money towards other items. Two, we don't have hardly any of the original parts for it at this time. Just the steering column. Three, we can always equip it in the future, everything on the column is there, I am going to leave the wiring in place and possibly start accumulating items Lastly, my Great Uncle, who originally bought the car put a modified automatic floor shifter in the car. He cut a hole threw the floor and then built his own shifter. The push button failed not long after buying the car and he would travel to Florida every winter with the Edsel. So with the floor shifter he designed he could place the trans in the gear he wanted and it wasn't going to pop out. I'll throw a picture of it up in the future for you and everyone else to see.

Thanks again for the comments, and visiting the blog!


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