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Daytona Coupe, 289 and 427 Cobras

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Another unique feature of the coupes is the method that was implemented for moving cooling air through the radiator. Inlet air is ingested through the opening in the nose similar to most cars, however the path of the air exiting the radiator is directed out of the top of the hood with the use of aluminum shrouding on the back side of the radiator. Although originally developed for the practical need to keep the front hood line lower in profile, the hood air discharge approach had aerodynamic benefits in addition. Some of the original coupes utilized radiators similar to the 289 roadsters and some utilized aluminum Harrison radiators from the corvette. Pictured below is the Harrison radiator that we will run.

Daytona coupe cobra radiator

While the basic car fabrication was proceeding, pieces were being collected for the 289 engine that will be used. The latest addition to the pile of engine pieces is the Aviad oil pan. The coupe pan is very similar to the Aviad pans used on the competition roadsters, however like many of the coupe pieces it had to be slightly modified for the new application.

And of course what good is a Daytona Coupe Cobra without a set of Webbers on a 289. The engine will be based on a 1965 date code Ford 289 with 351 Windsor heads and topped with a set of 48 IDA Webber carborators on an original Cobra lettered manifold.