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Old 07-26-2010, 12:39 AM   #1
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Default My Cobra RV / Custom van project

Here's more photos of my camper and one of another cobra I found on the net.
Also a pamphlet/brouchure for cobra RVs.
Anyone out there got an owners manual for one?

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New carpet


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new engine cover


new engine


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Some other Cobras off the net.



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Old 07-27-2010, 10:25 PM   #2
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I found an article on 70s class B RVs from Popular Mechanics magazine.
View here..
http://books.google.ie/books?id=uM8D...ersion&f=false
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:05 PM   #3
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Interesting project Shaggy I like the hotrod touches! Don't see that often in a 'B'

Taj has mags and the back ones are a few inches wider so she has a little racy look, but it goes to her head. I have to slow her down pretty often. She thinks she is a race car half the time.

Will be fun to watch your project!

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:06 PM   #4
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Thanks Mike and Heidi, I'm aiming for a cross between a 70s custom van and a Class B. I have a lot more planned. I get a lot of inspiration over at www.vannin.com you should check out some of the machines on there.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:45 AM   #5
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Well I've just come to a milestone in creating my perfect van. I have a 79 Chevy G30 that was converted from new to a campervan by Cobra industries. I love the comfort and facilities the camper offers plus it saves me thousands of euros in insurance and tax as their is special rates for RVs/Campervans here in Ireland.
I don't like the boring looks/ugly top/ and poor performance, and if I was in the states or canada I'd have a tin top with only portholes in the sides. But ya gotta rod what ya got, and I do love Helga (my vans name) so my project is to make this the ultimate fusion between a campervan and a custom van. I've been adding a few bits and pieces over the years but at easter I bought a rebuilt camaro 350 smallblock and stripped and rebuilt the front end.
It was a bit of a nightmare as I had to rebuild the so called rebuilt engine.
See more here:- Rebuilt engine rebuild
It now has new fenders, new motor , new seat upholstery, new custom windowed engine cover and I stripped everything under the hood back to bare metal and painted with rust bullet.
Still to do.
To make the hi-top look better I fitted wooden slats on the roofrack to give it better lines, they will need to come off and get re-varnished. I'm also gonna mould in a visor to smooth out the look of the overcab section (the gap will be filled and rounded out into the visor).
I'm gonna install chrome tubular running boards, these have no steps just a chrome tube running from tyre to tyre.At the rear of these running boards and under them will be half length side pipes coming from the middle of the van to the rear tyres. A full mud flare kit + chinspoiler will also be moulded in. I'll be cutting holes in these and the tubular running boards will pierce them at their ends. This is because the running boards are just short of touching the tyres on either end, I'll probably mould/radius them into the mud flares. At the rear quarter panel I'm installing teardrop portholes. The paint job will be as below a stripe that turns into a flame and inside the flame will be the teardrop porthole. I also have a few mods in mind for the interior including converting the overcab bed into a drop down one like in A class motorhomes.
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V8 peep show.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:28 PM   #6
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Love the doghouse. How often do you have to clean the small windows?
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:31 PM   #7
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I'll just be using that doghouse for shows I have a stock one too.
I found another cobra brouchure so when that arrives I'll scan both in.
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I got one side of the tubular running boards and sidepipes combo on today. I welded up some heavy duty brackets that go to the chassis rails at the front and the spring hanger bracket at the rear.
It looks like it's touching the rear tyre in these photos but don't worry it's not.



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I got the second sidepipe and tubular running board on and hooked up this evening. A few more exhaust clamps to put on and then I'll be tuning her up and getting her run in. I have a MSD 6AL ignition module waiting to go on so that'll probably be next.
Anyway I know how much you guys love photos so without further ado.....





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I wish Shaggy was still around because i would love to ask how in the h^77 you got that doghouse to come out that way?? 0_o...i was just thinking that i would love to find a way to have an All-Plexi-Glass doghouse for my '87 GMC Trans-Van \m/
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Two thumbs up for the sidepipes. I love them.

Question. Instead of paint, why not get a mural printed onto a wrap?
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I wish Shaggy was still around because i would love to ask how in the h^77 you got that doghouse to come out that way?? 0_o...i was just thinking that i would love to find a way to have an All-Plexi-Glass doghouse for my '87 GMC Trans-Van \m/
Hi I'm back! I cut the window holes out of a stock doghouse and used polycarbonate windows bolted in place.

Here's how Helga is looking now, not completely finished but back on the road at least.

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Neat hotrod camper!!!! Enjoy....
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Whoaaaaaa!!! Thats badass!! Oh, Thanks for the info on your doghouse mods, very cool....Im still in the 1st phase, trying just to get mine smogged ...But im also blueprinting how im going to start ripping out all the original interior and bringing up to speed with a modern GMC Denali feel to it ...but first and foremost, im working on getting my LT9 motor updated, tuned, smogged and then clean it up with a dress kit.
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Interesting project Shaggy I like the hotrod touches! Don't see that often in a 'B'

Taj has mags and the back ones are a few inches wider so she has a little racy look, but it goes to her head. I have to slow her down pretty often. She thinks she is a race car half the time.

Will be fun to watch your project!

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What size wheels and tires did you install? Didn't see it on your website. I have a 97 Roadtrek 170 also.
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It has 16.5 " Western cyclone RVs on it they are 8 lug wheels. Tyres are General Ameri's at the moment.
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Some photos a friend sent me from when I bought her many years ago.








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