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Wanted to Buy / Re: TVR Griffith
« on: Today at 03:36:47 PM »

Wanted to Buy / Re: TVR Griffith
« on: September 26, 2023, 02:41:37 PM »
And that has been attempted at some level by Mike Mooney - the current Griffith historian and registrar. Not sure where it lies today, but about 5 years ago he told me he was having a dozen or so chassis made to sell roller chassis "continuation" type cars.

Wanted to Buy / Re: TVR Griffith
« on: September 26, 2023, 01:43:05 PM »
I see a question of Shelby being involved - he wasn't other than a lunch with Jack Griffith were a tipsy and emboldened Jack declared his car could outrun a COBRA if he built it. The Griffith 200 was born with the help of Mark Donahue (of TRANS AM and COBRA racing fame) who was driving a 289 COBRA for Jack Griffith at the time. The cars were advertised to go 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, or they were free and they lived up to that claim. Unfortunately, being nothing but a good salesman Jack Griffith didn't see the need nor have the resources to refine the Griffith like Shelby whom used both Miles and Remington to refine the COBRA. Wire wheels remained and additional "speed and handling" equipment we saw added under Shelby's company did not take place under Jack's. In fact, Jack had money issues which led to the untimely demise of Griffith motorcars. You see today what the additional R&D on torque steer and suspension mods have yielded in Griffith during vintage race competition where they dominate COBRAs at places like Goodwood. A great vision and dream Jack had, but poor execution of the vision led to the Griffith's end.

Wanted to Buy / Re: TVR Griffith
« on: September 26, 2023, 01:40:29 PM »
A few things to consider...

 - 190ish made of the Series 200 mostly if not all titled as 1965
 - Value is driven somewhat by the drivetrain you had (271HP or 225 HP)
 - Early cars (pre car #35 where almost all 289 HIPOs) with the HIPO being an option therefore after
 - No designation is given on the title of car identification tag about drivetrain
 - The only way to determine if it's an original 289 HP drivetrain is if you have the original close ratio top loader that came in the car (otherwise it's wide ratio)
 - Original TVR rear differentials are pretty weak and so it's not uncommon to see a swap for something stronger

Parts For Sale / Re: 427 COBRA speedometer
« on: July 31, 2023, 01:09:35 PM »

Parts For Sale / NOS rocker arm cover spacers
« on: July 28, 2023, 08:23:46 AM »
Bought new in the early 200's - never used. 1" spacers that allow for running lower stock valve covers with the taller and more modern roller rockers. Kit includes two spacers (aluminum) and spacer studs with o ring gaskets. Asking $150 + shipping.

Parts For Sale / 427 COBRA speedometer
« on: July 28, 2023, 08:12:42 AM »
I have what appears to be a nice used 427 COBRA speedometer. Asking $300 + shipping

Wanted to Buy / WTB: 'Aug '63 Timing Cover
« on: June 05, 2023, 12:05:52 PM »
Looking to purchase a late summer (Aug/Sep '63) 964 Model timing cover. The Part number on the cover will be C4OE-6059-B and will have a plug where the oil fill tube used to be located from the previous model year. It should also have a 63 with 8-9 dots in the circle indicating the manufacturing timeframe.

Parts For Sale / Early standard bore 289 block
« on: May 16, 2023, 04:07:09 PM »
I have a very tough to find early 289 standard bore bare block - perfect for that early COBRA or Fairlane! Engineering number is C3AE-6015N and casting date is 3C4 (March 4th, 1963). The block was sold to me as standard many years ago and checks out with a bore measurement of 4.00". This block could make a real nice early HIPO with some caps installed or just build it as it is. I will be at Ford Carlisle on Saturday June 3rd and can bring it with me if that's more convenient for a buyer. Otherwise, I'm located in northern Virginia for coordinated pickup - I will not ship! I'm asking $600/best offer.


Awhile back I purchased the ultra-rare 1963 3623S HIPO Fuel Pump used on the 289 COBRA and I now have it concours restored - ready to bolt on. My unit is dated E3 or May of 1963 accurate for an early 21XX series COBRA. Only a dozen or so have been unearthed in the past couple decades I've been told by the experts. Prices for a good core on Ebay are topping $1,200 for a unit like I have. I'm in need of an OEM 289 COBRA Smiths speedometer (clockwise 0-160mph) - do you have a spare one? My pump is worth more than a speedo unit I'm told, but I'd sacrifice it in trade for that original speedo unit you have as long as it can be restored and used. Talk to me.

Wayne Campbell

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