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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2021, 01:42:08 AM »
I have personally seen a DST factory brochure that showed a early small block Cobra that they had attached a LeMans style hardtop to.

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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2021, 02:09:49 AM »
Yes,  I think that was out of that DST brochure.

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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2021, 02:51:23 AM »
TransamEd,

Yes, that is the photo.

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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2021, 12:01:06 PM »
The other Ford Custom Car Caravan Cobra:
Barris/Fetherston explain in their book that they got a brand new 427 Cobra and customised it with the headrest, rear fender shape and sidepipes plus painted it a organic blue/silver pearl called shade for the Custom Car Caravan.


this looks to me like a 289 Cobra, not a 427

Definitely a 289. And I never really cared for the work of George Barris, even prior to seeing how badly he rendered a Cobra.

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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2021, 12:09:39 PM »
Found this photo while surfing the other day:


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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2021, 12:34:28 PM »
DST is a great mystery, there should be a lot more

DST - Dearborn Steel Tubing @MI
Carron & Co.  @MI
Livernois Engineering @MI
Bill Stroppe  @ CA
Watson Engineering  @MI
Roush Inc.  @MI

These were all used as outside engineering/fabrication/prototype contractors over the years, for performance, and regular production development programs, much like Kar Kraft, SAI & H&M were used for racing.

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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2021, 03:46:52 PM »
Yes,  I think that was out of that DST brochure.


Something about that photo looks off to me.  I think it's been airbrushed.  Did that hardtop even exist?
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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2021, 08:30:18 PM »
Looks like it did in some form. Interesting that the Cobra they are working on has no suspension or taillights.

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Re: Dearborn Steel Tubing Cobra (Ford Custom Car Caravan)
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2021, 10:25:55 PM »
thanks for posting ! interesting document.

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