View Full Version : Cobra people in Norfolk, VA area

12-15-2007, 04:40 PM
I am looking to find someone with some Cobra knowlege around me to figure out if some things have been modified on my 99 Cobra convertible.

I just returned from Iraq and finally got to drive the Cobra I had my wife get for me while I was away. It seems to have a charging problem so today I dropped it off where we got it so they could take care of that.

The things I would like to have looked at as to if they are stock are the following:

It seems to have an upgraded clutch as it is fairly stiff and seems to maybe be making a clunk noise when it is engaged, but I am not sure about that yet.

It seems really stiff to shift this transmission. I am not sure if this is normal for this cobra, or if a previous owner has installed one of the lesser short shifters that are actually harder to shift with.

It also has a set of bolt in frame connectors. I have never heard of this being something installed from the factory, but since this one is a convertible and a SVT, I thought it might be possible.

Any information or if anyone is in the area that can look at it and answer the questions I would greatly appreciate it.


12-16-2007, 05:40 AM
the clutch in a Cobra is not like your average car. It will feel different, stiffer. It shouldn't be making a clunking sound, though. It is hard to say what that may be.

If you want to upgrade to a better shifter, try the MGW brand. They are the best out there. www.mgwltd.com (http://www.mgwltd.com) You should be able to tell if the shifter is a short throw, as the factory shifters are pretty tall. Maybe you could take a picture of the interior, might be able to tell from there.

I installed sub frame connectors to my 97 convertible, but mine were welded in. I have heard of bolt in ones. The ones I have are Kenny Brown Performance. The convertibles really need a little stiffening up, so it is a good thing to have.
lets see some pictures:thumbsup:

12-16-2007, 07:44 AM
I will get some pictures up as soon as it gets back from the shop for it's charging problem.

12-16-2007, 06:15 PM
Pictures would help...as said by NCKissfan...the verts do have subframes from the factory, but they are not full length by any means...also, the clutch will feel a little stiffer and the trannies have been known to be "clunky"...I definitely noticed this in my '04 the first times I drove...now it's just second nature...congrats on your purchase and hope you get to enjoying it soon...as for your charging problem, it's most likely something simple like the alternator or battery.

12-16-2007, 11:16 PM
I'm at Smith Mountain Lake, VA and also have a 99 Cobra convertible. Any time you want to run over here and compare notes, I'm agreeable.

12-25-2007, 05:09 PM
I got the car back a few days ago. It seems that a previous owner installed an aftermarket alarm that was putting a bit of a drain on the battery and the alternator just wasn't putting out what it should. So now that it is back, I got a couple of pictures of the bolt in frame connectors.



The other problem I am having is the car wanders all over the place. The front end doesn't feel loose, but the front tires are cupping and dry rotted pretty bad. I have new tires on the way and I am having the local Ford dealer perform a recall on the rear suspension knuckles. If these two things don't fix the problem, is there a common failed item that would cause the car to wander in this car? I know older Dodge trucks had this issue and it was the steering shaft, but you could feel the slop in it and I don't feel the same thing here.

Any information would be greatly appreciated as I am fairly new to Fords in general, this is my first Mustang and my second IRS RWD Ford I have had.

12-27-2007, 08:57 PM
One more picture of under the front end looking from left side just behind front tire.