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My previous work on an original AC Cobra...

Matt Keene

Some of my previous traditional panel work at CKL. Original AC Cobra that had had its rear wings flared to 427 spec. As the car needed to be FIA eligible, the rear wings had to be returned to stock. I handmade the aluminium wings on an English Wheel, then gas welded them on. Once on, I finished hand-shaped them with a hammer and dolly, and then wired the edges. Hope you like it! 

 Flared to 427 spec, this original AC Cobra needed to return to stock. Initially, I tried shrinking the wings in situ, but it proved too tricky... 

Flared to 427 spec, this original AC Cobra needed to return to stock. Initially, I tried shrinking the wings in situ, but it proved too tricky... 

 So I cut the flare off, wheeled up a new wing and gas welded it on.  

So I cut the flare off, wheeled up a new wing and gas welded it on.  

 The shape of the wing was only 'roughed out' on the English Wheel, as I had no buck or fsp to work from... 

The shape of the wing was only 'roughed out' on the English Wheel, as I had no buck or fsp to work from... 

 It was necessary to finish the shape by eye using original photos as the reference. The final shape was hammered and dolly'd by hand - a time consuming, but rewarding task!  I then hand-worked a traditional wired edge to the arch. 

It was necessary to finish the shape by eye using original photos as the reference. The final shape was hammered and dolly'd by hand - a time consuming, but rewarding task!  I then hand-worked a traditional wired edge to the arch. 

 The final shape after paint... 

The final shape after paint... 

 As per original - all aluminium and paint ;) 

As per original - all aluminium and paint ;)