Pilgrim Cobra Kit is know as the Sumo MKIII. The kit uses either
a Sierra or Granada MK3 as the donor/running gear, or if you have
loads of dosh, an X series Jag.
donor to use ?, Granada or Jag ? Well although Jag running gear
would hold more esteem, I decided on Granada because of availability
and cost of parts, and the Disks all-round option over the sierra.
does mean however I also needed some parts from a Sierra, Namely:
Pedal Box Assembly
Brake Master Cylinder and Servo.
first, off to the scrapyards to find the Sierra bits. The first
scrappie quoted me £150 for the lot, hmmm perhaps I could
find a cheaper source, (and I had to remove the parts !).
then found a small local scrappie who had 4 Sierra's I could climb
around and have whatever I wanted. The steering column even had
the keys in the ignition !. All the parts were in very good order,
the master cylinder looked new. I removed all the components I wanted
and went back to negotiate a price. He was quite happy to accept
£50 for the lot !, bargain !!!!.
donor car has a V6 2.8i engine... hmmm no I don't think so, I want
around I have managed to source a 'turnkey' Rover 3.5 V8, much better.
I had thought about the Chevy 5.7, but don't like the idea of 10
MPG , also service and support is much better for the Rover. I will
replace the Twin SU carbs however for Webber 500 4 barrel plus Offenhauser
Manifold, (complete with big flat chrome air filter).
a pain this has turned out to be !. The Sierra was stripped no problem
in my last Kit build, however the Granada is turning out to be quite
problem, I could not get the wheels off !. They were rusted on.
In the end I destroyed the wheels by bashing them from the inside
with a sledge hammer, eventually releasing the now warped wheels.
This was of course after having problems undoing the wheel nuts.
did not get any better because although the rear suspension dropped
out okay, I could not release the six torqx screws releasing each
of the half shafts. Both my torx sockets snapped! because the screws
were so tight. In the end I resorted to grinding off the heads,
then removing the leftover studs.
all this I noticed the car was slowly getting lower, it seems the
axle stands are pushing their way up through the rotten underside,
hmmm better get a move on.
the rear suspension finally off, now to have a go at the front.
Now last time I did this both the 4 pinch bolts snapped off making
it a bugger to get the stub axle off. No problem this time, both
stub axles came off okay. However now a thought crossed my mind,
it was going to be very difficult to get the leftover donor car
down to the bottom of the drive for the scrapman to take away.
decided to go visit the scrapyard and get a couple of stub axles
to put back on the Granada so I would have front wheels with steering.
I could then just lift the back of the car with the engine host
and pull the car down the drive. A quick visit to the scrappy and
I had two stub axles in my mits, (both pinch bolts snapped off by
the way !!). I then refitted the worst of the stub axles and put
the front wheels back on.
the Granada has gone to the scrapyard in the sky. It only cost £20
to get the local scrappy to take it away. There doesn't seem to
be a lot of parts left ...
to the local Partco and bought exchange Calipers, Disks and new
pads, cost a fortune but after my last experience with the SVA and
brakes, I thought it best to buy new.
cleaning up the Donor parts this weekend, I had forgotten what a
horrible messy dirty job this was, but at least it's over with now
and all the parts are ready for painting.
half the parts are painted now, and not looking too bad either,
the diff came up quite nice with Hammerite spray.
just about all the parts are ready and waiting, including the engine.
I have fitted a Weber 500 Carb and Offenhauser manifold to the engine,
more detail later during the build.
news !, Pilgrim rang me and asked if I could take an early delivery
of my Kit, (does the sun come up in the morning !!). Apparently
they had built one too many somewhere along the way and wondered
if I would like it.
want to deliver in 2 days time !, yippeee, can't wait. The only
parts missing will be the wheels ,(they are only ordered once you
pay the balance, and the exhaust manifold as the welder has walked
delivery will be for the 'Part A' components which will allow me
to build up to full rolling chassis.