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    Save the Date…50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion August 23-26, 2018
    December 3, 2017 (Santa Ana, CA) - Get out your your calendar and be sure to
    schedule a very important weekend for a must attend event for all Cobra Jet
    enthusiasts and fans. ProMedia Events is pleased to announce it is working with
    several major partners to produce the exclusive 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet
    Reunion at its NMCA All-American Nationals event at Summit Motorsports Park
    in Norwalk, Ohio, August 23-26, 2018.
    Presented by TascaParts.com, this once-in-a-lifetime special event is open to all
    Ford vehicles powered by the iconic Cobra Jet engine combination. Cobra Jet
    vehicles, including Mustangs, Shelbys, Fairlanes, Cougars, Torinos,
    Cyclones/Montegos, and Rancheros (all tributes/replicas permitted), will invade
    the Buckeye State in celebration of their legacy, from 1968 to present, with
    activities that include a huge Cobra Jet car show, vintage and modern Cobra Jet
    drag racing, invited celebrities from the ‘60s to today, and a special Friday
    celebration dinner for vehicle owners, Cobra Jet royalty, sponsors, media, and
    fans.
    Stay tuned on NMCA | and RacePages Digital | RacePages for a
    major formal press release in early 2018. In the meantime…save the dates of
    August 23-26, 2018, for the exclusive 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Reunion.
    Rusty Gillis

    Gillis Performance Restorations
    727-847-7973
    www.gillisrestorations.com

    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

  • #2
    Thanks for the early heads up, Rusty!

    I will try to make it my plan to attend this event.....even if only as a spectator and it is the only event I get to in 2018.

    Especially since it is at Norwalk.....which is not that far for me. I've been to that track and it is a GREAT track - they do things right there!

    Ryan
    Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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    • #3
      Thanks for posting. I will be there since its only 20 minutes from my house!
      Mike Gasdick 69 Cougar XR-7 , 14:1 358W Canfield heads, CalTrac's / split mono's, "Mighty Mite" C4 w/trans-brake. 11.31.so far.
      2010 F150, 4.6L 2wd
      2002 F250 Superduty 4x4 with a spark plug spittin', manifold crackin' , fuse box burnin , 5.4 !

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      • #4
        Only 3 months away....... starting to squirrel away a few bucks towards making the trip......

        Ryan
        Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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        • #5
          A friend of mine owns a '69 428CJ/C6, Q-code Sportroof. It is his toy; he does not campaign it, but when he gets it out, it will run 9.8x on a 10" tire. It is heavily messaged, but still a N/A, FE-based mill. A couple of months ago, I told him about the Norwalk CJ gig, and now he's planning to go -- and says I should go with him!
          I guess I will have to step up to a VIP CREW ticket now! Yeah Baby!

          Ryan
          Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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          • #6
            I'm not so sure if the VIP CREW tickets will get us into the Cobra Jet car show as well? I'm not so sure...... I may have to call them.

            http://www.nmcadigital.com/cj/

            Does anyone here know? Please share your knowledge...... Thanks in Advance!

            Ryan

            Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ryan Wilke View Post
              I'm not so sure if the VIP CREW tickets will get us into the Cobra Jet car show as well? I'm not so sure...... I may have to call them.
              http://www.nmcadigital.com/cj/ Does anyone here know? Please share your knowledge...... Thanks in Advance! -- Ryan
              If anyone cares:::: I called and received a response...... Yep, the VIP CREW ticket will get us into the car show as well........ Cool Beans!!! - Ryan
              Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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              • #8
                I have been working on my Mustang getting it ready for the 50th Cobra Jet Reunion.



                I'm replacing the weather strip. A lot of people never noticed it was red on one side and blue on the other.





                Rusty Gillis

                Gillis Performance Restorations
                727-847-7973
                www.gillisrestorations.com

                Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                • #9


                  I decided to remove all the Mach 1 trim so it would be lighter.



                  Roll bar was brush painted with Rustoleum Hammered paint.



                  Finally installing the 428 CJ





                  Rusty Gillis

                  Gillis Performance Restorations
                  727-847-7973
                  www.gillisrestorations.com

                  Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                  Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                  • #10

                    Hooker headers are fun to install





                    Rusty Gillis

                    Gillis Performance Restorations
                    727-847-7973
                    www.gillisrestorations.com

                    Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                    Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                    • #11
                      looking good !

                      Keith
                      34 FORD coupe...Cleveland POWERED https://mustangsandmore.vbulletin.ne...ilies/cool.png

                      it`s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.

                      Keith

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rusty428cj View Post
                        Rusty,
                        If I'm recalling correctly, you once said your '69 Mach 1 car was an early build Q-code 428 CJ but was first used as a Boss 302 test car.

                        From the photo above, I don't see the wrap-around reinforcement at the base of the shock towers - that was typical of '69-'70 big block Mustangs.

                        Did your car not come OE-equipped with that reinforcing or am I simply not focusing in well enough?

                        Ryan
                        Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ryan Wilke View Post

                          Rusty,
                          If I'm recalling correctly, you once said your '69 Mach 1 car was an early build Q-code 428 CJ but was first used as a Boss 302 test car.

                          From the photo above, I don't see the wrap-around reinforcement at the base of the shock towers - that was typical of '69-'70 big block Mustangs.

                          Did your car not come OE-equipped with that reinforcing or am I simply not focusing in well enough?

                          Ryan
                          They were cut off in 1971 so I could get the headers to fit.
                          Rusty Gillis

                          Gillis Performance Restorations
                          727-847-7973
                          www.gillisrestorations.com

                          Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                          Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rusty428cj View Post

                            They were cut off in 1971 so I could get the headers to fit.
                            Racing with the 428CJ, did the shock towers ever crack without the bracing in place?

                            Ryan
                            Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ryan Wilke View Post

                              Racing with the 428CJ, did the shock towers ever crack without the bracing in place?

                              Ryan
                              Yes right side in the rear cracked. In the 70's there was no water to burn out in. Set the line lock spin tires release and slam on the brakes hitting the headers. Do this as many time as you can before reaching the starting line and this I believed cause it to crack. There was a good outcome now my front wheels are staggered which gives me more roll out.
                              Rusty Gillis

                              Gillis Performance Restorations
                              727-847-7973
                              www.gillisrestorations.com

                              Former NHRA SS/GA Record Holder 1969 Mustang
                              Former NHRA SS/FA Record Holder 1968 Mustang

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