With the nice spring-like weather, I decided to get a head start on the repairs that my Cobra needs for the coming months. The throwout bearing is burned up and beyond my ability to fix myself so I took it to a shop that I trust in Cedar Falls … Schuerman’s Auto. They reported that the bearing was indeed nice and toasty and they would like to replace it all with a clutch, pressure plate, pilot bearing and my supplied Ford Racing throwout bearing for around $830. It makes sense to me. For $830, they would put in all of the new aftermarket parts and have the flywheel resurfaced by Sadler Powertrain in Waterloo, Iowa. I want to give props to Jeremy at Schuerman’s for taking the time to find a place to resurface the flywheel because that saved me $200 on the service because I didn’t have to buy a new one. It makes sense to do it all now because I would hate for the clutch to wear out in less than a year and have to go through all of this again.
With any luck, I will have the car back in about 10 days since they have to order parts and send the flywheel out for resurfacing. After I get it back home I plan on addressing the front caliper replacements and getting that braking system back in line. The driver’s side sticks a bit. I had quite an ordeal last fall trying to get calipers with the correct COBRA stamped on them from local auto parts chains so I am going to have to bite the bullet and get them from Rock Auto and absorb the core charge on both. That’s a lot of money for a logo but I like originality and it looks good through the wheels. I am pretty good with brake systems so this should be an easy job.
I did decide to order a new shift knob for the car. I got a Ford Racing leather shift knob from American Muscle. The stock one was perished and tatty.