Well, after 5 LONG months of non stop work, we finished the Cobra and gave it to our father for his birthday/retirement last weekend. It's a roller, as we didn't have time to do the motor or trans, and honestly weren't sure how Dad would've wanted it done anyway.
The body is done, it's certainly not perfect by any means, but my father said he wouldn't want it absolutly perfect beacause he would be afraid to drive it then. This is going to be a driver for him, and he has been reunited with it after letting it go 26 years ago.
For those of you who don't know the story, my father ordered this from the factory in 1970, but had to sell it due to financial diffuculties in 1982. It broke his heart to sell it, but he did what he needed to for his family. Last Feburary we tracked the car down and it was purchased back from the same guy Dad sold it to in 1982. My brother and I labored on this thing covertly for 5 months to get the body and interior together enough to give it to him. Long days and longer nights were spent in the driveway and garage, lots of money and favors were spent, but it was all worht it to see my Dad back in his baby again. Parts came from numerous donor vehicles including my N code Cobra, 2 70 GT's, a 71 500, a 71 wagon, and 70 Ranchero GT among others.
He walked out the back door, saw the Cobra, and said "it was like someone coming back from the grave standing in front of me". Totally shocked, emotions were poured out, and Dad was in utter shock. It took him awhile to recover from the shock, but he's doing great now, looking forward to getting her back on the road.
It was nice to finally talk to him about the car without it being a secret from him anymore. He was able to answer tons of questions I had about the car, like "why this was like this, and what happened to that, why was this like this?"
None of this would have been possible without the help of this forum and some specific members like Mike P, Steve (since 80), and Hardtop killer among others.
This forum and it's members are a HUGE source of information, and just cruising through the archives of posts answered most of the questions I had.
Thanks a ton guys!
Be sure to check out my thread in members rides for resto progress updates.