Adam C - Dax Tojeiro - AC Cobra replica
I have always been a little too obsessed with cars, that crazy car-crazed kid at school. So I was always going to spend my life around cars. I enjoy cars as pieces of art.
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My name is Adam,
Dax Tojeiro - AC Cobra replica
Personal Instagram: @adamcnumbers
I’m known online as AdamC, and I run an automotive YouTube, Instagram and Facebook pages under the name ‘@AdamC3046’. I used to work in car storage, but after losing my job due to the 2020 pandemic I am now 100% dedicated to YouTube as my career.
I have always been a little too obsessed with cars, that crazy car-crazed kid at school. So I was always going to spend my life around cars. I enjoy cars as pieces of art. Their visuals, their smells and the feelings they offer.
The car I will be mostly describing, my Dax Tojeiro (AC Cobra replica) was my 3rd car. I part exchanged my 1987 TVR 350i for the Cobra, and it has always been my goal to own one. When I was a kid, I (incorrectly) thought all Cobras were kit cars, so a kit car was what I had always aimed to achieve. I believe it may have stemmed from the fact that my initials are AC, which sparked a childish obsession. But I have always been passionate about small, British-designed sports cars with big engines and long bonnets.
My first car was my 1972 MGB GT, which I bought during my 2nd year at University and still have to this day. It is currently at the final stages of a 2-year restoration.
My daily car is a Nissan 350Z convertible at the time of writing, but my ‘flagship’ is my Cobra replica. It was built in 2005 by Dax themselves, so avoids the risk of poor workmanship of a man in a shed. It has a 1974 Chevrolet 350 (5.7 V8). Original 427 Cobras have Ford 427s, but the Chevy 350 is a more easily-accessible engine, so are a common alternative for use in replicas. I am unsure of its top speed and 0-60, but it provides roughly 300bhp and will not weigh much due to its fibreglass body.
My aim with the Cobra was to replicate the image of the perfect Cobra I had when I was a kid. Blue with white stripes and cream leather interior, with side-pipe exhausts. From buying the car, this included applying custom graphics to the side, spraying the wheels black and swapping the front and rear bumpers to quick-jacks. One more item on the list that would perfect its visual aesthetics would be to space out the rear wheels a little bit. But this would require extended struts, which is apparently a horrible job on the Jaguar hubs that are on the car. So I haven’t got myself around to sorting it out yet.
Whilst I would love to have done all the work on my cars, my mechanical knowledge and capabilities are extremely limited. Whenever I try something myself it very often goes wrong. I am also limited to a crowded sloped driveway in front of my house. So a lot of work is performed by professionals, which gives peace of mind as well. I applied the stickers to my car myself, as well as a full detail (after training from a previous career of mine) and a few other enhancements.
Most of the work on the Cobra has been performed by Universal Classic Cars, @universalclassiccars, including the current battle with its slight oil leak, which has been ongoing for the last year. They have also been restoring my MGB for the past couple of years and help me out with MOTs as well.
My life revolves around car shows and meets. Whether it be an evening meeting, a Sunday show or a 3-day event, I take an appropriate car of mine to one every weekend (when Covid permits). Last year I attended over 100 shows, and this year may even be close to that figure despite Covid restrictions. I use the MGB for classic meets, the Cobra for classic, muscle or supercar shows, and the 350Z for Japanese, modified and evening meets.
I have been entered in a few online competitions, which the Cobra often excels at. It has also won a couple of show & shine trophies at car shows I have taken it to. It is definitely a crowd-pleaser.
I am awaiting the re-introduction of car shows when it gets a little warmer to take the Cobra out again. I am looking forward to the completion of my MGB’s restoration so I can drive that again. The Cobra’s lack of a roof gets pretty cold in the winter.
A Cobra replica has always been my accessible dream car since I was very young. A McLaren F1 GTR has also been a dream, due to my fondness of 1990s Le Mans cars. I would love to own a Dodge Viper GTS one day too, but a house deposit would likely take priority.
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