Okay, time to stick a fork in it, and graduate. First I need to thank my wife for all her patience and support throughout this whole project. Second a big thanks to all my homies - Arch, Joe, Doug, Neal, Carman, et al - you have all been a great inspiration for my build - it wouldn’t have turned out anywhere near as well without all your help and advice.
Okay onto the details. Kit was purchased as a one of Patty’s Bargain Basement kits in November 2008. It was a basic bare bones kit - bare chassis, 4 link etc etc.
The initial plan was to use my fox body mustang as a donor, however when the time came, I couldn’t take the hatchet to it, so I ended up doing a non donor build.
Engine is a 408W built by Brian Adams of www.adperformance.com. It’s a basic 408W, AFR 185 heads and Comp Cams XE282HR cam. Transmission is a TKO600 with Fortes driveshaft loop.
Front suspension is pretty standard with F5 LCAs and SAI mod. Tires are Kumho Ecsta XS. Wheels are from a mustang wheel website - forgotten which one!
Rear suspension is IRS with poly bushings in the spindles and solid pumpkin bushings.
Power steering and power brakes were installed with a Heidts valve and cooler installed in the steering lines.
Fuel tank is a 22gal Fuel Safe fuel cell, with some modification done to the trunk area to get it tucked up and out of sight.
Paint was done by SRP and is a 2008 Mustang Silver Vapor Metallic with a touch of black added for the stripes. It has most of Ken’s add ons - rolled cockpit, hidden hinges and hidden body mounts.
Here are links to some of my progress threads - probably easier to post these rather than write this stuff all out again. This is more for my benefit to have all my progress threads in one place.
Shell Valley Daytona Coupe, (SOLD and thankful for it) 550HP 347, T56 Six Speed.
1957 Ford Thunderbird
"It's loud, smells like gasoline, and shakes, shudders, and bucks. It makes your arms tired and your feet hot. You nearly crash about once every ten minutes. It's so damn wonderful you canít believe it." -Automobile Mag. Oct. '04
Beautiful build, Howard! I particularly love your drop butt mod- I admit that I have shamelessly stolen your idea and am in process of doing the 'Cobra DVM drop butt mod' on my build right now. Congrats on a fantastic build and thanks for all of your helpful and detailed posts!
About time! Very nice job, and fast too! It's been a pleasure following along and stealing your ideas.
FFR# 6530 non donor, IRS, small Block w/carb build. GraduationPOM3000 Mile Trip 3500 Mile Trip
Built to be driven. The mission statement for the build was - build a comfortable and fun long distance driving machine that is capable of spirited street driving and the occasional track outing.
Great attention to detail... The only thing I would do different, is have some custom made seat covers made to bring it up to the rest of car's standard. Every thing else is magnificent. I noticed you changed your intake from the carburetors... What is the Small canister inside your driver side box up on top? It looks almost like a fuel filter.. Awesome JOB !!!!! JJ
Mark 3.1 delivered Oct 08, Massing parts for 331 stroker, GT40 heads, EFI, Ford E-cam, ff5 4 into 4 headers, Explorer Intake. T5 w/ S10 midshift, IRS and ff5 LCA's, Koni coil overs. Power steering, ABS power boosted 13" Cobra Brakes front and Thunderbird rears. 2003 Cobra After markets 18/9's front 18/10.5 rears. Tires 275's front and 315's rear. Cannonball Cobra's Trunk box.
Exquisite work. I had some folks on another forum ask about how nicely FFR's can be done because they had seen some cobbled-together lemons. With mine being a 6 or so, I pointed them to a thread on your car as an example of how a '10 out of 10' build should look in terms of attention to detail and craftsmanship.
I wish I had done the full-width roll bar!
'11 Mustang 5.0 'vert; '07 Legacy Spec.B; '98 F150; 4760 build website; FFR 3144 rebuild blog I'll give up my clutch when they pry it from my cold dead toes. Si vis pacem para bellum.
Last edited by Joe Campbell; 10-04-2010 at 12:12 PM..
MK3.1 FFR6582, Picked up at FFR April 2008, Graduated Sept 2010. Full donor build, 4 link w/ 8.8 w/3.55, T-5, 1987 5.0, 15" FFR Vintage Halibrand Replica wheels. MOPAR Go ManGo with graphite stripes.
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