Sergio! It's Graduation Time! Graduate # 19 of 2012
Um, it only took nine years! Life intrudes, etc.
Thanks to the forum members-- I tell anyone who asks that this site is the de facto assembly manual and I've also put to use a lot of great ideas stolen from great minds.
Thanks (blame?) also to James Creasy for letting me sit in/drool over his Mk I at an SFR autocross ten years ago. The bug bit bad. I never even dreamed, until that day.
Mainly, though, I gotta thank Pop for his help, especially down the home stretch after I had shoulder surgery in June. It's really hard to tighten fasteners with only one hand, just ask Lefty here.
(Yep, that's Don Orosco unloading the Scarab in the background yesterday)
I got it done for Monterey last week, finishing it on Tuesday, driving it down there Wednesday morning. Made it to Baja Cantina on Thursday, the Pacific Grove Show'n'Shine/Tour on Friday and out to the circuit on Saturday. Drove it home Sunday, did a 150 mile fun run the following Saturday for the Hillsborough Concours. Other than a chronic misfire in Monterey (fixed last week with a high-output coil), it hasn't missed a beat or overheated, and after retightening a couple of hose clamps, it hasn't spilled a drop of its precious bodily fluids. I have to keep reminding myself it's a Ford V-8, not a BMC A-Series.
At Pacific Grove: The 289 I'm parked behind sure looked real, even if it might have been a 7000 series. I chocked my wheels. Met another FFR'er who'd just finished his car, too, and only had about 400 miles on it!
Made it here, too. Cobra Overdose. It was great to meet Dave and J.C. here. I'm looking forward to doing some more local events.
The crossover pipe connecting the J-pipes didn't seem to quiet things much, but man, it literally took the sting out of the exhaust. Before adding the tube, a single twenty-mile trip left me with pain in my left ear. Driving down the freeway now, the wind noise is more trouble than the exhaust.
I built an armrest/console box out of a 2x4 and 1/2" ply (strong enough to step on) which works great as a place to push yourself up out of the car.
I welded a section of rollbar tubing across the front of the frame tubes as a jacking point. It's a big help since it seems I'm always putting it up on stands for some reason or another.
The hinge-down dash. Johnny's not going head-first on his back into that footwell anymore!
The access panel on the top of the driver's footbox. This should probably be at the top of the wish list for any Mark 4.1 updates. I can't imagine changing the clutch cable from the bottom (see above!).
I used a FRPP steel bellhousing, but could probably have done with a stock clutch instead of the heavy duty unit. The pedal effort isn't terrible, but every time I mash the clutch, I'm afraid of snapping the cable, as happened on my 4-cyl. Fox Mustang back in the day.
Overall, I'm really impressed with this thing. I've got a load of debugging to do, starting with a long look at the SAI mod, but dang! it's not just a pretty face. The car rides over choppy pavement with far fewer rattles than my Miata (virtually none, actually), sounds like a race car, but can sit in slow traffic for hours without overheating or misbehaving. On the few occasions I've had to 'investigate its handling,' it's done a really good Miata impression in quick direction changes, and the throttle response is the next best thing to a superbike. I have to say I got into this sort of on a lark, I mean, how can you pass on the opportunity to get a C*bra, right? It turns out, there's a really great car in there, just a few tweaks away.
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 can’t believe it." -Automobile Mag. Oct. '04
Very nice color combo! Where did you get the glove box latch?
#7619 MKIV IRS complete kit, non donor
351 tko 500
Delivered Nov 13, 2011
First start December 31, 2011
First gocart Jan 12 ,2012
picked up from painter 5/5/2012
MK4 delivery 12/17/11
Build thread: HERE
Epic First start video HERE
427w ford racing, stainless headers, 3link, tko600, 3.55 gears, Jim Inglese weber intake system and a custom paint job from Jeff Miller!
Type 65 Coupe Ordered 01/17/13
Build thread: HERE
347 w. stack injection, IRS, Levy arms, Levy front and rear brakes
The thing on the meatball was a static cling sticker they gave us for the Hillsborough Concours tour on Saturday. Leaving it on the car gets you into the on-site parking the next day. No, I didn't do a burnout on the fairway...
The blue is '72 BMW fjord blue. The orange wound up being a Ford fleet color, the white is VW alpine white. I'll edit the codes in in a few hours. [‘88 VW Alpine White = 3023; ‘72 BMW Fjord (lt. bl. met.) = 9029M (‘037'); Ford fleet orange = 2915] I wanted '72 BMW Inca orange, but the shop couldn't find the code, and since I had to drive 100 miles to the paint shop ("Welcome to the SF Bay Area. Now go paint your car someplace else.") I had to take the closest thing. Not that I'm a BMW nut, but I've been playing with 2002s for a bit and had actually seen those colors in person. I like that they're all close to period Ford colors, circa '65, but in a combination I hadn't seen before, except for a Gilette razor package, which is where I actually stole the idea...
What I really like about the offset stripe, besides the period look, is that I didn't have to find the centerline of a car body which was pretty much off-center to begin with!
I like that High Mounted break light...I thought I was done.
Judged Best In Class; Production Road Racer at World Of Wheels Chicago 2013. Ford BOSS 347 short block, Dart Al heads.. 360 RWHP, T-5 Z, IRS W/ Detroit Truetrac & 3.73s, SN95 spindles 99 PBR brakes, AGR Power Steering, and a Load of engineering changes. Graduation Post #22 http://www.ffcars.com/forums/17-fact...fr-5773-a.html
Very nice car. I too like the offset stripe. It makes it your own.
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.
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