Ordered the kit in January this year. Got all my parts ordered and started really building in May/June. What started out as a donor quickly became a non-donor build. Completely finished the interior upholstery and dashboard in September. Ready to go kart! Before it started I had to run to AutoZone to get a new solenoid starter as the one I had didn't work.
The engine (302 with GT40p heads) fires up in a fraction of a second EVERY time. Much faster than fuel injected firing. The car runs smooth and strong at 900rpm. It just sits there idling smoothly, no over heating...simply amazing. Not bad for a five month build and no prior car building experience.
What's left? Sprung an oil leak but that can be fixed with a few turns of the wrench. Putting on the body, hooking up the lights, inspection, registration, hitting the road.
Named him DISCOVERY in recognition of Columbus Day.
Extremely happy right now! Will edit and post video tonight.
This is actually my first build. Funny thing is the things I expected to take a long time...like dropping in the engine/tranny took way less time than silly stuff like installing the thermostat in the water pump. (Which I redid about 4 times, once cause I forgot to put the thermostat inside the darn thing)
My first car (Mark II) was definitely a donor build. But extremely well built by someone else. With this one I decided to go carb instead of fuel injection to reduce the build time...and that worked out perfectly. I pretty much had every gadget and convenience you can imagine in the Mark II ...down to the heated seats and invisible radio/speakers and I've done that all again. Last time I had two speakers in the rear bulkhead - 60 watts. This time I have 4 and two additional in the doors - 200 watts each. I added grey piping to outline the black interior carpeting. I also used the competition dash with the glove box, and the F5 digital gauges. A lot prettier than the stock Mustang gauges in the first roadster.
I plan to put the car on a dyno because of all of the engine upgrades. Everything is upgraded..down to the E3 three-pronged spark plugs. Very curious about the horsepower.
Monty, congratulations. It's a great feeling isn't it? I laughing about the thermostat because I did the same thing. Got everything buttoned up, looked over on the bench and said to myself you don't have two stats do you? See you at the Whiskey next Spring.
FFR1293-289 slab side Mr Bruce body, 289 hi-po, Tremec TKO, 3-link 3.55 rear, spoked pin drive wheels, under car exhaust. A facsimile of CSX 2367.
FFR 3378 - 503 BB, $old and missed
RCR GT40 - 1051P clone, $old
FFR 7991 - becoming a 289 FIA with a Mr. Bruce body, 331, dual quads, T-5, IRS, Trigo pin drive wheels, and Goodyear billboards http://www.bills289fia.com
MK4 delivery 12/17/11
Build thread: HERE
Epic First start video HERE
427w ford racing, stainless headers, 3link, tko600, 3.55 gears, Jim Inglese weber intake system and a custom paint job from Jeff Miller!
Type 65 Coupe Ordered 01/17/13
Build thread: HERE
347 w. stack injection, IRS, Levy arms, Levy front and rear brakes
Shell Valley Daytona Coupe, (SOLD and thankful for it) 550HP 347, T56 Six Speed.
1957 Ford Thunderbird
"It's loud, smells like gasoline, and shakes, shudders, and bucks. It makes your arms tired and your feet hot. You nearly crash about once every ten minutes. It's so damn wonderful you canít believe it." -Automobile Mag. Oct. '04
Thanks! I couldn't believe it would actually work when I turned the key! LOL!!!
LOL Very nice congrats
Garage is empty, but not for long............
"There's nothing like a Cobra. It's stripped down to the essentials
- a big engine, a small car, and four wide tires trying to keep the whole
business on the pavement. It's loud, smells like gasoline, shakes, shudders
and bucks. It makes your arms tired and your feet hot. You nearly crash every ten minutes. It's so damn wonderful that you can't believe it."
Wife quote number 469: "Really, Really, another one of those F#$&ing cars" ?
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