Finally ready to officially graduate my MK2. The car was 95% complete this past July however getting a used second hand purchased replica car registered took more work then what I was expecting. I used two temporary permits to drive it this summer including taking it down Monterey for the Historic races this past August. The car now has 625 mostly trouble free miles on it. Its been a blast to build and a blast to drive.
I wanted a FFR cobra for many years now. After purchasing a brand new mustang and doing a lot of suspension, exhaust and engine upgrade work I decided I really need a cobra since the mustang was just not enough. I sold the mustang with the intentions of purchasing a new MK4 kit and building it as money allowed. Upon selling my mustang I found a used MK2 kit for sale with a lot of the option and upgrades that I was looking for. The used kit did come with a 5.0 and T-5 tranny which I did not use for my build but decided to save for my 65 mustang instead.
For my build I went with a 331 stroker engine, all forged internals, AFR 185 heads, aluminum fly wheel, stage two clutch, SPI steel bellhousing and a TKO 600 tranny. The rear end is a four link, coil overs all four corners and four wheel disk brakes. I chose non power steering and brakes and went with the competition style dash lay out. I wanted to stay with a someone stock looking engine compartment but also wanted fuel injection so I choose the Mass Flow fuel injection system with 36 pound injectors. The wheels are 17" FFR wheels which I think give the car a great look and stance. I purchased a ton of parts from breeze including the fuel system easy kit, brake line easy kit and a ton of odds and ends to get it built the way I wanted it. The only donor part is the pedal box.
Originally I was planning on a two to three year build however with this year being the 50 anniversary of the cobra I decided it had to be done for Monterey week this past August. My dad and I worked on it almost every weekend from January thru June this past year. Thank goodness I have a very understanding wife.
The car has been a blast to drive. I had it weighed on a digital trucks scale at 2350 pounds including me the driver at 170 pounds and a half a tank of fuel. I figure the dry weight is somewhere around 2150. The car gets looks everywhere we go and sometimes at the gas station you almost have to ask people to get out of your way to leave.
This car is just a dream. I have found myself a couple of times just going into the garage to look at it. I have used this forum a ton for research and ideas. While I built my car to the best of my abilities I see a lot of cars on this forum that just blow me away.
You need to take that pic of you at the top of the corkscrew and have it blown up to poster size. Then it goes on the garage wall. that is priceless. I would give my left ... to have a shot like that of me and my FFR. VERY well done!!!
FFR 5353K,351/400hp,TKO 500, 3-link w/3.08 and Truetrac, Koni DA coilovers front and rear,APE hardtop,Forte front and VPM rear swaybars
What did it feel like to go through the cork screw??
It was a amazing feeling. When you get to the end of the straight away and make the left turn it feels like you are going completely down hill. I have watched races from the cork screw side of the track for years but until you are on the track making the turn its hard to understand how much of a elevation drop there is on the part of the track.
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