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Day 1 Delivery Day

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Today was the day! Everything almost went smoothly. My chassis dolly broke. I have it on jacks. I plan on beefing of the dolly and giving it another go. I like the idea of being able to move it.

My engine was not complete but I only have to put on serpentine kit.

Inventory and body removal is my next two goals.

The rack I made to hang the body will need to be moved. Besides that I'm ready.

It seems most of my kit came except box 12 which is the header assembly. However I'm not exactly sure about the rest of this paper work to see if other stuff is missing. A little confusing for now but I will slow my roll and figure it out.

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Oh boy!! Here ya go! I'll be picking mine up at the end of the month. Good luck!
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Congrats! Great fun ahead. On the inventory take your time and as boring as it seems count everything you'll be glad you did.
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Congrats Jason today was my first REAL work day after inventory. Gotta say the inventory wasnt as bad as I thought . They were really good at orginizing and bagging
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[QUOTE=Ponymedic;6051378]Congrats Jason today was my first REAL work day after inventory. Gotta say the inventory wasnt as bad as I thought . They were really good at orginizing and bagging[/QUOTE

Awesome! Fun fun fun.

I did box 1 since I opened it to get the instructions out. Some of the stuff was confusing trying to sort each bolt. I assume if they put the bolt/hardware kit. It is probably all there and if not well they describe it I will just go get one. Lol. IDK I know me I will look at all the nuts and bolts.
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Thank you all. I cant wait to start actually building.
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Thank you Jeff. I will bring the car in for paint next week. Lol or maybe in a year. Ha!
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Congrats on your delivery! Now get to work... London is in June! 😉

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Thank you. I will try to get the car there? Lol

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Jason, You’re going to love and not love so much ( hate is such a strong word) the whole process. If you need a bit of help you can contact me. I won’t have all the answers, but I’ve got almost 60k on the clock and the girl is still going strong!
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Jason, You’re going to love and not love so much ( hate is such a strong word) the whole process. If you need a bit of help you can contact me. I won’t have all the answers, but I’ve got almost 60k on the clock and the girl is still going strong!
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Awesome. Thank you. I bet you remember mile one just as much as the last. I can't wait.

My engine I built from the block up, that will be a big day in itself when that starts up for the first time. To me I think the engine build was super hard. I like the idea of the car build, the work may be more but it's all laid out in front on me properly. Way less stressful than the engine build.
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Way less stressful than the engine build.

Famous last words.... have fun!
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Day 2 Inventory

3 - 9 -19

I happened to have the weekend off, therefore I was able to work a good percentage of the day on inventory. After I went to Autorama/world of wheels got home around 3 and took a small break. I worked the rest of the night on inventory about 5 hours.

I mostly completed. I put my hands on on every part and or assembly or bag o' parts. It was confusing at first. So confusing I will have to redo box 1 - 5. Some of the part I just did not know and through process of elimination I figured it out.

However, 1 - 5 had a bunch missing. I think that was my error. Forsure the badging was not in there. IDK I will redo it. The rest of the 26 boxes plus tires wheels and hardware were perfect.

They sent quick jack's that were not chrome or polished.

Tomorrow body removal and panels.

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They sent quick jack's that were not chrome or polished.
Normal. Finish is up to you.

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Jason you should find the POL or backorder list. What I did was check each bag and box and then crosswalk what they said on the POL and I found. Other than the gauges being in Metric and a couple of screws they were spot on I emailes Dave and he got right back to me with the adjustments . So far so good
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Day 3 Body removal and Panels

Nothing really to say. I put a back up pulley system just in case.
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I assume the pipe insulation along the bottom edge of the body is a head bumping precaution

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Yup. Not exactly happy with the position and height but it will do. It's close to my head but there still a little room. I just dont want any accidents, chips.
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Welcome! exciting times. I find the manual to be a good starting point but considerably lacking. I'm more of a visual learner so I read the manual then search google with what i'm looking at, just add ffcars on the end of the search.
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Engine looks great! You going to shark-hide the shiny stuff?

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[QUOTE=TAnderson;6051874]Engine looks great! You going to shark-hide

I just looked it up? I did not know what it was. If its something recommended I will.

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Hi Jason. Congrats.

Curious, how in the world did that dolly break? FWIW I've had my roadster on that same dolly design, went through 3 moves over 8 years with it, and never had an issue. Make sure you use 3" coarse drywall screws (not fine) and wood glue in those spots. HTH

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This week was a big learning curve. I basically did not get much done. F panels which was cool. I put the lower control arms on. One upper control arm. The bolt to the back did not go one way no room to get back there. Shocks are still waiting to be assembled.

I worked a lot of hours with little done. Basically having to make a run or two to the store for more tools. Which I thought I had plenty. I see why these builds take a long time. Once I get use to how things work on this thing and how the boxes are organized I'm sure things will go quicker and easier. In theory.

The ball joint was the biggest issue. Still working on this. I have to go get a a better heat source to loosen this up enough to get the ball joint out again. I was thinking a small propane torch?

Any newbies reading this I suggest getting the ball joint socket and using a impact wrench. The vise will work if the ball is threading somewhat easily. If not you will need a strong table and a lot of weight and torque. Otherwise if it's hard i suggest using the socket even if you have to buy a compressor and wrench. And don't start until you have everything or the threader locker will start doing its job.

One last thing, I was wondering if others thought the same. I wish FFR was more clear on what bolt asymbly bags part number is used for what part.

I opened box 1 which had upper control, ball joints shocks and steering assembly. Plus all the hardware. It was up to me by matching bolts with pics and video to make sure I was using the right stuff. The bags are marked but that did not match the parts list. I figured it out but it would make it so much easier to grab the bag for control arms only and bolt it on not have to sort through a bunch of stuff.

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The ball joint was the biggest issue. Still working on this. I have to go get a a better heat source to loosen this up enough to get the ball joint out again. I was thinking a small propane torch?

Any newbies reading this I suggest getting the ball joint socket and using a impact wrench. The vise will work if the ball is threading somewhat easily. If not you will need a strong table and a lot of weight and torque. Otherwise if it's hard i suggest using the socket even if you have to buy a compressor and wrench. And don't start until you have everything or the threader locker will start doing its job.

One last thing, I was wondering if others thought the same. I wish FFR was more clear on what bolt assembly bags part number is used for what part.

I opened box 1 which had upper control, ball joints shocks and steering assembly. Plus all the hardware. It was up to me by matching bolts with pics and video to make sure I was using the right stuff. The bags are marked but that did not match the parts list. I figured it out but it would make it so much easier to grab the bag for control arms only and bolt it on not have to sort through a bunch of stuff.

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Going to offer a couple other opinions, again for the new builders out there. I really hate seeing these multiple build threads with guys really beating up these ball joints and upper control arms. Often even while putting them in upside down. Ugh. Really encourage that when things get so hard you can't hold them in a vise, you're breaking work benches, tools, etc. something is wrong. For ball joints and any other fasteners or assembly along the way. Stop and sort it out. You're headed down a road that doesn't have an easy return. Don't forget that even if you get them on, they don't last forever and you may have to service that thing some day. And threads often get tighter over time with use, road grime, rust, whatever. Many have solved those Mevotech ball joints by cleaning up the threads. That's fine and hope it works. Others like me have gone to other brand ball joints, but I know that's not for everyone. It shouldn't be necessary and Factory Five should be supplying parts that work without Herculean efforts.

For the parts thing, you're right. It can be a bit of a search to find the right parts. They are kind of logically grouped, but not always. I'd really encourage you, and other builders, to use the box part listings that Factory Five provided with your kit delivery. Each part has a technical description (dimensions, etc.) and also usually a word description of what it's for. And they're usually grouped together. Like all front suspension bolts in one place, etc. This, along with the pictures and descriptions in the manual, should sort things out for you. This is one of the reasons I always recommend to not remove the parts from the boxes they come in. I know for some space is an issue. But leaving them organized as received and after inventory makes finding them when needed way easier.

None of the above is meant to be negative or judgmental. Hope it doesn't come out that way. Just trying to help.
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Thank you Edward B.

I normally would not be forcing things together like this. I agree if it's that hard most likely your doing something wrong. However I knew this was a known issue.

I agree on the leaving everything in the box. I did that. I even left them in the paper wrap and in the spot they were in the box. I even only took out the parts I needed immediately.

I agree with all you said I just need get past this ball joint and I think I will start cruising along a little easier.

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Hi Jason. Congrats.

Curious, how in the world did that dolly break? FWIW I've had my roadster on that same dolly design, went through 3 moves over 8 years with it, and never had an issue. Make sure you use 3" coarse drywall screws (not fine) and wood glue in those spots. HTH
IDK. Instead of putting the chassis and body on Stewart's dolly getting into the garage then moving it to my dolly. I suggested putting on my dolly in the street and push it in


The bumps and dips is what probally broke it. I think I like the Jack's. My garage is big enough to have the build and mustang with plenty of room to work all the way around.
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