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09-23-2019 02:27 PM
emac
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Originally Posted by Bobby Doug View Post
I haven't done this yet, but I am going to add the ventilation to the footboxes. Tired of legs getting warm after the car heats up. Already researching what I need to do it.
I put in bilge blowers and tubing to the footboxes. I get better flow on the passenger side as the driver side is blocked by the fuse box and wiring. To be honest I never really use them. The vent I placed in the tranny tunnel blows hot air (better heater than vent). But, I really insulated the footboxes inside and out and I really dont feel any heat so I dont need the vents.
09-23-2019 06:38 AM
Bobby Doug I haven't done this yet, but I am going to add the ventilation to the footboxes. Tired of legs getting warm after the car heats up. Already researching what I need to do it.
09-19-2019 02:52 PM
jhargrove
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Originally Posted by egchewy View Post
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Originally Posted by DadofThree View Post
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Originally Posted by jhargrove View Post

Can you explain exactly what you did? How you secured them and what magnets you use?

Jason
Jason,
Just like Derald, I did a variation of Keysergogo's original idea.

To do mine, I riveted a 6" 1/8" x 2" steel bar (mcmaster #8910K399) under the transmission tunnel cover. It's held in place with two rivets at the center so I know I have 3" on both sides of those rivets to place my cup. I purchased the tumblers from Amazon for $10 each. I used gorilla glue to glue these magnets to the bottom of the tumbler.

NOTE:
1) If doing it again, I may purchase stronger magnets.
2) I don't have carpet on my build. If I did, the magnets probably wouldn't be strong enough.
3) anything that you put into that cup holder that is a lot taller than the edge, will cause the cupholder to tip when under heavy acceleration. A can is okay, but a full water bottle will cause the magnet to lose its hold (see #1).
4) I really like the way I can use the tumbler as the actual mug for my coffee, or a cup holder. I use it as the mug for my morning coffee 99% of the time.

PHOTOS OF INSTALL
How about putting a magnet under the tunnel as well as on the tumbler? That should improve attractive properties even with carpet and sound/ heat insulation.
Maybe but you are then subject to making sure the magnets are oriented properly. The strip allows for more universal options.
09-19-2019 12:26 PM
egchewy
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Originally Posted by DadofThree View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by jhargrove View Post

Can you explain exactly what you did? How you secured them and what magnets you use?

Jason
Jason,
Just like Derald, I did a variation of Keysergogo's original idea.

To do mine, I riveted a 6" 1/8" x 2" steel bar (mcmaster #8910K399) under the transmission tunnel cover. It's held in place with two rivets at the center so I know I have 3" on both sides of those rivets to place my cup. I purchased the tumblers from Amazon for $10 each. I used gorilla glue to glue these magnets to the bottom of the tumbler.

NOTE:
1) If doing it again, I may purchase stronger magnets.
2) I don't have carpet on my build. If I did, the magnets probably wouldn't be strong enough.
3) anything that you put into that cup holder that is a lot taller than the edge, will cause the cupholder to tip when under heavy acceleration. A can is okay, but a full water bottle will cause the magnet to lose its hold (see #1).
4) I really like the way I can use the tumbler as the actual mug for my coffee, or a cup holder. I use it as the mug for my morning coffee 99% of the time.

PHOTOS OF INSTALL
How about putting a magnet under the tunnel as well as on the tumbler? That should improve attractive properties even with carpet and sound/ heat insulation.
09-19-2019 03:31 AM
johno250 Actually receiving the benefit of this board and a bunch of little access panel ideas posted here that I incorporated into the build.
Access to the footbox from the top has been the best and making the side vents removable with Velcro useful when my hydroboost and quadrant needed service
09-18-2019 02:50 PM
jhargrove Awesome Dadofthree I will work on this
09-18-2019 02:25 PM
DadofThree
Quote:
Originally Posted by jhargrove View Post

Can you explain exactly what you did? How you secured them and what magnets you use?

Jason
Jason,
Just like Derald, I did a variation of Keysergogo's original idea.

To do mine, I riveted a 6" 1/8" x 2" steel bar (mcmaster #8910K399) under the transmission tunnel cover. It's held in place with two rivets at the center so I know I have 3" on both sides of those rivets to place my cup. I purchased the tumblers from Amazon for $10 each. I used gorilla glue to glue these magnets to the bottom of the tumbler.

NOTE:
1) If doing it again, I may purchase stronger magnets.
2) I don't have carpet on my build. If I did, the magnets probably wouldn't be strong enough.
3) anything that you put into that cup holder that is a lot taller than the edge, will cause the cupholder to tip when under heavy acceleration. A can is okay, but a full water bottle will cause the magnet to lose its hold (see #1).
4) I really like the way I can use the tumbler as the actual mug for my coffee, or a cup holder. I use it as the mug for my morning coffee 99% of the time.

PHOTOS OF INSTALL
09-18-2019 04:54 AM
LuvAZ
Insulate the cockpit

Like many others, I too have done countless mods since building my Mark 3 in 2005.

I’d say the single biggest improvement in driving comfort was insulating the footboxes & trans tunnel. I did it by pulling the seats & carpet then laying down some hand cut pieces of either 3/8” or 1/2” (I forget which one). It was a 3’ x 6’ roll from JC Whitney for around $20. I used spray adhesive and 3” aluminum tape to secure it.

Other honorable mentions include a pair of under dash courtesy lights; a thermostatically controlled fan switch, and the obligatory power outlets.

One of the most practical mods was a removable armrest/cupholders that sit behind the shifter and straddles the trans tunnel.

HTH,
Will
09-18-2019 03:21 AM
jhargrove Can you explain exactly what you did? How you secured them and what magnets you use?

Jason[/QUOTE]

Cant speak to how Dad of 3 did his,

But here is my version of Keysergogo's original idea:

https://www.ffcars.com/forums/17-fac...glove-box.html[/QUOTE]

I will do this. Thank you
09-17-2019 11:30 PM
Derald Rice [/QUOTE]
Can you explain exactly what you did? How you secured them and what magnets you use?

Jason[/QUOTE]

Cant speak to how Dad of 3 did his,

But here is my version of Keysergogo's original idea:

https://www.ffcars.com/forums/17-fac...glove-box.html
09-17-2019 11:19 PM
jhargrove 2) Magnets that hold the phone in place. I have hidden high power magnets behind the transmission cover and behind the dash. I also have a thin metal strip in between my phone and phone case. It keeps the phone in the same place as I drive.

3) Hidden cup holders. This is a 6" bar on the underside of the transmission cover, and a magnet glued to a yeti knock off tumbler. That's my coffee cup, or wide enough to take the lid off and hold a cup in it if desired. Then I pick it up, and it's gone from sight.
20180509_223816 by D. R., on Flickr

I definitely thought about using magnets as holders on the underside of the sheetmetal.

Can you explain exactly what you did? How you secured them and what magnets you use?

Jason
09-17-2019 10:49 PM
swwebb10
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Originally Posted by HashTrender View Post
Oil pressure
Not sure what post you are referencing if any. Hint - hit the Quote button to quote a post - it makes it MUCH easier to follow comments.
09-16-2019 11:53 PM
HashTrender Oil pressure
09-13-2019 02:38 AM
FFR3247 Some very good ideas in here. I think the more enjoyable you can make the car the more likely you are to drive it.

For me the addition of PS and PB was life changing. That alone made me want to drive it more.

Quite the pipes is something I think I’ll do next.
09-12-2019 03:21 PM
DadofThree I use my car for daily cruise type stuff. As such, I've added some of the "today comforts" that I find I use very often.

1) Hidden USB's under the dash. I have my phone on the car charger all the time.

2) Magnets that hold the phone in place. I have hidden high power magnets behind the transmission cover and behind the dash. I also have a thin metal strip in between my phone and phone case. It keeps the phone in the same place as I drive.

3) Hidden cup holders. This is a 6" bar on the underside of the transmission cover, and a magnet glued to a yeti knock off tumbler. That's my coffee cup, or wide enough to take the lid off and hold a cup in it if desired. Then I pick it up, and it's gone from sight.
20180509_223816 by D. R., on Flickr

4) Trunk mod. CONSTANTLY using this extra space! Just having the "well" in the trunk to hold groceries or even a watermelon in place is very handy. When going on trips, it's my space used for the jack, jackstand and tools.
20180615_073032 by D. R., on Flickr

5) Turn Signal Module - blinkers that turn off automatically? yes please!

6) Side mirrors that fasten to the windshield post. I can see everything all around me without trouble.

20180530_224006 by D. R., on Flickr
09-12-2019 12:12 AM
Brastic
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Originally Posted by steno View Post
My dropped trunk was right up there as well! Makes it actually useable!!
After many weekend trips, I have to agree. Even just a little bit bigger trunk would be great. I also travel with a full took kit. My next build will have a tool kit mount in the trunk.

I also have to go with the wings. I did not drive with this for month and then just "tried" them out once and never removed them.

Once more thing would be a tonneau cover. I use it every time I park outside of my garage. Not only to keep eyes out of the interior, but to keep the sun off of the seats. I also live with a car cover. I keep it in a compression sack in the trunk. You never know when you will get stuck in the rain. Plus, I just like to cover the car when I am at a hotel.

I am also surprised that no one has stated a 12v outlet for charging cell phones yet.
09-09-2019 09:21 PM
AC Bill Like others, there is more than one that improved the roadster.

The Hurst Competition Plus shifter, is a nice addition to have. Clean direct shifts. The leather boot for the shift lever helps as well, No push back, as from the rubber bellow type boot.
09-07-2019 05:40 PM
steno My dropped trunk was right up there as well! Makes it actually useable!!
09-07-2019 02:58 PM
Norm B I built the car with a lot of the mods recommended on the forum. The only mod I've made since completion was to add power brakes. I already had power steering and after several attempts at improving the manual brake setup and, scaring the crap out of myself trying to slot back into traffic while passing on a back country road, I converted to power brakes. It's not easy on a completed car but it can be done. They greatly increased the pleasure and confidence I have while driving the car. As the old saying goes "it will stop on a dime and give you a couple of cents change".

Norm
09-07-2019 02:47 PM
WIS89
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Originally Posted by Laser Stan View Post
Changed a fun car into a track car with WAY better manners.

WOW, just adding front and rear sway bars has that effect. This really surprises me! I thought there would be some improvement, but not as dramatic as you suggest.

Good to know, and I am glad you mentioned it; thanks.

Regards,

Steve
09-07-2019 12:24 AM
Laser Stan
Anti-Sway Bars...Front and Rear

Changed a fun car into a track car with WAY better manners.
09-06-2019 06:34 PM
Avalanche325 Post build upgrades.

Drop trunk. After I got hooked on autocross and found that a helmet doesn't fit in the stock trunk.
Flowmaster Slimline mufflers. Big improvement, but my car is still too loud with my big cam.
Hydraulic clutch. During the build, I had no interest in a hydraulic clutch. After the older style offset quadrant ruined my Wilwood pedal box, I went hydraulic. Better feel (surprised at that). More linear. Better engagement point. The cable had the engagement fairly close to the floor even with some pre-load. Lighter, but still very firm, pedal. Talk about fun. Changing a pedal box on a completed car. Yeah, baby!

I built with the following and would do them all again.
Russ Thompson turn signal and gas pedal.
Wilwood brakes.
Cooltubes.
Power steering - good old fashioned hydraulic.
Heater and heated seats.
09-05-2019 05:29 PM
Ptstew2467
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Originally Posted by NiceGuyEddie View Post




I did some experimenting, and the best balance was 15% window tint.
Thanks, NiceGuyEddie
09-05-2019 04:02 PM
SactoRay So far, header tape after melting my clutch and throttle cables, seat slider so I can reach the pedals, and Rod Tops soft top.
09-04-2019 10:47 PM
Bob Cowan
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Originally Posted by swwebb10 View Post
The spherical bearings are listed for the 2015 IRS. Are they needed for the older IRS, which is what I have? I think the old control arms already have rod ends.
Yes, if you installed the previous version of IRS, all the joints use rod ends.
09-04-2019 06:23 PM
swwebb10
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Originally Posted by swwebb10 View Post
Bob,

Do you mean the spherical bearing inserts (or something similar)

Roadster - Chassis & Suspension - Page 2 - Factory Five Parts Catalog

#16332 - SPHERICAL BEARING INSERTS FOR FRONT LOWER AND 2015 IRS CONTROL ARMS

or something else?
The spherical bearings are listed for the 2015 IRS. Are they needed for the older IRS, which is what I have? I think the old control arms already have rod ends.
09-04-2019 06:17 PM
Bob Cowan
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Originally Posted by s_martin View Post
If you don't have them they are a pretty inexpensive way to make driving more pleasurable. The difference is very noticeable.

I am watching this closely, I have an early MKII that is going to be repainted this winter and I want to make as many improvements as I can while it is apart for paint.

Drive on!
Consider cutting the door edges for more arm room.
09-04-2019 05:29 PM
s_martin
Wind wings

If you don't have them they are a pretty inexpensive way to make driving more pleasurable. The difference is very noticeable.

I am watching this closely, I have an early MKII that is going to be repainted this winter and I want to make as many improvements as I can while it is apart for paint.

Drive on!
09-04-2019 05:21 PM
Brastic Here are my favorite mods.

IRS - My car is set up for street driving and the streets where I live are bumpy.
Heated Seats - Year round driving.
Wife kit - Bag of blanket, gloves, scarf, beenie, etc (happy wife, more driving trips.)
Wooden steering wheel. - I use the thick leather wrapped steering wheel for autocrossing and the wooden for normal driving.

One more thing. The best thing to do with a Cobra is to drive it. I would not trade mod time for seat time.
09-04-2019 01:45 AM
andrewb My list and all very notice-able.
SAI mod
Mechanical throttle linkage
Holley carb (switch from edelbrock)
QA1 double adjustable shocks and rod ends in the rear lower control arms (Breeze package)


Andrew
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