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It's hard to believe, but thanks to the FFCars.com Online Community and Factory Five Racing, built not bought pretty much defines the end of my 5 year journey.

Since the list of upgrades is long I'm only posting a partial list, it's the same list that's on my display sign. In my opinion what really matters are the pictures.

Please help me graduate #8033!

























FACTORY FIVE MK4 Complete ROADSTER Kit

Roush Supercharged/Intercooled Coyote 5.0 760+HP (664 RWHP)

AEM Infinity Engine Management Computer/CD-7 Racing Dash

Moroso Custom 10 Quart Racing Oil Pan

Stainless Header Mfg Stainless Steel Headers

Spec Dual Disc Clutch On Billet Aluminium Flywheel

Forte's external hydraulic clutch

Quicktime Bellhousing

Aeromotive Phantom Flex Fuel System

Boyd Custom 24 Gallon Aluminium Fuel Tank

TKO 600 5 Speed Manual Transmission

Mcleod Midshift With Hurst Shifter

Eaton Truetrac Diferential with Ford 3.73 Gears

IRS Rear With Drive Shaft Shop 31 Spline Axles

Wilwood Brakes With ABS, Traction and Launch Control

Unisteer Variable Assist Electric Power Steering

Ididit Custom Steering Column

NRG Quick Release Steering wheel

Casey Design Customized Modular Dash

Herb's Custom Carbon Fiber Door Panels

Cobra Seats Unlimited Customized Seats

Billet Rear View Mirror/Backup Camera

Digital Guard Dawg PBS/Remote start/Keyless alarm

Paint by Jeff "Da Bat" Miller
 

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Stunning!
 

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Perfect!

Saul,

Like Jeff, we met last year at HB and I have to say, your car was beautiful even before it was finished . . . now, it's a work of art and perfect in every aspect of what a car should be.

Congratulations on a job well done.

Doc :beerchug:
 

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Wow, the detailing sets a high bar for the rest of us. Nice work.

George
 

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I saw this in person at HB last year

Very Beautiful ..Lots of detail.... Love the interior work.... Congratulations
 

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Mr Kleiner and Doc, yes I remember meeting you at last year's HB Cruise In, the car wasn't quite finished and was still missing a bunch of stuff, heck it wasn't even registered but it was close enough and I'm glad I stuck it on a trailer in recognition of a couple of awards.

Atlantacobra, DadofThree, GWL, jhargrove, happybigblock, jj'snakepit, thanks for your kind comments, they are much appreciated! Regarding the headrests, I did a write up on how to build them back on 12/19/2018, look up "Roll bar headrest?" on this forum for build details.

Saul
 

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Well done brother. I like how you found a way to use some of that "real estate" on the underside of the hood. I gotta say......YOU ADDED A LOT OF STUFF TO YOUR CAR !. I swear, if you gave me a box of all that stuff to put on a car it would end up looking like the poster child for J.C.Whitney….but you, you my friend, with your meticulous mind and craftsmanship tied it all together in a nice "TIGHT" package......btw, WHERE'S MY RUBBER BLOCK ! LOL. kidding. If you owe it to me we have a reason to meet up. Cheers Brother...da Bat
 

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Well done brother. I like how you found a way to use some of that "real estate" on the underside of the hood. I gotta say......YOU ADDED A LOT OF STUFF TO YOUR CAR !. I swear, if you gave me a box of all that stuff to put on a car it would end up looking like the poster child for J.C.Whitney….but you, you my friend, with your meticulous mind and craftsmanship tied it all together in a nice "TIGHT" package......btw, WHERE'S MY RUBBER BLOCK ! LOL. kidding. If you owe it to me we have a reason to meet up. Cheers Brother...da Bat
Hey Jeff what's this about you liking my nice "TIGHT" package? :grin2: Sorry but I just had to go there! Anyways, I still have both your rubber blocks, yes the same ones I tried to give you back during last's years HB Cruise In. So yes let's get together and I'll buy you a drink, Captain Morgan right? I'd also like to give you another pat on the back for the awesome paint and body work, people absolutely love that pearl metallic!

Gracias mi amigo!

Saul
 

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Great looking Cobra! Love the color swap from the exterior to the interior.

Lost of go fast bling in that engine compartment!
Adding the twin stripes to the Cobra "Classic" seats really tied in the color swap not to mention these seats really hold your butt in place much better on the twisties.
 

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An absolutely gorgeous build.

I have to ask, how did you manage to shave the rear trunk handle? Did you use electric solenoids for a latch?

-Brew
First of all thanks for the kind words! Regarding the trunk latch, I did this by using a latch from an early 2000's Ford Taurus. The latch itself is bolted to the trunk lid, the activation signal is controlled by an under dash push button in the cockpit as well as the trunk release button on the alarm's remote key fob, just like your modern day car. The nice thing about this setup is that not only did it eliminate the trunk handle but it also eliminated the need to modify the ill fitting license plate and light. One additional benefit was that it also allowed the installation of a backup camera right into the license plate light housing.

Saul

 

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First of all thanks for the kind words! Regarding the trunk latch, I did this by using a latch from an early 2000's Ford Taurus. The latch itself is bolted to the trunk lid, the activation signal is controlled by an under dash push button in the cockpit as well as the trunk release button on the alarm's remote key fob, just like your modern day car. The nice thing about this setup is that not only did it eliminate the trunk handle but it also eliminated the need to modify the ill fitting license plate and light. One additional benefit was that it also allowed the installation of a backup camera right into the license plate light housing.

Saul

Thanks for the info, it really cleans up the rear of the car and makes the license plate a much more natural fit.

If I can ever get my build going I think that is something definitely worth looking into.
 

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A BIG thank you to everybody for all your positive and kind comments! Since this is my first build, I really enjoyed the process and can honestly say that it's been one of the most rewarding learning experiences, other then tinkering with my old cars growing up I've never undertaken an automotive project of this scope and complexity. Like most, I had an idea of what I wanted but had to "learn as I go" from some of the veteran builders on both forums, yes those same builders that were quite eager to help me "spend my money"

Now I hope to carry my experience into the future and help others spend their money too. :wink2:

Thank you all!

Saul
 

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Just came across this thread. I remember this car catching my eye at Huntington Beach...and it wasnt even done! Your attention to detail is great. Awesome job.

Your custom dash placard has very similar wording to the one i’m having etched up for my car.
 
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