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I've been waiting for this day now for almost 2 years and 2 months. We took delivery of Factory Five # 6583RD on May 3, 2008. I have to give a sincere heartfelt thanks to Bill for hosting this great forum, to all those that contribute to this forum (especially the ones who listened and responded to all of my questions - (JKleiner, mydream, Riptide Motorsport to name a few) the guys at Factory Five for making such a cool product, and ESPECIALLY my family. Without the support and encouragement of my wife and kids, this project never would have started, much less got completed.

It's funny when you start these projects, I really had some ideas of what I wanted, but not a very good picture of how to get there...well throughout the journey I never strayed far from my goal, and the finished product is very close to what I had in my minds eyes. Well, like I said it took a little over 2 years to build, source, paint, register and get the car back together for this past weekends event at the 2010 London Cobra Show. I made my first "official" debut of the finished car Friday night at the Quaker Stake & Lube "cruise in", and then joined in the "cobra" funs on Saturday with the police escorted parade into London, Ohio for the show. My lovely wife Michelle also talked me into doing a few burnout drag charity rides down mainstreet, and the car survived with no problems!

A little about the car:

2008 Factory Five Mark 3.1 Complete Kit Roadster - Registered in the State of Ohio in 2009
Ford 4.6L DOHC Modular Motor powerplant (sourced from a 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII) - all emmissions deleted, with 4 into 4 headers.
Converted to 5-speed manual transmission (Tremec 3650)
3-link rear suspension, full tubular lower arms, 3.55 tru-trac axle/gears
Tubular front lowers/upper suspension
Manual Steering & Brakes (4 wheel discs)
Heater/Wipers
Factory Five (Speedhut) electric vintage replica gauges
Telovek EFI wiring system w/ Ford OEM EEC-V Computer (reflashed)
17" Anthracite Bullit's
All black accessories (QJ's, roll bars, sidepipes) - for now...

Some of my modifications:
Expanded drivers side footbox (dead pedal kickout)
Drop box in trunk to hide the EFI wiring panel & computer
Rolled cockpit edges & doors
Extended hood scoop deck
Carpeted trunk
Fully insulated cockpit
Modified FFR side vents
Lower Radiator support
Front Battery Mount
Vinyl covered removable tranny tunnel

And some vendors that helped along the way:
Whitby's (engine spacers)
Breeze (Fan relay wiring kit)
Mike Everson (Roll Bar trim rings & D-seal)
Finishline (cool powered by Ford badges)
Phillip & Kay Deal (snapless tonneau cover)
Max @ 5-Star Ford (lots of goodies to convert my engine to manual tranny)

Last but not least - All of the paint and body work was done by ME! - The paint was completed Memorial Day weekend 2010.

The colors are 2009 Honda - Alabaster Silver Metallic, Belize Blue Pearl, San Marino Red (I work for Honda R&D so what can you say... I like the colors)

How about those pictures!







 

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way to go Scotty, i say you can graduate with honors
not to mention the blood stripes "team stripes" for all the cuts and broken knuckles, all the heart-ache of thinking that you may of sold it before you completed it. great job and i will tip a few in St. Louis for ya Leo:icon18:
 

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Congratulations - Nicely Done! ! ! !

Congratulations Scott. Your roadster really looks great!! I appreciate all of your posts/sharing along the way and I've stolen some of your ideas too. Now that yours is complete how about selling me a box full of your ambition so I can get 6417 finished.
Chris
 

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Great Scott!!!... it looks great Scott. You should be proud. I know how much work you put into not only the build, but the bodywork and paint. Good job.

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Looks BEAUTIFUL Scott! :w00t:
Your build has definately been an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

Saw your LCS drag video, kewl!
 

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Scott,

Awesome looking car! Well Done. I enjoyed seeing it in the LCS videos.

Garry
 

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Outstanding Scott!!! She's a beauty / beast! :thumbup:
 

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Looks great Scott!! Take pride in a job well done.
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Great Job!....I really envy guys who do their own body work and paint...and do such a nice job!....Be proud! enjoy!
 

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Looks great, Scott! Your openness and willingness to share are what this community is all about, and will serve future builders well.

You can be very proud!

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Scott, buddy, i want to congratulate you again on all the work that you have accomplished on your roadster. The colors on the car really pop out. You need to be proud of yourself for doing all your body work yourself, and you have inspired/pushed me to do my own. I also want to thank you for taking the time to sit with me at the show and give me pointers on your passed experience.
If all goes well, i should be able tow my car down next year and do the parade with you and Jeff.
Can't wait
Thierry
 

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Really Nice! Thanks for the bodywork inspiration.
 

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It's been great following your build and you did a great job on your car. You sure are an inspiration for other builders who are considering their own paint and body work. Love the rolled edges. I think I can see why most of those engines have covers over their intakes.

You might consider oiling your check straps to give them a deeper look. I put mine in ziplocks with baseball glove oil for a couple of days.
 

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Great job Scott. Here's hoping you got my and Dan's scars off the rollbars What a trip it's been. Remember when we moved your body outside and you took a "test" drive?


Actually, you took several test rides:




And don't let him fool you, he had some top notch help building this car:


Been a great road to follow along with you Scott. Hope to cruise with you soon. Think Putnam in September....
 

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Great job Scott. Here's hoping you got my and Dan's scars off the rollbars What a trip it's been. Remember when we moved your body outside and you took a "test" drive?

And don't let him fool you, he had some top notch help building this car:


Been a great road to follow along with you Scott. Hope to cruise with you soon. Think Putnam in September....
Ahh...thanks for the memories Tim! It's amazing to see how much your kids have grown when you look back on a project and see photos. That was only two years ago!

Here he is now (in the passengers seat):



I had to repaint the scars you guys left on the roll bars...thank you very much :scared: Nah, seriously, I made a lot more when I re-installed them last summer with the body on the first time. Michelle wants me to get them ceramic coated along with the sidepipes...which will probably be one of my first "winter upgrades". Cause we all know your never done with these builds!

Putnam...send me some details. I might make it over to IN to visit.

Scott
 
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