Factory Five Racing Forum banner
1 - 20 of 131 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Well, it is finally my turn to start my build thread! It only took me 25 years to go from seeing one in person to doing something about it, but I am finally here. Over the years, I either didn't have the money or time to build one but have been following the kit industry and FFR specifically for years. In the past 4-5 months I got more serious about it after seeing a friend work on his and realizing leaving it as a bucket list when I get to retirement age is not the best idea!

Been doing research and talking to a few local guys for the past 5-6 months; ordered my complete kit in December as soon as the winter sale started; and my kit was delivered this past weekend in pouring rain. I was completely soaked by the time half the boxes were inside the garage!


Yes, I know I put the dolly way too forward. In all the rain, it was very hard to take the time and I accidentally put it in front of the front crossbar. It is adjusted and is very stable now.




And she is home now:

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
Build plan (I will be editing this as time goes on trying to keep it up to date):

Complete Kit
Powder coated chasis
IRS w/ 3.55 gear and Eaton TrueTrac limited slip differential
Coyote engine
TKO600 (haven't decided on the final gear ratio)
King's DS foot box mod
Wilwood 12.88" 6 piston front & 12.2" 4 piston rear brakes (manual)
Breeze power steering rack & offset mounting kit and Heidts valve
Mike Forte Hydraulic clutch
In tank fuel pump
Lizard skin sound/heat insulation for cockpit area
Heated seats (for my better half!)
AC-III wheels
Leather seat upgrade
Blank panel for custom gauges arrangement
Glove compartment
Stainless headers custom coyote headers
Solid pumpkin mount from Mike Forte
Herbs Door panels

And I am sure this list will only grow :)
 

·
Senior Member
Joined
·
8,356 Posts
Wow Dude! Nice build plan. Looking forward to following it. I know its early, but you're thinking what color(s)?

I built my MKII in Benicia back in 2004-2005.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Thanks Dale, I have been reading and re-reading your build thread. Thanks! Way too soon and I am sure I will change my mind a hundred times by the time I am ready for that. But since you asked :)

As of right now the runner up is:



I got connected with the photographer and he is trying to get me more pictures without the cloud reflection and possibly even contact info for the original owner. But a good portion of this is the great photography and the reflection light/clouds and late in the day lighting (my other hobby is photography, so certainly know how a good photographer could portrait a boring object with average colors to a work of art! But it is absolutely gorgeous in this picture...

Wow Dude! Nice build plan. Looking forward to following it. I know its early, but you're thinking what color(s)?

I built my MKII in Benicia back in 2004-2005.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
It will be relatively slow. Enough key parts are missing to make progress very slow - front upper arm, shock sleeves, brakes, tank straps, ...

Also, I have to help my wife finish the kitchen paint and backsplash rework given all the support she has been giving me. So it will probably all work out for best!

Nice! Looking forward to updates!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,969 Posts
It will be fun to follow your build. It's fun to watch middle age software programmers/architects deal with thing not fitting or having to wait to get a missing part. I expect an invite when in the bay area to see progress or lack there of !
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Thanks Tony! You are more than welcome anytime, we can work on the car and discuss internet security :001_tongue:

It will be fun to follow your build. It's fun to watch middle age software programmers/architects deal with thing not fitting or having to wait to get a missing part. I expect an invite when in the bay area to see progress or lack there of !
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
776 Posts
Glad you got the kit. You know you're gonna have to sponsor a beer & burger get together for us local builders and owners. Maybe before or after Huntington Beach show.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Anytime buddy, would love to have you guys over and shake up the neighborhood with all the wonderful sound from the side pipes :)

Glad you got the kit. You know you're gonna have to sponsor a beer & burger get together for us local builders and owners. Maybe before or after Huntington Beach show.
 

·
FFCobra Craftsman
Joined
·
24,855 Posts
Congratulations on the arrival. Couple of thoughts for you. 1-Reverse those colors so the car is orange w/ silver stripes.2- Go for the short 5th gear since the Coyote likes to rev. 3-Breeze has your rack.
Breeze Automotive Factory Five Racing
 

·
Mustang Convert
Joined
·
1,282 Posts
Glad you got the kit. You know you're gonna have to sponsor a beer & burger get together for us local builders and owners. Maybe before or after Huntington Beach show.

Freddie, Dave and I talked a couple days ago and we were thinking first week of March maybe...

Kevin
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
632 Posts
Nice build plan. A lot of similarities to mine and others. I'm going with a T56 though.


The Breeze PS Rack Craig referenced above looks like the best one I've seen out there, and the one I went with. It already has the rack extender and with 3 turns to lock you'd be getting a well balanced ratio for daily driving and track use without it being too twitchy at high speeds.


I'd recommend getting the Offset Rack bushings as well:
Breeze Automotive Factory Five Racing
Offset Solid Rack Bushings


You can get the Wilwoods and most other things from Mike Forte and Breeze.


Good luck with the build :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,969 Posts
I see no progress has been made, what gives ? I expect the whole family out there helping every night after work, heck just leave work a 3PM and head home and make some progress.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Yeah, I can totally see the reverse colors also work very nicely. The problem is pretty much any color is beautiful! The good news is I have a bit of time to pick them :)

Just to be clear, by short you mean 0.82 5th gear?

Sounds like the recommendation is for Breeze, I looked at it before, just trying to figure if there are other good options.

Congratulations on the arrival. Couple of thoughts for you. 1-Reverse those colors so the car is orange w/ silver stripes.2- Go for the short 5th gear since the Coyote likes to rev. 3-Breeze has your rack.
Breeze Automotive Factory Five Racing
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Thanks Chris. Yes, the bushing is also on the plans. And the brakes are ordered. I ordered front upgrade from FFR and got the rear ones from Mike Forte. Hopefully both arrive soon.

Nice build plan. A lot of similarities to mine and others. I'm going with a T56 though.


The Breeze PS Rack Craig referenced above looks like the best one I've seen out there, and the one I went with. It already has the rack extender and with 3 turns to lock you'd be getting a well balanced ratio for daily driving and track use without it being too twitchy at high speeds.


I'd recommend getting the Offset Rack bushings as well:
Breeze Automotive Factory Five Racing
Offset Solid Rack Bushings


You can get the Wilwoods and most other things from Mike Forte and Breeze.


Good luck with the build :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Some of us have to work for living Tony :001_tongue:

But seriously it has been one of those weeks where everything goes wrong. First my wife's car was broken into so had to drop things and get the side window replaced, then I got hit by what looked like a half a brick at full highway speed so I had to go back to the auto glass guy the next day to replace my windshield! and a half dozen other challenges...

Next step is to assemble the body buck and get the body off so I can get started on aluminum panels given I can't think of anything else to do due to backordered parts.

I see no progress has been made, what gives ? I expect the whole family out there helping every night after work, heck just leave work a 3PM and head home and make some progress.
 

·
Junior Charter Member
Joined
·
2,915 Posts
Next step is to assemble the body buck and get the body off so I can get started on aluminum panels given I can't think of anything else to do due to backordered parts.
You did do a full inventory, right?

The aluminum panels will keep you busy for a while. You can bend at least some of your brake and fuel lines. Put heaters in your seats. Make a fan shroud. You could even start on your dash.

Congrats on the arrival.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 ·
The inventory is mostly done. Have to take the body off to ensure all the parts that are supposed to be on the car are in fact there and then send a list of few discrepancies to FFR.

Good idea, on the seat/fan. But I hadn't thought that far ahead and don't have parts for either of them. I think my best option is aluminum panels specially since I want to get the powder coated. So getting on that task is probably a good idea for this weekend.

You did do a full inventory, right?

The aluminum panels will keep you busy for a while. You can bend at least some of your brake and fuel lines. Put heaters in your seats. Make a fan shroud. You could even start on your dash.

Congrats on the arrival.
 
1 - 20 of 131 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top