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Thread: Here we come...4 "guys" in the garage!

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    Cool Here we come...4 "guys" in the garage!

    Hello there!

    I am a widowed father of 3 boys, ages 3, 5 and 7 years old. My wife passed away last year from cervical cancer. I am hoping to build this car with my boys, coworkers and friend along the way. I would love to have my wife here, but can see now, life is short. No more dreaming about things, start living and doing!

    I always wanted to have a sports car of some sort. I have been pretty frugal in my life and just dreamt about building a Cobra. This year I started looking at some older cars, like Fiat 124, MGM midget or Porsche 911. But then I realized and asked myself a question - "What car would really make you tickle?" I would be Shelby Cobra 1965 for sure!
    So I dropped plans on purchasing anything else. Did some research and placed an order with Factory Five this month. Also called Mike Forte and placed an order there.
    I really like this forum with many helpful hint and tips. Thanks!

    Here is what I am getting:
    MK4 Complete kit
    17"/front 9"/back 10.5" wheels
    +Appearance Package FREE

    from Mike Forte:
    SB FORD DART 347 TURNKEY ENGINE PACKAGE carburated
    manual TKO600
    3.55 8.8 REAREND
    REAR DISC 11.65" KIT

    I already spend some time and build the body buck. I am also talking to Al_C user and going visit his place this weekend. Very excited!

    So this is for now.....more to come.

    Thanks,
    Martin

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    I edited your title.

    Ray
    Last edited by broku518; 09-28-2017 at 09:11 AM.

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    Steve >> aka: GoDadGo GoDadGo's Avatar
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    I'm very sorry about the loss of your wife.

    I'm fortunate to still have mine after she survived a stroke in 2006.

    Welcome Aboard!
    Last edited by GoDadGo; 09-27-2017 at 05:14 PM.

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    Welcome and good luck! This has been such a fun experience for me and I hope and expect it'll be the same for you and your boys.
    MK4 #9028 - Coyote - TKO600
    Delivery: 1/30/17 First Start: 7/23/17 Legal: 10/5/17
    Build thread: http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...8-Build-Thread

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    Welcome to the forum. Look forward to following your build. Sounds like a great project for you and the boys. My condolences on the loss of your wife.
    The forum is here to help. Fire away with any questions.
    MK4 #8900 - complete kit - Coyote, TKO600, IRS - Delivered 6/28/16 First Start 10/6/16 Go cart - 10/16/16 Build completed - 4/26/17 - 302 days to build my 302 CI Coyote Cobra - Registered and street legal 5/17/17
    Build Thread http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...e-build-thread
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    Sorry to hear about your wife, I'm building #9009 with my son right now, he's 17. It's been a great experience so far and we've enjoyed our hours in the shop together figuring this stuff out as we go along. Enjoy the build, look forward to hearing your progress and how the boys are enjoying it.

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    Hello,
    Thank you all. I have couple questions.
    How do I email admin? I would like to add a picture in my profile, location and couple other things.
    But it is blocking me from making any changes.
    Also, how do I add that nifty signature line with link to my build?

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    Hi Ray, no worries, thanks.

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    here is the body buck (not sure why is it upside down, tried this multiple times, still ended up this way....ugh)
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    Martin,
    So sorry for your loss. Sounds like a great plan to keep you and your boys occupied. Looking forward to following your build

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    Broku, Congrats on joining the "club" and good luck on the build!
    Started dreaming of a Cobra around 1987
    Purchased Complete Kit 6/9/2017, Delivered 9/4/2017
    Click here for my build thread
    Serial #9158
    Design Engineer at BluePrint Engines

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    Senior Member Papa's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by broku518 View Post
    Hello,
    Thank you all. I have couple questions.
    How do I email admin? I would like to add a picture in my profile, location and couple other things.
    But it is blocking me from making any changes.
    Also, how do I add that nifty signature line with link to my build?
    Those features will become available after a certain number of posts, so start getting chatty and welcome to the fun!

    Edit:

    For new members with less than 20 posts these restrictions are as follows:

    •You do not have access to your blog.
    •You cannot post a new thread in the FOR SALE classifieds. You can still create a new thread in the WANTED portion of the classifieds. Posting a FOR SALE thread in a WANTED classified forum will be treated as a direct attempt to circumvent the rules and you WILL be penalized, up to and including a temporary or permanent ban.
    •You can't create a picture album.
    •You can't create a group of post new threads to a group. You can still post to existing group threads.
    •You cannot update your profile or have a signature.
    •You cannot have a custom title
    •Calendar access is restricted (Thanks for the catch kwb160!)
    Last edited by Papa; 09-28-2017 at 12:33 PM.
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    those who understand binary and those who don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa View Post
    Those features will become available after a certain number of posts, so start getting chatty, and welcome to the fun!
    Hi Papa, I emailed admin and got those perms now

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    Senior Member AC Bill's Avatar
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    Welcome to the Builders Club..
    Sorry for your loss. Building one of our cars, is actually pretty good therapy. That, or it will drive you insane..one of the two..

    You will be a busy, busy man, with three boys at that age. How will you ever find the time to work on the build, is beyond me? Do you have a nanny?

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    Quote Originally Posted by broku518 View Post
    Hi Papa, I emailed admin and got those perms now
    Yep, anyone who signs up and lets me know they have a FFR (or one on the way) can get promoted. It's not really a "new user" thing, but more like a "spam control" thing.



    PS Congrats on the build! You ordered a lot more than a fun project; get ready for lifelong memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AC Bill View Post
    Welcome to the Builders Club..
    Sorry for your loss. Building one of our cars, is actually pretty good therapy. That, or it will drive you insane..one of the two..

    You will be a busy, busy man, with three boys at that age. How will you ever find the time to work on the build, is beyond me? Do you have a nanny?
    I know, but I am not worry at all. The last couple years I went through a hell, and this feels relaxing. I don't have a nanny, boys go to a house care.
    Also, my neighbors noticed and offered some help as well. My coworkers did the same
    Last edited by broku518; 09-28-2017 at 02:40 PM.
    Life is short, so start living it.

    Build thread: http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...-in-the-garage!
    delivery date: ~10/14/2017

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    I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday! I can help you fix your upside down photos, too.
    Mk IV Roadster - #8650 - delivered 7-17-2015 - a work in (slow) progress
    Complete kit / 2015 Coyote / TKO600 / IRS / Wilwood brakes

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    I'm very sorry for your loss. I am building ours with my oldest son. I cannot put into words what a great experience it has been so far. The people on this forum are awesome.

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    Martin-

    Welcome to the forum and to the Factory Five community!

    You are really going to enjoy this amazing project with your sons. I have been building mine with the help of my two boys, and I cannot express just how much pleasure it brings to me. It seems that time spent in the garage allows us to share more than would be shared in other settings. It is an unusual form of therapy for me, and I hope them. I anticipate that it will provide them with some meaningful memories after we are no longer able to be in the garage together.

    Best of luck to you and your boys! Don't hesitate to ask questions. There are countless folks with plenty of experience who are very giving of their time and advice! It has helped me a great deal, and I suspect you will benefit as well.

    I look forward to seeing your progress. I hope your build brings you some of the same happiness mine has brought me!

    Regards,

    Steve
    Last edited by WIS89; 10-03-2017 at 04:44 PM.

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    I am sorry for your loss. Your sons will remember the time spent with you their entire lives. As you said, life is short. Do what makes you happy! Look forward to following your build.

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    "Also, my neighbors noticed and offered some help as well. " Joining this forum ,your neighborhood just got alot bigger . So much knowledge of these forums ,you will get thru any hurdle . Your boys will also learn so much tinkering around the car with you . Welcome to the Forum

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    Yesterday visited Al_C place with my boys. He graciously agreed to show us his project car. Even let me touch it and sit in it! Awesome
    I was very impressed with the amount of work completed. We talked and I picked up some valuable tips and hints. Very thankful.

    Today I went to a local hardware store and picked up some tools (break line pipe bender and riveting tool).

    Thank you all for the welcome and support.
    Martin
    Life is short, so start living it.

    Build thread: http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...-in-the-garage!
    delivery date: ~10/14/2017

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    Condolences on the loss of your wife!! Congratulations on your purchase and good luck on your build. I'm not to terribly far away in Jefferson City, MO and do get to the Bolingbrook area a couple times a year for work. I'm in the beginning stages of the build myself and the guys on this forum are great (although they will help you spend your money). The folks at Factory Five are also great to work with. I sent them a list of items I was missing from my inventory late Friday afternoon and they have it taken care of and preparing to ship today (Monday). Best wishes!!!

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    Welcome to the group and the madness!

    Have fun with those boys

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    Congratulations on your purchase and good luck with your journey! It will be a great project for you & your sons.

    If you get down to the St. Louis area, give us a call and we'll schedule some garage visits or a day-cruise. If you can make it on the second Tuesday of the month, join us at a meeting!
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    Martin, I hope this project helps you and your kids, and helps bring comfort as you continue to heal. I'll agree with AC Bill that the build process can be therapeutic. Heck, even the hours I spent in my garage just cleaning and organizing was helpful to me - my head was sort of cleaned and organized a bit with each peaceful hour sometimes.

    It seems there's a bunch of us starting out at about the same time. I'll be following your build, and looking for tips from you and all those others that are going to be in process at about the same time (and of course, those that proceeded us). I hope to provide one or two of my own as well, or at least try.

    Your signature says delivery is ~10/14. Enjoy that day (it is pretty EXCITING), and those that follow!
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