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    Curvy Road G3 Coupe Build

    After 16 years of waiting for the "right" time, I finally ordered my first Factory Five!
    11 years ago I was sure it would be a GTM. During that time i have bought and still own some other cars similar to the GTM but, nothing quite like my first factory five love the 65 Coupe.

    Aside from lots of pictures on the internet, I have only seen a Gen 1 up close and it was not complete.

    Recently my son and I had a chance to test drive a MKII cobra. It was a basic build with a 4.6. no additional options. I mostly drove it so I could cross it OFF my list of future cars for my collection. Something different happened. WE LOVED IT. but at 6'2" I didnt fit in it. My friend offered it to me at a very attractive price. I did some research on ways to modify it so I would fit and researched other options i could add to make it more my style. During that process one thought kept coming back to me. The satisfaction I get from cars is as much in projects i get to do as the drive. I dont currently have any exciting car projects on the horizon and winter is coming.... I would much rather build the exact car I want than buy someone elses and modify it even though it will cost more.

    As soon as I discovered the revisions on the 65 Coupe i was Hooked.

    Tomorrow a friend of mine, whom wanted a road trip, leaves for MA to go pick mine up.

    Here's the details of the build:

    It will be a street car with the classic style and shape but modern race car looks I plan to build it as a local show and go car. I track other cars several times a year and plan to take this to the track some also. However i do not plan to have this be my "track car" carving out the fastest laps I can. Simply put its way easier to replace my BMW M Coupe than the time and effort i will have in this car and the tirewall never seems to ask anyone about that before making a mess of it...

    Specifics on my our order sheet

    Gen 3 coupe complete kit
    black frame
    2015 IRS
    Coyote motor
    factory five coyote Power steering
    factory five coyote A/C
    front Aero bumper

    2015 Coyote motor from Mustang GT
    MT-85 6 speed
    3.73 performance package rear end


    I am considering power brakes and ABS
    also looking into traction control.

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    Welcome to the forum and enjoy the build process. Love my Coyote powered roadster. I think you will be very pleased.
    Do you have a color in mind?
    What other cars are in your collection?
    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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    Welcome Aboard!

    The New Type-65 Is The Very Best Of What Factory Five Racing Has To Offer!
    As for me, I'm a big fan of 6 forward gears and those 3.73's will really wake up that Coyote.
    Also, consider getting the Kirkey Race Seats to give a little extra room since you are less than vertically challenged!

    Again, Welcome Aboard!

    Steve

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    Congrats on the order, you will be pleased as the coupe is a gorgeous car and even more so now that it has been redesigned.
    Post pics, we like those!!
    Good luck on the build.

    John
    Making progress on the "My Coupe, my way" project.

    http://s956.photobucket.com/albums/ae46/jdcoupe1969/
    Coupe #386,17" Team III 245 FR 315 RR, 3-link, T5, 4 wheel disk, power brakes/steering. Fast EZ EFI
    First start Sept. 18 2013 First go kart Sept 19 2013

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    Thanks Guys,
    It has been a whirl-wind week! very exciting! not much sleep.

    For an update,
    I finished up the little projects I had left to do in the garage and on my other cars to prepare for the kit's arrival.

    I washed the floors and got everything ready for the BIG DELIVERY.

    then the parts started to arrive!

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    it just didn't look right for a few days.
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    I bought a "crank a pallet" kit from a salvage yard in GA. They also sold me all the IRS components from the same car
    a 2015 Mustang GT with ~20K on it. It came complete with ALL the parts needed to run the engine on the pallet and a complete chassis wiring harness.


    My friend Bo went to pick the kit up for me. He wanted a road trip to MA. He finally returned at 2AM in the cold and rain.
    We IMMEDIATLY unloaded everything and started inventory.
    No way was I sleeping! This really was like the best Christmas morning ever from when I was a kid.
    Very exciting!
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    I didn't find any mistakes on the missing parts list.

    Most of the parts came. Several big ones are missing for the IRS like the rear arms.
    the power steering rack is also missing. I guess I wont have it rolling on tires this week.

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    Later when my son finished school we continued the inventory and then began assembly!.
    We got the front suspension all together with the help of Tim who stopped over to check it out.
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    We even stopped to powdercoat the steel spacers metallic red and paint the spindle hubs.
    I really enjoy being able to take the time and do the job correctly from the ground up.
    the torque wrench really got some use in this section.
    Factory Five does a very nice job packaging everything. They really make it easy for you to move through the build with all the clear directions and photos.

    The gen 3 manual seems to be up to date.
    Last edited by forcefed1; 11-10-2017 at 10:38 PM.

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    For today I took the parts from the IRS apart.
    We sandblasted all of the non aluminum parts, painted the spindles and rear end and prepared the brake hardware for powdercoating. I'm not sure what color we will make the calipers yet
    I don't have the upper and lower bars for the rear suspension yet so we wont be getting to far on this section.


    it's supposed to be cold and windy all weekend. I plan to work both days on the build with Nate

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    Congrats on the new project! Can I ask where you are located?

    I built a GTM and am considering a 65 - would love to see the kit if you're close.

    -Michael

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    GTM #327, LS3, G50/20, Kooks, AC, Ron's Tanks, Crash's 4-port HCV, Shane's Bolts & Plenum & etc., plus a lot of other stuff. Finished November 2013.

    Not-up-to-date Build Site: http://rumrunnergtm.weebly.com
    Last edited by RumRunner; 11-11-2017 at 10:06 AM. Reason: typo

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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by John Dol View Post
    Congrats on the order, you will be pleased as the coupe is a gorgeous car and even more so now that it has been redesigned.
    Post pics, we like those!!
    Good luck on the build.

    John
    Thanks John! I'm very happy that I am able to work on my very own factory five! thanks for your support! I would also love to see what your coup looks like!
    Last edited by forcefed1; 11-11-2017 at 01:42 PM.

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    Here's one from a little while ago.
    Getting the last little things done before paint. Hopefully get that done over the winter period, and get it on the road next spring/summer.

    John
    Making progress on the "My Coupe, my way" project.

    http://s956.photobucket.com/albums/ae46/jdcoupe1969/
    Coupe #386,17" Team III 245 FR 315 RR, 3-link, T5, 4 wheel disk, power brakes/steering. Fast EZ EFI
    First start Sept. 18 2013 First go kart Sept 19 2013

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    We got a few more things finished this weekend.
    Removed the 2015 IRS sandblasted and painted the cast rear end aluminum colored.
    Also modified the rear spindles and blasted and painted/powder coated those.

    The rear suspension arms are on back order with the help of a friend and a rubber hammer we installed the carrier.
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    While installing the gas tank i discovered there are some bends in the tank rim flanges to create more clearance for the straps. Those bends have to be removed before the straps will pull the tank up enough into the frame of the coupe. It looks like the gas tank has been reworked with out telling factory five. IMG_9295_1024x768.JPG


    You can see here the I used some washers to wedge the top bolt into the frame bracket making it very easy to turn the nut without holding the bolt since there is no way you could get a wrench around it.
    once the flanges were flattened the tank went right in.
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    next onto the Willwood pedal assembly.

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    My tank was like that too. Used clamps to get them close enough to get the bolt in. Then used the bolt to do the rest.

    John
    Making progress on the "My Coupe, my way" project.

    http://s956.photobucket.com/albums/ae46/jdcoupe1969/
    Coupe #386,17" Team III 245 FR 315 RR, 3-link, T5, 4 wheel disk, power brakes/steering. Fast EZ EFI
    First start Sept. 18 2013 First go kart Sept 19 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by forcefed1 View Post
    While installing the gas tank i discovered there are some bends in the tank rim flanges to create more clearance for the straps. Those bends have to be removed before the straps will pull the tank up enough into the frame of the coupe. It looks like the gas tank has been reworked with out telling factory five...
    Those bends in the tank rim have always been there. No surprise. FF's manual in the fuel tank installation section says "At the locations on the tank where the tank straps come near the tank, use a pair of pliers and bend the bent parts flat." Hopefully you have the Gen 3 Coupe manual. It was recently released and should have been sent to you.

    BTW, following your build closely. My Gen 3 Coupe is scheduled for completion on the 18th. Hopefully won't have to wait too long for my friends at Stewart to get it here.
    Build 1: Mk3 Roadster #5125. Sold 11/08/2014.
    Build 2: Mk4 Roadster #7750. Sold 04/10/2017. #7750 Build Thread
    Build 3: Mk4 Roadster 20th Anniversary #8674. 03 of 20. Deliv: 08/05/2015. 2015 crate Coyote, 2015 IRS. Legal 04/18/2017. Red/white club for the third time. #8674 Build Thread

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    in the last week I was able to get the pedals mounted. I sure do like that willwood pedal assembly. Nice stuff!

    With that finished I moved into the sheet metal of the pedal boxes and engine aluminum. A few friends stopped over the check things out and gave me some help on saturday. I decided to powdercoat all the the panels on both sides. After researching colors for a few hours, I finally choose SPEEDWAY BLACK from prismatic powders. It's a dark grey with lots of fine metallic in it. The powder itself is a low gloss. not a satin but not a bright gloss. I have used this color for the center of some 3 piece wheels. For those I followed with clear coat to give it extra shine.

    After drilling all the panels. I coated them in my shop with the help of my son Nate. To cure the powder I use an old kitchen oven. Those side panels are the MAX that oven can handle!
    I will be getting all the larger panels coated at a friends shop with a much larger oven.

    here are a few pictures.

    Got to love those cleco clamps. I'm real pleased with the look of the final boxes. the contrasting rivets on the grey look SICK Like a well machined prototype part!

    I know I will be covering most of this up with heat shielding material But it's nice to get the foundation top notch too.

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    for the top drivers side foot box panel I tapped the holes 8-32 and used some Stainless steel button head screws.

    A great time was had by all!
    Last edited by forcefed1; Today at 12:26 AM.

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    Looking good! Mine should be getting loaded up with Stewart today. Where are you located?
    Nolan
    65 coupe Gen 3 "Phoenix" build
    http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...032#post297032

    818 s (with r windscreen ) 350 rwhp. Registered and street legal (SOLD)

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