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April 19
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Pittsburgh, PA/Elmira, NY


Ralph Button
FFR 1436 (PROUD Owner of an Original Mark I)
400,013 miles as of 11/1/2009
417,840 miles as of 8/12/2010
435,021 miles as of 12/19/2011
Now a well broken in 347 engine
523,145 miles as of 7/29/2014
601,165 miles as of 6/1/2018

"It's not about the destination, it's the about the journey. And where is your journey taking you?"

"... Not all who wander are lost!... --J.R.R. Tolkien


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Back on the road ... AGAIN!

by R. Button on 03-26-2018 at 05:52 PM
I've been quiet here on the forum, for a while, mostly due to work and classes. I work in the world of eCommerce systems or as some know them as, Internet shopping sites. I seem to be good enough at it, that companies want me to keep working with them. I considered retiring but would get bored too quickly. I'm also working on my Masters in Theology. This means lots of reading with lengthy papers as I focus on specific aspects of the studies I want to concentrate on and eventually hope there

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Updated 03-26-2018 at 05:58 PM by R. Button


A Great Adventure - or on the road to Factory Five Open House

by R. Button on 06-03-2015 at 09:56 AM
In a few days I leave the absolutely most western point of Texas - Mountain time zone - for FFR's 20th Anniversary Open House. Ya, it will be a trip of about 2400 miles one way to get to FFR but like most of my trips that will only be a pause in the trip. After the Open house I'm driving on up to what is called Downeast Maine. We'll repack the car with some additional bags, suitcases, books, etc THEN the real trip will begin! Our granddaughter is coming down to Texas for her summer adventure!

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Updated 06-08-2015 at 07:39 PM by R. Button


Back in the day 05/14/1998 the Assembly Manual for a 427 SC arrived

by R. Button on 05-19-2015 at 09:53 PM
IT all started with a visit at the OLD FFR offices after a trip back from New York City. On the drive home from FFR I thought about what I saw, yup they were a real company so took a chance and ordered an assembly manual part number 10632 for $50.00, thus account number 1732 was created back at FFR.
On or about 6/10/98 the kit was complete and ready for customer number 1732 to pick it up (still wish I had paid the extra $2980 to have a carbon fiber body!)
My youngest son and I hooked

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Updated 05-19-2015 at 10:08 PM by R. Button


I can sleep most anywhere... even in the trunk of a Mark I!

by R. Button on 02-15-2014 at 03:12 PM
On the back page of the latest issue (Feb 2014) of Kit Car Builder you will find a picture of me sleeping - what I call a power nap - in-between track events - in this case at the Carolina Motorsports Park. I can sleep in the seat - not while driving - or in the trunk, in the parking lot of Kennebunkport, or along road in the Arizona desert! Now if I could just find a restaurant selling green eggs with ham along Route 66, Jake and I would be off on the road again!

Out in the shop with the ol'Mark I

by R. Button on 10-01-2013 at 10:06 PM
Every so often I take a break from my work and studies to get my hands dirty working on some part of the olíMark I. It gives my brain a change of pace.

Been in the shop this past weekend working on the olíMark I. I ordered more tires for the rear Ė they do seem to wear a lot faster than the front! But more of the issue was I finally had to replace my stock oil pan with a pan that was above the frame tubes. My original stock 5.0l oil pan rear drain bolt had been bent back so

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Updated 10-01-2013 at 10:09 PM by R. Button

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