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    Lazrcng MK4 Build Thread

    My MK4 has a 5/18 completion date at the Factory. I am excited for it to arrive, I have wanted a cobra since I was 13 years old. It was the first car I was impressed with as a kid.

    I have been a drag racer since 1987 and recently sold my 7 second @ 170 mph dragster to begin this next chapter. (though will still be driving the dragster from time to time)

    My build begins with a complete kit, then:
    Ford Racing 535hp 427 crate engine
    Tremec TKO 600
    3 link 8.8 rear end w/ 3.55:1 gears
    Vintage Halibrand 17x9, 17x10.5

    I have not decided on the paint yet, but leaning toward black/silver stripes or silver/black stripes. Got some time to figure it out.

    All of the tin will be powder coated black hammertone, to keep some race car feel to the build.

    I already have my personalized plate: BADASP2 (registered to my daily driver for now)

    I have been a lurker on this forum and have already used much of the information I have read to prepare.

    I am planning to have the car driving painted by late summer/fall.

    Watch for updates, and thank you all for your insight already.

    Here weeeeeee goooooo!

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    welcome aboard.

    Sounds like a great little car you have planned there. And a very quick build time frame as well.

    Good luck with it, and don't forget to post pictures. We *love* pictures in this place.

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    Previous forum name was "Fezzek"

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    Eagerly anticipating following your build. And, welcome.
    SOLD 03/2013: MK II #5004: 5.0 EFI: 8.8, 3.55, E303, TW heads, GT40 intake, 24#, 70mm MAF

    Ordered MK IV Coyote Complete Kit.

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    Motor is ready:

    427.jpg

    Rearend is ready:

    FFR Rear.jpg

    Parts are rolling in, Header from Stainless Headers and Wheels from Factory Five arrived yesterday.

    Car is due next week, very excited to start working.
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    Build thread: http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...4-Build-Thread
    MK4 Ford Racing 535hp 427 Tremec TKO 600 3 Link 8.8 3.55:1 / Sterling Grey Metalic / Black / Red

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    Welcome to your new family. One question, you signature says 3 link but I see new red plastic bushings in the ears on top of the axle where the 4 links would mount.
    FFR MkII, 408W, Tremec TKO 500, 2015 IRS, DA QA1s, Forte front bar, APE hardtop.

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    Who did you get or have prep your crate 427 motor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigS View Post
    Welcome to your new family. One question, you signature says 3 link but I see new red plastic bushings in the ears on top of the axle where the 4 links would mount.
    I ordered the rear-end from MPS Auto in Georgia and they include them. They will not be used, most likely removed before installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgundermann View Post
    Who did you get or have prep your crate 427 motor?
    I ordered the Ford Racing 427 Crate Motor (long block) from Summit Racing, then added the accessories, Intake, Carburetor, Fuel Pump, Switched Oil Pan to Canton Low Profile, etc.....myself.
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    Wow, that motor looks awesome! You're pulling me back towards getting a carbed motor instead of the coyote! Aaaaagh!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meganuke View Post
    Wow, that motor looks awesome! You're pulling me back towards getting a carbed motor instead of the coyote! Aaaaagh!!!
    Well, you'll just have to build two!
    SOLD 03/2013: MK II #5004: 5.0 EFI: 8.8, 3.55, E303, TW heads, GT40 intake, 24#, 70mm MAF

    Ordered MK IV Coyote Complete Kit.

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    I was hoping you would say that. Since you have that big motor I recommend you use the 3 link banana bracket reinforcements from these guys
    http://www.vpmcobras.com/
    FFR MkII, 408W, Tremec TKO 500, 2015 IRS, DA QA1s, Forte front bar, APE hardtop.

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    Sounds like a fun build.

    There was someone a few years back that had "BAD ASP". Someone reported it as "offensive" and DMV said he had to turn his plate in. I guess the lady didn't know what an asp was. I don't know what the outcome was.

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    Great looking start to your build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigS View Post
    I was hoping you would say that. Since you have that big motor I recommend you use the 3 link banana bracket reinforcements from these guys
    http://www.vpmcobras.com/
    I was planning to weld the bracket that comes with the kit. Though does someone have a picture of the one from vpmcobras.com? I wonder if it is the same thing that comes with the FFR bracket (pictured below), it extends under the front of the housing and bolts to the hold next to the pinion.

    Rear.jpg
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    I know how you feel. I changed my mind on motors 100 different times before I decided on the 427. Just seemed like the right motor..........tons of HP in a very light care. Hmmmmm, I guess I didn't stray too far from Drag Racing after all. LOL
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    I'm curious to hear how drivable that engine is in day to day use. I bet it sounds unbelievably good! Where are you located?

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    I am in the Akron Ohio area.

    I do not think it will be an issue, the radiator is very exposed to airflow and I am putting the fan in a shroud which should be sufficient when sitting at lights and slower speeds etc...I used to have a similar set up in a 68 Camaro (406 cu in 575 hp 4.11 gear no overdrive) and drove it everywhere in California without issues.

    I also think it will sound awesome with the 109-110 lobe center cam. Looking forward!
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    ................got word this morning that Stewart Transport will be at the house tomorrow between 11:00 - 2:00. Pictures to follow.
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    Lucky!!! I've saved 568.00 so far

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    Subscribing.

    Congratulations!

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    Congrats! You have to do the obligatory pic of you crouching inside the body holding the steering wheel next!

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    Thanks ~

    What are you doing for motor mounts, headers and intake/carb?

    Chris

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    Chris-

    Looks like he has got a "Boxer" engine from the looks of the pictures! Sorry y'all, just had to do it!

    Scott-

    Congratulations on the delivery! I cannot imagine how excited you must be! Good luck in the build, and please keep us updated. What an exciting time...

    Regards,

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    Congrats, Laz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgundermann View Post
    Thanks ~

    What are you doing for motor mounts, headers and intake/carb?

    Chris
    Chris, I ordered my header from Stainless Header in Fargo, ND (custom for the Ford Racing Z304 cylinder heads). I used an Edelbrock Super Victor #2924 and a Quickfuel Q-Series 750 #BDQ-750. Motor mounts I thought I would use the Energy Suspension ones from the kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WIS89 View Post
    Chris-

    Looks like he has got a "Boxer" engine from the looks of the pictures! Sorry y'all, just had to do it!

    Scott-

    Congratulations on the delivery! I cannot imagine how excited you must be! Good luck in the build, and please keep us updated. What an exciting time...

    Regards,

    Steve
    Thank you, I will.
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    OK guys, corny as it may be here it is:

    Day1.jpg


    My wife made me do it!
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    Day 1 of actual work:

    Since I am waiting for my father, who is coming in from CA this weekend, to help lift off the body I decided to start assembling various components in prep for installation. I put together the front coil over shock, installed the ball joints in the upper controll arms, bolted the "bannana" bracket on the rear end / drilled out the lower bracket, began to put on the rear lower controll arm brackets and ran into the first snag. One of the drivers side bracket bolts does not quite line up, so I have to take the caliper/rotor off to drill it out. Thats is what I will start with tomorrow.

    I also rounded up the unpainted parts to bring to the powder coater.
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    Thanks, I have read there might be clearance issues depending on the intake, carb setup and recommendations for lower engine mounts and Canton oil pan. I am going to use this motor and will go the Stainless Header route. Should be a beast!

    Thanks, Chris

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    I also changed the oil pan to the 7.5 inch Canton pan. Should be OK, we'll see!
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    Busy week doing lots of pre-assembly, stuff like pedals/clutch quadrant, parking brake, mounting fan to shroud, rear end brackets and braces, shock assembly, yada yada!!!

    Dad came in last night from California so this AM we lifter the body off the frame (wanted to wait for him, he likes to help).......................now it's time to do work!!!!

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    Not a corny pic at all. If you look at a bunch of build threads I bet 80-90% of them have the same pic.
    FFR MkII, 408W, Tremec TKO 500, 2015 IRS, DA QA1s, Forte front bar, APE hardtop.

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    Took a break to go see Buddy Guy last night in Cleveland (was awesome AGAIN!!!)............Then back to work:

    Driver side footbox, Passenger side footbox, Firewall, F-Pannels all marked and drilled - Ready to take parts to Powder Coat tomorrow.
    Pedal mounted
    Rear End in (except for one rod - BO)
    Gas Tank in (except for fuel pick-up - BO)

    Mounted rear wheels just to get a chubby!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazrcng View Post
    Took a break to go see Buddy Guy last night in Cleveland (was awesome AGAIN!!!)............Then back to work:

    Driver side footbox, Passenger side footbox, Firewall, F-Pannels all marked and drilled - Ready to take parts to Powder Coat tomorrow.
    Pedal mounted
    Rear End in (except for one rod - BO)
    Gas Tank in (except for fuel pick-up - BO)

    Mounted rear wheels just to get a chubby!!!

    958375_10200316540493516_1724370601_o.jpg939232_10200318354778872_421299272_o.jpg958260_10200318365019128_1594174498_o.jpg968613_10200320110022752_2063613541_o.jpg968356_10200320110942775_2106870295_o.jpg962157_10200318365619143_788824851_o.jpg
    What size/brand tires are you running? Looks good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mentatbashar View Post
    What size/brand tires are you running? Looks good!

    I am running 245/45-17 front and 315/35-17 rear. Nitto 555 NT Extreme Performance (not the drag race tire)
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    Some updated photos through Tuesday night.................................

    FFC Rolling3.jpgFFC Rolling4.jpg

    Some issues with the rack inner arms being too long, spoke to Dan at FFR and he confirmed that they would need to be cut about 1/2-3/4 inch. Otherwise its been smooth sailing.
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    Looking good!


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    Delivered 4/23/06. "Finished" 4/2012 (still not done!)


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    Were you able to use the straight driver's footbox inner panel with the Stainless Headers or did you have to go with the bent, offset panel used for modular and big block motors for those headers to clear?
    Jim

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