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Thread: Jman's aka "Sandman" MK4 Build Thread - Houston TX

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    Jman's aka "Sandman" MK4 Build Thread - Houston TX

    I figured I should probably join the build thread party that this forum is, since I've already learned so much from it.
    The plan is a MK4 Roadster with a Carbed 302, T-5Z and IRS. This MK4 will not have a hood scoop or roll bar and I'm still on the fence about the exhaust.

    MK4 Base Kit ordered 2/17/2018 with a completion date of 4/21/2018 - arrived 5/15/2018:

    Base Kit with:
    Powder Coated Chassis
    No body cut-outs
    '15 IRS with Torsen 3.73 Differential
    FFR Front tubular control arms
    FFR Spindles
    Wilwood Disc Brakes Front & Rear
    FFR manual steering rack
    FFR front & rear swaybars
    Roadster Cooling Systen
    Wilwood Pedal Box
    Chassis Wiring Harness
    Ultra-lite gauges

    The engine & trans will be sourced from my 1969 Mustang Convertible, as it will go under a complete overhaul once the FFR project is complete and will receive a twin turbo Coyote motor:
    302 seasoned roller block, bored to 306 with 12:1 CR
    "Cam" of questionable specs
    DART II iron heads
    Victor Jr intake
    Holley 650 Aluminum HP double pumper
    T-5Z trans
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA&t=68s

    I am a non-conformist and I genuinely enjoy seeing vehicles that are "a little bit different", so I will probably be building my FFR a little outside the box, and the plan may take a few turns as the build progresses.

    My build will not go as fast as some others as I am still holding down a full-time (plus) job, full time marriage and full time handyman on our fixer-upper home, currently remodeling a gym addition by myself, so I will post updates as they occur, however they will never be as fast as I want them to be.
    Last edited by JMan; 05-18-2018 at 02:00 PM.
    FFR MK4 Delivered 5/15/2018
    2015 F150 Coyote 4x4
    2015 Mustang GT PP
    1969 Mustang Convertible 302/T5/4.10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA
    1962 Falcon Ranchero 302/T5/3.80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8khe_0VeU58
    IG: @sandmans550

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    Before my kit was delivered, this showed up first:
    2017 Mustang Gt Performance Pack IRS with 14K miles:
    3.73 Torsen Differential

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    FFR MK4 Delivered 5/15/2018
    2015 F150 Coyote 4x4
    2015 Mustang GT PP
    1969 Mustang Convertible 302/T5/4.10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA
    1962 Falcon Ranchero 302/T5/3.80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8khe_0VeU58
    IG: @sandmans550

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    I honestly got a bit excited... I currently have 2 sets of wheels for my 2015 Mustang GT and I promised myself that I would wait until the FFR was ready for Go-Kart before I bought wheels for it, since I have rollers to use until then. However my wife picked these out:
    IMG_1667 small.jpgIMG_1666 small.jpg
    FFR MK4 Delivered 5/15/2018
    2015 F150 Coyote 4x4
    2015 Mustang GT PP
    1969 Mustang Convertible 302/T5/4.10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA
    1962 Falcon Ranchero 302/T5/3.80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8khe_0VeU58
    IG: @sandmans550

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    And then it finally happened. Stewart transport had warned me of a 21 day delay and as I followed up with them 2 weeks after my build date, I got a call monday night from the driver saying he would be there the next afternoon! Our neighborhood was a bit sketchy for the truck to get decently close to the house, so he delivered to my office (only 4 miles away):
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    FFR MK4 Delivered 5/15/2018
    2015 F150 Coyote 4x4
    2015 Mustang GT PP
    1969 Mustang Convertible 302/T5/4.10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA
    1962 Falcon Ranchero 302/T5/3.80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8khe_0VeU58
    IG: @sandmans550

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    With help from my wife, we unloaded all of the boxes and introduced the newest member of our family to her sisters in the garage:
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    My wife, being the amazingly patient woman she is, suggested we take all of the boxes of parts inside the house for the inventory process:
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    Teddy (our cat) looks on with mild amusement...
    FFR MK4 Delivered 5/15/2018
    2015 F150 Coyote 4x4
    2015 Mustang GT PP
    1969 Mustang Convertible 302/T5/4.10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA
    1962 Falcon Ranchero 302/T5/3.80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8khe_0VeU58
    IG: @sandmans550

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    Well...SOMEBODY's got to be the first to respond to your build thread progress. Welcome to the adventure and congratulation on the receipt of your kit! And, your roadster sure has got some fine company in the garage - nice!

    You look like this is not new stuff to you, but if not you can see what folks have to say about the value of doing thorough inventory. Well worthwhile, and kinda fun going through every box and seeing what's where. Its actually part of the process of getting your arms around this big project. My son and I went down to counting every bolt, nut and washer so we knew quantities were exactly right. Copies of the inventory sheets in a 3 ring binder, copies posted on the front of each box, and photos of each sheet in your phone are all handy in different ways, and some subset of those options is required in order to keep everything straight, and keeping the parts count in your 'where did this come from' box to a minimum.

    I've got an older kit that initially saw very slow progress, but is getting more attention these days. Family, work, honey-do list all got priority, as they should, but quality time in the garage is easier to come by now. Don't worry about the build pace - actually, if you enjoy the process at all, you'll enjoy the detours that make your car unique.

    Looking forward to updates!

    Cheers,

    -- John
    MK4 #7838: IRS 3.55 TrueTrac T5 331

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    Nice toy box. Congrats on the purchase, waiting and delivery. Build time is fun... take your time and enjoy.
    ---Boyd---
    MkIV #9042 build thread
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    Plan: 427W-X, TKO600, Moser 3.55 rear.
    Delivered Feb 2017, first start Oct 22, 2017, first go-cart Mar 26, 2018

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    Sandman-

    Congratulations on your delivery! I have some serious garage envy though! Your stable mates are pretty terrific, and I am sure you will enjoy getting the newest ready to join the rest.

    Welcome to the forum, and to a pretty solid group of folks that have helped me more than I can share! Don't be afraid to ask questions, or to ask for help over a stumbling block. I assure you that there are some very talented people who will jump in to help steer you through!

    Best of luck as you get started, and I will look forward to seeing your progress!

    Regards,

    Steve

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    So... 3 months later and I finally was able to free up some time to even look at my kit. My dad visited for the weekend (rode his goldwing from Virginia to Houston!). My wife suggested we get started on it. So, we took a day and built a body buck and removed the body and stored it under Sheila (the convertible). Sheila is providing the motor & trans, so she will not be lowered until time to pull the driveline. My garage is insulated, so the ceiling height is lower than most and they would only fit if Sheila's top was down and I had to push ever so slightly down on the body to squeeze it under the side of the lift. I decided to simply put the chassis on stands for now as I have plenty of room to work around it without having to move it. I debated about building a chassis "cart" like I've seen some others do, however I shouldn't need to move it until it is a roller. Pulling the body off has surely lit a fire and I can't stop thinking about tackling the next step!

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    FFR MK4 Delivered 5/15/2018
    2015 F150 Coyote 4x4
    2015 Mustang GT PP
    1969 Mustang Convertible 302/T5/4.10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA
    1962 Falcon Ranchero 302/T5/3.80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8khe_0VeU58
    IG: @sandmans550

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    Was able to spend a few hours over Labor Day weekend to work on the project. I started to read ahead to see what was coming up so I could prep some of the painted parts etc...
    I cleaned and prepped the super 8.8 with POR-15:

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    I removed all of the aluminum panels and prepped & clear coated the 2 front panels. Instead of powder coating everything, I simply scuffed (in one direction) and rattle-canned clear coat on the panels. Turned out decent, so this is most likely what I will do for most all the panels. I really like the aluminum look, but wanted to protect from oxidation over time.
    I worked fairly quickly through the front suspension and ended up like this in a couple hours or so:

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    There were only 2 things I noticed and had questions about:

    First is the mis-matched colored wheel studs on the hubs I got from FFR:

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    While the part numbers match, and they are identical in every way, one set of studs are black and the other is silver. I will probably swap these out for some ARP gold studs like I have on my other vehicles as this little detail will drive me insane.

    The other question I had was about the second set of holes above the upper coil-over mount. The manual shows the chassis without these holes and other builds on the forum show the MK4 chassis without these holes, but some that have these holes. Just curious what these could be used for at this point.
    FFR MK4 Delivered 5/15/2018
    2015 F150 Coyote 4x4
    2015 Mustang GT PP
    1969 Mustang Convertible 302/T5/4.10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA
    1962 Falcon Ranchero 302/T5/3.80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8khe_0VeU58
    IG: @sandmans550

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    The other question I had was about the second set of holes above the upper coil-over mount. The manual shows the chassis without these holes and other builds on the forum show the MK4 chassis without these holes, but some that have these holes. Just curious what these could be used for at this point.

    The upper holes are for for lowered, as in racing, cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    The upper holes are for for lowered, as in racing, cars
    That's what I had thought, however the body of the shock doesn't quite fit in between the "C" section in order to reach the upper set of holes. I didn't try very hard though. Now that you've said that, I will be trying to use these mounting holes to get the lowest stance possible. I like them low!
    FFR MK4 Delivered 5/15/2018
    2015 F150 Coyote 4x4
    2015 Mustang GT PP
    1969 Mustang Convertible 302/T5/4.10s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BfkR71E6dA
    1962 Falcon Ranchero 302/T5/3.80s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8khe_0VeU58
    IG: @sandmans550

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