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    TONKS 347 the Baker's Build

    Hey there folks. Well, the car came in, and among all of the smiles and handshakes and well wishes the reality never really sank in, but it has now. I have A LOT of work to do, but I am looking forward to every bit. I'm pretty good at making mistakes, but I always own them, so I am pretty sure this will be no different. What I am hoping to do is to give some confidence to guys like me, guys who have NOT worked on cars much but who love them. I didn't grow up working on cars because my dad wasn't a car guy, but I have always loved them. There are probably plenty of guys who don't know the difference between a tie rod and a ball joint, and if so I hope they can read about all the mistakes I'm going to make and know that EVEN THEY can build their dream car. That is of course if I actually succeed. Time will tell.
    I own a couple of bakeries, hence The Baker's Build. AND I like alliteration.

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    I did not chronicle my Body Buck build or my Chassis Dolly, but I can tell you I went with the body buck template from the manual, and added a shelf beneath it. My space is fairly small and I thought that would help with storage. Boy am I glad I did that. You can see everything except my wheels and seats fit on the buck, so that is great help with my space. I even have my Wilwoods on there on the other side. I am a talker so expect my posts to be long. Sorry in advance.
    Coming soon...INVENTORY! I know most guys hate it, but I am a lover of spreadsheets so I am actually looking forward to it. Thanks for all the support so far, I am over the moon.
    MK IV Complete kit, Blueprint 347, Holley Sniper EFI, TKO 600, Wilwoods, Power Steering, RT turn signals, FFR soft top

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    Congrats! Looks like a pretty nice work space to me. Inventory can get a bit tedious with all of the nuts, bolts and other small doodads, but you'll certainly get intimate with the car. I just started mine a couple weeks back as well. Look forward to your build!
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    Congrats. I'm still waiting for my delivery. What was your kit completion date (mine is 8/18), so I know approximately when to expect the truck?

    Best of luck with the build. I'm in the same boat with the lack of experience under the hood. I'm counting on lots of help from others that are also struggling/struggled to put one together. I look forward to your posts (hoping for minimal mistakes).

    Gary

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    Congrats! It looks like you have a great area to work. Plenty of room and light. Enjoy the ride!
    Started dreaming of a Cobra around 1987
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkp200 View Post
    Congrats. I'm still waiting for my delivery. What was your kit completion date (mine is 8/18), so I know approximately when to expect the truck?

    Best of luck with the build. I'm in the same boat with the lack of experience under the hood. I'm counting on lots of help from others that are also struggling/struggled to put one together. I look forward to your posts (hoping for minimal mistakes).

    Gary
    My completion date was July 7, and my delivery date was August 7, so if you are using Stewart transportation I would expect a one month lead time until delivery.
    MK IV Complete kit, Blueprint 347, Holley Sniper EFI, TKO 600, Wilwoods, Power Steering, RT turn signals, FFR soft top

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yama-Bro View Post
    Congrats! It looks like you have a great area to work. Plenty of room and light. Enjoy the ride!
    Thanks Yama! One odd question, For my build thread do I just continue to reply to these messages or is there a way I post a new message to the same thread? I’m not very good with the forum yet.
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    INVENTORY

    All I can say is you eat an elephant one bite at a time. You can try to hurry it, but in the end you just won't make it. PLUS, I keep reminding myself that I am building a car that I will drive and I don't want to die. So I'm taking my time with the inventory. I open each box, which usually has a crazy mix of things: parts, hardware, gas cap, whatever. Boxes 1 and 2 are below
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    Like I said, I don't want to die, so I am laying out the parts, counting, measuring, using my Thread Checker to double check.
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    Each part is wrapped in really nice heavy paper. I read on another thread that someone saved their paper to use on the aluminum panels to make a template for the heat suppression sheets or whatever you may put on the panels. I am saving the paper then, especially the large sheets, to use for just that. I can lay them against the panels, mark, and use to cut out my Thermo Tec or whatever I get.
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    I'm at the pace of about a box a day, that is all the time I have right now, but even that is fun. I'm also building a spreadsheet of each part and what box it is in. Part of me wants to take a photo of each part (yes I am that kind of guy) so I am contemplating that. I wouldn't mind having a visual inventory of each part and what it looks like. Like I said, that's just the kind of guy I am. I won't post every box, but just wanted to give the people who haven't done it an idea of what to expect.
    Oh one last thing, I printed my own copy of the manual, but a printed copy came with it. I like mine more, because it is single sided and in color, but just letting you know you don't have to go to that expense if you wnat a printed copy, they include one.
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    Looks like you are off to a great start. Solid inventory really helps. Spreadsheets are a great help too (I did at least three of them in my build for various purposes.)

    I definitely approve your transmission selection. Liberty gears will build a good one for you. I got the same type of package from a local provider. You will be happy with it. Do you plan to use the stock shiftier location? If so you are good to go. If you want to have the forward location for your shifter, you might want to talk to Liberty about putting in the forward control kit for you when they do the other mods. They will be into it already at that point.

    Smart to save the paper. It does come in handy. If you have the room, break down a few of the boxes and save them too. The cardboard can come in handy too!

    Take lots of photos!! They are helpful for your own reference, good for your build thread, and fun to go back and look at after your car is done.

    Now what are you doing here reading my gibberish? Go back and inventory!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzman View Post
    Do you plan to use the stock shiftier location? If so you are good to go.
    I'm pretty sure yes. There is just something about that bent shifter that I like. I'm FAR from a purist, and can't stand them usually, but that shifter calls to me.
    MK IV Complete kit, Blueprint 347, Holley Sniper EFI, TKO 600, Wilwoods, Power Steering, RT turn signals, FFR soft top

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    I'm a pretty visual guy. When we hire someone at the bakery we give them a learning style questionnaire to see how they best learn. I am mostly auditory, I learn through hearing, but also very visual. So for me to best envision my car I had a friend do some photoshopping on one of the photos on the website.
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    It's not 100% but it is really close. The car will be dark emerald with silver fender stripes. (Those stripes are not just because they are cool, they are my homage to an amazing guy with a BEAST of a FF Cobra, slpro1207)
    Now back to inventory! And Spreadsheets!
    MK IV Complete kit, Blueprint 347, Holley Sniper EFI, TKO 600, Wilwoods, Power Steering, RT turn signals, FFR soft top

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    Boxes 6 through 13. We are really getting into some recognizable parts now. The windshield though was what made me happiest I have to say. It’s one of the parts that is going to go on near the end of the build, and it’s like getting a glimpse of your destination when you begin a long journey. Seeing the windshield, and knowing from all of you how difficult it is going to be to install, really made me feel good. I’ve also started a spreadsheet of parts and numbers and locations. It will be easier to find something if I can search a spreadsheet than looking through that manifest included with the kit.

    Box 14, power steering option. I heard it time and time again, go with the power steering. Power brakes are not really needed from what I have read. A hydraulic clutch is nice but again not a necessity. But the power steering, that is a near necessity.

    So that brings us to…(insert Jaws theme)…BOX 15, THE WIRING HARNESS!! Gasp!
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    I am NOT electronically inclined, and the wiring scares the bejeezus out of me. But I have to say I took one look at this Ron Francis harness and my fears just melted away. A bit. It looks like a really well made harness, and it is so EASY to follow. Just looking at the picture above you can see the wiring is already divided up to where it should go and clearly labelled. So after all my worry, and all the people here telling me it wasn’t nearly as big a deal as I thought, turns out you were right all along. I’m doing this to learn after all, and this is now something I am looking forward to learning.
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    You and I have talked on Facebook quite a bit on messenger. I look forward to following a fellow 347 build. There is just something about a stroked lightweight power plant and these cars. Goodluck brother, I really look forward to your build. You have a great mix of drivetrain and parts to make a great build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doddmoore View Post
    So for me to best envision my car I had a friend do some photoshopping on one of the photos on the website.
    Tonks side final.jpg
    It's not 100% but it is really close. The car will be dark emerald with silver fender stripes. (Those stripes are not just because they are cool, they are my homage to an amazing guy with a BEAST of a FF Cobra, slpro1207)
    Now back to inventory! And Spreadsheets!
    I love the color combo!! I really never considered any greens, but I love a nice emerald metallic or pearl. Those stripes are really cool looking. Different from everyone else. You just know I am going to support that!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by doddmoore View Post
    Tonks side final.jpg
    It's not 100% but it is really close. The car will be dark emerald with silver fender stripes. (Those stripes are not just because they are cool, they are my homage to an amazing guy with a BEAST of a FF Cobra, slpro1207)
    Welcome to the party. Thanks for sharing youíre build with us. Love the paint scheme. My first car was a Datsun 510 so I grew up with the BRE Datsun race teams on the 70ís. I have a thing for those fender stripes. And you can never argue with green on a roadster. Keep plugging along.
    -Steve
    MK IV #8901 - Complete kit, Coyote, TKO-600, IRS. Ordered 5/23/16, Delivered 7/14/16, First Start 8/13/17, First Go-Kart 10/22/17. Build Thread: http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...V-Coyote-Build

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straversi View Post
    Welcome to the party. Thanks for sharing you’re build with us. Love the paint scheme. My first car was a Datsun 510 so I grew up with the BRE Datsun race teams on the 70’s. I have a thing for those fender stripes. And you can never argue with green on a roadster. Keep plugging along.
    -Steve
    Thanks Steve. Having a blast so far!
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