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    RonJon24ís Build Thread: This is the start!

    Hello everyone!

    I would like to start my build thread, it is a little early since I just put my order in a couple weeks ago, but I am excited to get started. My build is planned to be picked up from FFR on 10/26.

    I decided to do the donor car with the Base Kit. I owned an ‘88 (upgraded EFI to ‘89) Mustang GT Hatch, it was a complete POS aside from the powertrain that I rebuilt in college.

    ‘88 Mustang GT Upgrades (for which I remember):
    - Trickflow Twisted Wedge Heads, Cam (Stage 1), and Intake
    - 100 shot Plate system from TrickFlow (w/mini controller)
    - 24# Injectors
    - Summit Ignition Box
    - Cold Air Intake (from RH Quarter Panel box)
    - Removed A/C, Removed EGR
    - 5-way KONI adjustable shocks
    - Tubular Upper/Lower Rear Control Arms
    - 3.55 gears
    - Rebuilt (upgraded 2nd/3rd) Tremec T5
    - ...Many other small items

    My plan is to take the good things that I have upgraded on the Mustang from the above and use that as a base for my Roadster. At least get something out of that old project car! Here are some pictures of the care gutted!

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    I think the build will probably take me more than a year so my target to to have a go-kart by the end of next summer and hopefully the car done by the summer of 2020, worst case it leaks into 2021.

    Where I am at right now
    I am currently tearing down my old 302 that I rebuilt in college and cleaning everything up for painting the engine. Boy-oh-boy did I make a ton of mistakes back then. I barely cleaned the parts before painting them, causing almost all of the paint to come off the aluminum timing chain cover, and look absolutely terrible. Same thing for the T5 bell housing (why I painted that I have no idea).

    So my plan for the engine is to keep everything internally the same, just clean it up and paint it properly. Maybe slightly controversial, but I really hate the look of aluminum mixed with painted components on the engine, so through my research I am planning to paint all of the aluminum with a solid etching and a base conversion coating (Alodine). Then I will prime the engine with Eastwood High Temp 2K Primer and paint with Eastwood High Temp 2K Gloss Black. Because of difficulty getting to spots, I am going to paint with the lower intake off, paint that and the upper separately as well as some other small components. Everything I think paint will not be good for, I am going to have blasted and powder coated gloss black.

    Everything on the Engine will be gloss black! Trying to give it a mean look!

    Really working to get the engine painted before I go pick-up the kit! Want to have this thing be a showpiece in the corner of the garage to motivate me to get to that point in the build!
    Last edited by RonJon24; 08-22-2018 at 12:49 PM. Reason: Typo
    MkIV Roadster Base Kit ordered on 8/8/2018, Scheduled for pick-up on 10/26/2018

    Toyota Engineer looking to turn my college project car, 1988 Ford Mustang GT...flat black...not a nice vehicle, into a awesome machine to tear up the streets, strip, and track!!

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    Nice start! Keep up with the updates!!
    'Collecting knowledge and parts for a future build'

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    Welcome to the party. Great to have a good donor that you know! Always a crap shoot when you start with someone else's head ache.
    Look forward to following your progress. And don't worry, all of those boxes full of shiny new parts that are about to arrive will keep you motivated.
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    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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    Awesome, congrats,
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    Planning the trip out to Wareham, MA

    So I am currently planning out the trip to pick-up the kit at the end of Oct. FFR completion date is 10/20, but I have a commitment at home on 10/23. THe wife and I are not so fond of drive 12hrs from MI to Wareham, MA and back just for this purpose so we are planning to take a few days off and enjoy the excursion.

    Our current plan is to Drive from MI to the Finger Lakes region of NY, stay for 2 days and then, drive to Boston to stay the weekend. Then we can pick-up the car on Monday 10/27 in the morning and head on home.

    The challenge is Boston. It is seeming hard to find (at least online) parking in Boston for a Truck and 14í flatbed trailer. Also, had no idea how expensive Boston is to stay, jeez. My current idea is to park at one of the T parking lots while we are in Boston, they physically look like they can take a truck and trailer, no information on policy on their website. I put in an e-mail to the MBTA and they replied that all of the parking spots in their lots are standard size, so they can not accommodate. I am wondering if this is true since I can see on Google Street view that the lots have the space to pull through two spots like a normal parking lot. Anyone know the area well enough?

    Other than that, it should be a fun week!
    MkIV Roadster Base Kit ordered on 8/8/2018, Scheduled for pick-up on 10/26/2018

    Toyota Engineer looking to turn my college project car, 1988 Ford Mustang GT...flat black...not a nice vehicle, into a awesome machine to tear up the streets, strip, and track!!

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    I would suggest finding a place to park the truck and trailer outside of Boston and then either Uber or take the train into town. I don't want any part of driving in Boston (if you haven't been there before, it's nuts) and the hotels are much cheaper outside downtown. My daughter is at BU and this is what we do every time we visit. Maybe Dave Smith would let you park them at the factory while you're touring Boston over the weekend.

    You wouldn't know a Michael Peterson within Toyota Racing, would you? Used to live in Seattle?
    Mk4 #8861 Complete kit. Delivered: 27 Apr 2016, Roller: 12 Jan 2018

    Forte: 2016 Coyote & cover, alternator, engine controls, clutch kit, bellhousing, Moroso pan, TKO600, midshift, 3.55 axle, 190lph fuel pump, Spectre air inlet and filter. Breeze: battery forward and switch, fuel pressure regulator and braided hose, radiator shroud and mounts. Replicaparts: radiator panel, under dash panel, weathertight connectors.

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    Cool, Congrats, and welcome to the club!
    Started dreaming of a Cobra around 1987
    Purchased Complete Kit 6/9/2017, Delivered 9/4/2017, Rolling Chassis 3/30/2018
    Click here for my build thread
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    Initiator, thanks for the tips! Thought about contacting the factory, it’s just not ideal for commuting into town based on the stations. I think the closest station might be Plymouth?

    I don’t know a Micheal Peterson. I work at the Toyota Motor North America technical center in MI, working on designing your mom’s Camry. Haha. No racing folks here unfortunately. I do know some folks that transferred from TRD, but I’m not familiar with anyone currently in the organization.
    MkIV Roadster Base Kit ordered on 8/8/2018, Scheduled for pick-up on 10/26/2018

    Toyota Engineer looking to turn my college project car, 1988 Ford Mustang GT...flat black...not a nice vehicle, into a awesome machine to tear up the streets, strip, and track!!

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    Talking Quick Update - Got the Engine Painted

    Just a real quick update for you guys, I was able to get my Engine painted last night. Turned out awesome! I have some nice Ford Racing valve covers on their way to top of this 302 in a tux.
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    Next step is cleaning my garage bay for the build. I am thinking to put some shelving along one wall to hold all of my donor and new parts.

    In addition, I am planning to put the body on a body buck and lift it in my garage to get it up and out of the way. Normally I could use 2 of the 3 garage bays in my garage, but my friends are staying with us now using one of the bays for their storage. Anyone have experience building a lift and or mechanism to lift the body up to the ceiling for storage?
    MkIV Roadster Base Kit ordered on 8/8/2018, Scheduled for pick-up on 10/26/2018

    Toyota Engineer looking to turn my college project car, 1988 Ford Mustang GT...flat black...not a nice vehicle, into a awesome machine to tear up the streets, strip, and track!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonJon24 View Post
    I am thinking to put some shelving along one wall to hold all of my donor and new parts.

    In addition, I am planning to put the body on a body buck and lift it in my garage to get it up and out of the way. Normally I could use 2 of the 3 garage bays in my garage, but my friends are staying with us now using one of the bays for their storage. Anyone have experience building a lift and or mechanism to lift the body up to the ceiling for storage?
    Several people have bought or designed/built lifts for ceiling storage. Search the forum and you'll find lots of good info and pictures.

    You'll never have enough shelves. I found this approach to work really well, using space that I couldn't use for any other purpose. We now have the Xmas tree, camping supplies, and several F5 boxes that I won't need for a while stashed away on Mightyshelves.
    http://contractorkurt.com/2012/02/18...mightyshelves/
    Mk4 #8861 Complete kit. Delivered: 27 Apr 2016, Roller: 12 Jan 2018

    Forte: 2016 Coyote & cover, alternator, engine controls, clutch kit, bellhousing, Moroso pan, TKO600, midshift, 3.55 axle, 190lph fuel pump, Spectre air inlet and filter. Breeze: battery forward and switch, fuel pressure regulator and braided hose, radiator shroud and mounts. Replicaparts: radiator panel, under dash panel, weathertight connectors.

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