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    Smile New Guy

    New guy here. I am working on doing my research to fulfill my dream of having a Cobra. Growing up in the 70's I had a poster of one. I am hoping to read through the forums to help me design and build my car. I have had experience with road racing motorcycles and of course working on my own cars. Hopefully I can use those skills in the build. Thanks in advance

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    Welcome to the forum! Where are you located?

    When you thin of YOUR ultimate cobra, How do you define it?


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    You have certainly come to the right place! Welcome and ask your questions. We are a helpful and friendly band of craftsman. If you are looking for someone to help you spend your money, If you are looking for opinions on every conceivable automotive subject, we are full of it!! Enjoy your research, it is the way we all began. Warning: this hobby can be hazardous to your wallet, but it is highly beneficial to your mental health! Welcome to the madness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzman View Post
    ...but it is highly beneficial to your mental health!
    Ain't that the truth? The biggest reason my wife got motivated to support this project was seeing how depressed I get when I don't have anything to work on or tinker with. Entire weeks would slide by with me just ANGRY at everyone and everything. Not raging, yelling, throwing stuff mad, but a real simmer. Life is grand, these days!

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    Duck,

    Building a Factory Five will change your life in so many ways that today you can't even begin to believe how much.

    As you start your journey, please consider doing the following:

    1. Watch the Factory Five assembly videos because while a picture is worth a thousand words, these videos are worth so much more.
    ....https://youtu.be/NnJdjMKDC_g?list=PL...VS-CVcPoK4x6lB
    2. The next thing you should do is check out the build threads of Edwardb's two MK-4's because they will really give you great insight showing you how to build the perfect MK-4.
    ....https://thefactoryfiveforum.com/show...rogress-Update
    ....https://thefactoryfiveforum.com/show...iversary-Build
    3. Once you've done these two steps order a copy of the manual and read it a few times, then read it once more just for fun prior to ordering your car.
    ....http://www.factoryfiveparts.com/assembly-manual/
    4. Consider also going to the Factory Five Build School if you have some time to spare.
    ....https://youtu.be/PtcRqUxvOMA

    Good Luck, Welcome To The Forum & We Hope You Are Able To Join Us On This Incredible Experience!

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    Last edited by GoDadGo; 09-14-2018 at 06:36 AM.

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    Before I got my kit, I had only moderate car maintenance experience. So far, there's been no assembly tasks that are beyond my ability. I did take my 3-link axle to a welder to have the banana bracket attached, but that's really it. Any shortfall you may have in your experience can very quickly be backfilled by the experts on this forum. I'm constantly amazed by the patience, experience, and cheerful support available here.

    Go for it!
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by David Hodgkins View Post
    Welcome to the forum! Where are you located?

    When you thin of YOUR ultimate cobra, How do you define it?

    I am in Aiken, SC. Well, I think of that blue Shelby Cobra with twin white racing stripes that I had a poster of when I was a kid. Those beautiful bulbous lines. I would love a Coyote motor with a manual trans. I have a buddy that can get me a motor and trans out of a newer model Mustang. Just need to make sure it will work and make sure I build the kit that I need. At the moment I do not care about lots of bells and whistles. I just want something that will perform well and looks and sounds amazing. A car that I can drive on the weekends and to some local car events, and maybe take it to the mountains. I would love to take it to the track, but I know the costs involved with racing and putting a vehicle on the track. I am not ready for that yet. My son is 15 and this would be a great project for us before he heads to college.

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    Welcome the THE forum. I had very little automotive mechanical experience when I started my build a little over a year ago. Without question, every single thing that I've needed help with has been answered by my fellow builders on this forum. The FFR community extends well beyond the virtual space and I've met several other builders in my area. They've helped me when I've needed a few extra hands and I've returned the favor. I've sent parts to other builders and have had the same when I've needed some obscure item. I even met a husband and wife team from Indiana who were enjoying the scenery of the Colorado Rocky Mountain roads.


    As others have said, define what your vision is for your car and build that. We'll try to convince you to go with every modification we've done to our cars, but in the end, you will get the same eager help regardless of what you choose to build.


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    those who understand binary and those who don't.

    My Build Thread: http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...ter-Build-9754

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    I want to use a Coyote motor and trans out of a late model Mustang. Is there somewhere I can go that has a list of everything I would need to transplant it into a MK-4? I think the Coyote option that FFR is showing is a crate motor.

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