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    New Roadster Builder

    Hi, all–

    I recently ordered the MKIV roadster and expect to be wrenching by mid-January! I have basic automotive experience, changing brakes/rotors, shocks, hub assemblies, doing oil changes, etc. so there will certainly be a lot of teachable moments along the way. Thanks to the many forum members who have shared their time via PM, phone and even graciously welcomed me into their garage for a firsthand tour of their build and experience, as well as those who have meticulously documented their builds.

    Enough about me, here are the details on my build, with a couple of notes/questions for those of you with experience with some of the options. I welcome any and all feedback/recommendations, especially while I still have some time to make changes to the order:

    MKIV Roadster Complete Kit
    P/C Chassis
    302 Ceramic Headers
    Body Cutouts
    Power Steering
    Wipers
    Wind Wings
    Battery Cut-off
    P/S P/C Roll Bar
    IRS w/ Regular Brake Kit (non Wilwood)
    Leather Steering Wheel
    Autolite Gauges
    Trunk Gas Strut Kit (Anyone have experience good/bad with this option?)
    Blank Dash (for Competition Layout)
    Side Seat Track (Anyone have experience good/bad with this option?)

    I’m currently shopping around for a 306/T5 combo (TBD on carb/EFI) and plan to go with aftermarket side pipes, wheels (18”) and a whole list of other options from forum vendors.

    Looking forward to the journey!

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    Welcome Aboard!

    This Will Be A Life Changing Event In A Very Positive Way As Long As You Stay Focused & Don't Start Throwing Tools!
    There are a lot of great builders here that are always willing to share their expertise.
    I'm not one of them but hope to be one someday.

    Again, Welcome Aboard!
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    Welcome to the fun!. Coming into this with about the same experience you describe, I can tell you that you will be fine. As for your questions, I can't address the trunk strut option, but will offer some thoughts on the seat track. I was looking at that, too, but unless you get one for both sides, your seats will sit at different heights. I ended up going with the Breeze seat mounting kit, and highly recommend it. It makes the seat installation very simple and practical. You get about three inches of adjustability, but not with the ease of a slider. It also tilts your seats back slightly, which I feel adds a bit of comfort over the parallel-to-the-floor options. Hope this helps, and have a great time!

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    Thanks, GoDadGo. Don't sell yourself Short!

    Dave, appreciate the feedback on the seat track. I assumed this helped with horizontal movement and not vertical, glad I asked!

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    Congrats! The build is a great experience. I second the Breeze seat mounting kit and personally would upgrade to the Wilwoods.
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    Kyle, with the Wilwoods, I've been going back and forth on whether to do these and ultimately settled on not (for now) for three reasons:

    1) I can always upgrade later
    2) The standard brakes are setup to stop a car much heavier than this and should be more than sufficient
    3) I worry it may limit my aftermarket wheel selection since they're made specifically to fit the FFR halibrands

    Thoughts?

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    VAHokie, CONGRATS. Have you gotten a completion date yet?
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    MK4 complete kit #9059 ordered 1/19/17 delivered 3/23/17, 2015 IRS, Fortes/DART347,TKO 600, hyd clutch, P/S, 12.88 wilwood brakes front and rear, high back kirkey seats, heater/defrost and vintage gauges
    First start and go-cart 4/11/18

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrcuz View Post
    VAHokie, CONGRATS. Have you gotten a completion date yet?
    JR
    Hey JR, scheduled for a 12/15 completion and hoping to receive the kit in early January.

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    LETS GET THIS GOING!!!! Congrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottiec View Post
    LETS GET THIS GOING!!!! Congrats
    Thanks, Scott. I'll without a doubt be reaching out once things get going.

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    Welcome to the fun.... I purchased my build in August and have moved along pretty quickly. You should have no problems based on what you have posted. As you know there are a ton of people on the forums that will help you. They will even help you spend your money... I truly think that everyone on here means the best and give you their opinions with that in mind. Remember, it's your build. It's your final decision. You may have to stop and rethink some things and even take something apart and start over. It's all about the growth you will experience as you go. Always feel free to ask questions either on the forum or in a PM. Look forward to seeing your build as it moves along. Personally, I really liked the service and so far, the performance of the BluePrint Engines. I understand that Forte also is a great option.

    Bottom Line.... HAVE FUN!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadAsp427 View Post
    Welcome to the fun.... I purchased my build in August and have moved along pretty quickly. You should have no problems based on what you have posted. As you know there are a ton of people on the forums that will help you. They will even help you spend your money... I truly think that everyone on here means the best and give you their opinions with that in mind. Remember, it's your build. It's your final decision. You may have to stop and rethink some things and even take something apart and start over. It's all about the growth you will experience as you go. Always feel free to ask questions either on the forum or in a PM. Look forward to seeing your build as it moves along. Personally, I really liked the service and so far, the performance of the BluePrint Engines. I understand that Forte also is a great option.

    Bottom Line.... HAVE FUN!
    Thanks, BadAsp427. This forum is a huge resource and a big reason why I moved forward with the build having limited automotive experience. Appreciate the thoughts on BP and Forte, they're two of the builders I'm considering.

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    I am with you on the brake selection. They are pricey, you can always do it later, and the stock brakes are made for a much heavier car. You will have no problem stopping. Having ridden in one with the stock brakes and over 600hp I can tell you he did not need wilwoods. I got them, but then again I am not that bright.
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    Mine was ordered in Feb and delivered in May. Once you get your car you will enjoy the process.
    I went with the Breeze seat platforms. Once installed I don't expect to move the seats, but I appreciated the flexibility of the installations.
    I also agree that Mike Forte provides a good service. He has built my 306. I had surgery 10/31 so I am not quite ready to put the motor in; however, he sent a dyne video showing 378 HP.
    have fun and enjoy the build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doddmoore View Post
    I am with you on the brake selection. They are pricey, you can always do it later, and the stock brakes are made for a much heavier car. You will have no problem stopping. Having ridden in one with the stock brakes and over 600hp I can tell you he did not need wilwoods. I got them, but then again I am not that bright.
    Thanks for the reassurance, Mitchell. Great build thread BTW, I'll be referring to it often as I get my build underway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Mine was ordered in Feb and delivered in May. Once you get your car you will enjoy the process.
    I went with the Breeze seat platforms. Once installed I don't expect to move the seats, but I appreciated the flexibility of the installations.
    I also agree that Mike Forte provides a good service. He has built my 306. I had surgery 10/31 so I am not quite ready to put the motor in; however, he sent a dyne video showing 378 HP.
    have fun and enjoy the build.
    Thanks, John. I've been pleased with my interactions with Mike so far. Did you request any additional power upgrades with your 306? He stated HP in the 345 range and you're close to +35 of that.

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    From one newbie to another, Welcome

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