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    What car should i build ??

    I am new to the FFforum and am questioning which car to build. I received the FF PR packet and have watched the DVD. I am greatly impressed!! The company has great energy, experience and dedication to their product. I have limited car experience beyond changing oil, rotating tires, installing a hitch, and replacing radio / speakers when it comes to cars. I.e. how much detailed knowledge of engine, drive train, electrical, body work etc needed for building these cars? Are the instructions and parts organized in such a way that even an unskilled or slightly skilled person can build one of these cars? I am looking for a kit car project and building one of these cars looks like it would be a good challenge and rewarding in the end, but I don't want to get in over my head. That being said, what is the skill level and cost required to build each model that FF offers? I see the partial and total kit costs, but am looking for best estimate of total completion costs. It was suggested by FF's Dave Brigham's recent email response my questions to join the forum, and start with an 818 and then work up to the more difficult GTM model if desired, but do not start with a GTM. I am curious from individuals who have attended the build course on how much take home knowledge is gain from 3 day build course? Would they do it again if they could? I am looking forward to general feedback from company reps, experienced and novice builders on what to build. I am planning to dedicate time and money to build a car and would like to get it right. Are there any NCAL factory five car builders or owners that might be willing to show me there finished or unfinished car?

    What are the different builder skill levels & cost differences for:

    818c

    65 Coupe

    Mk4 Roadster

    GTM supercar

    289 USRRC Roadster

    33 Hot Rod

    35 Hot Rod Truck

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    Welcome to the forum, here's a thread that could answer some of your questions. You'll find that the members here are very knowledgeable and willing to help you out.

    https://thefactoryfiveforum.com/show...ng-10-FFR-kits

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    The MK-4 is by far the easiest to build, especially if you do a SBF with a TKO or T-5 Transmission and 3 Link Rear.
    Also, watch the assembly videos, all of them, and then get the manual and read 3 or 4 times.
    If you still don't feel comfortable, go to The Build School and swing some wrenches.

    https://youtu.be/NnJdjMKDC_g?list=PL...VS-CVcPoK4x6lB

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    I agree with GoDad. Maybe consider going to Build School for the Roadster or 33 Hot Rod? The instructors know the FFRs and can provide a great deal of insight into the the various models. I started with the Roadster as I've always loved the AC Cobra. Now, I see a 35 truck as my next build in about 5 years. My wife built the Roadster with me and she is looking to build a 33 Hot Rod probably in 2 to 3 years. No matter the model they are all great fun and with FFR you know you have quality and a solid company behind you!
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    The roadsters are most refined and "easiest". The Coupe, '33 and pickup are at the same level of difficulty mechanically but offer some different challenges with body fitting. Can't speak for the 818 since I have never laid hands on one. The GTM is at an entirely different level---to quote some who have built everything FFR offers "by an order of magnitude".

    Jeff

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    You could also have one of the Factory Five Preferred Builders build you a car and you could have a level of build involvement in your project. Not all Pro builder do it this way but there are a couple of us that would. I'm assuming that NCAL means Northern California?

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    i.e.427 is located in the Southern California Inland Empire. We help Factory Five customers and builders realize their dreams by providing assembly, fabrication and maintenance for their Factory Five projects.

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    I went to the Build School for the roadster last year. The course was very informative in the fact that you see every part of a build. (Except paint and body work.) You see the panels drilled and installed, suspension installed, wiring and gauges connected, tubing laid out and attached, drive train installed, etc. If you look at each of the steps as do-able your "skill level" shouldn't be an issue. Only you can make that determination.
    When I attended there was also a 33 hot rod and an 818 for us to check out. That also might help you with your decisions.
    Plus, you get a chance to brainstorm with the other students and ask the instructors some of your questions - they are quite helpful.

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    With limited expertise perhaps you should be looking for one already built. You'll likely spend less money on a built car than one you build yourself, be able to use it immediately, and there is plenty you can work on to personalize it. If you are particularly attracted to a model that folks say is hard to build, buying one already built is a way to get around that.

    If you're just dead-set on rollin' your own, pick a model and buy the manual. Read the manual and visualize how you would go about performing all the steps and you will quickly get a good idea if this is for you. The manual is a minimum investment. Attending build school is also a good way to evaluate if this is something you think you could do but the cost of attending may be more expensive than purchasing a manual.

    Purchasing a kit, the builder supplied parts, and the support equipment necessary to build a car is a substantial investment and you want the end result to be worth it. If you get in over your head you will be forced to choose between paying a professional builder to finish the car or put it up for sale partially assembled and hope you can recover most of what you've invested. Choose wisely...
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    OK, all good advice. Now, forget all that.

    Building one of these cars is a labor of love. You have to want to do it. Which car makes you suck in your breath and say, "oh, baby"? Which one do you envision yourself driving? Which one puts a smile on your face and a bulge in your pants? Build that one.
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