Forte's

Visit our community sponsor

Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  2
Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: My 289 FIA is Finally Done!

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Petaluma, CA
    Posts
    337
    Post Thanks / Like

    My 289 FIA is Finally Done!

    My 289 FIA Cobra is done. As of today, I have about 800 miles on the car. I am still in the sorting out process but, I think that is typical of new builds. Thanks again to all of you who were so helpful in the build process. I love the car and it drives and performs as expected. It is a tribute to the original 289 street car and somewhat the AC Bristol sports car before it became the Cobra. Of course great liberties were taken in the interpretation, the body is after all an FIA and not a slabside, but then again I guess that is why it is called, "Built Not Bought."

    20191110_121248.jpg

    The paint is by Ken Pike in Yuba City, California. Color is Viking Blue with a Arctic White stripe and Victory Red pin stripe. Tires are Hoosier Quick Time, 245/60-15 front and 275/60-15 rear.

    20191110_121309.jpg

    Headlights are from Lucas. The oil cooler is installed with a thermostatically controlled remote oil filter mount from Improved Racing.

    20191110_121334.jpg

    Side pipes are modified by Bob Boig to reduce the decibels a bit and ceramic coated in brushed chrome by Willy at Amerikote in Sacramento, CA. Fuel filler is mounted on a section of reinforced body on the surface as opposed to below as was the case with the original cars. Quick jacks are turned inside as was common on some of the early race cars. Roll bar delete as in the original AC Bristol and some of the early slabside cars.

    20191111_125907.jpg

    Door panels are upholstered by BK Upholstery in Cotati, CA as was the carpet and floor mats. Rear view mirror mount is courtesy of Chris (cnutting). Toggle switches are FFR and the dash knobs are from Superformance and control the headlights, wipers and heater.

    20191111_130210.jpg

    Brake and clutch pedals are traditional AC Cobra and the gas pedal is from Russ Thompson as is the turn signal switch.

    20191111_130311.jpg

    Motor is a 306 cu in from Mike Forte. Transmission is a TKO 600 with a midshift kit also from Mike. All else is pretty typical--CNC reservoirs, power rack and rubber hoses from Bob Boig. The Harrison tank is from Corvette Specialties. Note the oil breather tube to the clean side of the air cleaner. This is a California (CARB) requirement for registration.

    20191111_130447.jpg

    Traditional Halibrand 15" pin drive wheels from FFR with safety wire.

  2. Likes Tom Veale liked this post
  3. #2

    Steve >> aka: GoDadGo
    GoDadGo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Posts
    3,687
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1
    Great Looking Ride!
    Beautifully Done & Is P.O.M. Worthy!

  4. #3
    Senior Member cnutting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Newtonville, MA
    Posts
    382
    Post Thanks / Like
    Congratulations Joel! You did an outstanding job on the car, happy to hear you are enjoying it!
    FFR #8833 289 FIA 3-link
    1965 289, TKO600 from Forte's Parts Connection
    Body and Paint by Mike's Auto Restoration
    Picked up 3/5/2016, First start 4/22/2017, MA legal 7/11/2018
    Build Thread http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...FIA-build-8833
    "Insanity is contagious" - Joseph Heller

  5. #4
    Straversi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Palos Verdes, CA
    Posts
    927
    Post Thanks / Like
    Congratulations! She’s a beauty. I love the theme and the execution. Great wheels and tires too.
    -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, Registered and Completed 10/18/18. Build Thread: http://thefactoryfiveforum.com/showt...V-Coyote-Build Graduation Thread: https://thefactoryfiveforum.com/show...-Roadster-8901

  6. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Sherwood Park, Alberta
    Posts
    36
    Post Thanks / Like
    Looks fantastic! Super clean and love the 15" fat boys!

    Troy
    " The journey is the reward" Chinese Proverb
    FFR Roadster #5380
    FFR Spyder GT #030

  7. #6
    Member ydousurf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    Greality, Colorado
    Posts
    49
    Post Thanks / Like
    It's Back to the Future, er, Past! Absolutely gorgeous build, with excellent execution and representation in what you accomplished. It took me back to my youth and I had to take a double-take, clicking back on the thread and all the pictures again. I guess I just wanted to savor some old childhood memories. Thanks for taking me down Memory Lane!

    Dj

  8. #7

    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Millis, MA
    Posts
    201
    Post Thanks / Like
    Nice job my friend!
    “Privateer”
    289 USRRC Chassis #9188 p/u 9/11/2017 Go kart 3/18/2018, road legal 6/16/2018
    Ford full roller 306 built by my son and me Holley Sniper EFI
    TKO600 2015 IRS 3:55. 17” FFR Hallibrand replicas, Power steering
    FFR Vintage instruments, Wipers and Heat/defrost
    Lots of parts and advice from Mike Forte & Mark Reynolds (Breeze Automotive)

  9. #8
    PLATNUM Supporting Member
    wallace18's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Alachua, Florida
    Posts
    4,515
    Post Thanks / Like
    Super Job! I love the look without the roll bar.

  10. #9

    Steve >> aka: GoDadGo
    GoDadGo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Posts
    3,687
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1
    Was This Your Motivation To Build A 289 FIA?

    https://youtu.be/bcJZPjRdad8

  11. Likes Tom Veale liked this post
  12. #10

    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Elk Grove, NorCal
    Posts
    349
    Post Thanks / Like
    Congratulations Joel. Awesome job

  13. #11
    Papa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    Parker, CO
    Posts
    2,331
    Post Thanks / Like
    Joel,

    Beautiful car and fantastic workmanship. Enjoy the car!

    Dave
    There are 10 types of people in this world;
    those who understand binary and those who don't.

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

  14. #12
    Senior Member GTBradley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Location
    Centennial, CO
    Posts
    462
    Post Thanks / Like
    Looks like the real thing. I love it. Excellent work!
    MK IV Coyote Roadster
    "Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul."
    Rebecca West
    Build thread: https://thefactoryfiveforum.com/show...TKO600-and-IRS

  15. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    30
    Post Thanks / Like
    Love it.... looks great!!
    Paul

  16. #14
    Senior Member KDubU's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Kennebunk, ME
    Posts
    658
    Post Thanks / Like
    She’s a beauty! Very nice choice on paint.
    Kyle

    Complete Kit pickup 09/05/2015, 351w, QF680, 3.55, 3-Link, 15" Halibrands with MT's, Painted Viking blue with Wimbledon white stripes on 03/15/2017.

  17. #15

    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Petaluma, CA
    Posts
    337
    Post Thanks / Like
    Thanks to all of you who responded with such positive comments. As is always the case with these cars, was a labor of love. Received the custom car cover from Covercraft today. It fits great. I do not remember who gave me the Covercraft recommendation but whoever it was, thanks!! Joel

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Racing Adventures

Visit our community sponsor