Just Getting Started

GBarrow

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Thank you for allowing me to join this group. Bill Dane of FF Metal told me about your organization and I am looking forward to all I can learn from you guys. My name is Guy Barrow and I live outside Bristol, VA. Four years ago I showed my wife the Car & Driver article testing a Factory Five roadster against an original Cobra. Her response was, "We need to build that car!" Yes, I am married to a unicorn! She then sent me to build school as a 36th wedding anniversary present and thus began the odyssey. I have been working overseas for the past 8 years, so this project has been on hold until now, but fortunately, we are now able to pull the trigger and get started on this. After going to build school and visiting the Factory Five shop in MA, I settled on a MK4 complete kit with IRS. We live in the mountains of Southwest VA with lots of great roads to run and wanted the IRS for the handling advantages it gives, along with power steering and the Wilwood brake upgrade. I also wanted a reliable, fuel injected engine to handle the altitude changes,so plan to use a 5.0L Coyote mated to a TKO 600 transmission. The guys at build school told me a 6 speed would not fit in the roadster, but I am now hearing from some folks that the IRS setup will handle a 6 speed trans. I would prefer to use a 6 speed if possible and will research that further. We want to use the car most of the year, so got the FF5 rag top, heater and wipers. I plan to use FF Metal's firewall forward kit and their trans tunnel cover along with Breeze's battery box to put the battery in the engine bay.
I know there is a LOT that I don't know, but I am not in a hurry on this and plan to go slow and do it right. My son is in the Navy and moving to Guam this month. If I can, I would love to meet him with the completed roadster when he comes back 2 years from now. We shall see.
 

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Vic Chambers
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Welcome. I have a 6 speed car and a TKO600 in the Cobra. I'm not sure there is much benefit in engineering a solution to fit a 6 speed in the Cobra, especially with a Coyote. Light car with high horsepower allows the car to be drivable in a lot of gears. My $0.02.
 

Scott Harrison

"Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional"
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Welcome to CACC.

Wow, I had no idea Linwood had sold FF Metal to Bill. Both of their cars are built to concours standards. Linwood may be the most anal person I've ever met and it shows in all of his cars...Cobra, Camaro, Corvette.
The quality of their products may exceed FFR's.
 

Scott Harrison

"Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional"
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Bristol Va...cool town..half Va, half Tennessee. Spent a rainy afternoon there last year on the Hot Rod power tour.
 

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GBarrow

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Thanks for the warm reception and I am looking forward to learning lots from all you guys that have been there and done that! Scott, thanks for the wisdom on 5 vs 6 speed. I tend to agree that the benefits are most likely far outweighed by the headaches of forcing a 6 speed into this car.
On another note, any advice on how to go about registering this car in Virginia. I was hoping to register it as a 1965 model, but hear that is no longer doable. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
 
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