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51  Events / Other Events / Re: Dyno Day 2015 on: February 04, 2015, 05:50:11 PM
I may or may not be able to attend now.  The Insight has a bad misfire that I need to figure out.  Bad enough that the CEL is flashing.
52  General / Technical Help / Re: Car scales and corner weight? on: January 24, 2015, 03:51:12 PM
Yeah, I'm down to host something in the spring.  I'd guess we could do up to 3 cars pretty easily.  If I get a lift in by then, it'll go oven faster.
53  General / Technical Help / Re: Car scales and corner weight? on: January 22, 2015, 08:31:31 PM
I have scales, but basically zero time in the near future.  I'm happy to donate the scales if someone I know takes responsibility for them.  They're not cheap and they're far from bulletproof - I dropped one and it cost me $250 to replace the sensor.

Alternatively, if we do this in the Spring (April?), I should have some time and the space to host.
54  Events / Other Events / Re: Dyno Day 2015 on: January 13, 2015, 09:07:21 AM
I'll dyno the Insight Smiley
55  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: January 02, 2015, 01:11:37 PM
While you're there, you should grind the pointy stubs off those damn rivets in the bumper!  I don't know how many times I've caught my leg on them.
56  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: January 01, 2015, 04:00:30 PM
Are you willing to fool with it? I have a small Kubota tractor with a backhoe, if that would do any good.

I appreciate the offer.  Let me see what my guy comes back with.  I've got so many projects that I won't mind having someone do this.  I've gotta have over 1/2 acre covered in stone too, so my guess is that it will be really easy with a large piece of equipment.
57  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: January 01, 2015, 12:19:07 PM
What are you going to grade it with?

$$$.  Someone with the right equipment will be doing it.  My guess is they'll need to dig some ditches to drain the water and let it dry out a bit before coming in with a bulldozer or something.
58  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: January 01, 2015, 06:12:50 AM
Did you end up hanging the doors yourself?


Yeah.  It's a fair bit of work to get the horizontal tracks hung because There is no ceiling, but it's not very complicated to do.
59  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 30, 2014, 07:20:40 PM
Well, got some more done in the last week.  My Dad was down for a while.  We spent a couple days in Delaware with Danielle's parents and a few days putting up garage doors, so only a few days working on the Cobra.

We did manage to get the steering system buttoned up, the pedal box and gas tank in, and started on the aluminum panels.

Here's the car as it sits now:

From the back:

My Dad sitting in it:

Clecos are great for holding everything together, I hadn't ever used them before:

There was some interference between the clutch pedal and a chassis tube.  Apparently, this is a common issue:

Some people notch the tube, but we thought it would be smarter to notch the pedal:

Lastly, here's a couple shots of the garage as we put the doors up.  I bought some scaffolding with some of the money I saved by doing them myself.  Still have a couple days of work left to get rest of the horizontal tracks and the openers up.  Ricardo is working on the interior room and I've gotta get the rough grading and electric done next.  Hopefully I'll be in some time in February.

60  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 23, 2014, 06:30:23 PM
Well, we finally got the rear end finished up.  Thanks to a bad pinion bearing, I lost about a day trying to figure out why the gear pattern looked horrible no matter how we set it up.  Once we replaced the bearing and got it shimmed up right, the pattern looked about perfect.

Here it is all buttoned up:

And in the car with the 3-link setup:

Also got the power steering rack in the car.  We had to shorten the inner tie rod ends about an inch, but it looks like it'll work out fine.
61  General / Open Forum / Re: Farmboy Fab: 1989 K2500 6.0 LSx swap on a budget on: December 16, 2014, 06:56:44 PM
Nice, looks good.  LS motors in everything!
62  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 16, 2014, 06:50:13 PM
Are you planning to run a business from it, or simply using it for your own projects? I do have an old SCCA race car that would fit in there really well................

Hah, just my own projects.

This past weekend, I didn't get a ton done.  I did manage to rebuild the Eaton Posi that was in the car, paint the rear end, and remove the power steering rack from the parts car.  I'm hoping this coming weekend I can re-assemble the rear end, put new tie rods in the steering rack and get them both in the car.  I've also got the next two weeks off of work and my Dad is coming down, so we should be able to make a bunch of progress.

Dirty carrier:

Stripped down and wiped off:

I put it back together, but didn't take any pics.  It took about 20 minutes to get it shimmed properly (as far as I can tell), but it was fairly simple.  I've gotta remove the old bearings and press new ones on, then install the new ring gear.

I cleaned off the rear end and prepped it with some chemicals that are needed for POR 15.  I also cleaned and treated the rear calipers, brackets, and heat shields.

I painted the rear end with 3 coats of POR 15 and 2 coats of flat black Rustoleum.  The brackets and calipers have 1 or 2 coats of POR 15 and several coats of VHT caliper paint.  This picture is prior to putting the flat black on the rear end:

I'm looking forward to the next few weeks.  We'll see how far we can get.  Who knows, maybe the motor will even show up.
63  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 11, 2014, 06:20:21 PM
How big is it? 30'x 60'? It looks great.

It's 32'x80'.  I was originally planning on a 50'x80' building, but the county didn't want that since it's bigger than my house.  Also, anything north of 3000sqft is considered commercial and I'd have needed to have two separate handicap-accessible restrooms (one men's, one women's) and a bunch of other BS.  This route was easier than trying to fight that and it really should be plenty large enough.  I just won't be able to drive a tractor trailer through it like I could have with the other one.
64  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 09, 2014, 05:54:28 PM
That mud!

Yeah, we've still got to do final grading.  Putting a greater slope on the swale around the building so it drains out to the woods is on that list.  And covering everything with stone should help.  So much stone.  In the mean time, at least I get to test the 4wd capabilities of my truck on super-bald tires.
65  Events / Rallycross / Re: Local rally crosses on: December 08, 2014, 08:38:32 PM
I would definitely do this.
66  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 07, 2014, 04:45:59 PM
Well, I got a little bit more done this weekend.  Front suspension is on and the rear end is torn apart.  I've gotta order some parts (differential rebuild kit, front hub nuts) before I go much farther.  Hopefully they come in this week.

I started by removing all of the aluminum panels.  I made sure I labeled them all and recorded the order in which I removed them so I can put them back on without too much thinking.



Pile of aluminum panels:

Paul came over and gave me a hand with the front suspension.  We got that together for the most part.  The hub nuts were backordered from Factory Five so I've gotta get some from elsewhere before I can bolt up the hubs and brakes.  We're going to use the brakes off my Dad's '95 Mustang Cobra.

Front suspension:

I also disassembled the rear end.  It's currently got 3.73 gears, which will get swapped out for some 3.08s.  I'll be rebuilding the Eaton Posi that's already there and painting the whole housing.

Here's the rear as it came out of the Mustang.  It's only slightly crusty:

I ground off the quad shock mounts and hit the whole thing with a wire wheel and degreaser:

Here it is completely disassembled:

If I have time this week after work, I'll start prepping and painting the rear end so I can hopefully mock it up in the car next weekend.  If I can get the steering rack and front brakes in, the front end will be good to go.  Then just finishing up the rear end and I should be able to roll it around.

In other news, the sheeting on my building is up.  They need to do the trim and gutters and I need to put the garage doors up.  Hopefully we can get the power run this month and everything hooked up in January.

67  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 03, 2014, 05:32:58 PM
Here's a video of the assembled motor on the dyno.  I haven't seen a dyno chart, but supposedly it's making 600hp and 624ft-lbs of torque.  Engine builder says the Factor Five headers are fairly restrictive and we'll lose a bunch of power.  Should still be north of 400whp, which is plenty.  It's a 408 (bored, stroked 351W) with some kind of fancy heads and cam.  Plus an EFI velocity stack intake...because that's the easiest to fit under the hood :grin:
68  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 02, 2014, 04:59:05 AM
Yeah, I was joking about CAM.  We'll run whatever class it fits in, it's not important.  Looks like using the ABS system from the Mustang may kick it out of XP.  The safety requirements seem pretty simple in any of them.
69  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 01, 2014, 07:58:50 AM
X/P or E/M?

Can I add some ballast and run it in CAM? Tongue

Classing isn't really a concern.  I'm hoping that once it's sorted out, it'll be a contender for FTD.
70  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: November 30, 2014, 05:38:42 PM
Hah, yeah.  I can't wait for the new garage.  I'll have to have some kind of party once it's done.  For now, I'm happy with the "small" 22x22' garage.  It's easier to heat Smiley

So, I got the body buck finished up today.  Just put in some diagonal bracing and shelves down the side.  Then, Paul came over to take a look and he and Danielle helped remove the body.  It must only weigh about 100lbs.

Finished body buck

Body mounted on the buck, all the boxes fit underneath.  I can roll it out of the garage if I need more room to work.

From the back

Now I've gotta start cleaning up the rear end out of the Mustang.  I ordered some POR-15 paint and will order some 3.08 gears.  Since the car is so light and the motor will likely only rev to ~5500rpm, the 3.73s in it now are way too aggressive.  3.08s should cruise at ~1900rpm @ 70mph and be able to do 70mph in 2nd and 130mph in 4th, which seems pretty good for autocross and track day use.
71  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: November 30, 2014, 05:13:10 AM
Hoping to be in the new shop around New Year.  I'm in no rush, but it would certainly be nice to have the additional space.
72  General / Autos and Autosport / Factory Five Cobra Build on: November 29, 2014, 03:20:13 PM
My Dad's Cobra showed up on Wednesday.  I figured I'd try and keep a build thread on here with the progress.  He unloaded it with the driver on Wednesday.  We inventoried all the boxes of parts it comes with and then pulled the rear end out of the parts Mustang on Thanksgiving.  Today, Jeff came over and we made a body buck to hold the body while I work on everything else.  Next, I've gotta figure out how to take the body off the frame and get it onto the buck.

Here's the Mustang sans rear end sitting with some of the other parts cars we have.  Classy.

The car sitting next to the body buck

Another view of the body buck

Front of the car

Fancy powder coated frame

Many boxes
73  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: This is why the Woody has a Roof on: November 27, 2014, 06:13:24 PM
That looks like it hurt.  I'm pretty sure the roof would stay on, it's welded to the cage with some beefy tabs, but I really don't want to find out.
74  General / Open Forum / Re: New Venues for VMSC? on: November 15, 2014, 05:52:09 PM
How far along is the place in Thornburg?  That would definitely be a good venue.
75  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The totaled Porsche on: October 13, 2014, 05:31:14 PM
Well, after a lot of time away from the project for vacation, I've finally gotten it together.  Thanks to Jeff and Paul who helped out over the last few weekends.  I've put a few hundred easy miles on it so far and haven't noticed anything concerning.  I'm trying to get some dyno time with Performance Autosport to make sure the AFR is okay under various conditions.  Also, to see how much power it makes.  It's definitely quick even though I probably haven't gone more than 30% throttle.

Jeff helped me get the motor mounted up a few weeks ago.  My el-cheapo Harbor Freight transmission jack really didn't like lifting the motor up into the car, but it worked.

I mounted the transaxle and the exhaust pretty quickly.

The exhaust is off a 987 Cayman S.  It has a different routing that takes it outside the frame rails, next to the shocks.  Between that and the motor sitting a little too low, the catalytic converters won't clear these aluminum braces that tie the rear suspension to the rest of the car.

I really wanted to get it driving without tearing the rear suspension out of the car over a bump, so I fabbed up some replacement braces out of some C-channel I had lying around.  My hope is that this is temporary and once I raise the front of the motor another inch, I can get the aluminum braces back on.

Anyways, it's together and I'm happy.  Even got the power seats from the 911 working for Danielle.  Hopefully not too much more to do.  Time to get the 911 out of the garage so I can make room for the next project.

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