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51  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:
52  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.
53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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
57  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.
58  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.
59  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.

60  General / Open Forum / Re: Thinking about doing an Oktoberfest meat at my place. on: September 11, 2014, 11:13:09 AM
Count Danielle and I in.  We have some smaller than normal cornhole boards.  We could also bring some kind of food or whatever is needed.
61  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The totaled Porsche on: August 09, 2014, 12:15:13 PM
Well, I got a replacement Boxster last weekend.  It's a '99 base model with S brakes and suspension pieces.  It was already 3.4-swapped, but the previous owner blew up two motors and decided to sell the car (sans motor).  I found it on the Rennlist forums down in Texas.  Keath went and looked at it for me, helped with the transaction, and towed it to Ohio with him for the Pro Solo where my parents (who were coming to visit from Chicago) picked it up and brought it down to VA (thanks, Keath!)

Here's the car up in the air next to the totaled one.

While digging around underneath the car to figure out what parts I need to order, I found that the fuel supply line was moderately crushed.  I wonder if this had anything to do with the failure of the PO's motor(s).  I'm definitely replacing this.

62  General / Classifieds / Re: Tire Trailer FS on: August 04, 2014, 03:13:33 AM
Those look like Sport Edition Cup 4's that you can get from TireRack for $800 a set.  We have a set for Danielle's car.  TireRack says they're just under 25lbs for an 18x8 and just over for an 18x9.
63  Events / Autocross / Re: Volunteers for Towing Trailer?? on: July 30, 2014, 05:17:06 AM
I don't think I'm going to be at the August event, so someone else will need to make plans to get the trailer from Chris' place and haul it away after the event.
64  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The totaled Porsche on: July 27, 2014, 05:57:32 PM
Nice, I hadn't heard of Oil Eater.  Stuff looks good.  I'm out of Simple Green, I may have to get some of that.  Do you buy it locally?

The motor is going into a 986 that should be showing up this weekend.  I just ordered new spark plug tubes, seals, a bunch of hoses and an air-oil separator.  Taking care of all that stuff will be easy with the motor out, then I can stick it in the Boxster.
65  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The totaled Porsche on: July 27, 2014, 12:49:31 PM
What did you use to clean it? Looks good!

Basically, one of these sets of small brushes to get most of the stuff off dry, then Simple Green and more brushing, then brake cleaner.
66  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The totaled Porsche on: July 27, 2014, 09:26:43 AM
Managed to clean the motor this weekend.  It was pretty dirty when it came out, looks like oil seeping from the air-oil separator.  That will get replaced since it's inaccessible when in the car.

Dirty motor, the clean part is because I cleaned it when I did the clutch 2k miles ago:

After a few hours with some Simple Green, a wire brush, brake cleaner and paper towels:

67  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The totaled Porsche on: July 17, 2014, 05:37:38 AM
Yeah, send me a diagram of which ones you're talking about or come on over and we can take a look.
68  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The totaled Porsche on: July 16, 2014, 03:27:44 AM
I'm gonna say that most of the parts not required for the car are up for grabs.  We need the seats, but everything else is fair game.
69  General / Autos and Autosport / The totaled Porsche on: July 13, 2014, 06:06:09 PM
Well, as most of you know by now, Danielle's 2000 911 was hit a few weeks back.  She was on 64 EB getting off Gaskins North, slowing down to merge into the exit lane.  The couple behind her (in a Buick) didn't want to slow down and quickly cut into the middle lane, right as an SUV was passing them.  They clipped the SUV, sending it rolling and their car spun into the side of the Porsche.  Thankfully, Danielle wasn't hurt.

All-in-all, we're pretty lucky.  The car ran and drove fine after the accident, but the insurance company totaled it.  Now I don't have to worry about dealing with a repaired car.  Unfortunately, I had just done the clutch, flywheel, and replaced the IMS bearing 2k miles prior.  I ended up buying the car back for pretty cheap.  The plans are to find a Boxster sans motor and swap the 3.4L into it.  Got the motor out this weekend and will start cleaning it up.

After its last drive around the neighborhood:

Prepping everything to drop the motor and trans:

Paul came over after the autocross and helped me remove everything:

70  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB: 1997-2002 Boxster for cheap on: July 13, 2014, 05:53:16 PM
Hah, yeah - let me know.
71  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB: 1997-2002 Boxster for cheap on: July 09, 2014, 04:44:00 PM
ah, yeah.  repaired cars scare me after going to an insurance auction and seeing the prices people pay.  there's no room in there to actually fix anything correctly.  i went to one where there were 3 totaled S2000s.  the cheapest one had no usable body panels, a corner of the suspension had been ripped out of the subframe and it still went for like $5500.  there's no way you could fix that right and still make money on selling it considering good ones were going for like $10-$12k at the time.
72  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB: 1997-2002 Boxster for cheap on: July 08, 2014, 05:01:58 PM
Interesting.  I'm not quite sure how to use the Facebook, but I have attempted to join their group.  Hopefully they let me in!
73  General / Classifieds / WTB: 1997-2002 Boxster for cheap on: July 07, 2014, 06:10:26 PM
I know I'm looking for something hard to find, but I'd like to swap the 3.4 out of Danielle's totaled 996 into a Boxster.  The hard to find part is because I'm cheap.  I'm looking for a car that's in good cosmetic shape and was well-cared for, but maybe had IMS bearing problems or some other catastrophic engine failure.  Figured I'd put it out there.  If you all know anyone whose Boxster blew up, I'd like to take a look at it.
74  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Hot Rod Power Tour 2014 on: June 17, 2014, 05:11:09 AM
Ouch, sorry to hear about all the issues.  Sounds like a ton of fun, though.  I've been watching the updates that Hot Rod is posting on YouTube.  Makes me want to go.
75  General / Open Forum / Re: Good body shop recommendations on: June 13, 2014, 06:48:07 PM
Go to an adjuster, take the check, and buy this one, and make one out of the 2


Hah, that's funny.  I showed that one to Danielle a coupe hours ago and said the same thing.
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