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Old Nov 27, 2012, 09:42 AM
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My other hobby

Built this about 4 years ago and currently have 8500 miles on it.

Factory Five MKIII Roadster.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 10:24 AM
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thats pretty sweet so how is it to drive??
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 11:31 AM
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Very cool! What motor are you using? There's a guy I talk to at the local gas station all the time who has the real 427 Cobra and the Factory Five kit. He races the real one in nostalgia events. I think he's nuts, it's worth a fortune! His Factory Five copy looks and goes better than the real one.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:50 PM
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thats pretty sweet so how is it to drive??
It's really a lot of fun to drive especially since it weighs 2305 with a half tank of gas and has about 320 hp at flywheel.

We do sometimes refer to them as 50/50/50/ cars.

50 miles - max and you're ready to get out.

50 minutes - max and you're ready for a break

50 degrees - min because it's wide open with no heater.

Obviously it's a fair weather car but we did put in heated seats which really helps out on the days when it's down to about 32 in the morning.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:58 PM
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Very cool! What motor are you using? There's a guy I talk to at the local gas station all the time who has the real 427 Cobra and the Factory Five kit. He races the real one in nostalgia events. I think he's nuts, it's worth a fortune! His Factory Five copy looks and goes better than the real one.
The engine is a bored 1990 302 (306) roller block with the following goodies:

Stock crank
Probe rods
Speed Pro Pistons
New E303 Roller cam
New Roller Lifters
New Push Rods
New B351 Roller Rockers
New GT40P Heads
Canton 7.5 quart oil pan
Mass-Flo EFI Fuel Injection System

It hasn't been on the dyno but I'm told by some knowlegable people that it's about 320 hp.

I own the car 50/50 with a friend of mine and we did everything but re build the trans and shoot the paint.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 09:19 AM
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I hope it has a 5 speed! I just love these kind of cars. We used to build lots of cars like this back in the 60s. I think we did about a dozen small block Chevy/MG swaps, even did a Pontiac/ Jaguar swap. Those old English sports cars took a large chunk of cast iron, bored 4 holes in it for pistons and called it an engine. Even a large V8 weighed less. Did you know that the Jaguar independent rear end used lots of Ford F150 parts? I'd love to build something like the Factory Five Cobra, but there is no place I could drive it around here. Anyway, thanks for sharing!
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 02:37 PM
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It's a built up World Class T5. The input shaft and 1st and 2d gear are beefed up to a rating of 350 ft lbs. Also first gear is a 2.95 ratio which makes a big difference on these cars when using a 3.55 rear end with 315/35/17 tires.This car will cruise around town all day in 4th gear and turn 2000 rpm at 70 mph in 5th all while getting 23 mpg.
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Old Dec 01, 2012, 04:22 PM
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thats awesome
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