First things first… I need to do a complete inventory of everything F5 sent me. There’s 37 pages of stuff that needs to checked and its all packed in 21 boxes. I’m not even touching the car itself yet. So Inventory, inventory, inventory.
Plan right now is to be done inventory by Monday evening when Chip & Bo are coming over to help take the body off and get it mounted on the body buck.
Update 10:30pm Friday night: Inventory complete! No missing or wrong parts. I think tomorrow I’ll separate some parts for powdercoating and maybe assemble the shocks.
So I’ve got the rear axle… and I’ve got the brakes… time to put something together!
Started by assembling the front brake hats to the rotors. Torqued with loktite and installed safety cables. This is a new, more reliable version of safety wire used on aircraft.
Assembled the rear brakes on the rear axle. Pretty easy stuff with no issues, except I need some thicker washers to center the calipers. Then test fitted one rear wheel to make sure there was no interference. Looks good!!
A UPS Freight tractor trailer came out of nowhere in front of my house. He backed right up to my driveway and said he had a crate for me that weighed 300 lbs! He helped me get it up to the garage and then went his way. My neighbors are going to start wondering with these tractors coming and going…
Moser 8.8 3-link rear axle assembly. Built with all new parts, heavy duty axles and 3.55:1 gearing. Made just for F5 and ready to take some torque!
I’ve been ordering additional parts that I’ll need to assemble the car or as upgrades. Tools, American Racing wheels , Howe balljoints, all kinds of stuff. I’ll be ordering more and more as time goes along.
American Racing Torq Thrust M wheels, 17×9 front, 17×10.5 rear.
The brakes are from Wilwood and are options from F5. I ordered these along with the car, they just showed up early.
Its been a very long time coming. I’ve been following and watching Factory 5 for years.
Factory 5 (F5) started as a company that makes kit cars. They made a Cobra replica that used many parts from a 87-93 Ford Mustang. This was very successful and made for an affordable, cool, fast car that could be built in your own garage.
Fast forward and F5 has grown. They now offer 5 models of cars and you can build them as originally designed, with a donor, or as a complete car that uses no donor parts.
I’ve been planning this for a long, long time. In August of 2014, I joined 2 forums dedicated to F5 cars. That December, I begin building my spreadsheet where I was planning my car.
Today, Feb 1, 2017, I ordered my car. I ordered a complete Roadster (no donor). I plan on many upgrades and plan on using only the highest quality new parts. I expected it to take 4-5 weeks for F5 to put together my kit… I got an email 10 minutes after ordering that it would ready in 10 days, on Feb 11.
Few things have happened
I have fixed a small coolant leak at the heater select valve, and replaced the power steering pump with a unit that is setup and dyno’d for flow and pressure to match the Fox Mustang steering rack. Also has a reservoir mounted right to the side of the pump for excellent fluid supply.