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FFR Mk III -Build & Activities
I got my new Mark III Factory Five Racing  kit in January, 2005. Slow getting started 'cause of finishing repairs on the '95 M3 I bent at Bay Bottom Crawl in October, 2004. My perfect wrecked 1998 Cobra Mustang "donor car" arrived in March, 2005, courtesy of Jon Alarie's efforts. Disassembly of the donor began shortly thereafter. Assembly of the FFR began in earnest around August, 2005, proceeding slowly into 2006. First start of the engine was 2-20-2006, a major moment. This build is different than my previous FFR's, as I'm using a DOHC 4.6 Ford Mod-Motor as the engine, instead of the traditional Ford small block pushrod engine. I'll post progress pics and video here; let's see how it goes.   

Sept. 24, 2006 UPDATE: first test drive a total success. I'm on a mission to run this car at Sebring Oct. 5 & 6 at the 5th Annual Reptile Roundup, and it looks like we'll make it!

Sept. 30 UPDATE: Jeff Kleiner flew into town with his bag of flame-painting supplies. He spent 2 days laying out, taping and painting the coolest flame job imaginable. Pics posted of the process, and pizza and beer celebration at Zipz with the local Cobra buddies. Next stop: Sebring race track, short course Thursday and long course Friday.

October 23 UPDATE: Reptile Roundup Track Day at Sebring was as good and as bad as it gets! October 5, this car was unexpectedly well setup right off the trailer: handling, steering, brakes and engine were wonderful. We ran four 1/2 hour sessions using the alternate short course, which included the pit and back straights, plus some turns. The engine blew up a few minutes before the end of my last run session. The rotating assembly of the front four cylinders and the engine block were destroyed, from detonation caused by lean-run conditions we believe. We pushed the car on the trailer and towed home. Now for the engine rebuild...

January 2008 UPDATE: NEW ENGINE!!! Lots happened since a year+ ago. The blown engine was replaced with a new short block, stroked to 5.0, using all forged internal rotating parts, using stock donor heads, cams, and intake with bigger throttle body. This baby is built to be RELIABLE and LONG-LIVED. We Dyno tuned this time: 307 RWHP and about 300 ft lbs. torq by my calculation. Plenty to keep me busy while becoming a better track driver. I replaced the stock Bilstein shocks and 600# springs with FFR's new red adjustable  Koni's, with 750# springs at all four wheels. Still no sway bars, and so far it feels controlled and solid on the street and track. Not too firm for the street. I've had Lynn and my Dad give their ride-along opinions and all are favorable. Replaced the donor radiator and fan with an aluminum FFR rad and aluminum shroud from FFMetal. Very simple install using the aftermarket electric fan supplied with the kit. No problems to date.

I plan to get some seat time at Homestead, Sebring, and Moroso in 2008, and get signed off by NASA for their HPDE-4 group. A bunch of us ran with NASA in November and again in January, and I got signed off for HPDE-3, so now to get more seat time there and move up one more notch if possible. The car is reliable, cool-running, smooth, and usually faster than anything else on track in the groups I've run with...just needs a better driver sometimes. Immediate goals: Finish the custom tonneau project, keep driving smooth and smart at the track events, and figure out a good week-long roadtrip for the spring. Thanks for looking at the page.

November 2009 Update: I love this car: the engine has been really strong and makes fantastic sounds above 5,000 rpm. I decided to stay at NASA HPDE3, and not try to advance higher or do NASA Time Trials for now. I've spent many hours at Sebring, and PBIR reopened for business about a year ago so I have tried to run there some since it's so close to home. I finished my tonneau project, got an adult paint job that gets compliments everywhere I go, and installed a set of North Racecars Team III Halibrand replica 17" wheels for street use. Present goals are to refine the car,  have a few road adventures, and continue to have track fun at HPDE's run by NASA & HOD, and anyone else I can afford to run with.

January 2011 update: Wow, I never owned the same FFR so long! Still love the car, and the way she drives. Doing lots of track events with NASA and HOD,  got signed off into HPDE4 with NASA, and Group A with HOD. Unlimited passing with pretty serious drivers is  going to sharpen my game a lot. No more improvements are planned for the car. Best driving weekend ever was Reptile Roundup in November 2010: Older daughter Mandi came down and co-drove the FFR several sessions,  with me riding in the instructor seat. Fantastic day, lots of fast laps and no disasters. She is a serious driver on track!
Date(s): Jan 2005 - Present. Album by John  Phillips. Photos by John Phillips. 1 - 490 of 490 Total. 6076 Visits.
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January 2005 -FFR 1004554RD  ready to be built
As delivered, body sitting on frame, aluminum panels lightly screwed into temporary position on frame, boxes of parts stacked in garage, let's get to it.

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1998 Mustang Cobra DOHC wreck, 52,000 miles, hit in passenger side and across front fascia. Everything I need is in great shape!

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Engine is removed from UNDER the car, no cherry picker needed. Jack up the  body and roll engine/tranny out on dolly...I should've made it much wider tho

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March 2005, celebration getting engine out of donor
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Roller, frame painted with Rust Bullet. IMPRESSIVE paint...you can literally hammer on it without damage. No way this frame will ever rust!

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Dec. 2005  Dad John Engine Install
John and Dad hoist engine for install December '05

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Dad and Mom just before heading bck to Ohio

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Moroso pan

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Whitby motor mount shim in place

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Pre-oil pressure rig, to oil engine before starting. Worked great!

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Richard and Chris Bailey: Best Friends you could have, and not shy about tearing into your car!

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Scrap aluminum prototype to check body fit

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Prototype footbox extension fit check. There's more room to play with here if necessary

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Hole is approx 9" x 12", as-fab'd extension protrudes from stock footbox panel 1 3/4" at the front and 1" at the rear

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Fab end caps from scrap using cardboard pattern, vice, snips, hammer and wood blocks

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rear cap and cleco's

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Adds almost 2" sideways room for left foot.

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P/S Heidt's valve and plumbing

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Footbox brace easy, effective, no welding

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D-side rear brake line

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P-side rear brake line

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Trunk alum installed

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Cobra Earl trunk expansion kit, with hole I cut to access gas tank pump and sender

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Interior alum after rebending and hammering

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Interior alum installation

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A/C install begins...I later abandoned the air conditioning concept, in favor of keeping the build and operation of the car simple as possible.

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Lynn with A/C evaporator-blower

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It goes HERE...easy to install it later if I decide to a/c again: blockoff plate fitted to firewall.

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Begin I-Squared Engineering dash harness wiring job on Lynn's dining room table

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Classic Instruments in mock dash

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Frame fit mock dash and switches

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Body work as done as I got it before heading to Frank Gifford at Custom Illusions shop in Stuart

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8-19-06 muh boys provide muscle power for trailer loadup

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Ready to roll, with the essential help of Chris Moon and Richard Bailey

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ready to offload at Frank's

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Trevor Bailey in Frank's shop with my FFR

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Carbon Fiber Dash - Thunderball
8-24-06 Chris Bailey (Thunderball) dropped off this incredible carbon fiber dashboard blank for me. It's like a jewel, I'm in awe. Look how shiny!

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Another view of the dash blank. I'll use my crude wood dash to proof the gauge-switch layout and wiring before I transfer it all to this dash.

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8-26-06 Pick up the primed body to get ready for Sebring Oct. 5&6

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8-27-06 Wiring the frame-harness to mate with the dashboard wiring

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Success! Note the tach is reading ~600 rpm, the engine's idling, the wiring job I did works!

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Taillights work, now to wire the turn signals and install a brake light switch

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Bend Kirkey Seat wing to fit inside body

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Torch wing aluminum, then bend it with ViceGrip and 3-foot pipe

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Fab'd seat mounts 2" angle aluminum

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Driver's seat mounts installed

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Solid seat mount trial fit

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Fab'd seat back brace, works perfect, seat assembly solid as a rock now, no flex anywhere

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9-2-06 Bob Mac visits, getting his pristine FFR totally filthy on our rotten dirt mud road. Awesome snapless tonneau

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Taped CF dash, laid out for hole sawing

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Nerve-racking drill job

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Lynn poses with almost-finished CF dash

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Finished seat & belt install

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9-08-06 Skelt's last bulkhead glovebox kit installed and operable at last

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E-brake handle slot, trans tunnel cover

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Rough fit, now to find some Nut-Serts

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"Elephant Ear" aluminum splashguard panel behind passenger front wheel..it pushes the body side out, away from the 4x4 header collector

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After elephant ear install. Shot with camera centered on the collector. Looks like there'll be major interference, huh?

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Side pipe bolted up to collector. Just touches front edge of cutout, I can file that a bit, so no problem. The side pipe collector CURVES IN to meet the header, so no body interference.

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No header replacement or surgery is necessary!

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Country spray booth

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Intake setup with Pep Boys-sourced elbow and fab'd brace

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K&N filter with scrap 3 1/2" steel inside collar, air temp sensor grommet and MAF adaptor

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EBrake assembly

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9-17-06 Hood Helpers Angie Lynn
They were crucial helpers! Had to raise and lower the hood while I adjusted the hinges MANY times

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Hood Hinge Struts
So far I love this hinge setup: classy mechanism and perfect balance on the struts, if a little tedious to adjust

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Hood Hinge

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Hood Latches  in
Moved em inboard like original CObra's per Sergio specs

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Oil Pressure sender angle mod

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Sidepipes on

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Trans Tunnel Cover install

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Under door alum Oben2

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9- 18-06 Dash in, Lynn major helper and nervous wreck

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Windshield mod ready install

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Windshield install John Richard

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On the ground ready for alignment and  test drive

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Ernie  solves the vacuum leak

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9-23-06 Marcello alignment king

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Mirror install for test run

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9-24-06 Business park unload for test runs

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Chris Bailey with CF dashboard he designed and manufactured

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Jeff tapes out

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Jeff and masked flames
"I see there's masking..."
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Lynn and masked flames

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Jeff paints white

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Jeff and yellow

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PAinted with paper

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Flame results no stripe

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9-30-06 Jeff and aewsome final product

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10-01-06 parts run before Zipz, Jeff  and NAPA Pete

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Jeff John First Flame trip
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Zipz Cobra bunch beer and pizza

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5 snakes Zipz
Lanier, West, Larson, Phillips, Moons FFR's take a rest
"WHEN FRIENDS GET TOGE..."
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6th snake Zipz
Huey's beauty parked all alone

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Lynns first ride
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At work with FFR Jack, Jan and Mary

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10-04-06 FFR Volvo trailer to Sebring
Lynn's car bcomes a tow vehicle

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10-05-06 Sebring Snakes pit
About 60 Cobras met at Sebring for a 2-day open track event, Reptile Roundup. This is some of the Palm Beach County guys, in the historic pits. My day went great until the engine blew during the last session!

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FFR Sebring  Closeup

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2006 10-05 FFR Closeup JLP

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Engine debris recovered after the blow
Block, piston and oil pan fragments Inman  recovered from Sebring's back straight

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oil pan damage

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Pan full of shattered parts, as dropped direct from engine
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Front 4 cylinders all have pistons stuck in top of the cylinder bore, pins and rods ripped out (all but one torn off crank too), and block wall knocked out.

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11-19-06 We pull what's left of the engine for rebuild at Thunder Autosports

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bottom block damage

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Rotate to clear

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Trailer to Thunder

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NEW CHAMP PAN
1st one from the factory, thanks for the excellent work guys

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4-18-07 NEW ENGINE arrives home
5.0 stroker, all forged, new clutch, custom wood engine cradle by Steve Lee at Thunder Automotive

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I think this picture of Richard pretty much speaks for itself

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Any car job that has a hammer in it is a success

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GUINESS to celebrate engine in
With all our fingers and low backs still attached and functioning.

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FFR-Engine build sheet 2007

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Ride that SC4.6

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FFR #1152 Dahon in seat 2001
I used this folding bike as a pit bike and to recon autocross courses at a few places that allowed it. Perfect fit with a blanket protecting the leather seat.

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FFR #1152 Tsali Bike in seat 2000
That's my old Specialized FSR full size mtn bike in there. Wheels off, seat post out, everything stacks inside or goes in trunk. FFR's are GREAT Jeeps for getting to trail heads for rides.

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FFR #3422 bike rack 2002
Single bike rack plugs into receiver hitch we welded into frame during buildup of FFR #3422 in early 2002

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FFR #3422 NC bike trip 2003
You DRIVE through twisty hilly places like this to get to places like this to RIDE your mtn. bike, thus the need for a rack!

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FFR #3422 NC Dragon bike 2003
Tail of the Dragon, Deal's Gap, North Carolina. 318 turns in 11 miles of mountain road is a playground for thousands of bikers and sports car guys. This stop is called "Crossroads of Time": get gas, snacks, t-shirts, then run the Dragon. That's an Atlanta FFR I ran into there, he drove over to play.

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9-1-07 Bailey Cobra Party
Awesome array of Cobras: FFR's BackDrafts, Lonestar, and even better crowd of folks celebrating together. Great day, no rain, fantastic eats, and hugely HOT. Thanks, Richard and Beth Bailey!

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Pic from high atop Richard's Jeep. 4 or 5 Cobras came later, there were about 20 during the day. Lots of our buddies from the Tampa area drove a couple of hundred miles to attend here in Jupiter

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Cobras ground BAbb Mac

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Cobras ground Larson Pomroy

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Cobras ground near house

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Cobras ground house Huey Gary

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Cobras ground Lynn flames

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Inman & Matilde leave with  laughing crowd
The highly lubricated onlookers encouraged Inman and Matilde to leave by doing donuts in Richard's yard. Cooler heads prevailed.

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9-08-07  Pt. Mayaca engine check
Richard Bailey and I took off for about 120 miles of break-in miles, mostly in the Lake Okeechobee area, and took this on the way home. Avoided most of the downpours, good thing, no wipers or lights yet!

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FFR Jonathan
Jonathan is a natural Cobra fiend, just needs to grow into the shoulder belts

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9-13-07 FFR Dyno setup
Computer screen visible from driver's seat, all electronic controls attached and looped to driver

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Thunder Autosports Dyno rollers
See Mom, the car's strapped front and rear to the garage floor, sitting on these huge rollers. Then you drive the car really fast without going anywhere, and the rollers help measure the engine's power.

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9-30-07 SNAPLESS TONNEAU PROJECT
Phillip and Kay Deal invented a great snapless tonneau, and agreed to help me adapt it to my Kirkey racing seats with shoulder wings. They shipped me a perfectly built tonneau good for low-back seats, and enough fabric to make bags to cover my hi-back Kirkeys. PLUS instructions, suggestions, and good wishes. Here's how it went so far. PS: Simba loves laying on the tonneau and pattern cloth.

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2 Seats before tonneau work
One day earlier I revised my seat mounts to get almost 3" more legroom, by reducing the rearward tilt of the seats. This changed the location of the headrests, so glad I finished that job before beginning the tonneau mod project.

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3 rough pattern stapled to shape
white fabric was used to rough shape the bag I'll need to sew to cover the headrest and wings of the seats

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before removing teh pattern fron teh seat I drew lines where the body cowl met the fabric, and the shape of the headrest

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5 revised patterm front

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I reinforced some paper with duct tape underneath, then made a pattern for the rear of the seat opening in the tonneau. I marked the center of each rollbar leg as a reference point

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Had some cardboard laying around to make the front pattern for the seat hole I'll cut in the tonneau

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cloth, paper, cardboard patterns together
Draw reference marks on both patterns so you can match them up accurately once removed from the, car to draw the shape of the hole you'll cut in the cloth pattern

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cardboard hole pattern trace for cutting
AVOID EASY MISTAKE! Remember the cloth pattern and black material are laying upside down. DON'T accidentally trace your driver side hole pattern on the passenger side, or vice versa. You can repair goofs on the thin cloth tonneau pattern with painter tape and recut later.

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cloth pattern for cutting
DON'T let inboard wing hole encroach on support rod path shown on pattern. It's not necessary, because the inboard part of the Kirkey wing doesn't extend up above cowl level that far. A small mistake that will have to be finessed later.

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Phillip's suggestion to use tape and rods to support the pattern was great, I should've used more to make it easier to keep the pattern at cowl height.

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13 pattern fitting with tape mods and repairs
If you make a mistake, tape it up and remark and recut. In retrospect, I made a problematic mistake here on the passenger side: inboard seat wing hole is too big, because I didn't sight down the pattern at cowl height. Stand near the hood of the car, get your eyes down to cowl height, and see what part of the seat sticks up above the pattern which is stretched and taped to cowl height supported by the rods and tape. I think I can fix it.

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14 pattern on tonneau fabric
I used the steering wheel bag Kay already sewed in as a reference point, plus my rollbar marks, then went looking for some chalk to mark it up with. The steering wheel cutout and rollbar centers are key to accurately locating your pattern on the fabric.

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Mistake here I think I can fix: note how close the passenger side cutout comes to the center support rod? That now leaves me with little fabric to sew the headrest bag to when I make it. Should've caught this before cutting, but didn;t think of it as a problem til I started figuring how to do the headrest bag. This all refers back to my original mistake making the pattern hole too big for the inboard side of the passenger seat wing.

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17 John Scissors attack
I fearlessly prepare to cut up my beautiful new tonneau

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18 Simba relaxes on tonneau post-cut
He loves this thing.

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19 rough fit post-cut

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Next step, figure how to sew the headrest bags, using my homemade patterns and attach them to the tonneau. I'll follow Kay's instructions and drawings...or ask a local shop to help me finish!

UPDATE: 7-04-09 Gave it to a friend of a friend who ran an upholstery shop, to sew on my headrest bags. More than a year ago. He lost the tonneau and material. Arrghhh. Last month I did it differently. see pics below.


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11-04-07 Breakfast run to Sailfish Marina
A bunch of the pbcoffrog group got in a perfect run with perfect fall weather. 8 snakes: 6 FFR, 2 Backdraft (including the National Run and Gun Champion!)

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Sailfish Marine parking lot
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11-20-07  CARBON FIBER Chin Spoiler
Chris Bailey the inventor and manufacturer of this great piece, flattening out the nose back line for mounting the spoiler hinge.

P.S. He shaves his legs for sports, NOT any other reason...really.


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Rivet hinges
SS quick release hinges allow fast removal, and allow the spoiler to hinge backward if you hit something, instead of being destroyed.

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6 fit braces closeup
quick release pin holds brace on each side, and aluminum rivets allow breakaway without destroying the spoiler if you hit something

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I backed it off the blocks, and hit the Interstate to go home, MAN what a difference in steering feel, weight, and accuracy at speed. Very worthwhile addition, now to track-test it at Homestead.

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11-25-07 HOMESTEAD Raceway NASA  event
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PAul Richard hotpit Homestead sign

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John, Paul Buxe, Richard Bailey ready to drive home with all cars in great shape

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Steering wheel emblem

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Nov. 16. 2007 Reptile Roundup pit
Gainesville roadcourse. Richard Bailey's Backdraft, FFR's of me, Dan Babb, and Paul Buxe

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Best in Show
Prettiest FFR competition build I think I ever saw. Roush stroker motor, immaculate interior aluminum and CF dash, beautiful stance and shorty sidepipes...plus perfect BRG paintjob. e ran well, adn I saw him at Homestead a couple of months later.

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1-06-08  Homestead Loadup group
Sunday after 2-day NASA HPDE event at Homestead. All cars and drivers healthy and happy. Chris, John P. Paul John L. and Richard with John L's Backdraft

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Mesh Radiator Protector in place
2-18-08 Protection for the aluminum radiator from rocks, birds, and track debris. Kind of a kludge, but I didn't want to take the body off to do it, and you can't fit a huge piece of mesh through the nose hole. This should work until I take the body off to get an adult paint job.

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Pieces
26" x 10.5" s.s. 1/4" mesh, plus pieces of scrap aluminum stock and  hardware store angle braces. This was the biggest piece of mesh I could fit through the snout and still turn around and jockey into position

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angle detail
pop-riveted to 1/2" x 3/4" aluminum

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Into the snout

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Fastening bottom brace with screw, for removeablilty, Same method used to attach top brace

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Screw bottom brace
1/4 x 20 screws into speed nuts hold bottom of mesh to mount bracket. I used FFR s.s. trim screws to hold top of mesh to top brace. Blue wire was to pull mesh into place while screwing

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Cobra grill
Trial fitting on #3422 of billet ThomasAftermarket grill. I wanted it moved back a bit, and blacked out, so moved ahead fab'ing some brackets. This is my "Phoenix" car, replacing #1152 which was destroyed in a fire. Thanks to Dave Smith and FFR for donating a new Mark II kit  and emotional support!

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2 20 Richard Rich Doug John no grill
This is what it looked like BEFORE grill. I'd already blacked out the aluminum surrounding the radiator. You can see the effect compared to Doug Huey's red beauty.

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Cobra without grill
Autocross staging without grill. I really like the blacked out mouth look with this paint job.

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Cobra black grill installed
You can see the brackets I fab'd using hardware store aluminum angle. Everything was sprayed with Rustoleum pickup truck bedliner textured black

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Phoenix on trailer with grill
Leaving for Carolina Motorsports PArk in Kershaw, SC. Final grill iteration

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MK-II POM mar2003

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5-24-08 John Under Sebring Bridge
Whew! A 2-day event with no problems and lots of track time.

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Richard and the yellow beasty  before first run group

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Dad at  Pit overlook
Dad, Terry and Jonathan came over to see what it's all about Saturday afternoon.

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Jonathan and John Parade lap beltin
We got a few laps during lunch at street speed

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PIT John and Chris
Sebring SVTOA event. Lots of Fords of every description. We could run with most of them.

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Chris with John Lennon's crew
After Sunday parade laps

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Pit with pits
Chris and Paul show their stuff

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Pit Chris and John cars

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John-Terry-Jonathan after parade laps
What a great day!

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008 John & Chris
OK - the rest are vanity shots by the track photo pro...they came out pretty good, huh?

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008 John & Paul Turn 1

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008 John&Richard

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008 JOhn 3-4 close

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008 John Mustang curve

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008 JOhn Mustangs pit straight

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008 John & Chris rear turn 5

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008JOhn Straight

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SVTOA SEBRING May24-25, 2008 JOhn Tower turn

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Wheel setback no spacer rear
7-22-08 Installed 1 1/2" spacers on rear. Brings my 17x8 donor rims right out where I want them, with 275/45 rubber.

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AFTER addition of Team III wheels and adult paint job!

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Wheel setback-no spacer

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wheel setback spacer side
perfect for me. I hope my track wheels, 17x9 Cobra R, will fit with their 275/45 RA1's

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Wheel setback with spacer garage

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7-27-08 9 snakes for breakfast
Last run for Richard's yellow beasty and my flamer paintjob

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Snakes I-95
Bringing up the rear on the way to Tiki

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7-31-08 Last time with flames
On the way to Frank Gifford's "Classic Illusions" shop in Stuart

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Stripped and ready for adult paintjob

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8-16-08 visit
Frank finished spraying color yesterday. Here's how it looks during sanding
"I love the color choi..."
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Look Jeff, no flames

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8-23-08 Pick up  body from Frank's shop
check out the wax paper covers on the rubber weather strip on the aluminum

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2 bad backs and Frank survive install of body

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Richard and Chris, best Cobra  schleppers of all time

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8-23-08 Home at last

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Lighthouse John

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John Lynn Daums2

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John 1st drive

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9-7-08 Juno Cafe Cobra breakfast run

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Breakfast bunch...some of us broiling in the sun!

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Art and John after breakfast

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FFR 9-7-08 Inman John Appleby's

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FFR 9-7-08 breakfast wih Bryan

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FFR 9-7-08 breakfast group

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FFR JLP RR 11-07

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FFR JLP RR 11-07b

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FFR #3422 build party 2002 CF sign

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Model A museum 9-20-08
NPBeach, a bunch of us were invited by Art Parent, and we did it! These are some extras parked outside. John and Chris Lennon, Neil Larson, Paul Buxe, Art Parent, and John P.

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MOdel A semi
Used same engine with vacuum pump for brake assist, and LOTS of gears to haul the load

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Part of collection from ground

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Part of collection from balcony

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Art tries to lift the block
In front of the only surviving Model A school bus and 2 Model A ambulances

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Taxi

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Tow Truck

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Oil tanker
USED in 1972 oil embargo, to haul diesel from Mexico

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Pit Starke

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Chris John Turn9

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John exit 9

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Team III 3-4 view
Thanks to Richard Oben at North Racecars for the wheels and fitting advice. They were perfect as delivered!

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Team III 3-4 rear view

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Team III rear

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Team III 3-4 front view

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10-08: Accusump OilFilter Shutoff Valve
Refining the oil setup on my DOHC. I think this may be just right.

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AccusumpOilFilterHoses
Steve Lee at Thunder Autosports did the plumbing after I installed all the hardware. Really a great confidence builder, this engine will last forever!

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Front of engine Lots of Hoses
There's a Canton billet oil filter relocator bolted onto the old filter fitting on the block, and stock oil cooler still in place.

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"Reptile Roundup"  Nov. 6&7, 2008
Gainesville, GIR, 2 days of open track running. We had a good time!

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Chris Mandi Richard
The Baileys and Mandi chill between runs.

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Mandi gears up for a track session

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Mandi John 52 and Richard's big rig

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Mandi John 52 helmet help

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Mandi John helmet
Note the timer and Hero minicam on the dash. We got some interesting video

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John Track "Bus Stop" corner

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Mandi  Track Bus Stop corner

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11-16-08 FFR Maddie John

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Buckling up for a lunch run
MAddie's the most adventurous granddaughter in the world!

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FFR Mandi Maddie Lynn at Park Ave.

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Spoiler Extend Parts
My idea to get 2" more chin spoiler, using conveyor belt material I got from Jeff Kleiner

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Installed
Tested on I-95, felt really good at highway speeds. Should be fine for the track. Blue tape is temporary for another mod I'm doing

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Spoiler Extension Installed
About 2" ground clearance, and 2" of flexible rubber if anything drags. You can see Chris Bailey's CF spoiler, his brace design, and the lanyards so I don't lose the latch pins.

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12-13-08 Oil Cooler ready for action
Mocal wide 16 row unit. I  re-fab'd the aluminum shelf and used wide aluminum angle on either side of the cooler to mount it. Not as easy as I'd planned! We're running at PBIR next week,  it'll be great.

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Oil cooler thermo plumbing
Steve Lee at Thunder Autosports did the plumbing for me again...and had to work around my power steering proportion valve plumbing. Great job.

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Oil cooler thermostat mount
Steve fab'd this mount for the Mocal thermostat, coming off the radiator fan shroud. Placed here to catch the -10AN lines running from the oil cooler. That's the power steering cooler at the bottom, mounted just behind the oil cooler

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Oil cooler thermo mount2
You can see the aluminum angle I used to mount the oil cooler, and the bottom 4 rows of the oil cooler, on the far right of the pic

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12-20-08 PBIR JohnPit
1st event for us at Palm Beach International Raceway. Great track, lots of Cobras and Panoz and other cool cars and buddies.

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PBIR John & friends
Turn 10, trying to stay in front of these guys

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Turn10 John back

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FFR 1152 after fire Feb 4 2002
NOTE:THIS IS NOT FFR 1004554RD!!!

This photo shows the sad end of my first FFR, 1152, in February 2002. Long story, which led to many touching experiences and adventures. Ford's faulty "fire alternator" design was the culprit. Burned us out of our home for 13 months. Then I built a couple more FFR's!


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FFR #1152 Bikini Top DON'T DO THIS
Sept. 2000, Just before the long trip to Pikes Peak, Colorado. Bikini top is the most obvious, but notice the plexi wind deflector behind the driver's headrest, and the tonneau with central tie-down strap which kept it from flapping at speed by tying the zipper edge of the tonneau to the tranny tunnel. All part of my PEWK system (Phillips' Emergency weather Kit)

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FFR #1152 Bikini Frame of welded aluminum tubing
It WOULD have worked if I'd had a passenger roll hoop and extended the frame to both sides of the windshield. This version caused the windshield glass to crack vertically right in the middle during the trip home from Pikes Peak

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Sept. 2000: FFR #1152 Top of Pikes Peak
Snow storm made the route down impassable for a few hours. This shows the bikini top in action. Notice how warm and dry I am not.

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Jan. 2, 2009 Group Shot
Jeff Kleiner was in town, so we ate pizza and drank some beer!

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Richard BAiley and Jeff Kleiner  deep discussion
All I heard was something about Run and Gun, drag racing, and a wall...

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The rest of the group!
Inman, Chris, Dana, and the ladies. Is Chris trying to talk that waitress into a free beer?

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Whitby rollbar bezels

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Whitby rollbar bezels

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Sebring Camp Steeda event May 23-24 2009
Great time, lots of cars to play with. Paul Buxe, Chris Moons and me had a blast

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Chris & Brenda Award
TrackGuys pick Moonsey as their favorite car

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PaulJellybeanPitStraight

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FFR RichMAggieTonneau

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FFR JohnTonneau
Designed it myself, sewed by local boat canvas shop with their own improvements. I love it.

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FFR SebringTrackshot2

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FFR SEbringTrackshotside

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FFR Tonneaufolded

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FFR TrailerWheels Tonneau

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NASA 9-12-09  at PBIR,  Turn 10
Great day, hot, muggy, rain threatening any second, and we loved it. This is Turn 10, heading for the pit straight

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Jack Cook and Dee
Jack succumbed to 10 years of pressure from me to come out and play with his S2000.

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John, Richard Bailey, and Cobra Trevor
You will never have as true a friend as Richard B...FAST, too! AND look at the size of that OIL COOLER

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Jack heads for the Track

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H1 cars and drivers line up for morning orientation

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Jack teaches the BMW the correct line into Turn 2
Jack Session 2

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10-3-09 Backdraft Open House
Reg welcomed all the BDR owners, lookers, a couple of us FFR guys, and everyone else. Great day and nice folks. Thanks!

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Richard Bailey's weapon, ready for Run & Gun

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Chris Bailey and the Orange Crusher
first time we ever saw it run with LS1 power

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1-23-10 PBIR Hooked on Driving event
Pit with Richard's Backdraft and Paul's FFR behind the photographer. The Orlando gutys towed down with their Panoz'sss. Overcast, no rain, mid-70's, good drivers and 5 runs minimum per grouip. Great day!

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Trying to lift the right front wheel on Turn 10

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Heading out for session #3
John ready to go

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John at Turn 10

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Race Driver pose
Just finished run group

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John 10 again

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John Back straight
"Porsche, there IS a SUBSTITUTE..."

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Lynn and the guys
Killing time between runs, including an equally rare Inman Lanier appearance!

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John Lynn with Stig's African Cousin

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African Stig's PBIR photo results
A rare Lynn trackside appearance; we're doing Parade laps, and  ready to go

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2-6-10 GAINESVILLE Road Course
Ran with DSCC and GAinesville Road Race Club/ Mandi came to co-drive.

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Bunch of FFR Roadsters Pit
Fantastic day, we got six solid run sessions during 4 hours. No passing permitted, we run spaced out from each other.

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Mandi heads for bus stop turn
Notice the smooth runoffs areas with no walls or obstacles. GREAT track to practice with little risk!

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Mandi on bus-stop straight

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Mandi powers out of the loop

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Mandi "S" loop rearshot

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Mandi at loop back straight

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FFR Gville 2-10 John

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FFR Gville 2-10 MandiCockpit

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FFR Gville 2-10 MandiJohnPitTalk

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FFR Gville 2-10 MandiNeonChaser

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Short trip
Maddy and John ready to load on the trailer for home

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3-16-10 TWO GUYS GARAGE & FFR FEST
Tampa road trip to see the new '33 Hot Rod built in one week for Two Guys Garage TV show, and to catch up with Dave Smith of FFR...great guy!

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Bryan Jandorf becomes media darling
Soon-to-be-famous video interview of Bryan

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Awesome power steering rig
electric, no hydraulic lines, in-line with steering column. ~$1100 though, and don't know if track-capable

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FFR '33 Hotrod Bradenton dragstrip

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Jeff McGrath, Dave Smith, Two Guys
Waiting to enter the dragstrip for the car show...note Jeff's "Smyth Performance" t-shirt!

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OLD Gasser

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PBIR HOD, 3-13-2010

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Bailey Backdraft  Pit

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Driving Coach Jeff McGrath between runs

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Backstraight, heading into turn 10

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5-22-10 Homestead Family Shot
Richard Bailey, Trevor, Uncle Steve

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5-22-10 We was fast!
Richard and John Homestead

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5-22-10 John, Chris Moons, Richard Bailey between runs
Homestead pits are great, shady and (usually) breezy. We all ran hard today

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5-22-10 Time Trialing Richard
Richard onto pit straight Homestead

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Concentration after a run
Richard Time Trialist

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FFR-PBIR 5-10-10 into turn 10

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FFR-PBIR  5-10-10 into turn 5

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FFR-PBIR 5-10-10 into turn 1

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FFR-PBIR-6-13-10HOD-IceCream
FIRST time I ever had an ice cream sundae and a catered lunch at a track event. AND it was a hotter than hell day: perfect!

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FFR-PBIR 7-24-10A
HOD event, Turn 5, Juha pics

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FFR-PBIR 7-24-10
My Jupiter Hardware decal...finally, after all these years and all those parts!

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FFR-PBIR 7-24-10 Chris B
Chris ride along, and he be getting a bit woozy

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FFR-PBIR7-24-10 Pi tStraight
Just turning in for turn 1

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FFR-PBIR 7-24-10Turn 2
Love the color with the sun at this angle

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FFR-Royal Palm School 11-19-10

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2011 BikeCobra

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3-31-13 Dash

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New Kirkey covers and G-Force camlock  belts

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3-31-13 front with SS Pipes

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Carbon Fiber mudflap and SS Pipe
This flap is unique to Cobra-dom, and absolutely WORKS to protect the sidepipes from road debris!

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Why TWO passenger mirrors???
The BLUE one is cosmetic, to balance the look of the one on the driver side. The SILVER one is VERY functional, so you can actually SEE EVERYTHING behind and beside you on the passenger side. My safety secret weapon! You can easily remove it from the windshield frame (2 small setscrews)when running the wind wings, if desired.

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Oil cooler bodywork cracks
To be repaired prior to sale, or adjusted. Caused by road debris

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P-side engine compartment

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Coolant tank and hood hinge assembly

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JOhn,
Fantastic web site. The best is having made your friendship the night we met in your "temporary house" after your garage "warming " party. you sparked my interest into tackling the build project. I'll never be the same again. thanks for your continued inspiration!Bbob Mac
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Bob Mac, Fri, 20 May 2011 8:07AM
John,
It was great to look at all your pics. It brought back a lot of memories. Hope all is well.
Take care,
Ron
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Ron Hasenbuhler | NA, Mon, 25 Oct 2010 11:16AM
A great gallery and inspiration.  Keep on enjoying it
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Britlad, Wed, 2 Sep 2009 11:21AM
Great pics, thanks!
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Glen Gaines (Cobra Glen), Thu, 27 Mar 2008 4:31PM
Looking great JOhn!! Is BBC on the schedule for 08??  

Saludos

Raul
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Raul Iglesias, Mon, 25 Feb 2008 8:52PM
Really nice job. I was especially interested in the KIRKEY seat mods you did. I sat in the aluminum pan and its tight (I guess I'm a wide body).  Got my complete kit delivered on 1/9/08.
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Glen Meyer, Sat, 19 Jan 2008 6:10PM
Great work and thanks for taking the time to pull this site together.  It is a real help for those of us that are still deep in the build process.
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Darrel E Watson, Sat, 19 Jan 2008 6:55AM
Thanks, for sharing the pictures. Ed
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HiPower, Wed, 13 Jun 2007 10:30AM
Good job!! I like the foot box. did you find it a lot of work.

  John reply: Nope, I just measured it out where I wanted it, bent the metal to fit, and rivetted it all together. Makes all the difference having that sideways room on the left.
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Cbrian, Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:37PM
Very nice.
Going to do the same next year :)
keep up the good work
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Kermit | http://www.thefroginator.co.uk, Sun, 29 Oct 2006 8:58AM
very impressive!  nice job.
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Bob Bloser, Fri, 13 Oct 2006 6:26PM
 
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