I want to give everyone a quick sneak-peek at an upcoming project that we'll be "officially" kicking off in January but have already started the planning and preparation for. It's no surprise that I love cars. Old ones... new ones... fast ones... Ford ones... yeah, fast Ford ones. Now, what sort of father would I be if I didn't pass along that passion to my son, right? And what better way to do that than to build a car together? We've spent the last several months exploring the various options and deciding what type of car we'd like to build, and we've decided on a replica of one of the most legendary cars ever made: the 1965 Shelby Cobra 427.
There are a number of different kits on the market for reproductions of this amazing car, but perhaps the best-designed and best-performing of them all is the Factory Five Racing MkIV Roadster. One of the cool things about these kits is that they are customizable in a nearly infinite number of ways, so the end result is a very personalized car that's the result of a million different choices. Here's just one example of another builder's car that I think is very cool.
So please join us on what is sure to be a fantastic journey as we transform a truckload of boxes into a spectacularly cool car, a bunch of bloody, greasy knuckles, and a lifetime of memories.
The kit is scheduled to ship from the east coast at the end of December and should land in our garage in early January, but there's a LOT of work to do to get ready for the upcoming build. We've been getting our garage shop ready, including building a new workbench, installing a 4-post lift, rounding out our tool collection and installing a new air compressor and air distribution system.
We've also been getting the basement ready, as this will serve double duty as parts storage area and secondary workshop for all the "dirty work." Niko and I have already built the workbenches in the garage and the basement. He's quickly become a master of basic carpentry work in a very short time.
The first parts for our build have already started rolling in. One of the main components that arrived last week is the rear differential. The entire drivetrain for this car will be based on a 2018 Ford Mustang: a 5.0-liter Coyote fuel-injected V8, Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission, and independent rear suspension (plus other goodies like massive Wilwood 6-piston disc brakes all around). Many of these parts come straight off the Ford assembly line and are sold through Ford Performance to enthusiasts and car builders for projects like this one. There are usually some minor modification needed for the specific project, and we'll be able to get a jump on some of these so the rear end will be ready to install in the chassis when that arrives.
So stay tuned - there will be lots of cool updates coming. You all may also be invited over for beer and pizza from time to time. Don't worry; this will definitely not involve helping us lift heavy and awkward things into place while cursing about how the hell *that* is supposed to fit in *there*.
Out for now.. "G3" (Greek Guys Garage)