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Prepping Trunk Sheet Metal

I’ve been bad this last week in updating the site with posts about what we’ve been working on. I’ve been uploading photos each day we’ve worked, but actually posting about it has been slow to happen. Because we’ve not got a lot of the parts we need to start really building the car, we’ve been focusing on positioning and drilling all the sheet metal. Nothing has been permanently installed yet, but when it comes time to it’ll be much faster.

We’ve mostly finished the trunk. Read this entire post to see details of that work.

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A Few Updates

Its been a few days since I updated anything on the site. We’ve been pretty busy getting the garage straightened up and starting work on the car.

Last weekend we did get started on the sheet metal work — pictures are uploaded in the Photo section of the site, but I haven’t posted a journal entry yet.

Also, today I got a live camera set up in the garage. Click the “Live Camera” link on the right to see it. Right now you’ll need to hit refresh to see updated images with it, but I’m working on a more dynamic feed.

More Upgrades

I’ve been looking at various options for increasing trunk space. Given the point in time the trunk sheetmetal gets handled, better to make this decision sooner than later.

I looked at Cobra Earl’s touring trunk setup and decided I didn’t like the idea of cutting out trunk support members. Although it provides a bit less continuous space, I decided to go with Dark Water Custom’s trunk storage kit. While there I also picked up the rather nice rear storage box.

The seats I’m hoping to use are my Recaro SRD seats from my old 911. My first attempt to fit them made me think they may not fit, but if they do I may buy a second storage box and put them behind the seats instead of between them, as the SRDs can flip forward. Time will tell. I’m not terribly optimistic I can get the seats to fit.

Removing the Body

Body removal was my first step after getting the car home. From a practical standpoint, I needed to get the body on the buck so I could get the buck positioned where I wanted it in the garage for the build process in order to start organizing parts storage under it. Without parts being organized, there was no way I could build.

It was also handy that my parents were still around so I’d have a few extra sets of hands for doing it. It seems most of the build can be pretty easily done with one or two people, but a few things just look a lot harder and a lot riskier without more help.

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Pickup Day!

Yesterday was pick-up day! It was a long, and exhausting but the kit is in the garage, and its time to start organizing and getting ready to start building the car! My parents happen to be in town this weekend, which was nice because they could come down and visit Factory Five and see the car kit, as well. 160 pictures were taken, a few of them I uploaded.

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Thats the word of the week.

I’m picking up the kit in two days. Thankfully I did, in fact, make a reservation for the trailer. I’ve also got the garage mostly ready. I even ordered theĀ  I-Squared wiring system today, and a set of tire pressure sensors.

And yet, I haven’t placed the order with Fortes.

I really, really, really need to do that this week.

One week to go…

Its been a busy weekend on the prep-for-the-kit front. Five hours of cleaning and organizing the garage today means I’m pretty close to having room for the kit come next Saturday.

I got the foam put on the buck, and positioned some temporary shelves. I also figured that the buck is going to be there for a while, so I started to Pimp My Buck. Some stickers went on, some old license plates, and I put two magnetic tool holders and some hooks to hold my creeper.

I’m not sure yet where I’m going to put the buck in the garage, and its still got a lot of stuff out in the middle of the garage, but I think I need to get the car in there and the body on it before I can move it into its final location.

I also got some theme-related stuff done on the website. There’s some minor formatting problems, but I should be able to fix them pretty easily. I integrated the Gallery software with WordPress, so I can easily post pictures and albums.

One week to go!

Weekend Update

I don’t have much new to say about the Cobra project. The buck is done, but still upside down in the garage. The kit order has been finalized, and the trailer reserved to go pick it up a week from right now. I’ve had parts and tools start to trickle in, but I haven’t ordered any of the important stuff like the mechanics of the car or wheels. I really have to get moving with those!

This weekend I have to get the garage cleaned, the buck re-oriented and I may go pick up a tool storage chest at Costco.

Almost done with the buck.

I spent quite a while last night working on the buck. They say it should take 2-3 hours for two people… I’ve been doing it by myself, so its taking a bit longer. I’ve modified the design a bit, partly because the plans I linked to before weren’t all that detailed. They mentioned shelves but never described where they went, for example. I also raised it about two inches.

I’ll probably finish it this weekend. Its gotten a bit unwieldy in the garage and it’ll be a lot easier to flip it over if I can put it up on dollies and roll it outside.

On other notes, I started getting the first trickle of parts and created a spreadsheet to track what was ordered, what it cost, when it was ordered and when I received it.

Still no reply from Fortes. I’m annoyed now. Don’t publish an e-mail address if you aren’t going to give reasonable customer support with it. Its been a full week now.

I really have to call Factory Five today and firm up the order, as well. Hopefully I can do that at lunch.


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