For those of you who don't know me I
enjoy mechanical stuff. I grew up with a small machine
shop at home and a Dad who could fix & build just about
anything. When I turned 14 I began the
restoration of my first car -
a 1968 302 Mustang. I went
on to restore a 67 Firebird Convertible (400 ....4-Speed)
and along the way helped friends with other interesting
toys.... John's 67 Firebird stuffed with a 454, Adam's
beautiful 68 327 Camaro and an early seventies
years my auto passion sat idle but in the summer of 2002,
I purchased a rolling FFR MKI chassis
(#1379) from a friend. This is where my
website begins. It is not my intent to
document every detail of the build but instead to
highlight my progress and hopefully provide ideas for
others considering similar builds.
My build probably started like others who purchased a
semi-finished car. I was a little reluctant to touch
anything that was already done but at the same time I felt
compelled to verify that the components were assembled
correctly. Even though everything
was sound, I wanted to do it better.
Basically.... I wanted to do it my way.
So...I tore it down to the frame and started over.
I hope you enjoy my build.
The original owner (also Kevin) made his purchase
decisions based on three guiding principals:
1) do the parts offer a "period" look?
2) would the parts add mass?
3) would the parts improve performance?
These principals drove such decisions as purchasing
aluminum heads, switching to carburetion, Team III rims,
aftermarket control arms, manual steering & brakes, no
heater, etc. I share the same principals
except I have added safety as a 4th factor.
Ultimately my Cobra will be completed using best practices
engineering and high quality parts. I would
like to say that it will be built without concern for cost
but clearly this is not my objective.
This build will be upper middle class ....with lots
of sweat, a few abrasions and plenty of respect.