Decisions Decisions Decisions

“I stand on the shoulders of giants.”

You can imagine building your own car is pretty daunting. For a guy like me, a guy who loves cars more than he knows how to work on them, it is incredibly so. That is why I have made searching the Factory Five Forum my daily hobby. These people amaze me with their knowledge. Have you ever been surfing online and seen a video of someone carving something, or building something, or painting, or doing any type of skill they have obviously honed over many years? I could watch those for hours. I love people who are so good at something, no matter what that something is. It fascinates me. That’s why I love this forum so much. These people are GOOD, and they know A LOT.

My car is coming along in my head and on paper. We know I’m using a Ford 347 from Blueprint engines, but I am looking for a different transmission. The one Blueprint has isn’t geared as high as I would like for highway cruising. One of my goals with Andromeda is to take her to Austin to the F1 race in October the year she is finished. That means a lot of highway driving and I just think, in looking through the forums, that I need a different ratio for 5th gear or I need a 6th gear overdrive.

Another decision I have made is to install my own Holley Sniper EFI on the 347. I want to WORK on the car as much as build it, so having installed this myself will increase my knowledge and confidence. Plus it’s cheaper to do it myself than to have it already installed. I’m even thinking about going to Pull-a-Part and looking for a rear end that I can pull and save myself even more. It makes me nervous to use a non-new part, but to install it I have to take it apart anyway, so it should be easy to find out if it is no good once I take it apart. Plus it is much cheaper to do that. Learning, having fun, working on cars, prepping for my kit. What more could a guy ask for?

 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Around 11 years ago I saw a picture of one of Carroll Shelby’s 1965 AC Cobras. It was love at first sight. I didn’t know such a beautiful car existed. I grew up LOVING cars but my dad wasn’t very handy with them so I was left to learn what I could on my own. In looking into the Cobras I learned a few things.
1. I would never own one. They cost upwards of a million dollars.
2. There are REPLICAS!
3. Factory Five makes the best kit for someone of my middling experience.

Fast forward 11 years and I have finally done it. In conversation with my wife we decided we are at that point in our lives where this hobby is viable. I have not received my kit yet, so this site may be updated not so regularly. But once my kit comes in I plan on updating weekly. Feel free to ask questions, or volunteer to help. Any and all advice is welcome.

Lastly, about the name. I am a MASSIVE Harry Potter fan. Andromeda Tonks is a Slytherin (as am I) and she is the inspiration for this car. She will be Green and Silver, Slytherin colors. Hopefully I will meet Andromeda soon, and you will as well.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Waltonmk4-complete-kit_LR-768x512