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Saw one of my FAVORITE cars today ...

Old 05-16-2019, 09:25 PM
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Default Saw one of my FAVORITE cars today ...

... and followed the guy, hoping he'd park it or get gas or SOMETHING - so I could get a look-see!

Sure enough, he went into the local Walmart lot after about 1/2mi. and parked beside one of the cart return stands. I was able to park on the other side of the stand and got out when he shut it down. I told him, "That thing needs a TUNEUP - "missing" pretty bad.". He laughed and said, "It DOES have a little bit of a cam in it!".

It was a '63 Cobra "427 SC" Factory Five replica. Talked to him for 20min. or so. He bought the "kit" about 8 years ago and spent 2 years building it. Had the motor built in NC and sent here. 427/500hp (on the dyno), 500 ft. lbs., 750cfm Holley. And, of course, a 5-speed and a 3.88(?) rear. Had it built to run on 87oct., too! About 2,500lbs. of FUN! It's got 3,300mi. on it.

Long/short, it's "for sale" as he wants to get a Factory Five '36 Ford pickup to build.

I've always LOVED these beasts, but have only seen 3-4 around here - all "kits". TOTALLY impractical (no top - hard or soft, SMALLISH inside, LOUD as hell with the side pipes, and probably downright DANGEROUS in the wrong or unskilled hands! Rain coming? Look for an empty bank drive-thru. Flat tire? Get a hauler to pick it up.But GUTSY, BEASTIE, COOL and usually an eye-catcher.

When I asked him how much, he said $45K but he'd take $43K+/-. Said Grundy or Haggerty insurance (forget which) runs him less than $400/year, but, as we know, they have restrictions on mileage, keep in locked garage/storage, etc..

Anyone here (and I know there ARE some) that have a Factory Five one of these? Any problems? "Kinks"? Yeah, a REAL one would probably be $150K or so - out of the question.

Here's a pic of a SIMILAR one - one I saw was DARK blue w/metallic silver stripes, all black interior, and different wheels. Didn't have a camera with me.

Hard to sleep tonite thinking about this.

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One of my favorite cars as well.

Real one is more in the 7 figure range at this point.
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Built mine almost 10 years ago now. 445 cubic inch Ford FE big block, forged internals, Quick Fuel 750 cfm DP, Tremec Trans, Quick Time Bell and 3.55 rear. It is hot, loud and rough, but it was worth the effort.
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Hello, one of the all time greats, a client has a MKV lightweight, late 80s, early 90s I think, he let me take it for a spin, 5.0 Ford, not as much power, I think it was tuned to about 300hp, but with that light body, it went like something that should have been shot out of a rocket silo!
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Iíve been a member of the Factory Five forum for probably 15yrs or more. Always wanted to build one, but just canít find the time any more. I know someone that has 2 ORIGINAL Cobras! They have always been my favorite cars along with the Ferrari 365 GTB.
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Buddy of mine has one.He was selling it..Not sure if He has or not yet.427 Ford.Nasty Car! It is in Perfect Garage kept condition..He is Super Anal.He also has a 69 RS Z-28...70 Chevelle SS,and a 68 RS Z-28...ALL in Mint Showroom condition!!
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A real one is in the millions - not 150k.

Factory 5 and Backdraft are the best looking kits IMHO
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I know I could look it up, but...Whats a Factory Five?
Old 05-17-2019, 03:35 AM
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My favorite car ever, I got to drive a repro as a gift , it was one of my best hours ever.
Old 05-17-2019, 03:45 AM
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We were cruising in my old MGA one night and had parked at our local Jerry's Big Boy when a Tampa McDill AFB officer rolled up in his 1966 big block. I had already seen and been in a 289, but this was a real honest to God 427. Everything about the car was surreal. Tiny thinly padded leather seats, nice collection of gauges, no radio, big flared fenders covering Halibrand wheels with some huge rubber and a sound and vibration that I still remember today. It was a beast...and I was drooling all over it as he had the hood popped and was showing off that huge side oiler. Just one big Holley...I thought it would have had two. Lots of cam with a noticeable lumpy idle. Damn was it sweet......I was not able to get a ride in it, and never have been in one....but have lusted after them. Always watching the prices soar waaaaay out of my range. Since there were only around 350 of the originals made, and many more of us want them than are available, the prices will continue to climb...

There have been many very good continuations and replicas made. Most of them fiberglass....but the original was aluminum, and two companies stand out. One of them is Autokraft. They started in the early 80's and made them for several years. They bought and utilized the original body dies and tooling. They were almost perfect in the recreation of the body, but used newer (80's) running gear. They were accepted by the Cobra registry as authentic cars and even continued the numbering sequence...all of theirs are called Shelby Cobra Mark IV's....

There is a company Shelby was still involved in before he died that he granted them use of his name on a car...and that was the Superformance cars. They too can be had in aluminum, but many are fiberglass replicas. Their car in aluminum is also a dead ringer for an original. They also make Daytona coupes.

Factory Five, ERA, Everett Morrison and several others are all making replicas...but all of them are fiberglass if I recall.

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I built one several years ago. Stupid fast and fun to drive. They are hand built cars, quality depends on the builder. They are fun for fair weather driving, not a daily driver. There were less than 200 originals built and are all north of $1million. A well built replica is in the $35-55 range.

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I was a member of the Porsche car club that allowed the cobra in their club. Interesting that with a professional driver the cobra did well against them on the track. With a rookie like me would up backwards in the infield, lol. 500+Hp in a 2300 pound car.
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Iím pretty sure they mostly have a power to weight ratio equivalent to a Bugatti Veyron! So badass
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
I know I could look it up, but...Whats a Factory Five?
Factory Five Racing is a company that produces modern tubular steel chassis geometry and construction with classic bodies for the purpose of building hot rods that look like the classic muscle of yesteryear but are in almost every sense of the word modern track day cards. The provide a crate of components which includes chassis, body, interior partshich you then assemble yourself. Some can include drivetrain parts but the DIY builder typically is responsible for sourcing engine, transmission, wheel and brake package, which in some cases is sourced from a donor car such as a corvette or a subaru. They also have a couple modern day "original" cars such as the GTM and 818.

They are considered to be one of the better Cobra replica cars although under the skin they are far from a replica.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
I know I could look it up, but...Whats a Factory Five?

Been a dream of mine for a long time as well. My son and I have talked about building one together once he gets out of college and settles down with a "real" job.
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beautiful cars.

I have a lot of factory five paperwork but never pulled the trigger. BTW I doubt you could build that car for 43K. if it is in the budget and won't end your marriage do it.

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The guy that does our bodywork is one of the recommended body shops for FF. Every time I've been in his shop, there's one in there having a corner rebuilt. I think it's his bread and butter. Apparently they get out from underneath you really quickly.

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There are a ton of these in Florida but since it's a kit car the quality is determined by the skills and budget of the builder. Most replica's are fiberglass but the ones by Factory Five and Super Performance look good. If you're going to buy one you need to either be very mechanically inclined and carefully check it out or have someone that is do a full inspection. If it was a quality build that price is fair but there are a lot of these for sale so look around before pulling the trigger.
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I REALLY want a Kirkham Cobra. Check them out. Iíve heard their bodies have been used on the CSX Cobras.

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