Sparco L360 Steering Wheel Purchased

I ended up ordering the Sparco L360 Steering Wheel off of Amazon today. I love the look and feel of this. With Alcantara Ultrasuede, it's flat bottom, and horn button, it is the perfect addition to our build.

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Engine Compartment Planning

I'm on the fence with how the engine compartment will look, but there are a few things I do know: it will have a coyote 5.0, the engine covers will be painted to match the theme, the stripes on the top of the hood will continue to the underside, and the color theme will be a blend of silver/gray, black and red. I'm using this post to collect my ideas until we settle on the colors.

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Engine: The Ford Coyote

Ford's 2nd gereation Coyote Engine Chosen For This BuildThe Ford Performance all-aluminum 2017 5.0L Coyote crate engine (M-6007-M50A) is a modern 5.0L 32-valve DOHC V-8 that uses advanced features like Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) to deliver 435 horsepower @ 6500 rpm and 400 ft.-lb.+ of torque @ 4250 rpm (with premium fuel). The lightweight aluminum cylinder block features cross-bolted main bearing caps and thick main bearing bulkheads for bottom-end strength, optimized oil drainback and windage control to improve...

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Brakes and Suspension Update

So excited I got to work on the Cobra last night with my chief mechanic Christine. First time in a looooong time we got to turn a wrench on this car. Went through the front brakes and suspension. Started to pull the rear brakes and spindles apart. Ordering some tools later to finish up the independent rear suspension. Going to get Christine her own mechanics gloves while we're at it.

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Installed IRS CV Axles

The IRS CV axles were installed, they fit, and to my surprise the c-clips engaged without issue. Others have reported engagement issue, but that wasn't the case here.

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Rear ABS Rings Installed

Tonight Brad and I installed the rear ABS tone rings onto the rear IRS axles. It required heating the rings to a near-glow with a MAP torch to expand the inner openings, sliding them onto the axles, wait for them to cool and shrink onto the axle.

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Cobra Mustang Front Brakes Sold

Making room in the garage... we sold the front brakes that came with the kit from Factory Five Racing. They're going to another Factory Five Roadster Owner who bought a base kit. The Wilwood Brakes we got are going to be a huge improvement over these.

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IRS Lower Control Arms and Rear Tie Down Loop Kit Installed

Tonight we installed the Independent Rear Suspension Lower Control Arms and IRS Tie Down Loop Kit (ordered recently from Breeze Automotive). The tie down loop kit is two laser cut stainless steel loops that mount under the rear lower control arm to chassis bolt or nut. These were recently revised by Breeze to make installation straight forward – no drilling and no painting are required – and there is no right-hand/left-hand to keep track of. Here is the product...

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Checking Rear CV Axle Lobes

There was a tech bulletin issued for the FFR Rear CV Axles. Some people had problems with the lobes not being fully seated. This required having to inspect them by removing the CV boots. No problem. Everything looked good and I repacked the CV boots with grease. Only issue was I needed a special tool to button everything back up. A quick search on Amazon and I got on of these: OTC 4623 CV Joint Banding Tool & Cutter. Two days later...

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Installed Wilwood Front Brakes

Tonight Christine and I installed the Wilwood Front Brakes.

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