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Old 06-02-2009, 06:50 AM
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Factory Five Racing -a different kind of kit car experiance

I picked up my FFR '33 hot rod kit last weekend. You might have seen their ads on the internet or magazines lately. It's loosely based on a the '33 Ford body style but with a tubular space frame, inboard IFS and fiberglass body.

The big selling points for me were it was designed around my Ford 4.6 DOHC, it has a 50/50 front rear weight bias, it has a low center of gravity with a 4-1/2" of ground clearance, and it has a super ridged tubular frame. The fiberglass body and panels hang off of steel structure and hinge off the frame - no wood. It also has an optional removable hardtop. If you take the top off, you install a roadster style windshield. Another huge selling point for me.

Is it a "reproduction" of a '33? Absolutely not, and I don't believe they ever intended it to be. The body is wider and had other alterations to make it work with the idea behind the car - a race car that looks like a '33 Ford.

I've been researching this car for the last 9 months since it was released last August. I've been to the factory and got a tour. NEVER did anyone call me to harass me. I purchased solely on quality and design of the car and the impressive operation at the factory (8 full time welders building Cobra, GTM and '33 chassis). When I was ready to order, I went online and made my order and a deposit, sent my check for the balance a week later. I pick up my kit 4 weeks after placing my order. The only calls I got were to confirm any changes to my order and confirm my pickup day.

I took 4 hours after getting it home to inventory every box (28 of them) and check every nut, bolt, bracket and assembly. There is a list of items on backorder, but I knew that going in. There is an independent website forum for the FFR kit cars and the current builders are posting their progress so I knew there were parts that are still being shipped. I'm ok with that, they ship the back ordered part free of charge and I'm in no hurray. I have another project I'm working on so I won't really be doing much till fall.

I'm sure there will be some obstacles as I build the car, but so far, it has been an awesome experience. The FFR team is AWSOME and great group to deal with. With all the negativity about kit cars lately, I thought I'd share a good experience.




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Old 06-02-2009, 06:57 AM
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congratulations.
I met a local rodder that built an FFR cobra, he echoed your comments about FFR.
good luck with your project
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Congratulations, I know your excited, that car will be far more fun than your bucket. I have been following the F5 site also and lamenting the fact that I bought a Gibbon instead of what you got. That is going to make one sweet ride.....except for the Ford engine .

Lets see some pics of the kit.

Will we see it at the NSRA meet in Louisville?

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Old 06-02-2009, 10:23 AM
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Thanks FastFord

Vince,
No way I'll make it Louisville this year. But if all goes accoring to plan, I should be there next year w/ the '33.

Not much to look at, just a lot of boxes.




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Old 06-02-2009, 04:26 PM
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I can tell the quality by that trans tunnel, looks way better than mine did.

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That car is so bad ahz that you have NO IDEA!

That's our next car.

Two things really sold me about that car.

1. It mirrors Chip Foose's HemisFear IFS, which to me is teh ultimate IFS.
2. When it was being designed, one of the mandates was that it perform better than the bread-n-butter FFCobra on a road course and DID!

ps. Make sure you paint the front end tubes so that you can build the car without having to paint at a later time.

pps. Be sure to pick up the latest issue of Street Rodder Magazine. They are building one right now and part one of the build is in the present issue on the stands.

ppps. When you go to add the windshield, consider a Hallock or a Duvall. That would REALLY set the car off!

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Old 06-02-2009, 07:30 PM
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Be sure to pick up the latest issue of Street Rodder Magazine. They are building one right now and part one of the build is in the present issue on the stands.
When I went to the factory back in February, I got a heads up from another '33 builder that Dave Perewitz was building one for the Street Rodder tour, so we swung by Perewitz's shop and were able to get a sneak peek. I got to see the car complete last month when I went out again.



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Very nice, It will sure be nice when your done!!! Good luck with the build,And can't wait to see it done..
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Arrow,

Yup,

That's the one that's in the magazine. Now I'm the one who has to wait as you've seen the finished product.

Nicely done!

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Sweet car...
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Oh man George, that sends a tingle up my spine just seeing the pictures. What a great project that is going to be and there is no doubt you are the guy who can pull it off. And I'd be lying if I didn't admit I'm a little envious. I'd love to be in your shoes right now.
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Oh man George, that sends a tingle up my spine just seeing the pictures. What a great project that is going to be and there is no doubt you are the guy who can pull it off. And I'd be lying if I didn't admit I'm a little envious. I'd love to be in your shoes right now.
My thoughts EXACTLY.

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Thanks for the vote of confidence guys. I had to liqudate to pony up the cash to buy the kit, and even then had to do a little creative financing to hold me over. I still have a '61 pickup to sell, but then it will all even out. I'm working on a '55 Thunderbird for a friend to make some extra money to buy stuff like wheels and tires, piant and body supplies for the '33. I hope to make the '33 my own with some custom details. We'll see how it goes.

The Tbucket was cool, but having a top will be nice on long trips. That has been sold, but I kept the blower motor to put in this car. The mustang I rebuilt was nice and had a roof, but it wasn't a hot rod. That is also gone now. I had a '31 model A 2dr sedan body I was going to build, but found there are too small and cramped, plus very uncomfortable to drive with a chopped top, so I sold that body too. Hopefuly the '33 brings it all together for me and I can enjoy driving it.
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That 33's gonna be awesome.
I'm curious as to what your going to do for the blower just let it stick through the hood or a sleek scoop of some sort?
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Thanks for the vote of confidence guys. I had to liqudate to pony up the cash to buy the kit, and even then had to do a little creative financing to hold me over. I still have a '61 pickup to sell, but then it will all even out. I'm working on a '55 Thunderbird for a friend to make some extra money to buy stuff like wheels and tires, piant and body supplies for the '33. I hope to make the '33 my own with some custom details. We'll see how it goes.

The Tbucket was cool, but having a top will be nice on long trips. That has been sold, but I kept the blower motor to put in this car. The mustang I rebuilt was nice and had a roof, but it wasn't a hot rod. That is also gone now. I had a '31 model A 2dr sedan body I was going to build, but found there are too small and cramped, plus very uncomfortable to drive with a chopped top, so I sold that body too. Hopefuly the '33 brings it all together for me and I can enjoy driving it.
yanno, being your putting the engine in pretty much a race car that looks like a '33 Ford, you should consider some new performance upgrades for the engine.. I'm sure the blown 4.6 could get a little hotter
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