Some recoginition!

It has been a fun month. I took a couple of the pictures that Neil shot and posted them on the Factory Five blog site. I got lots of great comments on the pictures and then Factory Five picked up one of the pictures and posted on their Facebook page. Even Dave Smith the Factory Five president commented on the car!

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I was then asked to submit a picture to the Factory Five Picture contest, which I did and Won! So for all of Oct my car is featured on their front page and next year it will be in a calendar!

Picture Winner

 

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So this has been fun! I also won a gift certificate to Factory Five as well!

Winter is coming. I have a few things I want to do on the car over the winter but nothing huge.

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Complete and attended our first car show

Well after two years and 2 weeks from the date I placed the order for the cobra it is done. It will never truly be done because I will always tweak it, but for now, its done.

This has been an incredible adventure, one I would do over in a heart beat. So many people helped, supported and encouraged, so thank you!

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This weekend was the Seaside Cruisers car show in Qualicum. Tony and I drove up on Friday, he was in my regular car and I was in the Cobra. The car worked perfectly and we got there in good time. I have to admit I was quite apprehensive about it, but it was excellent.

The car show has about 600 cars. Friday night was a car cruise around Parksville and Qualicum. It was like a parade because there were hundreds of people lining the streets, cheering and taking pictures.

Sunday was the show and shine. About 25,000 people attended apparently. I think half of them took pictures of the car. There was always people standing around, asking questions, taking pictures.

Seaside Cruisers 2015

Seaside Cruisers 2015

25,000 people on a hot sunny day

25,000 people on a hot sunny day

I also got to meet some great people. Some that have helped me along the way with questions on car forums and some that are islanders that are currently building a car, or wanting to build a Factory Five Cobra.

Coming home we drove down with a friend who also has a cobra, in fact the one that inspired me to actually purchase mine. Both cars worked flawlessly and we had a great drive in the sunshine. Lots of looks from people, honking and thumbs up.

We took lots of gopro footage and pictures, so will get some of that together and upload it in a week or two. Here are a few pictures in the driveway.

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First look at paint

The car is finally painted and it looks fantastic. Tomorrow we are putting the body back on the car for the final time, mounting the doors, hood and trunk. Then on Sunday the car will come home and that leaves me just one weekend to get it all put together and road worth before the car show. Yup feeling a bit of pressure there timing wise.

The painter did an amazing job, cant wait to get it put together.

Here is a teaser pic.

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Body work and paint

Wow it has been a long while since I wrote a post. Not much was done over the winter but now we are in full swing. I patiently (ok not so patiently, it was torture) waited for the painter I wanted to do the car. He finally took it a couple week ago and has been going full steam on it since.

The doors, trunk and hood were all fit. Then the body was modified so everything fit just perfect. The hood was difficult to fit, so it was cut underneath, re-worked and re-fiber glassed. Same with the tops of the doors. We had to build up lots on the lower driver door, which was to be expected. This is a common issue on this car. We also rolled the edges, cut the louver holes to be the proper size and cleaned up the exhaust pipe holes.

After that, the body was flipped over, and the entire underside sanded, prepped, then gel coated in the same silver as the engine compartment. This added strength to the body, will make it easy to keep the underside clean and also makes the underside all look consistent.

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Gelcoat under side

Now that the body is fully prepped, this week the painter is doing several coats of black primer, block sanding and repeating. Once it is perfect, the plan is to paint the stripes, then color. Hopefully starting in the next week or so. The goal is to have the body painted and back on the car by the first weekend in May.

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While the body work was ongoing, I was finishing up some loose ends on the chassis so ensure everything was done properly before the body goes back on. Just a tonne of small things like closing a hole in the firewall, properly fitting the dash, fixing the ignition which was not tight enough and was spinning (and driving me crazy). I also fabricated some mounts so the dash can now go on and off without removing the body. This is a big thing since I plan on re-doing the dash at some point but don’t want to remove the whole body.

So, hopefully next post will be the stripes and color.

I am registered for a car show on fathers day in Qualicum, so have a hard deadline to get the car done by then.