Car has Arrived!

The car arrived on Tuesday, Aug 6th at 9 am.  It was delayed due to the long weekend and transportation snags to the island.

I met the shipping company, Penta, at the Totem Towing lot, where we transferred the 16 foot shipping crate from the flat deck to the Totem car hauler.  Everything went smoothly, and both parties were great to deal with.


Transferring to flat deck

Totem delivered the crate by gently sliding it off the flat deck.  

Delivery with excited boys..

Delivery with excited boys..

Then, we got to crack it open.  This is the biggest Christmas present ever! ( I think they should paint the crate and put a bow on it).

Here is what was in there!

Here is what was in there!

The next step was to unload the boxes, and then move the car into the garage. This took several hours in total. We slide the car onto moving dollys and pushed in inside. Then put it up on jack stands.

Almost there!

Almost there!

We opened all the boxes, some had one or two parts in them, some had dozens. That took us all afternoon and was really fun discovering all the different parts. The kids liked finding the steering wheel, the car keys and the chrome exhaust pipes.

The next step it to get the body off, which will be in the next day or so.

Many thanks to Al at Western Canada Cobras. I ordered the Factory Five kit through him since he is the Canadian Distributor of Factory Five cars. Not only did he answer my thousands of questions, he organized the paperwork and dealt with Canadian Customs and DOT, and arranges the shipping. Al made the whole process of getting the car from Factory Five to my door simple and easy.

The car has shipped!!!

The car has shipped from Factory Five in Wareham, Massachusetts.

It is coming on a truck, all packed in a very expensive shipping crate. Shipping cost a fortune…I could have probably driven to Massachusetts, and towed it home cheaper.  The shipping and the crate are a couple of the ‘additional’ costs incurred to get this
kit to Canada. (Shipping to Seattle is half price to what I paid, and no crate).



I am not sure what i will do with the crate. Depending on how well it is built, I may put it in the
yard and store the fiberglass body in it until it is ready to paint. If if looks well built I also may store
some of the parts in it. I am a bit concerned about moisture with the parts. Some parts may not matter, like the windshield etc but would hate to find out that was a bad idea later on.

The crate is shipped to a warehouse here in Victoria. Yup another ‘additional’ cost for us, I have to
get it from the warehouse to home. I could get a flat deck tow truck, or a flat bed uhaul or simliar.
Not sure, I am going to wait till it arrives and then figure out the lowest cost solution.

DOT approval

One of the steps to getting the car over the border is to apply to the Department of Transportation for approval to import the kit. There are rules about not bringing full kit cars over the border, so it is a bit of a process.

With help from Al at Western Canada Cobra’s, we successfully applied and received the Approval to Import letter.  Since I now have this letter, the car is basically pre-approved to cross the border so there should be no issues with customs. A part of the process is to identify all the parts  and provided the NAFTA numbers with them.  This makes it all duty free.

The entire process for the letter took just over four months.

Overview of the build plan

So far, here is the build plan.  It is subject to change based on cost, day of the week, shiny objects I find online etc.

Factory Five Canada Kit: this basically includes the frame (powder coated black), fiberglass Mk4 body, all finishing parts ie windshield, door handles, interior etc.  If your really interested, or want to know about the canadian import rules, you can read the complete list and rules here.

I ordered the kit with the following items as upgrades:

  • stainless steel header side pipes, and headers, set up for a 302/350 engine,
  • dual chrome roll bars,
  • leather low back vintage seats,
  • vintage all black gauges,
  • wind wings and sun visors,
  • heater,
  • wipers (a law in Canada)

Factory Five Completion Kit: this is basically all the parts that need to be sourced from Canada due to import laws that you cant bring over the border. This includes steering, suspension, fuel, braking.

4 Link Solid axle read end:  the rear end will be a 4 link 1990 Mustang Fox body 8.8 rear end with 3.55 gear ratio.

Still to decide:

  • Engine : I think I have decided on a 302/350 hp engine
  • Transmission: Planning on the basic T5 Tremtec transmission.
  • Wheels and Tires:  I did not order the stock cobra wheels when I placed the original order. I dont love them, and 90% of the cobras you see have them, so I am going to order something else.
  • There are dozens of upgrades/mods that I want to make, but I am going to wait until I get into the build before I make these kinds of choices.
  • Paint: each week is a different color choice.. I think this will be one of the harder decisions.