Archive for October 2012

Better News Today – A Car and BBQ Event!   Leave a comment

My “new guy BBQ” happened on schedule. I met a handful of the local builders and had a great time talking about the kit and getting some advice from the guys who built their cars. Mikey and Mike and Larry and Julie and Julie and Frank and JJ and some others are now new friends. Even with name tags, I still can’t remember everyone’s name – and I didn’t take enough pictures – so this means another gathering will have to happen again soon!

The guys helped me remove the rear body shell from the chassis. (Actually, they did most of the work.) This was an important step, because now I can start building the car.

I marked and removed all the chassis aluminum panels. Some panels were stuck or wedged solidly in place against the frame without any fasteners. The trunk floor is going to be very difficult to put back in – I had to pull, bend and twist the sheet to get it out of the car. While doing this, I made some pretty deep scratches in the side panels and the chassis. I think cutting the trunk floor in half lengthwise will make it easier to put into place. We’ll see.

Here are some pictures from the gathering….

While some people slept, I started roasting a pair of tri-tip roasts on the Big Green Egg. . .

The BGE was still at cooking temperature, so I added some sausages . .. .

Awesome red Factory Five Racing Roadster

33 Hot Rod by Erik – it is low and black and mean!

Beautiful custom head rest!

Look very carefully at the switches on this dashboard

Coupe as received

Thanks to the guys visiting today, the body shell was removed – a significant step – since the project begins with un-building all of the sheet aluminum panels from the chassis.

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Ace Ventura Delivered Some UPS Packages to My House This Week   Leave a comment

Remember Jim Carrey as a package delivery man in the movie “Pet Detective”? He must have delivered these two boxes to my house earlier this week.

These boxes look pretty bashed. Notice the bulges? Heavy stuff rattling around inside.

Inside lumpy box one is the differential, with no packing materials in it. The “pumpkin” weighs 69 pounds. It was rolling around inside the box, trying to break out. Lumpy box two contained the rear spindles, 25 pounds.

Differential for the Coupe Independent Rear Suspension. What’s missing? Packing material. There’s 69 lbs of cast metal and lots of gears just rolling around inside a single-ply cardboard box.

Lumpy box number 2 contained the rear spindles.

Amazingly – nothing seems to be damaged. While these items are very robust, I wonder if shipments like this got damaged or lost while in transit – the box containing the spindles had many holes in it – the threaded studs were pounding against the box.

These parts are part of the “drop ship” items for the Coupe build, so Factory Five Racing did not pack the parts this way – their supplier did. I sent a message to the F5R guys as a heads-up, so hopefully this will get corrected.

Halibrand wheels, rear brakes, engine headers, body scoops, radiator bottom mounting piece, CV rear axles and some other stuff have not arrived, but I have enough parts to start building!

BBQ: Tri-Tip and the Wireless Remote Thermometer   Leave a comment

Someone asked me where my BBQ information and pictures are on this site. I have not posted any of my BBQ projects lately, but here is something from the archives. This is a pair of tri-tip roasts on my Big Green Egg ceramic cooker. This was my first cook using a new Maverick wireless thermometer. It allows me to roam around the house and yard while monitoring the grate as well as the meat temperature. It includes a low- and high-temperature warning. One unit stays with the cooker, and the other unit has a wire belt clip and looks like a cell phone.

Here is a picture of the setup:

Beef tri-tip smoke-roasting on the Big Green Egg. The wires you see in the picture are for the Maverick remote thermometer. One probe goes into the item being cooked, and the other probe monitors the grill temperature. The remote unit has a digital display for timing and high- or low-temperature.

And here is one of the roasts being sliced:

Santa Maria Style Beef Tri-Tip – amazingly juicy and tender.

It’s Here!   5 comments

My friend Dennis took these photos of the big delivery on October 9, 2012.

This was a tough delivery for Bob from Stewart Transport, since the delivery day was set right in the middle of a street re-surfacing week. The shipment had to be dragged on the dolly from the end of the street to my house, since the Stewart trailer is 70 feet-plus long, and could not make the right angle turn to my driveway.

Make a note of this and if you are not sure, verify with the Stewart Transport people about what is required (turning radius) to get to your house. I have had large cranes on my street (when a new air conditioning unit was installed at my house), but I think the crane may have been very wide, and not really long.

Another thing to consider is how much room you have to store all the boxes you will get. I received 24 large boxes – enough to fill one side of my two-car garage.

It took me two full days to take inventory of what I received, and I still need to check the “chassis-mounted parts.” Some items are on back-order, and I hope to see them soon.

Here are some pictures of the Big Day, taken by Dennis. The other images of the kit and parts were taken by me.

The famous Stewart Transport trailer with the built-in crane unloads a fresh Factory Five Racing Type 65 Coupe.

The Type 65 Coupe on the dolly at the end of my street.

Bob from Stewart Transport and the first dolly-load of boxes.

Taking Inventory. . .

I used a stack of not yet emptied boxes as my desk while taking inventory. Twenty-four boxes total.

I selected the Auto Meter gauge package from Factory Five Racing for my Coupe.

Beautiful wiring harness kit from Ron Francis Wiring.

I always wondered what that warning sticker said on all the Factory Five Racing hoods.

At the end of the second day, both the Coupe and Prius are in the garage.

The Building Phase begins – soon. Stay tuned!

The Call from Stewart Transport Came Today   Leave a comment

This afternoon, Bob from Stewart Transport called – the big day finally arrives – Delivery is set for Tuesday afternoon.

Two pairs of jack stands and a floor jack are needed to move the shipment into the shop – check. All ready for the delivery!

I am not going to post any “before” pictures of the garage.

I wonder if I will be able to fit the Coupe and the Prius in the garage

Teaser Box of Stuff from the Factory!   Leave a comment

Just before dinner tonight, I went to check my mailbox. But I stopped when I saw a white box with Factory Five Racing logo on it.

The FedEx man arrived at my house in stealth mode today. I was studying and although I heard a diesel truck stop, I did not hear a box land just outside of my gate.

one of many

This is the first box of stuff for my Type 65 Coupe

I received the manufacturer’s certificate of origin (MCOO), the nameplate with my serial number, a set of four rear taillights and a pair of upper control arms for the front suspension.

factory five racing type 65 red taillights

Ahhhhhh, the smell of new car parts is great!

Building Serial Number 586 begins soon.

Expanding My Tool Collection   Leave a comment

I needed some new tools for my Coupe project. One day at the grocery store, I noticed one of those Coin Star machines. I always thought those were just another form of “one armed bandit,” until I took a closer look at the machine’s policies. Yes, there is a service charge in order to change money into money. Not quite sure what that percentage is, which is why I steered clear of those machines.

The Coin Star Machine – One Armed Bandit – or Alternative Financing?

But then I noticed something about fees being waived if you exchange coins for gift certificates from certain vendors. So I had to check that. Lo and behold! Lowe’s Hardware store is one of the vendors for this Coin Star exchange!

Take a look at what I got at Lowe’s for my jar of coins – – –

Torque Wrench, 1/2-inch drive

Snap Ring Pliers

Two Pairs Jack Stands (Not Shown)

A new half-inch drive “clicking” torque wrench, a pair of snap ring pliers and two pairs of jack stands recently purchased with “junk money.”

Speaking of the torque wrench, I really wanted a Sears Craftsman “clicking” torque wrench, but the guarantee is one year. What happened to the lifetime guarantee on Craftsman tools? The Kobalt torque wrench at Lowe’s has a lifetime guarantee.

I am anxiously awaiting the call from Stewart Transport. And I am still trying to clean out my garage!