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The Factory Five warehouse is located in a quiet industrial area, but I was excited to finally get there and go for a tour. If I did not have the Z, the Daytona 65 Coupe would be on the list, but the wife has gave me the OK to build or buy a Cobra kit next year. But, I have to finish the Z first. I will be reading your build on this project, you are going to enjoy the finish product.

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The Factory Five warehouse is located in a quiet industrial area, but I was excited to finally get there and go for a tour. If I did not have the Z, the Daytona 65 Coupe would be on the list, but the wife has gave me the OK to build or buy a Cobra kit next year. But, I have to finish the Z first. I will be reading your build on this project, you are going to enjoy the finish product.

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Cool man, Thanks! I'm excited to get started with the thing. I currently have not even touched the car at all since I got it last Sat. I have to get the car out onto the driveway in order to have enough room to pull the body off and store it. THEN I'll start with installing everything on it. I'm also waiting on a few back ordered parts that I need to put the front suspension on. no suspension = no wheels = no rolling = no driveway = no body coming off. So I'm kind of in a waiting stage at the moment.

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I've always felt that the Daytona Coupe was copied from the Z-car anyway-haha. So, you swapped a metal Z for a plastic Z. Not to mention that the Daytona is a WAY better investment. Planned power plant?

 

 

Well, I've actually got a 5.3 long block that I had bought as a spare for my Datsun. So now, its going to make its way into the Coupe. N/A for starters. We'll see what happens after I get bored without boost. :wink:

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Made a bit of progress on the car this weekend. Now I'm pooped!! For starters, I was able to get the car on some harbor freight dolly's and pushed onto the driveway. Once I had the car on the driveway I was able to remove the body off the of the frame. And put it on the side of the house for storage. What a pain in the ass! I can't express to you how horrified I was removing this thing. Have to stretch the front outward the start lifting up, trying not to snag on anything, meanwhile you're hearing all the creeks / cracks / snaps from the fiber glass body. There was even a spot I noticed on the Gel coat that had cracked. Should be okay, since it will all be sanded down before painting anyways. Well here are some pics of that nightmare:

 

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So after body removal, its time to start installing some parts onto the frame, first I started with the control arms, Spindles, Hubs, shocks / springs, and steering rack. The hardest part about all this is going through the box's and bags trying to find the correct nuts / bolts for the part you're putting on the car, and the directions aren't exactly clear about which box you go into to get said bolt. Oh well... I guess its all part of the fun.

 

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Ya man! The Z is all gone. Actually ended up getting shipped to Japan believe it or not. Which is another crazy story.

 

Well I'm actually going to be posting every picture of the car that I take in this thread, so better subscribe if you wanna see the entire thing. So far, things are going slow. But it'll come together.

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Oh yeah it's way more fun when you aren't sure what goes where. That's what the women just don't get, we throw out the instructions because we like the adventure! When I take nuts and bolts off, I get them all into a pile, and later I just have to sort through them based on how many of each rust color there are and how dirty they are/what kind of dirt it is. Not sure how to do it with new hardware though. Good luck!

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Been working on the car for a little bit here and there this week after getting home from work. Pretty much was only able to get the front brake components installed. Also, I picked up a used engine harness and have been "re-working" it a bunch at work. Not too many update pics this time... Awwwwwww!!!

 

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Got lots more done to the car this weekend! Actually looks like I've accomplished something this time. Was able to get the rear end installed up in the car. And the rear shocks / springs installed as well. Out of the 3 available rear end options, I chose to go with the 4 link. Other options were a 3 link with pan hard rod, and independent. Independent would be cool, but costs significantly more. And I was worried that the 3 link wouldn't be a strong enough set up for what I plan to do with the car. I also got the steering shaft installed, and was able to start riveting some of the aluminum paneling into place. This coming weekend I've got 3 days off of work, but unfortunately I have to spend them on vacation in Las Vegas. :-( Oh well, here's some pics!

 

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Been a while since an update. but I've gotten a whole lot done! Although it doesn't look like much. All the work I've been doing is very tedious, and hard. Fitting these aluminum panels is a HUGE pain in the ass. Have to drill hundreds of holes and line everything up, silicon, then rivet it all together. So with the panel layed in place you mark it, remove it, and drill it, then install it, and drill the holes through the frame, then remove it and clean the debris, then install it again for riveting. And of course it never lines up perfectly after removing it... OY! Its late.... Here are some pics.

 

I got the engine pretty much all buttoned up and ready to go. Still waiting on a few things like starter, water pump, and alternator. I'm using a set of poly Ford 4.6L mounts. Modified them to fit on the 5.3L.

 

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I got all the pedals installed, I had to redrill the place that they provide with the kit. When everything was installed with the original holes, Some other holes didn't line up at all. Great QC! But after a few modifications I was able to get it all worked out.

 

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After getting a bunch of the aluminum paneling installed, its really starting to look like a car now. Pretty Exciting!!! I cant wait to drive this thing around the neighborhood in its "frame" form, with open exhaust. Its REALLY going to piss some people off!! Haha.

 

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Time for bed!

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So with your modded Ford mounts...will they allow the LS to just bolt right up to the existing engine mount points? Did you have any trouble welding them (like melting poly material)? I dont envy those panel installs...looks like one hell of a time consuming *****...but damn its looking good!

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I'm hoping that's what's going to happen. I'll find out in a week or two. I'm pretty much all ready to connect the motor to the trans, then drop it in! The metal on the mounts was pretty thick so I was able to turn up the heat and weld them quickly before the high temps soaked into the poly. Didn't really have a problem at all.

 

I finally got all the brake lines done! So I am able to bolt the wheels on the car now. Looks CRAZY with the tube frame, and giant tires all around. I wanna drive this thing soo bad!!! :-D

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