Our Factory Five Roadster project has been moving along nicely. We hit a few bumps in the road, but nothing to put us behind our schedule to have the car done by the end of 2006 (it's only mid-August as I write this). Checking the forums at www.ffcobra.com, there are builds in many stages. Some owners have a Mk II chassis still in the build phase and going on three years, but we've also seen Mk III builds purchased after ours that are already running and driving and ready for paint. Much of this progress depends upon your budget, availability to work on the project, and so on. The busy show season has put a dent in our available work time, but we're trying to get out in the garage at least once a week (especially to keep our Web diary fresh).
This month, we're concentrating on our project's fuel system. As we've stated in previous installments, much of FFR's build design hinges around using parts from the immensely popular '87-'04 Mustang, including many parts of the fuel system. The fuel tank itself, the fuel filler neck, the fuel pump, and so forth comes from the donor (if using one) or is purchased new through your favorite Mustang parts vendor. Whether you decide to run EFI of some sort or go with the classic carburetor, you'll still need a Mustang gas tank (or an aftermarket fuel cell designed for the Mustang). The FFR comes with coils of steel line for your EFI fuel system to make the donor-engine swap and fuel-system connections easy. If going carbureted, FFR has a carbureted fuel kit it can provide as well.
Since our Smeding Performance 427 Windsor stroker will need plenty of fuel, we opted for larger 3/8-inch fuel lines by using -6 fuel lines from Mr. Gasket. The -6 lines and fittings allow for an easy custom fuel-line routing solution, and connect easily to our aftermarket Mass-Flo EFI system. We're still using a stock Mustang fuel tank, which we scored through Texas Mustang Parts, and an in-tank fuel pump but with larger fuel lines. With our fuel system complete, we'll detail and drop in our drivetrain next month. Then it's on to the wiring phase.