Welcome to My427SC.com, where I am going to attempt to document my purchase and construction of a Cobra "component" car. My name is John Hudson, and I live in Riverside, California - which is about 100 miles East of Los Angeles. This will be my first Kit Car and my first attempt at putting a web site together - so it should be quite an experience!
It all started in Aug. of 2000. My 17 year old son and I were driving down the road in my 88 Mustang, and we started to talk about Kit Cars. My Mustang only has 65,000 miles on it, is in excellent condition and has never given us any problems. However, after driving the same car for 12 years, it was time for something new. We started talking about Cobras, and when we got home that day, I did some research on the Internet. I stumbled across Factory Five Racing and the CobraForum, and the more I read, the more excited I got. After lurking at the CobraForum for a week, I decided to call Factory Five to ask some questions. When I found out that the current waiting list was 6 months long, I immediately placed a deposit. (What did I have to loose? Anything that people have to wait a whole 6 months for has to be good, right? Besides, the deposit was fully refundable) With a delivery date set for mid February of 2001, I had plenty of time to work things out...
Factory Five use a "Donor Car" concept. You purchase their kit, a 1987 to 1993 Mustang to be used as the "Donor" and your able to cobble togethor a 427SC Cobra (more or less). I had originally planned on using my 88 Mustang as the donor - but that idea quickly fell by the way side. The car was in too good of shape to scrap, I thought about selling it, but in the end I decided to give it to my son as his high school graduation present. Besides, it had an automatic transmission, and everybody know that 'real men' don't drive automatics.
I was never really comfortable with the idea of using parts from a donor car that I did not know the history of. I started to look at "crate" motors and Tremec 5 speeds, and liked what I saw. I could purchase a brand new engine from Ford, along with the major drive train parts, and pick up what else I needed from the local salvage yard. Of course this was going to cost more money, but it fit into my philosophy of "doing it right the first time." There are some other reasons why I decided against a donor car - but I will save them for another page.