Journal: December 2001
Christmas Day 2001, Lets see if I can remember how to do this. First off, Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a great one. I sure did. We had a great time at my brothers place and I even scored some gifts for the Cobra. The wife and kids got me a pair of sun visors from Finish Line and a billet steering shaft bezel and windshield plates from Mike Everson. Very nice stuff that will help make a complete package of the Cobra.
It's been way to long since I've done an update on the site but I figure why bother if I didn't have anything to say. I've been checking in on Gary my painter every couple of weeks for the last few months and he is slowly transforming the Factory Five fiberglass body into a real Cobra. The key word here is SLOWLY but after the weather turned cold it didn't much matter anyway. Gary is doing the final wet sanding on the primer now and it's starting to look and feel like glass. The plan is to finish up the edges, seal it then paint the black. After that we will mount the body, align the doors, hood and trunk then mask and shoot the stripes. Gary thinks this will be the best way to insure they are straight and properly aligned.
While I've been waiting for the body work to be completed I've been keeping busy finishing up the interior by installing insulation, carpet and the seats. I used a foil over foam duct insulation for the vertical surfaces and the transmission tunnel. It seems like good stuff but I wasn't sure about its ability to handle water so I didn't want to use it on the floor. I used some stuff called Dynamat for the floor. It's sold by hi-fi shops for sound damping and it looks a lot like the stuff that the auto makers use on production car floors. It's waterproof but kind of expensive. Hopefully it's worth it.
I also made a hinged cover for the EFI computer and covered it with carpet. It gives the passenger side foot box a more finished look. I honestly don't know why FFR has you mount the computer on the side of the footbox. I think I would mount it on the underside of the footbox top if I was to do it again.
So that's all for now. At this point every thing is done and I'm waiting for Gary to finish the body.