I haven't been there in a while, but in the past FFR was always happy to provide plant tours. They have some impressive automated cutting and welding equipment there. They're in Wareham, MA right near Cape Cod. When the weather gets better here you could do the plant tour then spend a nice...
Between the two, from an entry level perspective for a project like this, I would choose the Cobra. I built a FFR Cobra; bought the kit in '02 finished it in '04. It was an incredible experience, both the build and the connection to the local FFR community. The Cobra is an absolute beast; it's...
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Sorry, I can't help you with the 01E shift but I may be interested in buying the shifter and transaxle linkage for the 016 that you're taking off.
Were the folks at Cable Shift any help to you?
They probably used the same Vellum paper we used back in the 70s and 80s. With the high quality scanners that have been around for years, it amazes me that someone still makes the blueprint machines (That brings me back, I can still smell the ammonia!).
I think yours is the first build thread I've seen with someone fitting a body from Bill Hough. Since I'm about to reach that point myself, I've been following your progress with great interest.