Comments (1) 10. NACA Duct, Badge, GRP Mirror Mouldings, Hubs, Door Latches, Sliding Windows.

There are a few more jobs that I can do on the nose section before it goes back in the barn for a while.

Ferrari's 350 CanAm had a little NACA Duct in the nose. It's a nice touch that we featured on a few cars. The easiest way to make  a NACA duct is to cut out the shape in your panel and bond one...

Comments (1) 9. Chassis Prep, Air Con choice, Oil Pan Mods, Seat Belt Mountings, Fitting Headlamps and Headlamp Covers with Nut-plates, Nose GRP mods and prep.

The engine will be moth-balled until the chassis is ready but there's one more job to do first. The standard sump projects below the chassis by about 50mm making it a prime target for speed-bumps and rutted roads - and there are plenty of those around here. Aftermarket, 5" 'Shallow Oil Pans' are ava...

Comments (0) 8. More Mechanical stuff

This is the 1998 Ford 4.6L 4 Valve, all aluminium Mustang Cobra Engine and Transmission package exactly as it arrived to us in a crate. 302 hp (225 kW), 318 lb⋅ft (431 Nm) and mostly Metric threads. The Block, after all, was cast in Italy. That's good enough.

From Wikipedia: The 4-valve DOHC versio...

Comments (1) 7. Continuing with body mods

   Alright, alright, I know I said at the start that this would be a long term project but even I can't believe that my last post on the P4 build was eight years ago give or take a week or so - about the same time as the launch of the iphone 5 ! Where the bloody hell did that time go? Well, I guess ...

Comments (3) 6. Hubs and Uprights
OK - time available for another little spurt of activity. Our plan is to reshape the wheel arches so they fit tighter and further around the wheels to update the styling just a little. But, before that can happen we need to choose the wheels and tyres, But before that can happen we need to assemble the suspension. But before that can happen we need to assemble the uprights. But before that can happen we need to prepare the hubs. Phew !!!
Comments (0) 5. Gear lever housing modifications
The original Porsche gear lever housing is big, ugly and made of plastic. This picture shows an aftermarket conversion kit for replacing the nylon bearing housings with anodised aluminium ones. The theory is that the mod will reduce play in the linkage and make the lever action more positive and tight.
Comments (0) 4. Continuing the roof and tail chop
I've finally found a few spare hours to continue with the body mods and write a little about it. In a previous thrilling episode I cut and reshaped the roof and upper mid bulkhead panels to a more pleasing shape and profile. Time now to glue all the pieces back together. My trusty Powerfile was the weapon of choice for this job - 'V-ing' out every join, between the aluminium plates to at least half the depth of the panel. I then fibreglassed enough of the 'V's to hold it together and then removed the aluminium plates and glassed -up the remaining grooves.
Comments (0) 3. Cockpit Layout
When we designed the cockpit layout of the Foreman Mk4 some twenty years ago we had to make it as universal as possible within it's size and shape restraints whilst still retaining the period flavour of the original 1967 race car. The Mk4 was never conceived as a replica race car but as a road-going sports car that looked like Ferrari's classic P4. All the mechanical components had to be readily available at a reasonable cost, capable of performing reliably in a (potentially) 200 mph vehicle and had to be legal for, at first, MoT testing, then SVA and now IVA testing. Here's what we ended up with in the cockpit - and why.
Comments (0) 2. More engine and body stuff
Before going any further with the engine modifications - and while it was fitted to the transmission we thought we'd drop it into the chassis and make the mounts.
Comments (1) 1. P4 Build First Post
As I begin this build log it’s 11.40 on the 3rd of December 2009 and my first Grandchild is about to enter the world at any second. Coincidentally, it’s also twenty years, almost to the day, that Matthew and I placed an order for our first Kit Car - the stunning Noble Mk4, Ferrari P4 Replica. And so began our association with the world of home-build cars. That first car won ‘Best of Show’ at almost every show we visited and it’s build was featured in five consecutive monthly issues of Which Kit? Magazine. The final instalment had a fantastic cover picture by Ian Stent and was the biggest selling Kit Car Magazine ever. Doors began to open and we started making and selling parts for Kit Cars.