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CCKW353 03-30-2018 04:25 PM

Ross ERA 427 SC build

With the help of some of the guys on the board here, I have started the process in terms of getting my ERA 427SC build going. I sent my deposit in this pas Feb, ironed out the car build with Peter (just did some tweaking with him tonight) and the drivetrain will be coming from Lykins Motorsports. So this is the official start of my build log, yes it will be slow to update in the beginning based on the wait time but hope to get things really rolling in sometime 2019. I will post thoughts in the mean time while I acquire things, changes things, etc.... The plan it to make it very similar to a 427SC with the look. So under the hood it will look old school and simple.

The car from ERA, here is my list of goodies (yes it is long, you only live once):

427 Basic Kit
Bond body and mount floors to chassis
Side pipes, Ceramic coated black
Primary pipes, set of 8, with gaskets
Ceramic coating for primary pipes
Fan, additional, use with standard or HD fan
Fan, radiator, heavy duty
Luca Tripode headlights, pair
Hood handles, "T" style, lockable, pair
Oil cooler assembly, 6"
Sand blasting, powder coating and coating of chassis, suspension, hinges, pedals, etc
Install roll bar kit
Powder coat roll bar
"AC" pedal faces
Trunk mounted rear battery compartment, with close-off panels
427 SC standard dashboard
Add for leather covered dashboard
Wiper / dash lights
Original-style turn indicator lights (pair)
Door pull straps (black)
Black leather seats, door pockets and emergency brake boot
Seat track set (both sides)
Mechanical Smiths gauges with ccw speedometer
Center cap for steering wheel, "Cobra"
Steering column, ERA reproduction of original w/ signal/dimmer switch and steering wheel hub.
Steering wheel, 15"
Tonneau cover kit
Windshield washers, mechanical pump with cowl fittings and reservoir
Windwings, pair
Adjusting bracket, alternator, ceramic coated
Battery cables, rear battery (ground, starter sol., starter)
Battery kill switch
Brakes, front racing, with Wilwood caliper and 12" rotor, mounted on modified steering knuckle, S.S. hoses
Optional 3 can system
Speedometer cable, Top loader,TKO
Speedometer gear and clip, TL/TKO
Front coil-over damper w/spring and hardware
Shoulder bolts for drive shaft
Driveshaft, Tremec TKO
Cable and balance assembly, ERA rear suspension
Emergency brake handle, chrome
Emblem, side. "Powered by Ford - 427"
FE Engine mount
Heat shield, foot box for primary pipes
Cooling system expansion tank, FE ( Black )
Four-way flasher system
Upper radiator connecting hose kit
Lower radiator hoses, FE
Assemble rolling chassis
License plate bracket, rear
Reflectors/shields for rear lights, pair
Safety wire and pliers, for pin-drive wheels
Starter solenoid
Rack and pinion steering gear, new. Modified by ERA Complete with inner tie rods, bushing and bolts
Quick release hub for steering column
Rear suspension, with outboard brakes, double adjustable dampers (3.31)
Anti-sway bar, front
Anti-sway bar, ERA rear
Transmission mount, TREMEC
Shift handle, Tremec without knob
Voltage regulator, with special cover
Pin drive wheels (6 pin) (trigo), hubs, front bearings, seals, 11" rotors and all hardware
Windshield wiper arms and blades, stainless steel
Windshield wiper assembly
5 Speed shift knob
Wheel House vents (Pair)
Trunk carpet kit for hide away battery
Rivet on hood scoop
Puke tank (got one from Craig - thanks!)
Car color - still thinking about that one

The tires will be Avons:

Front Tire - AVON 225/65VR15 CR6ZZ
Rear Tire - AVON 295/50VR15 CR6ZZ

The motor and trans will be done by Brent Lykins. We will be putting in a 427 side oiler and here is what how it will be built out:

BBM cast iron 427 SO FE block
Durabond camshaft bearings
Felpro rear main seal
Federal Mogul main bearings
Factory 390 or 427 cast crankshaft, 3.780" stroke
Custom Lykins Motorsports hydraulic roller camshaft
New camshaft thrust plate
Cloyes billet timing set
Factory timing cover reconditioned
Factory timing pointer reconditioned
New steel balancer spacer
Powerbond harmonic balancer
Scat H-beam connecting rods
Federal Mogul rod bearings
Custom Racetec forged pistons
Hastings moly faced metric ring pack
Rotating assembly internally balanced
Morel hydraulic roller lifters
Felpro cylinder head gaskets
ARP head bolts
Factory C5AE-F medium riser cylinder heads
Cylinder heads professionally ported to increase flow by about 40 cfm
Comp Cams locators/beehive valve springs/tool steel retainers/locks
Manley valve seals
New factory style non-adjustable rocker arms
ARP stand studs
Factory distributor converted to Pertronix electronic ignition, fitted with steel distributor gear
New cap/rotor
Custom Trend pushrods
Ford Sidewinder intake, reconditioned and ported
Holley 750 mechanical secondary carburetor
Mr. Gasket intake manifold gasket
Felpro timing cover gasket
Felpro oil pan gasket
Melling oil pump/shaft
Milodon oil pan and pickup
New Tuff Stuff mechanical water pump
Black March V-belt pulleys
Powermaster 75A 3-Wire alternator
New chrome 427 style pentroof valve covers
Rear intake manifold breather vent tube
Front intake manifold breather vent tube
Autolite spark plugs
MSD plug wires
Carter mechanical fuel pump
Factory style turkey pan
Powermaster FE starter

McLeod billet steel flywheel
McLeod 500 series clutch kit for clutch fork
Quicktime bellhousing
Tremec TKO 600 transmission (.82 5th gear)
Powermaster FE starter

These are my thoughts for now, the items I have ordered, etc..... sure there will be changes but isn't that half the fun! Any comments are welcome since most of you have already gone down this road. It should be a fun project that will take all my blood, sweat and tears (and money) in the coming year. Once I know my build number, I will update everyone.


1985 CCX 03-30-2018 05:18 PM

Holy smokes.

1795 03-30-2018 05:22 PM

Looks like it will be a nice build.

CCKW353 03-30-2018 05:35 PM

Thanks.... been spending a lot of time looking at photos and getting input from fellow members. I want a close to rolling chassis since I don’t have that much free time but do have the space and tools to do the finish work. My paint will be done locally here to me in PA.

66gtk 03-30-2018 05:53 PM


patrickt 03-30-2018 06:15 PM

Well that will be a very nice build. With a little luck, you could have it on the road for the 2019 driving season.

CCKW353 03-30-2018 06:22 PM

Or at least sitting in the car with someone snapping my photo... hahaha.

RockBit 03-30-2018 06:32 PM

Wow! Just wow! You're gonna love it.

DanEC 03-31-2018 04:43 AM

That looks like a pretty complete list for a start. Good luck - you will love the car.

patrickt 03-31-2018 05:37 AM

Over the years, I think ERA has fixed just about everything that I've found to complain about.:LOL: There are two things, though, that you may want to consider for your build. 1) If you have Bob make you a custom, removable, Turkey Pan, your life will be much, much easier as you deal with your Holley year after year after year; and 2) Servicing (primarily lubricating) the front driveshaft u-joint with the ERA outboard braked rear (fitted with the emergency brake) is tricky. In fact, at first you will think it to be impossible. Old Jaguars had a removable panel on the tunnel area adjacent to the front u-joint for servicing. That would be a nice, and simple, tweak. The Jags also had a little plug on their rear uprights to allow for a squirt of grease in on the rear hubs. ERA casts their own uprights, and I've often wondered why they didn't include the little plug that Jag did. Bob will probably say "because it's not needed." But that would be really easy to add as well.

ERA713 03-31-2018 08:27 PM

You will love it.

ACHiPo 04-01-2018 03:55 AM

Looks like a great list! Welcome to the waiting room��

patrickt 04-01-2018 08:15 AM

And I take it that "Fan, additional, use with standard or HD fan" is what we colloquially refer to as "Pusher Fans.";) If so, ERA's standard method of wiring your HD puller fan and your dual pusher fans is to all come on at that same time, wham, when the thermostatic switch in the bottom radiator hose grounds on. That momentary influx of current will take its toll on your Smiths ammeter gauge, plus, you don't need all three anyway. Instead, have them wire it up this way: It's a far superior design, if I do say so myself.:cool:

CJ428CJ 04-02-2018 05:03 PM

Congrats! I didn't see a heater on your list. I live in California and I'm glad to have it. I suspect you'd get a lot of use out of it in PA.

CCKW353 04-02-2018 05:45 PM

Thanks for the info Patrick....

I had a heater on the list but took it off. I don’t have time to drive my other cars and figure this will be a sunny day cruiser so I passed.


patrickt 04-03-2018 05:25 AM


Originally Posted by CCKW353 (Post 1441772)
Thanks for the info Patrick....

I had a heater on the list but took it off. I donít have time to drive my other cars and figure this will be a sunny day cruiser so I passed.


I can't say I use mine all that much either. But, they do also act as "defrosters," which are required in some states, fwiw.

bcrumpley 04-03-2018 06:05 AM

Congrats! Sounds like you'll be a car or two behind me, and yours will be just like mine...except completely different.

CCKW353 04-03-2018 02:30 PM

What is your chassis number or are you still waiting for it?

BCJ 04-03-2018 07:28 PM


bcrumpley 04-04-2018 05:59 AM

No chassis number yet, my deposit wast sent to ERA in early October so hopefully I will be getting the number fairly soon. I'm still gathering parts, but haven't started rebuilding the engine or differential yet.

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