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Old 09-27-2018, 07:38 PM
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Glad you got your paint fixed! Have fun with the rest of the build. You only get to do it once.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:04 AM
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Wondering if the frame from era is the same for Slabside, 427 and FIA? Anyone know?

Are the dimensions of the slab and the FIA much different other than the flares?
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Andrew,
I just caught up on your build. It's beautiful. I was looking at the FFR 289 FIA and happened upon ERA and am now edging toward that direction. I've ordered the electronic version of the Builder's Manual and will look it over.

I look forward to seeing the completion of your build and will be looking forward to your completion.

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Wondering if the frame from era is the same for Slabside, 427 and FIA? Anyone know?

Are the dimensions of the slab and the FIA much different other than the flares?
All of them have same the basic frame layout, but the 427's outriggers and cowl supports are different. The only difference between the Slabside and the FIA are some rear body support tubes that have been moved inboard to accommodate a narrower rear track.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:38 AM
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Andrew,
I just caught up on your build. It's beautiful. I was looking at the FFR 289 FIA and happened upon ERA and am now edging toward that direction. I've ordered the electronic version of the Builder's Manual and will look it over.

I look forward to seeing the completion of your build and will be looking forward to your completion.

Terry
Terry,
You are definitely (in my opinion) heading in the right direction--ERA has all the right stuff. My only advice is to get the process started years before you want it to end if you're doing a build--it is a very slow process.

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Old 10-02-2018, 08:02 AM
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Strictly,

Is there information regarding the comparative dimensions of the ERA 427, FIA and Slab?

Mostly curious about the overall width of a FIA vs a Slab...
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Look at the Specifications of both cars:
FIA width (maximum): 68"
289/FIA Specifications

Slabside: 61"
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Old 10-02-2018, 11:43 AM
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typically the FIA has 245 15s tires upfront and 295 15s in the rear; what tire sizes are standard for the Slab? will a 295 fit on the rear of the Slab?
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Andrew,
I just caught up on your build. It's beautiful. I was looking at the FFR 289 FIA and happened upon ERA and am now edging toward that direction. I've ordered the electronic version of the Builder's Manual and will look it over.

I look forward to seeing the completion of your build and will be looking forward to your completion.

Terry
Hi Terry,

Thank you. I look forward to it as well . As soon as you decide to go ERA, and you definitely should, send in your deposit ASAP as it'll take awhile.

RE: Tires
I'll be using 215-70-15 Avon's all around. I don't believe there is any way a 295 will fit under the street flares without getting creative with the sawzall.
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Thanks guys, I'll be making a major move in about 18 months, so I can't start anything until then. I've made my hotel reservation for the 2019 London Cobra Show and hope to see some ERA's there. I wish there were more build threads on this site, though.
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Old 10-02-2018, 05:24 PM
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Thanks guys, I'll be making a major move in about 18 months, so I can't start anything until then. I've made my hotel reservation for the 2019 London Cobra Show and hope to see some ERA's there. I wish there were more build threads on this site, though.
Before you finalize the specs of the build, post a thread or two asking other ERA owners what they would have added if they could go back and do it again. For instance, if you have the underside of the cowl and back of the dashboard spray painted white, working under the dash is way, way easier.
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Before you finalize the specs of the build, post a thread or two asking other ERA owners what they would have added if they could go back and do it again. For instance, if you have the underside of the cowl and back of the dashboard spray painted white, working under the dash is way, way easier.
Patrick, good advice. I'm looking through the Builders Manual, trying to get my bearings on how it goes together.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:18 PM
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Patrick, good advice. I'm looking through the Builders Manual, trying to get my bearings on how it goes together.
It is the easiest car to work on that I have ever laid hands on. That is especially true for the ERA outboard braked rear, as opposed to working on a traditional Jag IRS. Everything is put together to make it easy to take apart. You really don't have to be a professional mechanic. If you are just a "talented amateur" then you will have no problem at all.
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It is the easiest car to work on that I have ever laid hands on. That is especially true for the ERA outboard braked rear, as opposed to working on a traditional Jag IRS. Everything is put together to make it easy to take apart. You really don't have to be a professional mechanic. If you are just a "talented amateur" then you will have no problem at all.
Thanks Patrick. I'm looking forward to the journey. Terry
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Thanks guys, I'll be making a major move in about 18 months, so I can't start anything until then. I've made my hotel reservation for the 2019 London Cobra Show and hope to see some ERA's there. I wish there were more build threads on this site, though.
If you're 18 months away from wanting to start an ERA, I highly recommend sending Peter a deposit now to get in line, as it will take about 18 months to get the frame done and about 20 months to get the body mounted to frame and ready for paint.
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If you're 18 months away from wanting to start an ERA, I highly recommend sending Peter a deposit now to get in line, as it will take about 18 months to get the frame done and about 20 months to get the body mounted to frame and ready for paint.
DITTO - I ordered my 427 in July 2016. I don't have the car yet but hopefully will have it before the end of this year. ERA may be declining orders until their back log gets sorted out though.
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:29 AM
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ERA may be declining orders until their back log gets sorted out though.
Jeez, how do you tell your customers "Uhhh, sorry. We're so swamped with orders that we're not even adding names to the wait list. Go check with Kirkham, we hear they make a real nice car too...."
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If you're 18 months away from wanting to start an ERA, I highly recommend sending Peter a deposit now to get in line, as it will take about 18 months to get the frame done and about 20 months to get the body mounted to frame and ready for paint.
Holy Smoke! That certainly tests the conviction of the buyer. I read somewhere that the backlog is around 6-9 months. That, I can live with. Being ADD, I'm not sure I could maintain my interest for 2 years.

I'm planning on attending the London Cobra Show next summer and then head up to Connecticut following to visit the shop and talk to Peter.
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:42 PM
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I ordered mine as an unpainted, unbonded, semi-roller to build myself, back in May 2009. It was delivered in March 2010. Even this type of order may run longer now but my point is the time frame is dependent upon the level of completion you are intending to purchase.
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Jeez, how do you tell your customers "Uhhh, sorry. We're so swamped with orders that we're not even adding names to the wait list. Go check with Kirkham, we hear they make a real nice car too...."
If I had to do it over again I would give more consideration to Kirkham even with the higher cost.
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