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Parking Spot Car Feature – Michael Leach’s Factory Five Type 65 Daytona Coupe

Show stopper, head turner… the adjectives one can use to describe Michael Leach’s Factory Five Type 65 Daytona Coupe don’t just flow, they gush. When we saw the sleek machine at the June Caffeine & Gasoline we knew it deserved a deeper look.

The highly detailed kit car was built in seven months. It sports a modern Ford Coyote 5.0-liter V8 rated at 412 horsepower which keeps the coupe an all Blue Oval affair.

Michael was quick to point to the quality of the car. “Factory Five makes a really great kit, great instructions, the metal fits well, everything goes together well but when it came down to the drivetrain I have never done any of this before. There are no instructions for connecting an engine to a bell housing and a clutch fork. Using the right bolts with the right pitch was tough because apparently engine people are supposed to know all this. This was the most stressful part of the build because if you screw it up you have to pull the entire car apart again to fix it. So, ‘getting it right the first time’ never rung so true.”

The Type 65 moves as good as it looks. “The Coyote runs nice and mild because it has cams and variable timing so you can putt around town and it’s not jerky or anything, then you can step on it and feel the timing change and it just goes so it’s very easy to drive. I put air conditioning in it, I have heat, defrost, all the stuff you need in the northwest.”

The Coyote V8 crate motor is rated at 412 horsepower. Michael has only added the essentials, a Spectre universal cone filter and pipe and exhaust manifolds from Stainless Headers.

Stainless Headers out of Burnsville, Minnesota makes a 4 into 1 into 4 for this Factory Five application but Michael ordered his set in a 4 into 1 into a V-Band clamp configuration. He says, “Stainless Headers got the header off the block and I turned the corner with it and got it out to the side pipe.

The interior has the minimalistic feel of a pure racer but delivers the information Michael needs to keep the car rolling on the street.

“My favorite part is looking at it more than driving it sometimes,” says Michael laughingly. “It’s a super pretty car, it was a lot of work, and I need to take it all in from time to time… to appreciate it properly.

“It’s fun to drive for sure but all I think about is the money I’ve spent and I don’t want to get hit. Maybe when I’m 5,000 or 10,000 miles into it I will lighten up. It would be horrible to lose it now.”

Here we see how far Michael had to move the engine forward to get it to fit. He says even this far up the bulkhead had to be ‘trimmed.’

Michael says he has taken the car to previous Caffeine & Gasoline events before it was painted and we hope to see him at future Caffeine & Gasolines. Thanks for sharing Michael and happy motoring.

The next Caffeine & Gasoline event is Saturday, July 2nd at 8 a.m.

Editor’s Note ­– Parking Spot Car Feature is a new series of recurring articles that focus on cars we pick out of the crowd at our monthly Caffeine & Gasoline events. It’s a way to take a cool car and give you a bit of the backstory behind the build and ownership of the vehicle.

Michael says he drove the car about 1,200 miles when it was in primer but since leaving the paint booth it’s been kept close to home.

The wheels are from a 10th Anniversary Mustang Cobra. The car’s pristine paint is Toyota Inferno Orange.

Michael chose to run mirrors from a GSX-R600 motorcycle because they give the car a sleeker look.

Look for more Parking Spot Car Features in the future as we hope to highlight more special rides from our Caffeine & Gasoline events.

Have fun in your garage!

 


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