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I'm not really sure how this all came about but, thinking back a couple of months ago, it was probably an offhand conversation between myself, Rich and Chas. I have always wanted an Autograph transkit but, never thought that I could afford one. Add to that, the complexity if it and I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of parts. It has over 1500 PE parts alone not counting the over 500 nuts and bolts and various bits and pieces of wire and tubing etc. if you could even get one. This was always my Holy Grail of transkits and model to upgrade. Having dismissed this as any possibility, I looked at the Tommaso Iuele website and he has a waiting list for a transkit for the F40 and, I put my name on the list. When I purchased my built F40 over a year ago, I thought that when he released it I would have the car for it. As time went on, I put it out of my mind figuring it just wasn't going to happen very soon. Fast forward to a couple of months ago, I heard that Autograph had re-released the transkit in a limited serial number run of 200 and, it had sold out but, they had enough parts to make about 10 more. I looked at the website and even though the price was still high, it wasn't where it had been. I started figuring the exchange rate between the Euro and dollar and it was close to one to one and that, made it even more obtainable. I went back and forth on whether or not to buy it and I finally decided to go for it. I figured that I would just sell off a few of my other Pocher kits and basically trade a kit or two for the transkit. I also thought about keeping it and selling it again at a future time due to the rarity of them. When I started talking about the transkit with the guys Rich made the comment that, he would like one too and, what fun it would be to build the F40's together with the transkits. Since, I had already purchased mine, I went back and looked on the website only to see that, they were sold out. Unbeknownst to me, Rich had purchased one of the last ones and the die was cast! My original plan was start this build with a completely built car but, when I sat down to start taking it apart; I just couldn't take a pretty much perfect car apart. So, I found another one on eBay that was already somewhat taken apart but, complete but, for a broken rear side window and Rich is starting with a new in the box F40. So, they will be different in how they are built in the beginning stages. Chas mentioned that, he didn't want to see two red F40's in the build and hoped that, one of us would do a color change. My car isn't bad on the paint but, I was thinking about opening up the louvres in rear bonnet and that would cause the car to have to be repainted if I do that. I received my transkit Tuesday and it's a pretty daunting sight. This is a major piece of work and will take a few days just to sort out the parts and get organized prior to the commencement of activity here. The idea is for us to collaborate as we move through the build process and share ideas, tips and anything of use. We have been talking about this for a few weeks in the lead up to actually receiving the transkits. Frankly, I think that we will need each other to push ourselves through this build. There might be some areas where one of us may not add every bit of detail but, we will do our best to get through these builds. This is my start today with just getting the transkit sorted out and organized to begin work. The first pictures are of the one that, I was going to use and then the one that, I'm going to use. Since, I'm waiting on the car to arrive I'm going to start building some of the subassemblies that are just parts of the transkit. First up will be the shock absorbers. So, those of you guys that, are going along for the ride on these builds will need to grab a comfy chair and lots of popcorn and drinks as this may be a long movie! We begin The original candidate The replacement The transkit cometh There are at least 8 sheets of photo etch parts like the one you see in the picture This bag of screws scares me and I don't know what it's for. There are about 10 other bags that have 500 in them and this doesn't have a count so, I guess we'll see what they're for as we go forward. As you can see this has required a bit of reorganization just to get started and I still have to clear the workbench top and make more room to work before the actual car arrives. This is going to be fun times two! This isn't just one Pocher F40 being upgraded with an Autograph transkit but, two!