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kit cars

I used to own and build them for a living up until last year, mainly Cobra replicas, but also Lotus 7 replicas, Ferarri 355's, Lamborghini Countach, plus others. What have you got?
 
A kit car has been on my wish list since 1990, but has only been a dream, in reality my Landy takes first place:) :) :)

I wouldn't go for anything really sporty, ideally something that will be a pleasure to drive on country lanes and motorways, but most importamtly,

no computer control thingies

everything I can fix myself...

just like my landy:) :)

Anybody got any recommendations that fit that spec?

I bought a Kit Car mag, didn't get further tahn that though.:eek: :eek:
 
I used to own and build them for a living up until last year, mainly Cobra replicas, but also Lotus 7 replicas, Ferarri 355's, Lamborghini Countach, plus others. What have you got?
workin on a lotus 7 replica, hayabusa engine hopefully and with time turbocharged, my other dream would be a impreza drivetrain for the 4x4 and LSD on the diffs but anyway... those are pricey (along with the busa engine) so we'll see. wanna build me own chassis, dont like the prices DAX have and they definately would cost an arm and a leg to ship out to here
 
Building a Locost Seven. Did chassis from scratch. Made fuel tank, wishbones and all GRP panels. Got an Escort Mk 2 and stripped and refurbed engine etc Took axle and gearbox out of it. Only a 1300 but quick enough for me. Cut seats out Saab 9000 and made ones to suit out of it. Good fun and in no hurry with it, I only work on it now and again.

Been in a few more powerful ones but IMHO You can`t put that power down on the road.

Alex
 
Yeah I did mate. Until I found out they were wrong.....in some respects.

The mistakes are all well documented now. I started it about 5yrs ago and then I bought a 109 which kind of took over. Anyways when cutting up tubes I found some discrepancies (like many before me). I phoned Haynes who said they would call me back. When the phone rang it was Ron Champion himself calling from Spain........guess what we ended up talking about on the phone........Landys! He had two series trucks.

The book was the inspiration to do it though. It will take a jump by the end of this summer........Then it`s VOODO time.......The wiring:D

Alex
 
Years ago, my brother and I built a Mini Marcos for me. Really enjoyed putting it together using a written off 1964 mini cooper for the mechanicals. It was great fun, went really well. It also rattled, squeaked and leaked water - just like a Landrover :D
 
I would love to build a kit car, know an old guy through work that build them and rebuilds old bikes, uses stainless steel nuts, bolts and washers, chrome stuff the lot. Does a really good job (to think he's a joiner by trade, working in the motor industry, making kit cars as a hobbie hehe).

I would rather do it 4x4 though, RRC axles and drive train (or maybe portal) i'll do it one day hehe.
 
Been in a few more powerful ones but IMHO You can`t put that power down on the road.

Alex

thats why am stuck scratchin my head on how to get a 4x4 system in, want to get as much of it as possible to the road, its useless if it remains at the crank.

got any piccies of yours? i would love to see your project, must be a real beauty! i love the locust 7 to be honest.

how tall are you btw? am around 6'2" and thats worrying me too
 
i heard of an interesting kit car not too long ago that might just be the job for lani lovers

Rotax

it uses a rangrover as the doner
 
Olo there are many plans available to broaden and lengthen the chassis.

There are are a few guys about your size with locost 7. I am 6ft and it is ok. There is only really the bones of it as no panels or anything are on. Not much to look at. Just rolling chassis. Mind you I love Landys in rolling chassis

You can build one mate. Start off with The Book

Alex
 
Just to update anyone going down the Locost Seven route. There is a new
"book" out at the end of the month which I think is to be based on a slightly bigger chassis and Ford Sierra donor components. It is a Haynes book although not by Ron Champion

The Escort donor is now hard to find so it all starts again and I think it will be better with hopefully no mistakes. It may put the original Kent engined model into Classic status:D

Alex
 
mmm will definately have a look at it! me was considering a tubular chassis, kind of like a space frame, sounds mad? mainly weight reduction... (to compensate for me weight :p )
 
mmm will definately have a look at it! me was considering a tubular chassis, kind of like a space frame, sounds mad? mainly weight reduction... (to compensate for me weight :p )

btw ever heard of DAX ? was considering building somethin on them lines
 
You must be considering a lot of power if you're worried about getting it down.
Look at the R500 Caterham - 250 bhp and the Duratec ones have even more! They're RWD and win things like the 'Ring 24hr!
If you're going down the 7 route keep the car as light as possible - shaving 25kg off a 500kg car makes a big difference! How much weight does a 4x4 drive train add?
 
Yea I know DAX, really nice kits, nicely made. Expensive, but if you're planning on copying the kit that doesn't matter. The DAX Rush held a nubmer of speed records, 0-100, 0-100-0. I think that car had 4x4.
 
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