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Ste
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So after some umming and ahhing over which kit car to build next, I decided to build my own car from scratch.

I want another Lotus 7 inspired car.

The plans are from the Haynes Roadster book and will be modified to suit my own spec.

New plans are MX5 engine and gearbox then turbo it in the future when more power is needed

Diff, ford 7" with quaife LSD

Bodywork will be based on the Equinox GRP body.


this is what the equinox body looks like





[Edited on 18-12-2015 by Ste]


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Started today making chassis plates from 3mm sheet steel













[Edited on 22-06-2013 by Ste]


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Might just be me, but pictures dont seem to want to work.
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In work and they are blocked here so I'll redo them when I get home


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Don't you buy the parts though, rather than build them?

Look forward to pics anyway
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Looking forward to following this, would love to build my own.


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quote:
Originally posted by Generation
Don't you buy the parts though, rather than build them?

Look forward to pics anyway


OK, so i won't be building an engine from scratch but I will be cutting and fabricating the chassis, making moulds for panels and seats and making them from carbon fibre. I'll be making the exhaust, wiring loom, wishbones etc.


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Built and bought IMO.

I'm only messing
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I know you fool


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Links to stuff I need to get bought

Headlights




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Can imagine internet stickers all over lol

Cool project... Will your carbon have the weave? If so please dont paint it
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not tempted to buy the bare chassis ste ?
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No. Far more fun to make it from scratch and also i can design the engine bay to take the engine from the start amd not have to bodge it in


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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please use a t5 or omega box,
i know its light, but my buddies 700kg mk1 escort 200bhp pinto turbo used to munch type 9's

other than that looooking forward to seeing this! had a gander round your other kit car at the first ppc weekend racer were at.
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Lee, that is the whole point of the title of this thread. All the cars out there with 'Built not bought' stickers that are just bits bolted on.

Got my delivery of seven lengths of 25 x 25 x 1.6mm ERW box section coming this week to get cut up and made into a chassis


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then hes going to bolt bits on
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you should be mining your own metal not buying it.

get a grip ste
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should be forging his tools himself too
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That top car is gorgeous, really REALLY want a kit car but can't as haven't got a garage or lock up. One day though one day

Looking forward to seeing this being built, any pics of your other?

[Edited on 24-06-2013 by SXI - Matt]
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his old one was a robin hood 2b with a tb'd xe in it.... thread on here

looked finished to a fantastic standard
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My old one was quite heavy, was 1mm mild steel panels and used the sierra rear torque tube and wishbones. Had a glass windscreen and steel framed seats.

Weighed in at about 680kg





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Hi all, Lifted this straight off rhocar so apologies if it isn't 100% perfect

Hello again :hi:

Some of the older members may remember me and my 2b



Sold it nearly four years ago now and since getting married I've been allowed to start my new build.

This time I'm going with a scratch built and doing a Haynes Roadster.

After studying the book for a few weeks and familiarising myself with the chassis plans, reading up on the various forums; locost builders, roadster builders and haynes forum. I took the plunge and ordered the steel for the chassis.

6 lengths of 25x25x1.5mm ERW
3 lengths of 19x19x1.5mm ERW
and three 19x1.5mm ERW tube

Built a build table using 18mm phenolic resin ply (was free)







In the mean time, found a really cheap donor on ebay



More chassis progress pics
























Top tip, don't brush a bare arm past a freshly welded joint




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Wow you are not messing around looks good mate
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Good stuff. Are you building this from a set of drawings in that Haynes book i guess?

Also, whats going on here?




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