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Hambam
11-12-2015, 01:39 AM
Well, its Official. I've joined the dark side and have decided my new project is a tarmac build only. I LOVE my buggy, and I really want to get into racing. Problem is I'll be all over the country for races and in Australia I just can't afford the time off work for all the travelling. I want something I can drive with no warning and have a lot of fun.

I just ordered the first parts. Managed to get a pretty fresh looking Mazda RX8 rear end with an LSD. I have the blueprints, and am ready to go. Contacted an engineer who is happy to supervise the build in order to issue a VIN number and FULL ROAD REGISTRATION!!! This baby will be a weekend sunshine cruiser, or heck, might even take it to work if its a nice day. Can't do that in a clapped out racing buggy!

There are a few great books on the matter, and a load of info available online. But This will be my build thread... Tarmac people don't think like I do, I need real advice :D

As for me, I'm starting a new job Janurary 18, and pretty much have 2 months off... Feel like some serious progress will get made after I move house next week. Winning. Life is good :D

References for those interested:
"How to build a sportscar on a budget" - Chris Gibbs
"how to build a sportscar for under 250 pounds" Champion

To give you a teaser, Here is what I am aiming for:

http://www.totalkitcar.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/news_3_saturn_NTS.jpg

CARLRIDDLE
11-12-2015, 05:37 AM
Sweet!!! I have been eyeing the Areial Atom for yrs for the same reasons. Need to get my plate cleared off some to do it. Cant wait to see how the build goes.

Hambam
11-13-2015, 04:56 AM
Sweet!!! I have been eyeing the Areial Atom for yrs for the same reasons. Need to get my plate cleared off some to do it. Cant wait to see how the build goes.

The Atom is a wicked car. Looks amazing, and all the videos I've seen of one driving is insane. The atom 'copies' I've seen though mostly miss the mark. Although it would be awesome to go for, I thought I'd have a better shot at a lotus 7 clone, and it will still be an awesome drive. I really wanted to do a GT40 replica, but the cost for the body is too much

mrniceguy
11-13-2015, 06:53 AM
Great idea! What type of motor? Mid or rear engined? Do you need to do the chassis twist test or whatever that is??

K-fab
11-13-2015, 07:35 AM
That will be a blast, Ham. Very cool looking ride.

Hambam
11-13-2015, 03:43 PM
Great idea! What type of motor? Mid or rear engined? Do you need to do the chassis twist test or whatever that is??

Traditionally, they are front engined (which is what I'll do). I am hoping to use a 2L straight four out of a Honda S2000, which should make about 250 hp. Most other options like a corolla 4AGE are in the 150 range and they are meant to be too fast :D I would love to put a V6 or V8 in there but I'm thinking in a lightweight car with a lightweight chassis they are not ideal. I'll look up the racing regs first to make sure that my engine passes. You can use a Bike engine, a busa would be awesome, but I think for road rego you need reverse and I'd rather just go with a proven gearbox

I spoke to the engineer, and he said that most people who have horror stories about getting kit cars registered have finished their cars and then tried to get them passed. Involving an engineer from the start he said there would be very few problems, and he has a 100% success rate for rego doing it this way.

There are a few tricks he suggested. If I buy a chassis from a company that has a chassis already approved. (There was a certificate that I can't remember the name of, said most kit car places in OZ supplied this certificate) then they don't need to do a flex test, or test the seat belt mounts. If its a home build, they need to test these which is an added cost.

Also needs an emissions test.

I have a detailed meeting coming up in a few weeks where we go through EVERYTHING required for rego and the build. Looking forward to it but when he told me the cost I was not looking forward to it anymore. Pretty much takes the "budget" out of this build.


KFAB,
Thanks mate! its about the coolest looking car you can make with flat aluminium pannels... all the others look... well... "home made"

bdkw1
11-14-2015, 02:22 PM
Cool!

You could always throw a turbo on that motor, a little boost is always fun.

Hambam
11-15-2015, 03:30 PM
Cool!

You could always throw a turbo on that motor, a little boost is always fun.

Turbo is fun, but I hate the lag. I really want reliability rather than stupid performance (but ideally both :D) so I'm just going with a high HP stock engine. The other problem is that I need to pass an emissions test. Its probably easier with a non-turbo engine. I hear the emissions test is pretty tricky to get through unless you have a stupid conservative exhaust on it. I'll probably have to have two exhausts... the one that they test, then the one that gets bolted on 10 minutes after passing :D

Here is a pic of the rear subframe/suspension I just bought (well, not mine but an identical one). Plan is probably to ditch the heavy subframe and weld new mounts for the existing suspension arms. I figure Mazda spent a hell of a lot of money developing this suspension and it will probably be better than anything I come up with (and its way less work too!!)

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee305/orx626/Renesis%20NC/07-08/25-08-2007017.jpg

Chasing engines now. They all want a lot for a conversion kit, so might have to wait a while and save up. Still have plenty to get stuck into! Anything vaguely high HP and naturally aspirated with a RWD box is stupid expensive here in Oz. I really don't want to mess around with bell housings and conversions if I don't have to.

After building a hardcore offroad buggy where strength is a primary concern, its nuts to see how light these road cars are. The plans call for 1", 16 gauge steel box. It looks super lightweight and after I rolled my buggy a few years ago I'm big on safety. Might up it to 1-1/4" tube just to be on the safe side. (only a few pounds for peace of mind), it will help with a more powerful engine too!. I have started a mock up of the chassis in solidworks, I'll post some pics later on when it starts looking like something

deaner
11-15-2015, 07:03 PM
Over here a lot of them are called Locost Seven. Cool build. Look up Kinetic vehicles.

CARLRIDDLE
11-16-2015, 07:59 AM
Ones I was spying are using complete motor trans and suspension from fwd car, dropped into rear of the roadster! Easy peasy.

iflytii
11-17-2015, 12:46 PM
Turbo is fun, but I hate the lag. I really want reliability rather than stupid performance (but ideally both :D) so I'm just going with a high HP stock engine. The other problem is that I need to pass an emissions test. Its probably easier with a non-turbo engine. I hear the emissions test is pretty tricky to get through unless you have a stupid conservative exhaust on it. I'll probably have to have two exhausts... the one that they test, then the one that gets bolted on 10 minutes after passing :D


A friend locally has a supercharged s2000. It's not far behind the turbo cars for power, he makes 450ish hp on e85 at the wheels. No lag, and from an emissions standpoint pretty easy to take off the supercharger and put back on a few hours later. ;)

Another friend has a "locost 7", also with a motor from the s2000 (f20?) and that car is an absolute blast to drive NA. He was originally going to do some sort of forced induction but after getting it up and running decided it was plenty fun NA.

Looks like this is going to be a fantastic project and I'm looking forward to following your progress!

Bullnerd
11-17-2015, 01:28 PM
"Looks like this is going to be a fantastic project and I'm looking forward to following your progress!"

Same here.

Hambam
11-17-2015, 07:38 PM
Over here a lot of them are called Locost Seven. Cool build. Look up Kinetic vehicles.

Kinetic Vehicles looks great! I have heard of a few different names for this type of vehicle:

Locost
Haynes Clubman
Clubman
Caterham 7
Westfield (and a whole bunch of other manufacturers)
Kit cars
and more... I think locost is about the most common name though. Thanks for the heads up!


Ones I was spying are using complete motor trans and suspension from fwd car, dropped into rear of the roadster! Easy peasy.

Sounds like a blast. I really like the look of this car though so I'll go for front engine. Some of the rear engine'd ones, although awesomely ballanced, just don't have the right look.


"Looks like this is going to be a fantastic project and I'm looking forward to following your progress!"

Same here.

Thanks guys.


Also, Good heads up on the s2000 engine. From what I can tell they are about the best engine combo without having to tweek the engine. I'd rather stock hp over cams, carbs, exhaust, etc. any day!

Heres a vid of a simiar car with the s2000 engine. Its in italian but the engine speaks the universal language of hp.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDMukessQtk

Picking up the diff on friday, hopefully have more of a plan after that arrives. Thanks for all your comments guys, Glad to know you still appreciate built for the black stuff

millbilly
11-17-2015, 10:56 PM
Well damn, that might be faster than my 69 Chevelle on Lake Whatcom BLVD.
Ran that at 100 MPH plus. pushed a few 914s, 928s along. Would be fun on HWY 20, Nor cross. Looking forward to the build.

mech_head6
11-18-2015, 06:55 AM
Speaking of small streetable cars, I follow these guys and think they do some excellent work.

I mentioned them in JD66's thread, but wanted to paste here for reference as well.

dp vehicle home (http://www.dpcars.net/)

The Stiletto is probably closest in drivetrain configuration, to the FR configuration of the Lotus builds.

http://www.dpcars.net/stiletto/stiletto3.jpg

K-fab
11-18-2015, 09:47 AM
That S2000 in the video is wicked sounding. [smilie=dancing.gif]

Man that guy's hands are quick.

Of course we still like the black stuff - heck, I like it all and a build is a build no matter what the intended final usage.

Bullnerd
11-18-2015, 01:57 PM
Video is cool, but the guys knees are way too close to the dash!

Hambam
11-19-2015, 06:04 AM
Video is cool, but the guys knees are way too close to the dash!

Yes. I'm 6'3... I will be building a car with plenty of legroom. Might be a bit on the big side for one of these things but it has to be. Thats whats awesome about a custom build though, it will be MY perfect car :D

DP vehicles looks cool. Its amazing what people are producing. Exocars.net has some awesome stuff too!

Picking up my rear suspension today :D first parts are always exciting, particularly when its such a big one.

Here is a bit of a solidworks mock up. I'll draw the rear when I get the rear end and can model it properly.

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/Chassis_assembly.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/Chassis_assembly.jpg.html)

Hambam
11-25-2015, 10:43 PM
Well, More progress. Rear end has arrived, its in great condition, complete with LSD. Got some more parts. I'm going to use the RX8 front uprights/knuckles too. After I ordered a good used set on ebay I realised that the RX8 uses front suspension arms with inbuilt ball joints... so you can't buy the ball joints separately and bolt them into your own arms. Big problem. Been searching and its hard to find the specs for the ball joint taper. I'll have to look into it further, but might call for big modifications, or alternatively custom knuckles... I'm quite happy to fab them but the engineer said he'd be happier with stock ones. Still, i got some hubs, disks and calipers out of the deal so I'm still getting useful parts.

I ordered some front suspension bushes. Dang, I wish I found these when I was building my buggy rear end. They look great, complete with crush tube, and reasonable compared to what else is out there.

Haynes Roadster Locost Front Wishbone Bushes IN Poly | eBay (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/370664152678?_trksid=p2057872.m2748.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

Next step: order steel and get this chassis built! Should be an easy build, they almost exclusively use square tube so that means no notching and a faster build!

Hambam
12-29-2015, 12:58 AM
Its been a big month. My dad had spinal surgery, my sister had a baby, and I moved 1000 km interstate. I still managed to collect a few parts for the project. I tracked down an S2000 engine, just had a fresh gearbox and an exceedy clutch put in it, thats good news. I also tracked down a few odds and ends like ball joints, tie rod ends, and a few exhaust parts. Nothing major. Picking up the engine in the new year, and the best news yet? I have a new workshop! I managed to convince dad that he needed another shed on his farm, so we built it big and put a wall in the middle, long story short, I get half... that equates to a 3 car garage. I am very happy :D Its about 2 hours from where I'm living, but I can visit for a weekend and make some serious progress in 2 solid days, rather than doing a few hours here and there.

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/IMG_1043.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/IMG_1043.jpg.html)

w650gb500
12-29-2015, 08:26 PM
I built one back in 1995 and drove ot for 2 years. It had a Toyota 4-AG, T-50 trans and a Mazda RX-7 GSL rear. Lots of fun with only 115 HP and weighing 1120 pounds. Lots of hours of fabrication and trial-&-error.http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/w650gb500/Dan%20%20%20RM%20Seven%20Lotus%207%20replica/Lotusrightside.jpg (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/media/Dan%20%20%20RM%20Seven%20Lotus%207%20replica/Lotusrightside.jpg.html)

Link to pix: Dan RM Seven Lotus 7 Replica by Daniel Lipperini Jr | Photobucket (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/library/Dan%20%20%20RM%20Seven%20Lotus%207%20replica?sort= 6&page=1)

I currently have a Rotus 7 powered by a turbo Mazda 13-B out of an RX-7 Turbo II, 5- speed with a Toyota Corolla rear. 245rwhp and 1200 pounds! The purple one.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/w650gb500/Rotus/image.jpg1_zpszfpqs7cc.jpg (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/media/Rotus/image.jpg1_zpszfpqs7cc.jpg.html)

Link to Rotus pictures: Rotus by Daniel Lipperini Jr | Photobucket (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/library/Rotus?sort=6&page=1)


In the shop right now, I'm building one for my father with a Honda S2000 F20C, AP-2 transmission and an RX-7 GSL-SE rear. Should be 220+rwhp and 1200 pounds. When the VTEC comes on, it should be quite a handful!
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/w650gb500/Dads%20Lotus%207%20stuff/IMG_1981.jpg (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/media/Dads%20Lotus%207%20stuff/IMG_1981.jpg.html)
Link to his pictures: Dads Lotus 7 Stuff by Daniel Lipperini Jr | Photobucket (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/library/Dads%20Lotus%207%20stuff?sort=3&page=1)

Hambam
01-02-2016, 03:06 AM
I built one back in 1995 and drove ot for 2 years. It had a Toyota 4-AG, T-50 trans and a Mazda RX-7 GSL rear. Lots of fun with only 115 HP and weighing 1120 pounds. Lots of hours of fabrication and trial-&-error.http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/w650gb500/Dan%20%20%20RM%20Seven%20Lotus%207%20replica/Lotusrightside.jpg (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/media/Dan%20%20%20RM%20Seven%20Lotus%207%20replica/Lotusrightside.jpg.html)

Link to pix: Dan RM Seven Lotus 7 Replica by Daniel Lipperini Jr | Photobucket (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/library/Dan%20%20%20RM%20Seven%20Lotus%207%20replica?sort= 6&page=1)

I currently have a Rotus 7 powered by a turbo Mazda 13-B out of an RX-7 Turbo II, 5- speed with a Toyota Corolla rear. 245rwhp and 1200 pounds! The purple one.
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/w650gb500/Rotus/image.jpg1_zpszfpqs7cc.jpg (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/media/Rotus/image.jpg1_zpszfpqs7cc.jpg.html)

Link to Rotus pictures: Rotus by Daniel Lipperini Jr | Photobucket (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/library/Rotus?sort=6&page=1)


In the shop right now, I'm building one for my father with a Honda S2000 F20C, AP-2 transmission and an RX-7 GSL-SE rear. Should be 220+rwhp and 1200 pounds. When the VTEC comes on, it should be quite a handful!
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/w650gb500/Dads%20Lotus%207%20stuff/IMG_1981.jpg (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/media/Dads%20Lotus%207%20stuff/IMG_1981.jpg.html)
Link to his pictures: Dads Lotus 7 Stuff by Daniel Lipperini Jr | Photobucket (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/w650gb500/library/Dads%20Lotus%207%20stuff?sort=3&page=1)

Spectacular cars! Very jealous, and definitely something to aspire to! Just a question (if you know), did you know for your dads build what size the frame is? as in width, and if you stretched the engine bay at all? I'm about to start the build and although I'll have my engine to measure off it would be good to have a ballpark figure.

Hambam
01-06-2016, 02:28 AM
I have been busy. Building a build table. Eack of the longitudinal members is about 100 lbs... its a sturdy table!
http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160105_193838.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160105_193838.jpg.html)

tbwcurtis
01-07-2016, 03:15 AM
Nice table, is it in a stable :)

Hambam
01-11-2016, 01:21 AM
Nice table, is it in a stable :)

The Table is in a stable... I'll move it when I'm able :rolleyes:

I'll also post some pics... I have a week of getting the workshop all sorted, that means finishing the table, puting up benches, moving a bunch of stuff, and generally hard work. It was over 100 F (see how I do american!!) here today... not the kind of temperature that makes this sort of a job fun

Hambam
01-17-2016, 01:08 AM
The shed is pretty much finished now. Just need to find a place to put everything. Dad got me a surprise xmas present of a gantry and chain block, i was very happy with that, and I threw a bit of a tantrum with an angle grinder and ended up buying a cold cut saw.... stupidly expensive but so worth it! also made a pad about 9m x 12m out the front with 4" of road base on it. Nice gravel work area:

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160116_115405.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160116_115405.jpg.html)

And the saw :)

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160116_111618.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160116_111618.jpg.html)

Table is finished. Its huge, 12" by 6"... and too heavy to lift. Its gonna be one hell of a table tennis table once this build is over and done with!

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160115_095846.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160115_095846.jpg.html)

As for progress on the car... not much, but I did put the engine and rear end on the table and make engine noises, sit behind the engine and make engine noises with my mouth. Quite satisfying
http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160116_111819.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160116_111819.jpg.html)


Also... really bad time to have sold my house. I'm making a serious dent in my savings with all this shed stuff going on.... really bad timing

Hambam
02-15-2016, 03:08 AM
Its been slow progress.

About a week after I finished the shed off we had 2" of rain in 30 minutes. All the shed floor got covered in a thick layer of mud. Worst part is that about a week before I moved all my stuff into one side... furnature, books, fridges - everything except my clothes until I find a new place. It got trashed. Lost a couple of mattresses, a few book cases and a table. I was lucky with the rest of it all and it dried out. Massive pain and took all my spare time sorting that out rather than making progress. I was pretty lucky that everything from the car was off the ground, I doubt it would have really ruined the sump, gearbox or rear end but Its still easier not to have to worry

Anyway, I finally got it sorted and started making some progress on the car. Took hours trying to figure out the right dimensions to build it - I'm 6'3" and my buggy is too small. Massive PITA to make it bigger so thought I'd build this too big rather than too small. I extended the chassis by 3" in the cockpit - 2" longer to the dash, and 3" longer in the footwell compared to standard - Should allow my long arms and legs to fit in. Lots of time wasting sitting in the imaginary cockpit making engine noises. I regret nothing!

Progress is a bit more than shown but forgot to take photos... a few tubes are in on the top not shown:

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160212_161756.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160212_161756.jpg.html)


Next week I should get some time off and I'm hoping to get the chassis looking like a chassis - I'm using 1" box for everything that needs aluminium plate riveted to it, and 1" tube for most everything else.

jersdunz
02-15-2016, 10:07 PM
oH Boy I'm watching this one!!

flyerrider
02-16-2016, 04:22 PM
Awesome! The 6x12 table is a great size. It fills up quick though! Ask me how I know :D

Bullnerd
02-16-2016, 04:45 PM
Sorry to hear about the flood! I don't wish that shit on anybody! Floods suck!

Hambam
02-27-2016, 02:43 AM
Sorry to hear about the flood! I don't wish that shit on anybody! Floods suck!

Yeah, it was bad timing. The shed had been finished a few weeks and I thought I'd save some money by putting my stuff there instead of storage. Turns out that when they put the slab in they changed the drainage of the land and instead of going around the slab, it went over it instead. Not ideal.

Work has been flat out the past few weeks so no more progress, I have a few days off next weekend and I'm working nights so I should get some good daylight hours to hopefully get the majority of the chassis finished off.

Hambam
03-08-2016, 06:33 AM
Made a bit more progress. Because the chassis is now no where near the plans dimensions (4" wider, 3" taller, 3" longer in drivers compartment and 5" longer in the engine bay), none of the original front suspension mounts are where they should be. The uprights I'm using also have a ball joint mounting on top of the lower mount rather than from underneath it. I figure that will change things too. Looks like I have a date with CAD for the next few days to try and get it sorted so that it turns nicely. Progress is also slowed down by a lack of parts. Things you don't think of like seat slides mean that I can't weld in half the under floor reinforcing incase I need to move it to fit the slides. Add engine mounts, radiators, front suspension, driveshafts etc. its becoming a bit more annoying than I thought it would be.

Another problem, I started looking into the wiring loom, and there is an aftermarket alarm installed with about 20 black wires infiltrating the loom. Not a great start, and with aftermarket ECU's costing a couple of grand, I don't have much choice. As far as I can tell its just an alam, not an emobiliser so fingers crossed worst case scenario is just more noise rather than effecting the engine running.

Heres the progress on the chassis

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160308_171407.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160308_171407.jpg.html)

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160308_171358.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160308_171358.jpg.html)

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160308_171337.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160308_171337.jpg.html)

whitedragon64
03-08-2016, 06:57 AM
Cool Ham , what did the engineer charge per hour if ya dont mind me asking
Over here in the west is @ $200 an hour , not a bad rate if ya can get it !!!!!
Was looking at building a 2 seater Katana buggy for the road but the engineering costs kinda kill it

Hambam
03-09-2016, 06:51 AM
Cool Ham , what did the engineer charge per hour if ya dont mind me asking
Over here in the west is @ $200 an hour , not a bad rate if ya can get it !!!!!
Was looking at building a 2 seater Katana buggy for the road but the engineering costs kinda kill it

I got a quote for everything... its just scarry. They said there were a few tests that were required and a few tricks for getting through them cheaper:

Chassis flex test.- test unpainted just after welding, if it doesn't pass they will add a few tubes whilst its on yhe test rig

Seat mounts and belt mounts - make both sides identical, that way they only need to test one side.

Exhaust test - apparently this is free...

That being said the quote i got was 5-6k from the guys who sounded competent, or 4-5 from the dodgy guys. Bloody robbery

Hambam
03-09-2016, 06:56 AM
Cool Ham , what did the engineer charge per hour if ya dont mind me asking
Over here in the west is @ $200 an hour , not a bad rate if ya can get it !!!!!
Was looking at building a 2 seater Katana buggy for the road but the engineering costs kinda kill it

I got a quote for everything... its just scarry. They said there were a few tests that were required and a few tricks for getting through them cheaper:

Chassis flex test.- test unpainted just after welding, if it doesn't pass they will add a few tubes whilst its on yhe test rig

Seat mounts and belt mounts - make both sides identical, that way they only need to test one side.

Exhaust test - apparently this is free...

That being said the quote i got was 5-6k from the guys who sounded competent, or 4-5 from the dodgy guys. Bloody robbery

whitedragon64
03-09-2016, 07:02 AM
Cool ... or Not in the case of $$$$
the Chassis flex test I thought was some flash chassis rack contraption full of electronics , hydraulics etc etc
But apparently it consists of a steel beam attatched to the chassis then a certain weight added to it and a few dial gauges at specific chassis points
Chassis is flexed and then weight removed and it has to return to its original state

I was quoted just over $ 1000 for this test alone !!!!

Hambam
03-09-2016, 07:48 AM
Cool ... or Not in the case of $$$$
the Chassis flex test I thought was some flash chassis rack contraption full of electronics , hydraulics etc etc
But apparently it consists of a steel beam attatched to the chassis then a certain weight added to it and a few dial gauges at specific chassis points
Chassis is flexed and then weight removed and it has to return to its original state

I was quoted just over $ 1000 for this test alone !!!!

The engineering money is why I decided to go with a high end build. No way of getting a registered car cheaply, so figured its worth spending the extra few grand and getting the perfect engine etc.

As for the cost of the testing its just crap. As you said 1k for something i could do with jackstands and a dial indicator in my garage. I was planning on doing it myself first anyway just to make sure it will pass easily

Hambam
04-19-2016, 11:12 AM
Bit more progress. Just getting some of the front end tubes in. I have tomorrow off so hoping to get the engine mock mounted so I can do the transmission tunnel

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160419_214524.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160419_214524.jpg.html)

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160419_214458.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160419_214458.jpg.html)

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160419_214449.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160419_214449.jpg.html)

Hambam
04-29-2016, 06:51 AM
Bit more progress


http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160429_171016.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160429_171016.jpg.html)


http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160429_170952.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160429_170952.jpg.html)


http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160429_170935.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160429_170935.jpg.html)


[url=http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160429_170914.jpg.html]http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160429_170914.jpg

jersdunz
04-30-2016, 06:50 AM
These tube constructed Asphalt cars are so Damn Awesome!!!
I really want to build something like this..

Hambam
06-08-2016, 09:25 PM
A bit more progress
I really wanted to avoid mouting the original subframe, but remaking the 5 link mounts in the right spot was just too hard. Only way I could think of doing it was making a hugely complicated jig over the old subframe that disassembled (because it had to to get the original subframe out), then rebuilding a new rear end over the top. Instead I used the old subframe that I put on a diet. Removed the front cross member, drilled a few holes, Ended up taking a lot longer than I thought but it came up OK.

Mounting has proved to be difficult. I'm still not totally happy with it, and need to add some more tubes. They are complicated notches and need to be perfect, so I've had to re make a few tubes 2 or 3 times to get it right. Its infuriating

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160608_192442.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160608_192442.jpg.html)

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160608_191911.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160608_191911.jpg.html)

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160608_191841.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160608_191841.jpg.html)

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/20160608_191855.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/20160608_191855.jpg.html)

Bullnerd
06-09-2016, 01:00 AM
BUT...it looks good!

jersdunz
06-10-2016, 01:59 PM
Mounting has proved to be difficult. I'm still not totally happy with it, and need to add some more tubes. They are complicated notches and need to be perfect, so I've had to re make a few tubes 2 or 3 times to get it right. Its infuriating



It wouldn't pose any reward if it was easy.
Everybody would have one.
Take your time think each piece through and by the time your done. You'll have a bad ass car that you love to show everybody, except those issuing speeding violations....

Hambam
06-10-2016, 10:59 PM
Thanks for the encouragement guys. I think I'm still getting used to the fact I cut a corner and used an existing part. I'm not used to that, hahah

Ok, now i'm starting to get into body shapes. There is this rendering on the web and I'm in love with it. Trying to decide if its worth all the extra work and if I can make it fit... I'm thinking it could be worth it. Obviously just use it for inspiration, the high exhaust would have to go, and I'd need to add flares over the wheels to get through registration. Still... its a fine looking car!

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/roadster19.jpg
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/roadster17.jpg

Hambam
10-01-2017, 10:22 PM
I have made some more progress. Work was flat out for the first half of this year so really didn't get much further
Engine mounts, front suspension mounts, and much of the rear end structure are now in.
http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/100ANDRO/DSC_0766.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/100ANDRO/DSC_0766.jpg.html)


http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/100ANDRO/DSC_0765.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/100ANDRO/DSC_0765.jpg.html)
http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/100ANDRO/DSC_0763.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/100ANDRO/DSC_0763.jpg.html)


http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/100ANDRO/DSC_0764.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/100ANDRO/DSC_0764.jpg.html)


http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/100ANDRO/DSC_0762.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/100ANDRO/DSC_0762.jpg.html)


http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n349/Hamish_Barracuda/100ANDRO/DSC_0759.jpg (http://s336.photobucket.com/user/Hamish_Barracuda/media/100ANDRO/DSC_0759.jpg.html)

jersdunz
03-23-2018, 07:15 PM
Hey Mr. How is the project coming?
any progress?