Posted at the Cohort by Benoit
Yeah I have the same problem, 4 cars, 3 garage spaces. Something’s gotta stay outside…
At mine two live outside the old Hillman gets the carport space, Ive already cut the rust out of it and dont want it returning, both Citroens are fully galvanised and impervious to weather
Well, yeah. Ettore Bugatti famously said that if you can afford a Bugatti you can afford a heated garage.
This, on the other hand, is just a Ford, right?
Every now and then I think what a genius idea it would be to throw together a Cobra kit car on the cheap using a junkyard drivetrain and using it as a daily beater. The way I see it, isn’t that the point of kit cars? Enjoy them in ways you never possibly could the scarce real deals, and bonus the fiberglass bodies won’t rust!
Maybe this guy had the same idea. Though with the realistic foresight that an enclosed body might be more suited to winter conditions than a roadster.
If you’re going to do that, why not a V8 Miata? It will be less work and more reliable than a complete hand-assembled car.
Well to a degree all the work that goes into a V8 conversion of a Miata basically makes it a hand assembled car in and of itself. Many kit car chassis are actually designed to utilize mass production suspension and driveline components, so the reliability aspect actually ends up pretty much equal for both.
Plus, as I said, fiberglass body = no rust, and with a separate frame chassis you can go really over the top lathering on rust preventative coatings. Miatas, at least first gens, are unfortunately rust buckets in northern climates.
Lastly, it’s a Cobra! I have visions of the movie Gumball rally with the Cobra vs Ferrari in the LA river bed, covered in filth and grime by the end. Never has a Cobra looked as cool to me as it did in that movie, I’d never wash it! I’d actually feel bad using a perfectly good Miata someone might dream of as a beater as opposed to a kit car I literally build for the role
Assembling a whole car is a different animal from a driveline transplant. Non functional lights will sideline a car just as effectively as a broken engine.
Having wired a car or two from scratch before, I can safely say fully functional lights are the most feasible part of this grossly unrealistic and impractical project for me 🙂
Fiberfab Jamaican with a VW drivetrain?
There were a whole bunch of GT40 replicas made in South Wales with the original tooling.
I’ve seen a few in the area, along with a roadgoijg 1970s (non replica) mclaren
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