Thinking of building a Haynes Roadster

  1. MattH

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    Thanks but I want to build a car not buy one.

    As I’ve said, it’s the process not the final result I’m interested in.
     
  2. stuvy

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    Having owned, built and rebuilt and raced bike engined kits there not worth it compared to a fast car engines equivalent a busa clutch costs £2odd thousand and then there’s reverse you can have a seriously fast duratec cheaper
     
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  3. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Dont forget it will cost 2\3 times what you thought:dontknow:
     
  4. 8ob

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    Not if you convert everything into man pounds :scared:

    Bob
     
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  5. MattH

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    Two thirds of what I thought? Great!

    Not really holding myself to any budget. The basic build is just some steel and the donor.
    Once that’s together I can decide how fancy to get with brakes, body, shocks, clocks, seats etc etc.
     
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  6. Barlidge

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    Budget! Whats one of them then? I'm doing it for the fun and challenge, more of a hobby than anything else. I dread to think of what I've spent :o
     
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  7. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Problem @MattH you are already out you thought of a price my recollection was it will cost 2\3 times your original figure :laughing: never seen a build come in on budget
    Been there to @Barlidge
     
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  8. MattH

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    Luckily I’m not really budget constrained. It will cost what it costs to make it the way I want it.

    There’s really not point in saying £3k and then being upset when it’s £6k.
     
  9. stuvy

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    Is is definitely a kit car your after, what about a hot rod?

    The definition of a hot rod is a bigger engine in a smaller shell
     
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  10. Barlidge

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    :thumbup:
     
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  11. MattH

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    I want to scratch build. Hot rods don’t really float my boat.
     
  12. stuvy

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    A hot rod isn’t just some hill billies in a field with checked shirts and flat top hair cuts

    Any car with a bigger engine is the pure definition of a hot rod

    Like a mini with a vtec(hot rod)
    Ford Fiesta with a v6(hot rod)

    I know four people personally that had kit car businesses and they knew naff all about aerodynamics, steering, bump steer, or braking yet made a living realistically bodging cars together

    Personally I’d prefer a corner weighted car that the chassis dynamics are sorted out not just guessed

    I had a 2ltr zetec ka, would stay in the mirrors of any professionally built kit car
     
  13. Turbo Member

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    Always fancied building a seven style racer myself. I would like to use a flat 4 turbocharged subaru engine which will give a low cog but it would be a tight fit due to its width! A reliable 300 bhp & rwd in a car weighing very little, a recipe for fun! :D

    There is a race series over here for kit cars, referred to as locaterfields! One of the guys runs a turbocharged bike engine which nothing else can touch. Unfortunately it has a bad habit of blowing engines leaving the more reliable duratec engined cars to fight it out.
     
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  14. stuvy

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    Subaru’s have chocolate pistons
     
  15. MattH

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    A scratch build isn’t a kit car.

    I’ve no interest in kit cars as all the interesting stuff is already done.

    Hot Rods or heavily modified cars are also not of interest because I don’t want to take something existing and spend ages cutting it about.

    Building a space frame and all the wishbones etc is what appeals to me.
     
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  16. 8ob

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    I think I have that tied up under the bonnet :scared:

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  17. stuvy

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    @MattH do you have a body lay out in mind
     
  18. MattH

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    The Haynes Roadster is a 7 type car:

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  19. stuvy

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    I’m aware of that just thought you may have a different body in mind as it’s a generic copy of a 7
     
  20. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    The fun is the build, the learning new skills.

    If you worry about cost, it will stall and it be another "Part finished" project on the Bay.

    I have buit a few and helped on a few. The "crac" is what you make it.
     
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