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Lucky@LeMans 9th January 2018 18:19

700 Euros for a pair of rear lights. There must be a similar style unit from other cars of that era for a tiny fraction of that.
Some of the old school crafts men can do wonders with a sheet of ali! Luckily the parts I need to make only have slight curves and mostly just in one direction.

Lucky@LeMans 9th January 2018 18:27

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Originally Posted by 275NART (Post 92748)

Some stunning work in that last photo, not sure about the highly polished finish.
I've seen the Cobra based one and watched the progress. As a one off its got the looks but it does look really wide. The Giordanengo body is as close as you will get for a true size and shape For me this sort of car is all about capturing the likeness of the original. The chassis is important but it shouldn't compromise the shape of the car.

275NART 10th January 2018 22:24

It's hard to tell for me but it is probably a bit wider. I can understand not wanting to section and widen your body! Maybe a custom made parallel round tube chassis like the original car is the way to go. I suppose the power plant and rear axle choice will dictate everything.

redratbike 11th January 2018 05:59

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Originally Posted by 275NART (Post 92785)
It's hard to tell for me but it is probably a bit wider. I can understand not wanting to section and widen your body! Maybe a custom made parallel round tube chassis like the original car is the way to go. I suppose the power plant and rear axle choice will dictate everything.

In the uk things are getting very tight to register a customs built chassis car hence the choice of a previously registered chassis

Lucky@LeMans 18th January 2018 22:18

Not much progress over the last week or so. I have sold my restored 1949 Triumph Roadster so I've been clearing the garage and making space for the 250 TR. The priority now will be to find a suitable "7" car.

redratbike 19th January 2018 07:29

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 92858)
Not much progress over the last week or so. I have sold my restored 1949 Triumph Roadster so I've been clearing the garage and making space for the 250 TR. The priority now will be to find a suitable 7 donor car in readiness to do the body swop.

Was It hard to let the triumph go?

Lucky@LeMans 19th January 2018 11:48

It was a really long time in the making, nearly 4 years but it was a total rebuild from scratch. It is a fantastic car but it was the right time for someone else to enjoy it! The TR project is a one off, once in a life time find and to be honest I never thought I would ever own one.

redratbike 19th January 2018 15:39

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 92860)
It was a really long time in the making, nearly 4 years but it was a total rebuild from scratch. It is a fantastic car but it was the right time for someone else to enjoy it! The TR project is a one off, once in a life time find and to be honest I never thought I would ever own one, it was just a dream. I couldn't believe my luck when I found the ali body on ebay !

Well that canít be bad getting a dream car ...few of us will ever achieve that

Lucky by name for sure

Lucky@LeMans 6th February 2018 21:51

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 92589)
The TR track is very narrow so the live axle 7's with an Escort axle are about right. I'll have to get the tape measure out with regard to the wheel base to confirm it one way or another. The 250 GT Boano chassis was modified a fair bit to take the TR body, I can't see that Giordangengo would have stretched the TR body 250mm just to suit the standard chassis, I will check.

Buying an on the road car as a donor is the obvious route for me.

Well, the Triumph Roadster has now been collected so I've the space I need ( and some cash !) to get moving on this project.
I have measured the approx. wheelbase of the body and it is as I thought, much closer to the original 250 Testarossa at around 2300mm, than that of the long wheelbase Boano, the original donor.
Following a wanted ad in my local paper I have found an extremely well built, MOT'd and SVA'd Locost 7 with Ford running gear and very low mileage. I'm going to try and do a deal this week with the seller.

froggyman 6th February 2018 22:22

Good luck with the donor and look forward to seeing the build commence.

molleur 6th February 2018 22:28

Fantastic, best of luck on the Locost.

redratbike 7th February 2018 05:48

Sounds good to me ...let you dream begin

Lucky@LeMans 14th February 2018 17:57

The deal is done with the Locost 7, one of the best examples I have seen. I'll be taking delivery in 10 days or so. I've got my eye on a set of wire wheels, hub adaptors and spinners. I'm going with the original look of skinny front and rear tyres, 165/80-15 and 185/80-15.

molleur 14th February 2018 18:47

Great! The fun begins...

kevemm 16th February 2018 17:45

Excellent looking project!

Lucky@LeMans 25th February 2018 14:28

I managed to get my hands on two sets of wire wheels yesterday. One set is "as new" which came from an Austin Healey and are 5 1/2" - 15". The second set are 6" -15" with a deeper dish and look more like the original fitment. They will need a refurb as there is some light surface corrosion and flakey paint. I'll be able to offer them up later this week as I will have the donor car in the garage all being well.

I'm undecided about the level of finish I'm going for at the moment. Part of me is saying go for the mint showroom look, on the other hand I could go with the old racing car or barn find look. At the moment I'm thinking the latter. Either way I'm going with the dark Rossa Barchetta red paint or perhaps leave in bare aluminium.

redratbike 25th February 2018 21:44

I like the barn find idea or old battered race car ?

Jaguartvr 26th February 2018 05:43

All the hard work on your dream car, gotta go for mint.

lancelot link 26th February 2018 07:14

Colour choice is spot on ....... I'd go for the nicest you can personally , as Jiggy says , its your dream car...

Lucky@LeMans 26th February 2018 17:22

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Maybe a subtle, no bling example like this ? Some look too overly restored, I don't want that, keep it period and simple.


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