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molleur 31st December 2016 18:45

I think it's a great overall plan and you're making good progress!

swifty 31st December 2016 19:06

Your heading in the right direction Gary, if the price is right you will have a winner as the car will sell itself. Are you leaving the interior for the builder to make the decision as to how it should look, this was one of the things i liked about the Sammio.

A while ago when i was looking around for a body i kept asking for photos of the body from various angles from a couple of suppliers who were reluctant to show any photos which i now know why, as they say the camera never lies. Keep pushing on and it will be worth it in the end.

Jeff H 31st December 2016 19:55

Looking good Gary,

Get a decent laminator on board and it should turn out well.

molleur 31st December 2016 20:09

Just curious, why are you calling it the "Formosa Spyder"?

lancelot link 1st January 2017 01:49

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Originally Posted by molleur (Post 85181)
Just curious, why are you calling it the "Formosa Spyder"?


I'M NOT ...It's a Formosa 120 GR ...

Formosa translates from Italian to mean something like Curvy or wavy lined ...
120 is approx how many S*mmio's I sold ..
GR is Glan Richards - The person without whom this car would not be happening ...

molleur 1st January 2017 02:16

Excellent, thanks for the info. Very fitting.
Really looking good, lots of effort there.

RE: Top of this page
New Project-Formosa Spyder

lancelot link 1st January 2017 11:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by molleur (Post 85183)
Excellent, thanks for the info. Very fitting.
Really looking good, lots of effort there.

RE: Top of this page
New Project-Formosa Spyder

THANK YOU ....Yes it started as Spyder but , as the body has slightly along the way , I changed it ...


Swiftmeister .... The current plan as discussed with Mark , the tube man , is to supply the cage with two dropped floorpans and a tunnel incorporated into it ...you fit the cage , then fit a seperate fibreglass rear bulkhead against the rear goalpost section of the frame , the body then lowers over it , very much like how a toy car comes apart ...this will give you a blank canvas to create an interior ...the doorshuts will be deep enough to hide the framework should you want to go the aluminium or trimmed route ..but it will be pretty enough to leave exposed inside a flowcoated , so not obviously fibreglass bodyshell ...

Jaguartvr 1st January 2017 17:10

Are you joining to fit an engine before shaping the front end?
Would be nice to avoid the unsightly bonnet bulges that look so much like an after though on the Sammio. Maybe start with a straight six, that way the four will have plenty of room.

lancelot link 1st January 2017 19:08

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 85194)
Are you joining to fit an engine before shaping the front end?
Would be nice to avoid the unsightly bonnet bulges that look so much like an after though on the Sammio. Maybe start with a straight six, that way the four will have plenty of room.

There is a four cylinder in place in its stock position . Allowing for the proposed 8'' shift backwards , that is about where a 6 will sit ..roughly ...the plan is to have plenty of clearance , so any power bulges in the centre can be kept to a minimum .....any development we do in that area will be for cosmetic reasons , hopefully ...

Mister Towed 1st January 2017 19:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 85194)
Are you joining to fit an engine before shaping the front end?
Would be nice to avoid the unsightly bonnet bulges that look so much like an after though on the Sammio. Maybe start with a straight six, that way the four will have plenty of room.

Yes, terribly unsightly bulges and scoops. I'm ashamed of the way my car looks. I guess the crowds of people who photograph it every time I park it anywhere are only doing so because they hate it so much. I'm sure Phil and Barry are revolted by the way their cars look too.

http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/...ps81409e13.jpg

http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/...psa26d49bb.jpg

And the inspiration, of course, also covered in unsightly afterthought scoops and bulges -

http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/...psf6c8f254.jpg

What were Lancia thinking?

molleur 1st January 2017 20:48

I don't mind them. The right guy's with a good plan of action will result in a great product in the end. Superior job so far!

lancelot link 1st January 2017 20:51

I will incorporate whatever the car needs to work ...possibly a second scoop available for the more aggressive look ..its very early days ...there will have to be some sort of bulge in the centre due to the 'inline' configuration ....

Towed , I actually love random blisters and vents , scoops etc... It shows a cars purpose and development ...the scooped vent on the drivers wing of a D24 for instance ...I love it ... the one that starts at the headlight and ends at the cowl ...never found out what its for , but I love it ...

Jaguartvr 2nd January 2017 10:51

It's a bit more than a bulge when you can fit garage doors to the opening.

Paul L 2nd January 2017 16:41

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Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 85212)
It's a bit more than a bulge when you can fit garage doors to the opening.

[Father Ted]

This garage door is small…

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....05XVCRXY-3.jpg

This garage door is far away.

http://i1301.photobucket.com/albums/...ps81409e13.jpg

[/Father Ted]

:icon_wink:

retro200 2nd January 2017 18:20

:laugh::laugh:brilliant lol

lancelot link 6th January 2017 21:46

Not lots to see this week ..but some progress made .

Glan has pretty much finished both sides up until the front cowl ...there is some door work still to be done , but both sides of the body are now straight and matching ...

We started to attack the passenger wing and bonnet area , but it became apparent , we needed to settle on final cowl shape before getting too far ahead of ourselves ... so we stepped back to the cowl area with the addition of a bulkhead panel and some levelling up of the cowl area ...

http://i63.tinypic.com/261buib.jpg

We also tackled the windscreen lip ...This car isn't going to have a seperate strip around the base of the screen , like the S*mmio , Miglia , Cordite etc....but instead a moulded in place integral lip which when combined with a heat formed , pre-bent screen , will leave very little margin for error . two slightly flatter areas in the gap between screen lip and cockpit roll , will also be shaped to accept a small screenpost , so it really couldn't be any easier to locate the screen ..

http://i67.tinypic.com/24lsa2q.jpg

http://i68.tinypic.com/f0q3i9.jpg

molleur 6th January 2017 22:53

Well done!

Paul L 7th January 2017 12:14

Gary - I used a similar approach for mounting my rear view mirror deflector.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/PQ...=w1154-h865-no

I found I needed the length of metal to act as a big washer, as the holes in the perspex where near the bottom edge and I didn't want any stress cracks.

Good luck, Paul. :)

lancelot link 10th January 2017 20:33

THANKS PAUL ......I am not exactly sure how the screens will be fitted yet but they shouldn't be too complicated ..

Glan has been whittling away again ..He has made foam supports to take the weight of the wing section , braced with plywood bolted to the chassis as well ...the amount of punishment these bucks get with filling , grinding , cutting and the sheer weights involved with filler and the eventual mould making , you don't want any of it moving !

On top of this , the cut sections of Z300 bonnet have been jiggled about , the grille opening separated and uprighted , the headlamp area re-shaped slightly ( I am picking my Tribute headlamp buckets up on thursday , so a sliced filler tin is in place at moment and is a bit small ..)

We have quite a lot to do regarding shaping up the wings and the valley between wing and bonnet , as well as changing the grille aperture and bonnet bulge etc..but these pictures gives an idea of where it's going .....

http://i64.tinypic.com/2rzfodx.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/afbxpe.jpg

molleur 10th January 2017 20:46

Really liking the overall shape! Keep up the good work.


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