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Old 16th March 2018, 20:18
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Default Ray Hutchings Formosa project

A couple of weeks ago , after a few phonecall's , Ray went to see Graham Alexander , who very kindly gave him an hour or two of his time showing him around his car and even took Ray for a little cruise around Melksham outskirts ..
As a result of that viewing , I was asked to try and locate a suitable Vitesse donor for him ...

I asked a couple of guys who I know play with Vitesses and Heralds , ran a wanted advert ...and then one of my phonecall's paid off ....

Andy from Wales dropped this to me end of last week ....



Its a Mk2 2000 with overdrive , rotoflex and has a 6 branch , servo , a couple of other tweaks and sounds great ...

I set about stripping it and now we are at this stage ....



The chassis is very good ....It had a tiny hole on a centre rail , a crack on top of a boot outrigger and a small slice from me cutting through the floor and hitting the outrigger as well as a bit of damage on the passenger side outer rail from seized in bolts holding the rear tub in refusing to budge ...

I welded the hole, crack and slice and then changed both outer rails to boxed in rails using 3mm thick box to add strength and give me enough meat to drill and tap as required ...





Just before I left for the day ...this arrived ...




This is going to be a full build , going down pretty much the same route as Grahams ....I have 3 ongoing builds now , Erics , Barry's and this one ...so I am officially booked up for the forseeable ...

I do have an established builder who can take on a turnkey , if anyone reading this wants one ...but it will be a few months before I can do a full one ....

Ray is coming down Monday and , between us , we will be pulling the engine and box , so I can turn the front turrets around to reverse the engine mounts and lots of cleaning up and paint prep etc...
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