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Vintage and Classic Roadster Kit Car Builds For Vintage and Classic era kit cars. Post your build reports, problems and progress here

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Old 21st November 2017, 03:38
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Default Cheetah inspired build

I love the swoopy looks and short overhangs of the Cheetah race car. Those were coupes. I like roadsters so I tried to imagine if the Cheetah had continued and a more comfortable, street roadster had been developed.

I built the space frame. 1984-1996 C4 Corvette aluminum independent suspension bolts into it. I'm using a Small Block Chevy engine and Richmond 4 speed transmission.

I just finished the body shape and details. There still lots of work to get the body finished. I wanted to see the body in one color so today I used spray can paint to do that.

Here's what I have so far.









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Old 21st November 2017, 05:36
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Nice !
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Old 21st November 2017, 16:22
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Old 22nd November 2017, 00:15
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Thank you.
Today I moved the car outside for the final mock up. I added a 4 inch piece of PVC pipe to simulate the side exhaust and ended up placing a spoiler on the rear deck. I like the spoiler. I'll make one specifically for this cars rear deck.

I'm done with my work on the body. Now it's off to the body shop for final prep. During that time I'll assemble the chassis.

When compared to my truck my car is small!



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Old 22nd November 2017, 00:37
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Just curious, what windscreen is that from?
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Old 22nd November 2017, 00:44
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Old 22nd November 2017, 00:51
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Cool! Now I do recognize the side posts.
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Old 22nd November 2017, 01:40
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My windshield base still needs work. But, I like the MGB windshield. I think it fits the style of my car.
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Old 22nd November 2017, 01:56
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It looks good to me!
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Old 22nd November 2017, 17:01
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Very nice!
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I do like the coupes as they look very cartoonish sort of a hotwheels model like the one below

http://cheetahevolution.com/wp-conte...IMG_1718-1.jpg

But i like what you have done ....the power to weight ratio is going to be something else ...will be fun driving that

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Old 13th January 2018, 15:53
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I stupidly announced that I was done with the body work. After I took a closer look there were several areas that needed additional work to get the look as I wanted. I'm not in great health so I'm working at a low pace.

The Cheetah had a very wide, almost smiley face, radiator opening. It isn't my favorite look so I divided mine into 3 sections. The center is the width of the radiator and duct. The outer ends can hold fog lights or duct the brakes. I know that its hard to see in the pictures.

My son is in the car. He is 6'2". The seat can be lowered by 2 more inches. It's 42 inches to the top of the windshield frame.

I've redone the headlight buckets 3 times! I wanted the headlights to be small, and sit as far forward in the fender as possible. I needed the clearance for the tire to the headlight and I wanted them to blend in to the fender as much as possible. I ended up using Harley Davidson Vrod motorcycle headlights. They're reasonably priced, are self contained, DOT legal, and the lens has a nice contour. They are available in a more traditional lens lay out than the ones pictures as well. Options are good.

I've reworked the windshield base extensively. Now its a much tighter fit to the MGB frame and flows smoothly into it.

I wasn't happy with the rear deck. I've rounded out the fenders and made the deck a smooth arc from side to side.

This body is very heavy because of all of the extra fiberglass, body filler and other reinforcements that I've added to it. Because of that and the fact that my son and a couple of other people want to build this car I'm having molds made. This body is becoming the plug.

The body is simple and just 2 pieces. I've molded in the fire wall, dash, and interior cockpit into the tub. When it comes out of the mold it will positively sit on and lock onto the frame.

I've molded a rear bulk head to the 1 piece flip up Bonnet. The rear bulkhead of the hood and the firewall being molded in means that they will match up. No body work or fitting will be needed.

Thursday I bolted large industrial casters to the frame and mounted the body. It's ready to go to a friend that owns a body shop. He's doing the final body prep and paint. Then it goes to a professional fiberglass company to have the molds done.

I cleaned the shop from top to bottom yesterday. I hate body work and hope that I am done with it forever. While the final body prep is being done. I'm leaving the cold winter in up State NY and going to AZ. I'm going to act retired!

I've built a Cobra replica. I used my own frame and Corvette suspension and engine. Of course using Chevy parts in a Cobra build is just wrong. So, I sold the Cobra and started on this Quest to build a roadster that used the Corvette parts. I choose the Cheetah as a starting point because it used Corvette parts. I tried to imagine if the Cheetah had continued and a Street Roadster had been developed. I think this car is an alternative to the Cobra for Chevy fans. I can't wait to get it done and drive it. Having fun.







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Old 16th February 2018, 13:39
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I finished the mods and refining the body. It's in the process of final prep for molds to be pulled. I'm having a professional fiberglass company make my molds and the body for me. My process has been long but I can see light at the end of the tunnel. I'm shooting for having my car on the road this summer.




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