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Formosa Builds, Ideas and Discussion Formosa 120 GR and related builds

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Old 18th September 2017, 09:11
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Looks superb!!
Went to see Gary on Friday after collecting some kits from Chris at Tribute. I was keeping an open mind about the project as photos can be deceiving. I had never met Gary before but knew a bit about his background with the development with the Sammio.

Be assured this is a quality bit of kit. It has been well thought out and executed to a great engineering standard. Much planning and insight has gone into it. Jeff's (Hilltop)paint was as good as ever which would have highlighted any flaws in the moulding. The extra size up from previous models was a bonus, it's a proper sized car now. The exposed chassis in the cab was great. My only criticism was the look of the weld could be better here but its an easy fix and powder coating would sort most of it out.

The Triumph Herald side of it leaves me cold but I understand completely why hes gone down this route. It would be easy to replace the engine with a Jaguar 6 or Rover V8 but obviously the brakes and suspension would need an upgrade. I've done some calculations and the TVR range would fit with some slight modification. I think it's value lies in the shape being as generic as possible so you could make an Aston, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa replica with minimal adjustments. I will be buying one.
Great job and I'm sure it's going to be a great success.
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Old 18th September 2017, 10:51
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Thanks for the kind words Richard,

I agree a very pretty car, having doors to step thru is the biggest plus side for me, and with a flip front engine access will be a doddle.

I wish Gary luck with it and hope the order book starts filling up.
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Old 19th September 2017, 18:42
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Thanks guys ...I am very pleased with the car , what Glan and myself created was exactly what I wanted to see and the car has developed into a very pretty car indeed .....

The body has been made just over 4'' wider than previous renditions to cater for alternative chassis / running gear options as Richard touched on in his post ......

Doors , bootlid , integral dash etc were all a 'must have' for the car so I can take my original concepts that came out in 2009 to the level they deserved to be ...

Glan and myself have continued working on the car this week , lights are on (mostly) ...screen in place , numbers and roundalls done , mirrors on , some wiring tidied away ...number plates on ...so getting there ...waiting for grille to arrive , interior work being done thursday and associated bits like finishing dash , fitting steering wheel etc... then it's fire up , check everything and start aiming for the MOT.
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Old 20th September 2017, 00:23
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Excellent!
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Old 26th September 2017, 18:10
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VERY NEARLY FITTED UP...Certainly enough to get some decent pictures done ...









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Old 26th September 2017, 18:34
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Very nice
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Old 26th September 2017, 18:37
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Could Admin reduce the picture sizes at all ? They are way too big , not sure how that happened !

Thank you
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Old 26th September 2017, 18:58
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Fantastic superb very period looking as it should be right up my street well done!!
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Old 26th September 2017, 19:42
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Amazing Gary. You should be rightly proud

Re the pictures, you need to resize them before uploading as the current forum software doesn't do it unfortunately.

Cheers, John
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Old 26th September 2017, 20:51
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In a word, WOW!
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Old 26th September 2017, 23:16
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Well done, a fine looking car. Good luck with the photo shoot and order book.
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Old 27th September 2017, 05:51
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Outstanding.
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Old 27th September 2017, 06:16
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Great job Gary - looks very much like a slimmed down G46 to me.

Loving the exposed frame on the inside, I'd say it reminds me of a Maserati Birdcage but the welding on yours looks better.

If you use that as a demonstrator you should get some decent orders in quickly, if you choose to sell it on it should make well over 20k.

Either way, very well done on creating another great looking car.
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Old 27th September 2017, 07:02
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Thank you ....

It has been built for a customer Towed ...I am hoping that a few sales will put me in the position of being able to build a demonstrator / car for myself and introduce another build thread as well ...which always seems to be popular.

The way prices are going and recent events ...I would say Graham's investment in this car is safe , as I think its a 25-30,000 right now and I can't see prices dropping for the forseeable ...
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Old 27th September 2017, 07:25
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Wow. that looks amazing. Love the exposed framework on the doors - don't cover it up!

I think if you produce a subframe to mount to an existing kit chassis may open more markets (My brother had a Vitesse in the early 80s - not for me!). Cobra chassised Formosa with fire gargling V8 sounds very appealing but we're into IVA then. Could use sacrificial kit such as Tiger - well established and plenty of cheap already registered on the road jobs that wouldn't need all the overhauling. Bit like the Healey body that was offered for 7's for a while albeit it was way too basic.

That said top prices often depend on exclusivity...

Whatever the case - it's a winner! And I hear the GRP is pretty good too
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Old 27th September 2017, 12:10
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I agree Smash , variety of donors is no bad thing ..with a little tweak , it will go on a Locost chassis , it will also go on an SE5 Scimitar with a slightly bigger tweak ...The obvious Spartans , pilgrims etc are all candidates too ...thats why I changed the narrow Triumph track width by widening the bodies over 4'' in the end ..
I am happy to do the body mod and bespoke frame to go on a locost or similar , if someone brings me a chassis and orders a kit ...

Exclusivity is a luxury I cant afford right now ...
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Old 27th September 2017, 22:23
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What's the tweak needed for a se5a chassis?
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Old 28th September 2017, 08:32
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About a 7'' extension to the rear edge of the bonnet and the front edge of the lower wing panel , just in front of the vent ...
We can do it for a small fee , or we can supply an extra 10'' or so of the rear of the bonnet and the front edge of the lower wing for a home builder to do the graft ....its better to do it with the body in place anyway really , but can be done off ...
The wider body will be ok with SE5 track width , but not SE6 ... the bonnet may or may not need a bulge or scoop ...

Obviously the frame would need modifying , but not sure now much until we did one ..only bottom rails , would be better to supply a frame without the steel floorpans in it and reduce the price accordingly ...

A 7'' longer bonnet would look fantastic ....
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Old 28th September 2017, 21:15
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How close is it to be suitable for a Scimitar ss1 chassis?
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Old 28th September 2017, 21:33
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It won't go on an SS1 chassis ..they are about 83'' from memory and that would involve shortening the car around 8-9'' ...There is no where I personally feel you could do that without compromising the shape ...
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