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

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Old 29th September 2017, 06:42
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...or you could try putting it on a Herald or Vitesse chassis.

I think it might fit without too much chopping and changing of the body, and you'd benefit from tax exempt status (but maybe not MOT exempt???).

Plus, as a bonus of going down that radical route, you'd also have a more characterful choice of Triumph four and six cylinder engines rather than the SS1's Ford CVH, an engine Jeremy Clarkson described back in the early 80's as '...so nasty Moulinex rejected it for its Magimix.' I had an XR3i in 1983 and he was right, it's a nasty, thrashy lump that revs ok but sends loads of vibration through the major controls and sounds like a bag of spanners being rattled.

If anyone's worrying about the way an old Herald chassis handles, don't. My Spyder was on a Mk1 Vitesse base with swing axles at the back and, with all new bushes, bearings, shocks and suitably softened springs, it handled very well on the road. Shedding 350 kilos of steel bodywork and lowering the centre of gravity made for a very sweet handling package.

Phil J's old no.2 is built on a Courier van chassis upgraded to Rotoflex rear suspension, and about two years ago his car lapped a race track in exactly the same time as a Porsche 911, and that was before he gave his engine another 60 or so bhp.

Build one of Gary's latest creations on a Herald or Vitesse chassis, soften the suspension and give the engine a straight through exhaust and the car will put a huge smile on your face every time you drive it. What more do you want?

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Looks beautiful
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Old 4th October 2017, 11:45
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Went to see this today. Well done Gary and Glan, it's an impressive thing in the GRP/metal. Much wider than I expected and with a great deal more presence than a Sammio - it sits on it's wheels much better. I hadn't realised that the engine has been relocated back, this is a great improvement. Glad to see the original Vitesse DHC that was intended to be a donor has been given a reprieve, too.
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Old 4th October 2017, 16:37
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Went to see this today. Well done Gary and Glan, it's an impressive thing in the GRP/metal. Much wider than I expected and with a great deal more presence than a Sammio - it sits on it's wheels much better. I hadn't realised that the engine has been relocated back, this is a great improvement. Glad to see the original Vitesse DHC that was intended to be a donor has been given a reprieve, too.
THANK YOU ...I took a customer across today late morning to have a look ...shame we missed each other .

Mark fired her up whilst we were there and she sounded great ...back tomorrow to me and hopefully in for an MOT ...
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Old 6th October 2017, 17:23
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Well she went in for MOT ....We didn't pass but its nothing too serious ...

We had an earthing fault on the headlights ...a recurring one thats now fixed ...
An indicator that suddenly refused to work on the front ...fixed.
A tail light that likes to flicker on and off due to a crap connector plug.
A very slight weep on a front brake pipe ...fixed.
A low reading on the handbrake because some knob ..(me) didn't re-adjust it up before the test ...fixed.

So just the rear light to deal with from an MOT point of view ...

It means I didn't get time to do the niggle jobs for Graham to get the car for tomorrow ...I need to go and get the headlight covers , black the rims and fit the thread-sert rubber bush things to hold them on with M4 panheads.
Fit the seatbelts ...a 62 Chassis enabled me to MOT without them.
fit some inner arch panels to stop Graham getting wet ..
fix the grille in a bit better , the drive down highlighted a flex in the middle ...the drive down also highlighted a rattly door latch I need to adjust ...
I want to fit rubber trim around the bonnet aperture and a piece of U section at rear of cockpit to stop seat belt chafe when fitted ...
but really thats kind of it ... a couple of hours today , a couple tomorrow and a couple when the rubber trim and headlight lenses arrive and we are there ...

The only other thing the drive to MOT highlighted is that the car is a joy to drive ..pretty responsive , plenty of room compared to its cousins and an absolute blast ...

Graham should be taking ownership by mid week at the latest ....
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Old 6th October 2017, 17:36
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Fantastic well done
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Old 6th October 2017, 18:18
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It will be great to see it on a full outing on the road.

n.b. Do I detect a hint of excitement about the arrival of the rubber ware?
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It will be great to see it on a full outing on the road.

n.b. Do I detect a hint of excitement about the arrival of the rubber ware?
Hoping to do a short driving video on way back from MOT ...

Who wouldn't get excited about rubber ware that prevents chafing ?
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Old 6th October 2017, 18:54
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This is my first post. Just seen this car on Fleabay and wanted to know more. So good old Google led me here. I've always been interested in Kitcars since building a Jago Geep while still at college in the late 70's.
This car looks fantastic so I think I'll be on the lookout for a Vitesse donor car.
But I have to ask... are the Brake and Clutch master cylinders the wrong way around? My GT6 has large master cylinder for the brakes. Or is there a reason for this on the Formosa?
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This is my first post. Just seen this car on Fleabay and wanted to know more. So good old Google led me here. I've always been interested in Kitcars since building a Jago Geep while still at college in the late 70's.
This car looks fantastic so I think I'll be on the lookout for a Vitesse donor car.
But I have to ask... are the Brake and Clutch master cylinders the wrong way around? My GT6 has large master cylinder for the brakes. Or is there a reason for this on the Formosa?
Well spotted! The bigger reservoir is to allow for the fluid transferred into the calipers when the brake pads wear.
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TECHNICALLY THEY ARE YES ...I put them that way round when we were speculating space under a sloping bonnet whilst shaping things up and not knowing what we were going to do regarding bracing , bulkhead etc.... They just kind of got left like it as it all works well and didn't feel the need to change it back ...

Welcome to the forum by the way ...any questions , please feel free to email me direct on formosa120gr@gmail.com

Here's a picture taken today on the way back from it's successful MOT pass .....


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Old 9th October 2017, 21:01
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Old 9th October 2017, 21:03
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Congrats! Well done.
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Looks great
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Fantastic looking house ....do I remember the Dooster outside a fancy house at sometime on your old website ?
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I did do a whole series of photo's several years ago of '32 Ford Roadsters outside various Art Deco houses locally , yes ......
There are some really great houses in Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks areas of Poole ...


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