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Old 16th April 2018, 22:17
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It won't be painted by then but I'm hoping to at least have the body together and fixed in place. I'll just need the lights in and a seat and technically its drivable ! Pictures to follow...........
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Old 18th April 2018, 19:41
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Here are a few pics from the weekend. The rear end sits on the Locost upper chassis at exactly the right height . The side shots show the fitment of the deep dish wires with the correct size tyres all bolted up. My measurements of the Locost wheel base and track were pretty close to the TR so I'm really happy with the combination with the wheels bolted in place. The Ford 1700 cross flow is good but I plan to fit a V6 at some point as it will make the right noises !
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Old 18th April 2018, 19:46
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Shots of the engine and the surplus fuel tank. A real shame I can't use the tank, its massive at around 37 gallons and built to Ferrari specifications, all hand crafted in aluminium. Its listed on ebay if anyone wants it but I've put a silly ( imo ) asking price just in case a genuine TR owner might want it as a spare !
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Old 18th April 2018, 20:04
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Wow! Nice
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Old 21st April 2018, 05:37
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Lucky - It sounds like your build is coming together really quickly.

And it is definitely going to look spectacular.



Good luck, Paul.
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Old 21st April 2018, 07:52
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Thanks for posting the photo up Paul !

As builds go this is easy, you can put that down to the donor car being the right size and shape. The body has simply dropped on top and fitted in all the right places. The only compromise is going to be the short driving position, the Locost has a laid back driving position, the TR is very upright. But having studied the real thing that is what they were like back in the day.
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Old 18th May 2018, 12:36
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Looks superb great work
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Old 18th May 2018, 19:03
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any progress Lucky ?
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Old 19th May 2018, 21:05
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Just got back from a trip to Italy so I'll be back on this week with any luck.
The plan is to get the front end off the chassis and start work on the scuttle and bonnet. That will be a few days work but once that is done I can fit it to the chassis with the required brackets and fixings as per the completed rear end assembly.
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Old 20th May 2018, 14:29
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Just got back from a trip to Italy so I'll be back on this week with any luck.
well your name is Lucky ..so you should be ok ...


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The plan is to get the front end off the chassis and start work on the scuttle and bonnet. That will be a few days work but once that is done I can fit it to the chassis with the required brackets and fixings as per the completed rear end assembly.
looking forward to see how you get on with the bonnet etc. I am not very good with aluminium , don't have the patience or understanding of its properties to do much more than basic panels ..so tackling a concave panel with a wired edge etc would be a job too far for me ... That's why I give jobs like that to my aluminium man who has all the right gear to do the jobs ...
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Old 3rd June 2018, 22:09
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A bit of progress over the last few days. I've managed to remove the front end and make a start on the inner arches. These are quite complex as they form the inner and outer wings/arches and blend into one seamless section.

Also picked up via ebay an engine better suited than the old 4 pot cross flow Kent engine. It might be missing a few cylinders but the Cologne V6 I found was supplied new by Ford and still in its crate! I know its not a V12 but with the real ones changing hands at £75k plus I was never going to get one.

The Cologne V6 can be made to sound right, that's the main aim and having fitted one once to a Cobra 289 replica I know they can go well too.

Updates and photos to follow !
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Old 4th June 2018, 07:40
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V6 is a good choice ...
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When you have finished the body, would it be worth taking a mould?
Would there be a market for a replica built on an old Locost?
Would do away with the IVA which is a big bonus.
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Old 4th June 2018, 11:33
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When you have finished the body, would it be worth taking a mould?
Would there be a market for a replica built on an old Locost?
Would do away with the IVA which is a big bonus.
You wouldn't be the first person to ask that question. I've had several pm's on the subject. I have no plans to do that at the moment. I'll see what reaction the car gets when its finished and on the road. If I get lots of questions like, "where can I buy the kit ?" etc, then I might think about it.
Regards the "old Locost" as a donor, most of the narrow body, Escort live axle style cars would make good subjects to start from. I was thinking a Westfield would be my best choice until I happened to find the Locost. All SVA'd and ready to go, it has proved to be the ideal donor package !

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Old 10th June 2018, 21:54
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Some more progress with the mechanical bits. The old Ford X Flow engine is out to make way for the Cologne V6. I've also had some laser cut flanges made for the exhaust boxes. A set of eight so I can make up four boxes the same size and shape as the original car.
The aluminium bodywork is on going. I'm going to try something new (for me ) with regard to the bonnet bulge. Rather than employ the old fashioned way, I'm going to attempt to hydro form it in one go with high pressure water. Watch this space .. !
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Old 11th June 2018, 18:23
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You wouldn't be the first person to ask that question. I've had several pm's on the subject. I have no plans to do that at the moment. I'll see what reaction the car gets when its finished and on the road. If I get lots of questions like, "where can I buy the kit ?" etc, then I might think about it.
Mmmn exclusivity is nice
Or
Do you want to go to a show and see your car copied ? Itís a toughie
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Old 27th June 2018, 22:45
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I was hoping to be nearing completion by now but I've had a few set backs, work and home related ( non car related ). But, the old 1700 X Flow sold for a very surprisingly good price. I've got the 4 exhaust silencer boxes made up ready to fit. The front body work is getting close but still needs more work ! Its all moving forward, slowly !
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