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Show us your Kit Cars You've just taken 2 years to build your pride and joy, right? Then why not show it off here. Let us see your creations.

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Old 14th June 2021, 09:18
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Default Coolbull CB5 an 60s tribute MX5 rebody

A new body conversion is on the way. Original planned as a one off project it will go in production with the help of Tribute Automotive.

Iam a big fan of the E-Type, owning a couple in the past was searching for something with the spirit, more fun while driving ,reliable and not that expensive like they are now, nothing found so i did it by myself.

love the shape of the fhc, so carefully going that wasy with respect of that icon without beeing a replica


right rear wing reshaped and will be replicated now for left side


so still a lot of work, but most of the shape is already there , waiting for smooth finish and some details
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Old 14th June 2021, 09:45
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Default Coolbull cb5

it was a lifetime wish to design my own vintage related car without beeing a replica from something.
So the project started last december as a roadster, everything is planned to fulfill German TÜV regulations, so no chassis or body cuttings done, front and rear bumpers are still intact, could be driven with and without headlight covers.

This conversion is free from UK IVA , will be when ready one of the easiest and quickest conversion on the market.
[IMG]"https://i.ibb.co/NxkbySR/20210520-152652-resized.jpg[/IMG]
panels will open like the E-Type, front and rear hatch!
Working decades as engineer in automotive business with customers like Porsche BMW and Daimler i have a critical eye to any detail.
Interior packages will be developed as soon the body is ready for moulding, so the 60s feeling will be complete.
This kit will be mounted in a couple of days, instead working months to finish.
So enough time to play with details.
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Old 14th June 2021, 10:42
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Default build thread

When starting end of last year i made a build thread for documentation how everything started. At Easter i was asked if i could imagine a coupe instead of a roadster with hardtop. Always beeing a fan of the E-type FHC i started with the OEM hatch to get a body with sexy hips.
So all in all iam working now nearly 1/2 year on that project.
if someone s interested:
https://forum.miata.net/vb/showthread.php?t=730733



one of the last pictures from the roadster, it sits under the Coupe, after moulding the roadster will be finished as a second conversion.
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Old 14th June 2021, 15:56
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Looks very nice and well finished. I'm afraid the choice of donor puts me off, the engine too small and nearly all MX5's tend to be rusty. On a Z3 or 4 would be more appealing to me.
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Old 14th June 2021, 17:06
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You are right about the rust, on the other side if its only the area around the rear wheel its easy to fix and the donor costs already nearly nothing even otherwise in good shape.
We here in Germany add a supercharger or a turbo, so around 220-280 hp are easy to reach, with low weight and a nice suspension its the perfect funcar.
Biggest problem i had in the past is people think they have a nice perfect car worth about 4-5000 and when you check you will find rust in the front chassis rails the repair costs about 2500-3000 Euros so the car is already nearly dead, or worth about 1000 Euros, so normaly you have to search again for a better one.
From driving its the car with more fun, for relaxed cruising the BMWs are the better choice
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Old 14th June 2021, 17:10
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if people like the car and we are able to get money back from selling i talked with Chris about another idea i would like to build, donor would be probably the Z4.
so lets wait and see....
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Old 14th June 2021, 20:33
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Well done for coming up with such a great design. I like it a lot. Do you have an early indication of cost?
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Old 14th June 2021, 21:09
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Default Coolbull cb5

Hi, its to early to talk about costs. It depends how much work and time is involved for Chris to build the kit. My target will be do build it that way that it will be quick and easy to install, with minimum preparation for paint. Gaps should be tight and perfect out of the mould.
I dont believe there is a big market in Germany for, except turnkey cars custom build for the owner. For that reason the build should be possible for a professional bodyshop done approx in a week , otherwise the finished car will be to expensive.
It will be not the cheapest kit but as always from Chris you should expect a bodykit worth the money you pay for, only on a higher level of quality. Because i design it for me iam critical to every detail and i have the time to do it, dont have to rush to make money with.
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Old 14th June 2021, 21:21
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I think your creation would a great addition to all other kits that Chris/Dan make (plus few new kits in development stage)
Please posts updates with further progress.
All the best
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Old 14th June 2021, 22:34
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I like the design and it works well both as a convertible and a coupe. Still plenty of MX5's out there and cheap to buy. I'm sure Chris will take it forward and produce cost effective kits. Biggest plus is the quick build time with a rebody package like this.
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Old 15th June 2021, 16:19
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Default COOLBULL CB5 Interior packs

Working on the rear wing to finish shape, coming closer to what i was looking for
Same time looking for my prototype interior parts to get the look i want for CB5 inside too.
The 60s feeling should be inside as well as the body.
Show you a couple of pictures from what iam looking for
working on different dress up rings, with and without the plastic cluster



working on the ilumination, later on will be ready for first batches


some of this parts i will try to sell later on to MX5 owners willing to change some on their interior

supplier made first classic look seat , will be offered as cover for DIY or exchange for old seats
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