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Making good progress on the hot rod. Suspension, brakes, pedals and steering all in mostly. One bit of frustration is that some parts are back ordered like the knuckles for the steering shafts. Have to jump around a bit waiting for parts to get her. The tie rods ends came today which was cool! It's more fun that I could have ever imagined and if you're thinking of building one at all I highly recommend it. The assembly is pretty straight forward, you occasionally have to massage a few parts but no big deal. One mistake I made is not ordering my crate motor earlier as it's going a lot faster than I estimated and I think I'm going to be on hold waiting it's arrival. Between working on the car and getting skis out I'm becoming a full time resident in my shop! I love it!rtbgssd1xxcj.jpg

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@Orlando76 It's just bolt together. Everything so far on the frame has been spot on. I've watched a few videos of the Factory Five factory and production process and so far I've been impressed with the quality. Had to bend a few mounting tabs for clearance and grind a couple of welds for bolt heads and that's it.
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I know from building Airplanes, there were times I ate, slept, and worked for days at a time in the hanger. It can be really consuming, but really rewarding. It always seems like the last 10 percent takes the longest. Factory 5 has a good reputation and I'm familiar with their Cobra Kits. Good luck with your project and keep us informed.

 

 

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I ordered the kit just weeks before the new updated kit was announced. I would have still gone with the 33 grill over the 32. There's a zillion 32's in the hot rod world, not that many 33's. In addition there's also all the A's with deuce grills. I just like the 33 grill over the 32. The brakes are the standard ones that come with the kit, they are non-assisted. Again the rack is from Factory Five, not sure the source. Being my shop is primarily a wood shop sawdust is always a problem. The picture shows my attempt at addressing the problem. So far its working okay. I occasionally open the garage door and blow everything off with the air hose. Seems like someone should start a new thread about home shops. There is nothing like having a great shop! I'm not the most organized guy in the world but I know where everything is!e6qep7epavyv.jpg

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Ah, I can see that now on the third picture, the first picture is almost in line with the gusset so missed it on that one.

 

still, with my engineers eye, it doesn't seem right to have a gusset in a compression zone as they are inherently weak in compression buckling and stiffness.

 

Factory 5 have a good name for themselves over in the UK too, I was just surprised to see that configuration.

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If you look at it side on directly you'll see that the X tube and the lower tube are very close together maybe 6" apart - both forwards and rearwards of that cross point the frame has similar side tube separated wider - maybe 10" - based on where it is, I think it is a change they made so you can get your feet out of the wheel well.

 

If you put the frame into a press and squished it you'd expect it to buckle downwards at that exact point where the gusset is.

 

However what's not known would be - does the body provide strength/reinforcement to prevent that, and to what extent is it even an issue, you don't for instance know the thickness of the tube, the type of steel (could be mild could be chromo etc.), and in terms of handling sometimes it is nice when a frame has a bit of dynamic bend.

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Must be winter when we're debating a known design. The frame is really beefy and you have to remember the car only weighs 2100 pounds when its done. Started running the wire today. Initially the pile of wire was a bit intimidating but I just studied the instruction manual a bit and by the end of the day I had most of the wiring loom mocked up. Now I know I screwed up not ordering the engine earlier. Guess I have to call Blueprint and see if I can motivate them to get it built faster!
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As someone who has fabricated and drives things that go really fast for 20+ years that chassis looks fine...plenty of triangulation probably a lot of it overkill. Think it’s going to weigh over 2100 when completed though. My last project weighs 1550. Chassis was 200, engine 450, body less than 150 and then all the other stuff...it adds up quick...but doesn’t really matter in your case either...

 

It looks great and will be a blast!!

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It's a UK kit car, a Shelsley T2

 

Mid engined, 2 seater, I built the engine from scratched based on a rover T16 engine (2.0L 200hp / 170lbft std), it's now 2.2L, turbo, forged everything, lightened.... you name it, it's over 300hp and 250lbft now on full chat.

 

800kg (1800lb)+ driver, 150mph, 0-60 in 4.5s

 

It;'s not based on anything in particular, scratch designed chassis & bodywork, it uses some rover/lotus running gear

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