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 Post subject: Elva MK7 Bodywork
PostPosted: April 30, 2024, 10:50 pm 
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Hi, longtime lurker, first time poster.

I know Curtis Unlimited offered Elva MK7 body panels at one time, but they haven't been in business for a few years. Does anyone know what happened to all their molds? I remember at least one poster in this forum building a locost with a body from Curtis.

I contacted Kinetic Vehicles, since I think Curtis supplied some panels to them at one time. They told me to look up Jack McCornack on this forum. I thought he was the owner of Kinetic, but I guess no longer. Unfortunately I don't have enough posts to earn the right to use private messages, so this is the next best thing I suppose.

Alternatively I was looking for whoever ended up with the Abarth 1000SP molds that JMC14 sold a while ago. I heard they went to California somewhere...

So far I have a collected some good parts to build a neat little mid engined locost. I have the complete front and rear subframes from a 2000 Miata, plus the steering column, fuel tank and wiring harness. I also have all the running gear from a 2005 Ford Focus including a 2.3 Duratech and an MTX75 5-speed with a Quaife diff.

If I can't find a nice 60's sports racer body for a reasonable price I guess I'll have to design something but I'm not looking forward to all that fiberglass work.


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 Post subject: Re: Elva MK7 Bodywork
PostPosted: May 1, 2024, 10:13 pm 
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Dio Tipo's are still in stock and a pretty simple build.
They will take a V8 so you should have plenty of engine room.
https://diocars.com

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 Post subject: Re: Elva MK7 Bodywork
PostPosted: May 2, 2024, 9:10 am 
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Can't help with sourcing the body.

If you are wanting it to be road legal with a DOT windscreen that can be found here, it is probably better to just build around your completed chassis with aluminum rockers and only the compound curves in composite.

Otherwise, plenty of body choices used and new across the pond.

For a middy, I'd obtain another focus subframe with spindles, swaybar, rack, and steering intermediate shaft and keep the miata parts for a traditional non-middy. Parking brake type calipers or inline hydraulic lock can be fitted but it may depend on how you plan to get this to be road legal in your area.

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 Post subject: Re: Elva MK7 Bodywork
PostPosted: May 2, 2024, 4:32 pm 
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mblommel wrote:

So far I have a collected some good parts to build a neat little mid engined locost. I have the complete front and rear subframes from a 2000 Miata, plus the steering column, fuel tank and wiring harness. I also have all the running gear from a 2005 Ford Focus including a 2.3 Duratech and an MTX75 5-speed with a Quaife diff.

If I can't find a nice 60's sports racer body for a reasonable price I guess I'll have to design something but I'm not looking forward to all that fiberglass work.


I'm not sure if you are familiar with the Midlana, but it's pretty much the go-to solution to build a mid engine Locost, with no fiberglass work required:

https://midlana.com/

If you want to short cut the build process of starting from scratch, the DF Goblin is an option:

https://dfkitcar.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Elva MK7 Bodywork
PostPosted: May 4, 2024, 11:39 am 
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mblommel wrote:
If I can't find a nice 60's sports racer body for a reasonable price I guess I'll have to design something but I'm not looking forward to all that fiberglass work.
Would a Lotus 19 body be of interest? I've got one of those.

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 Post subject: Re: Elva MK7 Bodywork
PostPosted: May 5, 2024, 11:18 pm 
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JackMcCornack wrote:
mblommel wrote:
If I can't find a nice 60's sports racer body for a reasonable price I guess I'll have to design something but I'm not looking forward to all that fiberglass work.
Would a Lotus 19 body be of interest? I've got one of those.

Jack, not to be too much of a pest, but what does your Lotus 19 body consist of? I am guessing it is the front and rear clamshells, but anything else? I am trying to imagine it as a coupe, gull wing doors, and I am wondering if the proportions would work. Like a DJet? or maybe it have to remain a roadster for the fine California days. Do you have any thoughts on prospective rear axles, suspensions, etc? Did Curtis make the body? No rush on answering, and May the fourth always be with you.


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PostPosted: May 5, 2024, 11:20 pm 
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RichardSIA wrote:
Dio Tipo's are still in stock and a pretty simple build.
They will take a V8 so you should have plenty of engine room.

Richard, thank you for the link. Are those fender heights necessary? They appear a bit cartoonish to my unschooled eye. I thought the front of the coupe under development looked much better. Just wondering. thanks
https://diocars.com


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PostPosted: May 9, 2024, 2:27 am 
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Shuzo wrote:
Jack, not to be too much of a pest, but what does your Lotus 19 body consist of?
That's hardly what I'd call pestering, but you're going to get a looong answer.
Shuzo wrote:
I am guessing it is the front and rear clamshells, but anything else?
It has the nose and the stern and the doors, and that's it. There's no scuttle or bonnet, just a one-piece fiberglass nose that goes all the way back to the cockpit.
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I am trying to imagine it as a coupe, gull wing doors, and I am wondering if the proportions would work.
If I were to continue the Locost 19 project, I wouldn't go to that much trouble, I'd probably do a tilt-back roof a la Gilbert MacIntosh's Lotus 11 street car -- see <https://www.lotuseleven.org/DarkAges1/MacIntosh.htm>
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Like a DJet?
The Djet (Matra, right?) was a lot taller than a Lotus 19, but I guess you could do like that.
Shuzo wrote:
or maybe it have to remain a roadster for the fine California days.
Dress like a motorcyclist and tough it out; that's what I do in MAX.
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Do you have any thoughts on prospective rear axles, suspensions, etc?
I was initially building it for a Geo Metro with a Suzuki GTR drop-in upgrade for when I get sick of hypermiling, but any small FWD powerplant will fit. It's a left-right symmetrical body and will be easy to slit in half and rebond it wider, like I did with the Lola Mk1 body for MAX, if you want a wider track than a Metro/GTR.
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Did Curtis make the body?
Yes, Fay Curtis made it for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Elva MK7 Bodywork
PostPosted: May 10, 2024, 1:32 am 
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RE: Dio Tipo.
The original was the "AMBRO Special" and still exist in vintage racing.
Back then state of the art was still tall and skinny 15".
The AMBRO was built on a TR3 chassis.
The body was partially molded from a Maserati Birdcage.
I've been sacrificing several of my projects recently to get my hands an a VMC to make parts no one else offers/income.
But my Dio Tipo is not on the list, still intending to finish it.

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