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PostPosted: June 8, 2019, 7:31 am 
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Hello all!

I'm really trying to get myself into a Caterham (or something very very similar). I'm about 2/3 through a book a colleague lent me (Midlana) about building your own mid-engined Caterham. It's incredibly intriguing...and oh so tempting. I'm just not sure I can manage building it since I've never built anything worth mentioning in my life. But I do believe I could manage a kit from Caterham; there are a few major issues though. I live in Canada, which is great...except Canada really doesn't want you to enjoy yourself. It's such a major pain in the a** that you can't import kits unless they don't include drivetrain, suspension system & brake systems. And Caterham won't sell incomplete kits, and they don't even want to ship anything into Canada.

My inquiry is the following : how easy is it to ship complete kits into the United States? I'm starting to think the only way to get this done is to ship a complete Caterham 260 kit into the US, import only the items I know that will pass the border, sell the other items in the US, and source my own replacements here. The reality is that we do have 1.6L Sigma engines in Canada, and MX5 drivelines as well. I just need the frame, bodywork, steering & interior from the kit.

Does someone have any input/criticism?

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PostPosted: June 8, 2019, 1:42 pm 
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Caterhams are mostly on USA7s.com. Check them out but be prepared to shell out big bucks. Might be best for you to get an already finished used 7 in Canada. There are lots of Canadians on this site and the USA7s site that can steer you in the right direction. Russ

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PostPosted: June 8, 2019, 3:05 pm 
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Location: BC, Canada. eh?
Up until a short time ago, we had a dealer here in BC, at Chemainus on Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, the owner of the business, the famous David Saville Peck died a couple of years ago, and the business eventually closed without his input. He was a great guy, and at one time, one of the most winning & famous racing drivers in the world.

He took me for a (very) spirited drive, on public roads & highways, in one of his Hyabusa-engined 7's, and it was truly a life-altering experience - both the car, and the drive itself.

Even with a history of racing behind me, being driven at 9/10's by a world-class CanAm driver was "exhilarating" :shock: :shock: :shock: . Although I could never afford the price of one of his cars, it was nonetheless the impetus to get me started on a build of my own creation.

David imported Caterham kits & built them to turn-key cars for sale, but he would also import kits (as a dealer he could do this) for sale to those who wanted to "build their own".

I've heard there's a dealer in Calgary now. If so, they might be able to help.

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PostPosted: June 8, 2019, 4:37 pm 
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Snail89 wrote:
I'm really trying to get myself into a Caterham (or something very very similar).
Locosts and Caterhams are both very very similar to Lotus Sevens, but Caterhams are made out of money and Locosts are made out of time. You can convert your money to time by buying Locost parts instead of physically cranking them out by yourself. What's your budget for this project?

PS--just one more post and you won't need adult supervision to communicate on this forum.

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PostPosted: June 8, 2019, 8:22 pm 
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the Canadian "dealer" https://www.7cars.ca

He's got a Hayabusa powered car for sale.

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PostPosted: June 9, 2019, 12:56 am 
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There's also a Caterham for sale in Quebec
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-autos-camions/s ... nFlag=true

and a Westfield
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-autos-camions/l ... nFlag=true

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There have been some really nice Locosts for sale over the last couple years in the $7,000-$9,000 USD range. Being 100% honest about it, you would be hard pressed to build one for that price if you include the basic tools needed (welder, drill press, etc) plus the donor vehicle, materials and accessories required to make it roadworthy. Plus, it will take you a year or two of time to build.

You are unlikely to find a genuine, used Caterham for less that $20,000 USD, and that would actually be an exception, perhaps one of the Japanese vehicles now legally imported into the USA (& Canada?) because they're 20+ years old.

There could be some vehicle registration issues for your locale, so you should research that. However, buying a built Locost is probably the most economical way to get into a 7-like vehicle.

Good luck to you.

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More 7's for sale in Canada http://www.usa7s.net/vb/showthread.php? ... post110444

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