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PostPosted: February 20, 2009, 3:54 pm 
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Hello from Pollock Pines, California.
I wanted to introduce myself and give a quick rundown on my build so far.
I haven't done a lot in this field before (considering my age) but a quick run through would include; rebuilding a couple V8's, buying and fixing a "59" sprite with the engine in pieces, took two wrecked Fiaros and welded them together to get one, assorted work on various Fiestas. I also have most of the tools required to build a car and have always liked the Lotus philosophy and cars.
I started my build the first of the year but am working out of town and things are progressing slowly.


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PostPosted: February 20, 2009, 4:16 pm 
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I'm following the (new) book for as much as possible just changing a few things to make it fit the drive train and me. the tunnel has been moved to the right and narrowed, I am raising the rear 1" with the use of 1x2 tubing and the rear is redesigned to fit the various pickups.


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PostPosted: February 20, 2009, 6:30 pm 
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Nice, making good progress I see.

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PostPosted: February 20, 2009, 10:47 pm 
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Thanks I have actually gotten a little farther but things have slowed down working on the rear. At work found two hood supports from an old dozer with a nice radius that I will use for the corners.


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PostPosted: February 21, 2009, 5:46 am 
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Welcome Aboard.....your post has been stickied adn should be easier to find and for others to View.

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PostPosted: February 21, 2009, 11:09 am 
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Ha, I used to live in Pollock. I've moved down the hill to Sacramento now. Looking forward to seeing your progress!


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PostPosted: February 21, 2009, 11:40 am 
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I'm going to try to finish up the rear today and move on to the tunnel. I have held off on buying my engine till I can install and start it within 30 days as it will be from a wrecking yard and I want the option of returning it. I will try to get some more pictures ported later today.

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Okay, I guess it must be me that points out the obvious - RX7s are rotary powered, not V6 :lol:
Which V6 are you dropping in there?

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At this time i am looking to mate a mazda KD v6 to the RX-7 transmission like JOYFUL NOISE RACING did. The rotary Had sat rusting away to long before I bought the car for $100 and as I have no experience with the engine. I decided to go with something more conventional.


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PostPosted: February 22, 2009, 2:14 am 
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Very nice attention to a minor design detail with the upper rear tube 8) .
It does curve down slightly yet most folks build it straight.
I intend to curve it down the same way.

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PostPosted: February 22, 2009, 2:34 am 
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Thank you yes I actually have the sides curving up to the center of the wheel then down slightly to the rear. I also raised the seat bulkhead by using a 1X2 at the top.

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PostPosted: February 22, 2009, 2:37 am 
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Yes, and to get the full effect you'll need the curves in front of the wheel made out of a round tube and a bit larger than the fender 8) .
That's the part that I got in currently (I have not build anything behind the rear bulkhead yet).

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PostPosted: February 22, 2009, 2:41 am 
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Yes I intend to use 1" round tubing in front and have the same for the cockpit sills.

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excellent, another roadster build. Welcome aboard.

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PostPosted: February 23, 2009, 10:53 am 
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Thanks, I've never been one to talk online (just like to lurk) but you guys have inspired me. I have to make a trip down the hill and pickup some 1/8" steel today as I dug out what I was going to use and found it was 3/16" and 1/4" which seems to thick for all the brackets and plates. Any thoughts?

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