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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:50 am 
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RM-8's were originally designed and built in Port Elizabeth, South Africa "supposedly" as a licensed Westfield copy. Many years ago my father and his brother had purchased 11 of these "kits" both wide-body and traditional versions. I built one back in 1995 with a Toyota 4AGE/T50, drove it for a couple of years and had an absolute blast with it. Unfortunately "life" got in the way and I had to get a real job and start a family. My father had stuck one of these body/frame kits in his garage back then and I recently decided to take it to my shop and build it for him so he has something fun to drive this summer. Since there was already a crappy frame to start with, I'm using some of it, cutting/removing some more and adding a whole bunch more structure.

I'm not much of a photographer, but I'll do my best.

I've actually already designed and built the front suspension, steering, motor and transmission mounts, so don't think that I began this thread and all of a sudden over a weekend, it got this far along.

So, here it goes..........................Take it easy on the new guy.

All of the pix that I have so far. http://s31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/ ... 7%20stuff/

Chassis plate to build/rebuild the frame.
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Frame on the jig.
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Front suspension. Miata uprights and steering rack.
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Honda S2000 F20C.
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Exhaust header. Stock S2000 cut to fit.
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Dual 4-gallon fuel cells.
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Adjustable 4-link set-up with Mazda GSL-SE rear-end and panhard bar.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:34 pm 
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I think you're going to have to re-think your Panhard rod. Changing the location or angle of the bar moves the rear roll center up and down. Your bar is so high on the chassis side that your roll center may even be above the center of gravity. That would cause you to roll inwards during a turn. There are a couple of downsides with this, one of which is that the car will try to jack over the outside wheel. That means it will try to tuck the axle under the car and tip over it. If you look at it for awhile you may see that.

Look around for some more pictures. I know we have many, but finding them may be a little painful. People often start with the panhard rod close to level.


And welcome if I have forgot to say so before, I'm sure this will make your Dad very happy!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:51 pm 
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Sweet engine choice. This is what I plan to have in my car as well.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:19 am 
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Well, I knew the motor was too tall for the existing bodywork so now to make a choice. Leave it sticking out of the hood or practice my fiberglass work and cover it. I kinda like the "hot rod" look with the motor exposed. Clean up some plumbing & hoses, polish the intake plenum and call it a day??? What do you think?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:41 am 
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#1 Now THAT's a build table :mrgreen:
#2. .. what was #2 again? :? oh yeah, perhaps one of the 429CJ scoops from a Cougar or Mustang?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:59 am 
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nice.. i got a spare s2k header if anyone need one. table looks good, one Q the front upper arms, was there a way to do that with swag tube? so the camber adjustments could be a little easier?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:04 pm 
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Finally had some time to do some additional fabrication on the frame. Finished the pedal boxes, pedal mounts, fit the S2000 gauge cluster in the dash(rough fit), got the radiator modified to fit, redid the transmission mount, built a collapsable steering column and plumbed some of the fuel system.

Its getting there, slowly but slowly................................

http://s31.photobucket.com/albums/c376/ ... 1QQtppZZ20

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:05 pm 
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good to see another f20c around here. your hood clearance doesn't look as bad as some measurements i've seen

depending on your end goal the exposed engine could be cool or put a scoop over it and keep people surprised

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:16 pm 
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I'm loving the S2K cluster, looks great,keep us updated.


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