Ok so i'm in. I started my build today. Picked up the steel and made the first cut. Like many i had a subscription to 'car and driver' or 'road and track' when they had the Locost cars with tanner's and riveria's and couple others and was hooked since. Been looking around at pre built frames(which has turned into making my own) for a while and cruising the forum a little. finally have a garage and the right people to help and ended up with a free donor that would be to my liking(wanted something with lots of power potential stock) so i decided now or probably never
Building a +442e Mcsorley plans chassis. Here's the catch, I'm using a Mitsubishi 2.0L turbo motor out of an eagle talon/mitsu eclipse.
It's the Mitsubishi engine code 4g63 which is how its usually refered to. I'm going to mount the motor in the traditional spot upfront which i have yet to find anyone to build a locost with this engine upfront. There is a few middy style ones out there but thats all. Reason being its a fwd engine so there is some multi car hodge podge going on.
I need to put a big THANK YOU to SteyrTMP(nate). seen here: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=2641 . his runs but isn't bodied yet as he's making all the bodywork by hand so in the mean time he's helping me. i'm quite inexperienced in the "fab it from scratch" stuff so He is my teacher more or less here for frame building. Without him i'd be buying a frame and not be nearly as happy as I want to be able to say i built this(with help
) from a pile of steel and my two hands(and nate's two).
i still have some minor details to work out. i have a kind of free donor car. i've owned and driven for a few years but hit a horse and did enough cosmetics that insure totaled it and paid me about 150 less than i paid years ago. Its a 90 eagle talon awd turbo. right now planning on using the rear end out of it but haven't stripped it out yet and figure will decide for sure then. not sure about some suspension bits either but leaning towards s10 spindles and inboard shocks. looking to probably by some stuff off Jack like control arms and fenders and such.
The main plan for the car is a Daily driver/grand tourer of sorts. i live near a decent dragstip, Nelson Ledges road course and about 2 hours from Mid-Ohio but have yet to make time to go racing in any other car so reality isn't likely to see much track
Aiming for lb:hp of about 7:1 at wheels. Figureing on 1500lbs curb weight and motor is at about 220hp at crank now but set up to increase boost to hopefully put it into 300+. so numbers work out but we'll see when we get there.
Not sure what else to add here. I'm all ears and eyes for any ideas or comment or questions and such. Camera is busted so no pics yet but i'll get some up when i get a new cam. Thank you all ahead of time for any support and help you've thus far offered and will in the future
UPDATE EDIT - Dec, 2, 09
so far got the bottom and top frame rails done and ready to weld together. need to put together the front parrellogram thingie and frame is about done. i added some pics to the end of the post
UPDATE EDIT - Dec, 20, 09
finished frame with under a one millimeter tolerance over whole thing. Nate is a perfectionist here and it more than payed off. Thank You, Nate. so we started tearing into the donor. as for right now have the engine bay wire harness out. motor is half unbolted but ran into a problem of needed to remove transfer case to get to the rest of the mounting bolts. interior is torn apart and half the interior harness uncovered, just need to pull out the rear portion that goes to tank/fuel pumps and rear lights/windsheild wiper assembly. also was given free supra suspension front and rear but need to unbury the parts out of a barn. and if anyone knows how to set up a 5 link sspension with out knowing the orignal mounting points i'm listening???