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 Post subject: Re: Bigger Chassis
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:51 pm 
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and I'm struck speechless...


If only JD were stricken write-less.

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:59 pm 
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I'm in the "just bought a welder and some donor bits" stage of the build. My comments:

1. Plan on completing this in under 2 years. Your goal should be, every day, to figure out a way to get the thing rolling down the road. IF you don't push to get the thing on the road in under 2 years, the chances that life's little changes will prevent completion go up dramatically. So, don't polish manifold bolts or do research on carbon fiber rims etc until AFTER you've had a drive or two in the thing. One of the moderators here, Jack McCornack (who makes great locost parts, but is in the EAA's Hall of Fame as the godfather of the ultralight airplane) did that very thing -- he got it on the road, then he reskinned it with a Lola-esque body.

2. Your bits (and that of your donor car) will determine your dimensions. Your engine, your transmission, your rear axle, and your (donkey) will tell you what dimensions you will need. Okay, some might mention shoe size as well. Conversely, if your (donkey) needs more room, then you might reconsider the choice of rear axle -- I think the respective rear ends need to be considered at the same time.

A few years ago I got to sit in a real Lotus 7 (Series 2?) and I fit. I'm 6'1", 220 pounds and size 11 1/2 shoe. The original cars are like 3" narrower than book, as I recall (the Stalker and the Haynes are +2" or so). So if you build a +4, you're something like 7" wider than the original Lotus 7.

(For the record, getting into that car was tougher 'cause I had to do a diver's "cannonball" tuck to get my donkey into the seat, then I had to slither my legs down into the pedal area. Getting out was an adventure.)


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:59 pm 
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I did see that nose cone and that might just look like it would work.

Nice usage on the word "wherein", albeit very rare.


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 Post subject: Re: Bigger Chassis
PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 6:26 pm 
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chancock82 wrote:
Nice usage on the word "wherein", albeit very rare.
I'll send you about 1000 pages of my divorce court documents... I bet it's on every page at least a dozen times if not more...

Wish it was a lot rarer!!

:( :(

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 10:48 pm 
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rx7locost wrote:
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and I'm struck speechless...


If only JD were stricken write-less.


http://www.verb2verbe.com/conjugation/english-verb/strike.aspx

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So there!!!
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Good one, Chuck... Uhhhh... You were kiddin', right?

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 11:35 pm 
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chancock82, I completely understand what it is you want to do and even recommended it to Pook recently when he was asking opinion about what he might do as a marketable car he could produce.

There is certainly an established Locost ethos but that in no way means it has to apply to your build and, in paradox, part of that ethos is doing your own thing anyway.


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 8:41 am 
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JD, I see your reference (French to English language site by the way. Shame on you.you cold have found stronger references than that) and raise you one:

http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/irregular-verbs/strike.html

I know we are both right. I prefer the use of stricken when it has to do with an ailment or condition. I use struck for the past participle of the action of striking (as with a hammer, baseball or union action). Heck, neither of us used strucken, which was the old and archaeic past particle of strike in 1824.


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Yo, Chuck-
I concede the grammatic victory to you, Sir... I am strucken totally speechless by your wisdom. :mrgreen:

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GonzoRacer wrote:
Yo, Chuck-
I concede the grammatic victory to you, Sir... I am strucken totally speechless by your wisdom. :mrgreen:

:rofl:


(G'03 tries out his new-found southern US accent)

You's sure talk purty.....


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GonzoRacer wrote:
Yo, Chuck-
I concede the grammatic victory to you, Sir... I am strucken totally speechless by your wisdom. :mrgreen:

:rofl:


(G'03 tries out his new-found southern US accent)

You's sure talk purty.....


Must be "new-found"... Otherwise, you'd know it's "Y'all" and not "You's"... As in "Y'all ain't frumm 'round heah." :mrgreen:

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Sir... I am strucken totally speechless by your wisdom.


In unpolitically correct terms, would that make you dumb?

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rx7locost wrote:
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Sir... I am strucken totally speechless by your wisdom.


In unpolitically correct terms, would that make you dumb?

:rofl:


I usually go all the way, and say I'm just stupid, but iffen y'all want to cut it off at "dumb" I'd be fine with that... :mrgreen:

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Ummm, back on topic... Lol Jack may be selling a two piece ttl nose by now that allows you to get the height you need without screwing up the cut with whatever tool you choose to screw it up with. Once you've determined the width you need, 'glass it together...


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come on guys, ease up on the struckenering...

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horizenjob wrote:
come on guys, ease up on the struckenering...


Aye aye, Cap'n... :oops: Sorry... :oops:

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