Name is Perry, from Holden, Alberta, Canada. I was looking for a project after completing a 5 year build project late last summer when a co worker told me about the Locost car that could be scratch built from plans. That evening I researched the Locost and I was hooked! I am an automotive mechanic by trade although I have been out of the auto industry since 1988. I work on stationary Natural Gas compressor engines ranging from 600 to 3000 HP from '88 to present.
Back to the Locost--I live in the country and am fortunate enough to have a fully equipped shop(which took years by the way) which includes arc welder, mig gas welder, 8" swing lathe, 48" metal brake, air comp, gas axe, pnuematic shears and nibblers, full tool box, blah blah blah, you know the story.
Back to the Locost--My intention is to use a donor car in it's entirerty, steering rack and column, spindles, brakes and proportioning valve, pedals, engine, trans, drive shft, rad, diff, wiring harness, instruments, seats?, rims, windsheild wipers, heater, blah blah blah, you know the story. I am using this philosophy becuase I want to be able to take 1 donor and build the 7 around it, use it for a fairweather cruiser, and becuase nobody said I can't. I realize there will be challenges, but after my last build there is no challenge that can't be overcome(and Spiced Rum helps too).
Back to the Locost--So I picked up a 83 Chevette and am in the process of stripping it down, blah blah blah. I will be going with McSorleys' 7+442. So the first hurdle is the Chevette track width-too narrow for the 7+442, I figure I will be using 1 1/2" billet wheel spacers which will bring the track into workable dimensions.
So back to the Locost--timeline--I am giving myself a realistic build time of 5 years or less. One must realise that the last 10% of the build takes 90% of the time, and I plan to be a 10%'er. $$$$$??--I figure the build should come in under $10,000
1 down, 2 to go
'If man built it, man can fix it'
"No one ever told me I couldn't do it."
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