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    Still Wondering mika's Avatar
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    What car would you build?

    We have been playing car games of late. Money and reality are not requirements. What car would you build out of existing parts? Street and hot rod builders do it all the time. Carroll Shelby did it when he built the first Cobra. Tesla took an existing Lotus and electrified it making an electric powered sports car.

    What car would you build?

    What body would you choose?
    How are you going to power it?
    Suspension, any changes there?

    Why ‘«Ű what is your goal in building it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    We have been playing car games of late. Money and reality are not requirements. What car would you build out of existing parts? Street and hot rod builders do it all the time. Carroll Shelby did it when he built the first Cobra. Tesla took an existing Lotus and electrified it making an electric powered sports car.

    What car would you build?

    Why ‘«Ű what is your goal in building it?

    Here is a description of my first car, at the age of 16 Dad purchased a old track roadster and we converted it to the street‘«™

    What body would you choose?
    How are you going to power it?
    Suspension, any changes there?

    Frame 1933 Plymouth
    Suspension/Brakes 1935 Ford
    Body 1927 T with a 1949 Ford deluxe hood in the rear (kinda like boat tail)
    Windshield from my 1952 Indian Brave.
    Powered by a 1941 Ford V8 flat head aluminum heads and two Stromberg‘«÷s.
    Two medal seats no upholstery or floor.
    Man was I the talk of the town.

    We later roll and pleated the interior and put floor boards in her, then a 1959 Olds Rocket 88 with hydro. WOW if I only had her today I still be the talk of the town.

    My goal FUN!!

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    "Smart" car. 3.8 Buick V6.
    I don't think a 454 would fit.

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    Chassis 2008 BMW M3 (I'm not certain anything works better)

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    1970 Hemi Challenger

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    67 VW beetle

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    Kit Buiild AC Cobra

    I used to be in packaging a long time ago. One of my customers manufactured kit cars, including Cobras, Ford GT40s, the Cheetah (GM car, remember that?). I always wanted to build the AC Shelby Cobra, with a balanced and blueprinted 302. I know it came w/ a 429 (I think) and there were some 460 models. But the smaller V8 is more appealing and plenty strong.
    That car is beautiful and has a nice pedigree. The originals go for over half a mil.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    67 VW beetle
    Great choice! That was the first car I ever owned and it was wonderful. It had to be perfect if you lived in the South. But in the North that heating system was anemic in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kahuhna View Post
    I used to be in packaging a long time ago. One of my customers manufactured kit cars, including Cobras, Ford GT40s, the Cheetah (GM car, remember that?). I always wanted to build the AC Shelby Cobra, with a balanced and blueprinted 302. I know it came w/ a 429 (I think) and there were some 460 models. But the smaller V8 is more appealing and plenty strong.
    That car is beautiful and has a nice pedigree. The originals go for over half a mil.
    Cheers
    Had the pleasure (I think!) of driving a kit Cobra last month, with a 427. It was surprizingly difficult to drive. It was very loud, very hot. It was also VERY fast. No power anything, very firm (almost difficult) shifting, foot controls offset to the left due to the engine size.......very interesting, but I was sure glad to get back in my little Porsche and turn on the air conditioning.

    Now to the original question, a Dune Buggy based on an old Volkswagen.

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    '66 Chevelle body and frame with a Gearte small block, injected of course, and Jericho trans. Quartermaster clutch, Franklin quick change rear (I like the whiny sound it makes), Poly bushings all around. 2" drop fron spindles, Bilstien shocks, Recaro seats and a very dark blue paint job.

    I gotta have the fastest car at work. Dang kids and their supercharged Mustangs.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    What I have been toying with is building a shop/camping car around a small sixties station wagon with a modern turbo diesel. Saw a two door Falcon station wagon behind a building while ‘«ˇwondering‘«÷ around these parts. Just prior to the ride I had been reading about BMW diesel engines for the Morning Reads.

    The goal would be an unusual parts runner or car camping vehicle.
    I want some head room, but I don‘«÷t want a full sized wagon or a van either.
    I am considering diesel because of a couple of reasons
    - operating costs.
    - different than all the 302/351/big blocks that get stuffed into these.

    The car would be a parts runner daily driver sort of car. The secondary purpose would be car camping with family, hauling canoes, kayaks etc.
    Good luck finding one of their diesels over here. Try to find a wrecked Powerstroke with the twin turbos, that would be fun. Sort of like this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbHEPbS9ZeU

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    Horsche or Ponda?

    I have thought of dropping a Goldwing or Valkrie engine into a Porsche 914. Tune the engine to spin like a dervish and that small light car could be a lot of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    Great minds thinking - kind of - alike. My first thought on reading the first post was, a 1965 Falcon 2-door hardtop. Only it would have the modern suspension that bolts in ... and the disk brakes that bolt in ... and a modern 4.6 V8 with a 5-speed that virtually bolts in. A competent IRS would be nice but not a requisite. Serious rubber on some period-correct-looking alloys. In the end, it would be a late-model Mustang under the skin and it would pull down ~30 mpg in spite of being Damn Fast?ģ. It would have to have some modern a/c and a kickin' sound system. Good seats - like BMW sport seats - since we aren't too concerned with originality.

    Red & white would be just fine ...


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    I am suprised no one has thought about installing a Blown and Injected Hemi in a PT Cruiser. Ok, maybe just use the body and build the thing on a Reher and Morrisson chassis. But a 7.00 second PT Cruiser........


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