Kitcar for about five grand?

Kitcar for about five grand?

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bakerstreet

3,800 posts

98 months

Friday 8th September 2017
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I think you could build one for £5-6k if you base it on the GBS Zero, but I would go with the MX5 kit as at least you have a chance of finding a base car. Sieras are getting very hard to find now.

Engine, fuel system and ECU can be some of the bigger expenses and you can pick up a 1.8 or 2.0ltr Zetec for around £600, Yamaha R1 Injectors for 80 and then you will need a ECU to run it all.

I totted it all up a few years ago and even went for a test ride in a Pinto GBS Zero. Very impressive car, but even back then theywere saying donh't bother going for a Pinto as they are pretty old.

Ended up buying a MINI Cooper S instead. Was a bad idea.

Noodle1982

425 posts

39 months

Thursday 28th September 2017
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carreauchompeur said:
Any thoughts on the MEV Exocet? This one is a bit over budget but they look ace!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122639081775
That is my old Exocet. Definitely over priced even with the added on bits the current owner has fitted...spoiler, windscreen, horrendous stickers....i'm feeling quite sad looking at it actually frown

Anyway, my original build cost with all test fees included for that car came in at £6500. The turbo conversion cost another £1200 for the parts and fitted by myself. I sold it for £5500 which i think was a bargain for such a car.



carreauchompeur

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15,447 posts

137 months

Thursday 28th September 2017
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Noodle1982 said:
carreauchompeur said:
Any thoughts on the MEV Exocet? This one is a bit over budget but they look ace!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122639081775
That is my old Exocet. Definitely over priced even with the added on bits the current owner has fitted...spoiler, windscreen, horrendous stickers....i'm feeling quite sad looking at it actually frown

Anyway, my original build cost with all test fees included for that car came in at £6500. The turbo conversion cost another £1200 for the parts and fitted by myself. I sold it for £5500 which i think was a bargain for such a car.
Relisted a few times and ended at £6950 so probably took a lower offer.

I see what you mean about the stickers!

bitsilly

194 posts

142 months

Monday 9th October 2017
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Keep searching Ebay.
Also check the motorsport ads on piston heads, I have bought a couple of very well sorted road legal cars there.
I have seem sylva strikers go for less than that if you get an old one.
I really don't think you will have a problem!

bitsilly

194 posts

142 months

Monday 9th October 2017
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Some of the ex-racers come with a trailer, sell it to pay for an IVA?
or go road legal in the first place, much simpler!

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
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carreauchompeur

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15,447 posts

137 months

Monday 9th October 2017
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bitsilly said:
Some of the ex-racers come with a trailer, sell it to pay for an IVA?
or go road legal in the first place, much simpler!

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
That's very nice, like it a lot.

Need to get my head back into searching, although a big hill on my daily driver has somewhat dulled my appetite for motoring silliness!

dhutch

2,135 posts

130 months

Wednesday 11th October 2017
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I bought my Westfield for just under £4k, all be it nine years ago.

That was a largely original 1991 plate with a 1900cc CVH, needed a pair of rear dampers for the MOT and since then as also been fully rebushed (cheap and easy for anyone with a press) and front dampers to match, diff rebuild after Gerards. New seats and a rollbar. But has otherwise been cracking, used for road use and autosolos as well as odd track days, driven to mid France and The Ring.

Get on WSCC, but 5-6k should get you something reasonable and likely zetec powered I would have thought.

Daniel

Norfolkit

1,850 posts

123 months

Friday 13th October 2017
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MikeGoodwin said:
MK or westfield. Tigers are a little scruffy from what ive seen.

Check WSCC for sale, ebay, autotrader, pistonheads. Youll get a kit car for that. I'd personally be looking for a zetec engined car just because replacement bits should be abundant.
Can't agree about the Tiger (Cat), I've owned one and it was a cracking car, depends a lot on who built it obviously. Also owned a Luego Velocity, not as pretty as the Tiger but probably a better design, particularly the rear suspension. I'd have either again.

Engine wise I would have thought the OP would be better looking at a Zetec rather than a Crossflow, they're cheap to buy, plentiful and reasonable power as standard. Yes you can get good power out of a Crossflow and it will be fun to do but it will cost. I had both in my Luego and I'd take the Zetec every time (Duratec even better but more pennies).

Hol

4,546 posts

133 months

Friday 13th October 2017
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Norfolkit said:
MikeGoodwin said:
MK or westfield. Tigers are a little scruffy from what ive seen.

Check WSCC for sale, ebay, autotrader, pistonheads. Youll get a kit car for that. I'd personally be looking for a zetec engined car just because replacement bits should be abundant.
Can't agree about the Tiger (Cat), I've owned one and it was a cracking car, depends a lot on who built it obviously. Also owned a Luego Velocity, not as pretty as the Tiger but probably a better design, particularly the rear suspension. I'd have either again.

Engine wise I would have thought the OP would be better looking at a Zetec rather than a Crossflow, they're cheap to buy, plentiful and reasonable power as standard. Yes you can get good power out of a Crossflow and it will be fun to do but it will cost. I had both in my Luego and I'd take the Zetec every time (Duratec even better but more pennies).
I have to agree.

My Zetec engined Tiger was in better condition than some of the home built Caterfields you see at shows.



GinG15

446 posts

104 months

Monday 16th October 2017
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/luego-volicity-kit-car-/...

nice car, a bit oldschool from the techical point of view...hence it should cost around 3.5 to 4k...but still not a bad buy for 5k


and ýou should always by an oldschool (escort mk2 based) sylva striker for 4-5k in perfect, next to new condition.
maybe not everybodies taste wform the design, but those cars handle really well.


Edited by GinG15 on Monday 16th October 20:28

carreauchompeur

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15,447 posts

137 months

Monday 16th October 2017
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That looks very, very nice. I'll keep an eye on it. Looks to have be done very well.

carreauchompeur

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15,447 posts

137 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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Pissed off about that green Velocity, missed out. Lovely looking build, but as said an old engine.

MEV rocket, what are our thoughts?

Cool Mart

119 posts

147 months

Saturday 9th December 2017
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carreauchompeur said:


MEV rocket, what are our thoughts?
Get one.

Although you'll have to beg, borrow or steal to increase your budget by £4k as you'll need at least £9k for a tidy one.

I hear people talk about how raw the '7' experience is - and I'm sure it is - but it's nothing compared to a Rocket !

Picking flies out of your teeth after a run, or getting muddy puddle water full in the face from the offside wheel as you go around a right-hander may not be to everyone's taste. It's cold, drafty, noisy and you can't pick your nose in traffic as there's always some one looking but I love it !

I've had a mix of cars in the past that have attracted some attention but nothing like this one.




Johnny5hoods

291 posts

52 months

Sunday 10th December 2017
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Wow. Cool car. As you say, looks very open to the elements. Think I'd want to don full motorcycle leathers and full face helmet. Could always add front mudflaps to stop the mud in the face. Might look a bit pipe and slippers though.

Love the built in back braced roll bar. All kit cars should have that. Looks strong.

Lordbenny

7,054 posts

152 months

Tuesday 9th January
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I have seen some great crossflow powered Westfields on EBay. Think, retro styling, swept wings, no carbon, no throttle bodies, no fancy pants seats or weight saving extras. I’ve always liked the look and thought of owning a car like this. Around 125 bhp is fine and will be easy to work on and upgrade if necessary. Just look how popular the Caterham 160 is....just get some skinny steelies and spray it pastel green and your away!

Something like this will be in your price bracket....



Edited by Lordbenny on Tuesday 9th January 12:46

GinG15

446 posts

104 months

Friday 12th January
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just to give you a rough price estimation for a high-spec wessie: (car is already sold)

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

1988 Westfield SE

Priced to sell at £6,995

The Mechanicals
1600cc 185bhp Rover K originally built by Dave Brooks in Crewe (dyno sheets from original build), then rebuilt by Dave to same spec in 2013, bills for £3k for rebuild, approx. 2000 miles on new engine. Remote thermostat fitted which is the recognised cooling system fix
Fuelling on Jenvey throttle bodies, MBE ECU
Gearbox: 5 speed Type 9 Quaife alloy cased Tran-X SCCR internals
Engine/box Professionally Installed using Caterham alloy bell housing and alloy sump
English live rear axle using rare alloy diff casing, 5.1 CWP & Tran-X LSD
Exhaust: Stainless custom built by Wunoff in Bradford, 4-2-1 as specified by Rover K tuners at a cost >£800
Steering rack: Rally Design 2.2 ratio Quick Rack
New lightweight gel battery
Suspension poly bushed throughout

The Car
Bright orange with green stripe (can be removed if not to your liking)
Carbon fibre dash & rear deck (genuine oven carbon, not ABS or wrap)
Tillet lightweight racing seats - Tillet are a recognised kart seat maker, however these were specifically designed for seven roadsters
Compomotive ML 15" wheels
Includes tonneau cover, full side screens and hood. There is no hood frame however because fitted with an "RAC" roll bar.

The remaining detail can be seen in the photos. MOT to 29/3/18. A stunning and well finished car priced to sell, I bought this in 1988 when 6 months old and owned for more than 29 years. I'm selling because I'm not young man anymore & it’s time for something with doors.

Lordbenny

7,054 posts

152 months

Sunday 14th January
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Seems like a good buy at that price although it’s an SE so tight if your a lard arse especially in those ‘kart like’ seats!

dhutch

2,135 posts

130 months

Friday 19th January
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GinG15 said:
just to give you a rough price estimation for a high-spec wessie: (car is already sold)

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

1988 Westfield SE

Priced to sell at £6,995

The Mechanicals
1600cc 185bhp Rover K originally built by Dave Brooks in Crewe (dyno sheets from original build), then rebuilt by Dave to same spec in 2013, bills for £3k for rebuild, approx. 2000 miles on new engine. Remote thermostat fitted which is the recognised cooling system fix
Fuelling on Jenvey throttle bodies, MBE ECU
Gearbox: 5 speed Type 9 Quaife alloy cased Tran-X SCCR internals
Engine/box Professionally Installed using Caterham alloy bell housing and alloy sump
English live rear axle using rare alloy diff casing, 5.1 CWP & Tran-X LSD
Exhaust: Stainless custom built by Wunoff in Bradford, 4-2-1 as specified by Rover K tuners at a cost >£800
Steering rack: Rally Design 2.2 ratio Quick Rack
New lightweight gel battery
Suspension poly bushed throughout

The Car
Bright orange with green stripe (can be removed if not to your liking)
Carbon fibre dash & rear deck (genuine oven carbon, not ABS or wrap)
Tillet lightweight racing seats - Tillet are a recognised kart seat maker, however these were specifically designed for seven roadsters
Compomotive ML 15" wheels
Includes tonneau cover, full side screens and hood. There is no hood frame however because fitted with an "RAC" roll bar.

The remaining detail can be seen in the photos. MOT to 29/3/18. A stunning and well finished car priced to sell, I bought this in 1988 when 6 months old and owned for more than 29 years. I'm selling because I'm not young man anymore & it’s time for something with doors.
Looks cracking doesn't it.

I have a 1991 SE and have loved it, I am 6ft2 80kg and while its not wide I have no issues fitting into grp seats. Wider hips might be better with the original bench seats, but just sit in it before you buy.

After 8 years of pure joy mine is currently mid engine swap due to a dropped valve, 1.9cvh to 2l blacktop and sorely miss it.


Daniel

T0MMY

1,438 posts

109 months

Thursday 13th September
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I picked up an MNR Vortx with an R1 engine for under £4000 so it is possible but I think I was pretty lucky. It did need quite a lot of work of course but it's probably worth nearer double that now.

dhutch

2,135 posts

130 months

Thursday 13th September
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Epic thread revival, where it's the OP?