Pictures of your Kit Car..?

Pictures of your Kit Car..?

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ggdrew

158 posts

90 months

Friday 25th January 2019
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Old-school early 1988 Westfield that's done National Hillclimb c'ships; LeMans trips & tons of trackdays.

'Narrow' & 'lowline' bodywork: nose cone sits lower than the wheel arches, whereas later bodywork is well above the wheel arches.

Steel 1700 Xflow ('244' cam, Chamberlain head, 12.5:1 Accralites, twin 45's), TranX Clubman 'Rocket' 'box, TranX 4.44:1 LSD
Alloy hubs, bell housing, diff housing & gearbox casing for lightweight build.

30yrs old now & in great shape - a testament to Westfield's excellent chassis powder-coating and the GRP quality. Only the front wishbones needed re-coating, and a re-paint it VW Tornado red 15yrs ago.

Edited by ggdrew on Thursday 7th March 22:10

Grumpy Griff

174 posts

215 months

Thursday 31st January 2019
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ol said:
Grumpy Griff said:
I've been developing this for the last year or so

nearly ready for IVA
Looks fantastic. Is it based on an Ultima chassis?
Yes it is but the rear section and rear suspension has been substantially changed. The shocks and springs have been moved inboard and operated by push rod.



Edited by Grumpy Griff on Thursday 31st January 20:58

Hedgehopper

1,506 posts

210 months

Saturday 2nd February 2019
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Hi Hedgehopper
Fabulous car. Great story.

I don't know if you've been following this thread
https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

But as a 60's special builder would you have any idea as to what this car is? ......... Please - we are all getting desperate!


Sorry for the delay but I have only just seen this post.

Regret to say that it is new to me. I remember most of the '60's specials as I spent hours deliberating which bodyshell to buy.

The unusual headlight treatment does remind me of something I saw on an American fibreglass site but which one I couldn't say.

Good luck searching.

Edited by Hedgehopper on Saturday 2nd February 16:46

alfaspecial

861 posts

106 months

Saturday 2nd February 2019
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Hedgehopper said:
Sorry for the delay but I have only just seen this post.

Regret to say that it is new to me. I remember most of the '60's specials as I spent hours deliberating which bodyshell to buy.

The unusual headlight treatment does remind me of something I saw on an American fibreglass site but which one I couldn't say.

Good luck searching.

Edited by Hedgehopper on Saturday 2nd February 16:46
Thanks for the reply.... there were dozens of '60's specials - I think the 'hobby' died out with the introduction of VAT in the '70's.
But your 'special' really looks the part.

P.S. The Haynes Breakfast Club (1st Sunday of month) often attracts '50's / '60's 'specials'.

Edited by alfaspecial on Saturday 2nd February 18:29

a340driver

136 posts

121 months

Saturday 2nd February 2019
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Spydaman said:
That is a beautiful car, what is it?

DoubleD

18,229 posts

74 months

Saturday 2nd February 2019
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keirik said:
A lot of people said I shouldn't do it, but personally I like it

Its certainly different.

FORMOSA

1 posts

28 months

Sunday 3rd February 2019
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NEARING COMPLETION .... AN F-120 GR SPECIAL using a Formosa 120 GR bodyshell and Ford V6 , 4 spd. manual

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Europa Jon

303 posts

89 months

Sunday 3rd February 2019
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a340driver said:
That is a beautiful car, what is it?
It had various names. The one I remember from back in the '80s is Bonito. I seem to remember they were originally American, based on a Beetle floorpan. Later on, bespoke chassis were made for more modern engines.

Equus

11,125 posts

67 months

Monday 4th February 2019
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Europa Jon said:
It had various names. The one I remember from back in the '80s is Bonito.
That one is indeed a Bonito (identified as such on this thread). I remember it better as the Seraph and later the Excalibur.... you'd need to be a bigger anorak than me to identify one from a simple photo, though, as the basic shell was the same in all its incarnations.

The design was heavily influenced by the GT40.

Frankthered

1,474 posts

146 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Equus said:
Europa Jon said:
It had various names. The one I remember from back in the '80s is Bonito.
That one is indeed a Bonito (identified as such on this thread). I remember it better as the Seraph and later the Excalibur.... you'd need to be a bigger anorak than me to identify one from a simple photo, though, as the basic shell was the same in all its incarnations.

The design was heavily influenced by the GT40.
I'll claim half an anorak - the Excalibur was front engine, RWD, based on Cortina running gear and thus needed a bulge in the bonnet to cover the engine.

Google suggests that the Seraph was front engined too, but not sure what running gear it used.

ETA, should have checked the linky, it seems I'm repeating myself!! laugh

Edited by Frankthered on Tuesday 5th February 00:18

ggdrew

158 posts

90 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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a340driver said:
Spydaman said:
That is a beautiful car, what is it?
Ironically Bonito does mean Beautiful (masc.) in Spanish smile

Edited by ggdrew on Thursday 7th March 22:01

Lordbenny

7,842 posts

185 months

Friday 2nd October 2020
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Had this Sylva J15 about 6 months now after owning 2 x Westfields, a Sylva Striker and a Dutton Pheaton. It’s a bloody crackin’ car and tick all my weekend toy boxes.






spyder dryver

1,316 posts

182 months

Friday 2nd October 2020
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I've not posted on this thread for many a while so in the interest of "keeping it going" ...

1987 Spyder Silverstone. Chassis #12 of 23. Mine for nearly 20 years. I recently built a new engine for it. Toyota 3SGE 16V. I finally got around to making a new ally bonnet too.






My other, sadly under-used toy is a 2005 STM Phoenix Fireblade 929





Hoonigan

2,030 posts

201 months

Friday 2nd October 2020
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Not sure I’ve seen this thread before, done great cars out there. Here’s a couple of pics on my one...

Stickers going on this coming week to finish it off.





Spydaman

1,194 posts

224 months

Sunday 4th October 2020
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ggdrew said:
a340driver said:
Spydaman said:
That is a beautiful car, what is it?
Ironically Bonito does mean Beautiful (masc.) in Spanish smile

Edited by ggdrew on Thursday 7th March 22:01
It's a type of fish too.



Ozzie Dave

498 posts

214 months

Tuesday 6th October 2020
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If my memory is right the Seraph and Excalibur were both Cortina based, with the change happening after the takeover and for a while you could choose VW or Ford based.

Hiryu

161 posts

178 months

Wednesday 7th October 2020
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More than ten years later and still here! In fact, I just broke even in October here on the build-time-to-drive-time ratio (it took seven years and three months to get on the road, and now it's also been on the road that long). Broke 100,000 miles on her a few months ago, too.

Getting some pics of her ready to put in a 2021 calendar (assuming we make it through 2020):






HughG

3,155 posts

207 months

Wednesday 7th October 2020
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The Murtaya has aged very well thumbup

TomcatT4

38 posts

132 months

Wednesday 7th October 2020
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Some aero upgrades in my Kozmo ;-)








Hoonigan

2,030 posts

201 months

Wednesday 7th October 2020
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That’s looking great, well done.

TomcatT4 said:
Some aero upgrades in my Kozmo ;-)