Rally Car CBP
Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:39 AM
Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:46 PM
Jim, Ralph Nader aside as he thinks no car is safe (we have a guy in Australia like that) the Corviar was a great car if U didn't want to turn a corner in a hurry I believe had a slight problem there BUT even the Cobra was like that great at speed in a straight line, everything else was a chore. Good car though and a great shape Chev had it right there.
A first-generation (1960-64) Corvair could be a handful in a corner... IF you overcooked badly into the corner, IF the tires weren't inflated properly (factory specs were, believe it or not, 15 psi front/26 psi rear on the first-gen cars), IF your shocks, tires, or suspension bushings were badly worn... Gee, that's an awful lot of IF's, isn't it! Fact is, my '66 Monza was one of the best-handling cars I've ever driven. Even without that car's adjustable gas shocks, firmer, shorter springs, or urethane suspension bushings it would out-handle any contemporary compact car and many full-on sports cars of the era. Light weight, a low center of gravity, and a 4-wheel fully-independant suspension can do that for a car. I'm not sure what American compacts were available in Australia in the 1960's, but a 1965-69 Corvair would out-handle ANY of them! And when I say ANY American compacty of the late 60's, I mean not only such cars as the Falcon, Comet, Valiant, Dart, Studebaker Lark/Daytona, Rambler American, and Chevy II/Nova, but also the Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, and Javelin. In fact, during the first generation Corvair's run, only the Pontiac Tempest, with it's great weight distribution due to it's rear-mounted transaxle, even came close.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:03 AM
Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:09 PM
That modified Mustang sounds like a real beast, and your Skyline would have a ready following here in the States. Nissan never exported them here. More than a few have been imported by individuals and brought into compliance with all the laws and regulations (The U.S. doesn't require changing a right-hand drive car over to left-hand drive, so that makes it easier), but it's not a car you'll see everyday... or every YEAR for that matter, outside of the occasional car show.
Edited by CorvairJim, 04 March 2012 - 08:13 PM.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:36 AM
Edited by PatW, 07 March 2012 - 03:39 AM.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:48 AM
The steering and photo-etch pedals
The first couple of coats of white..
The sides of the rollcage before the seats go in......
A plasticard section glued in place to stop the rear axle dropping off!
And a few more to come...
Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:51 AM
The masked off area in Green.......
One side decals done...
The spare wheel is tied down...
wait for it..................
Posted 07 March 2012 - 03:55 AM
The drivers seat is in with belts...
Both seats in with belts fixed to the cage..
The roof and bonnet decals done....
more coming along in a minute..............
Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:02 AM
That was a front view of both seats in.
Decals on t'other side.....
As all the interior is done, we'll pop in the last piece of the rollcage...
That's it so far. As I work in a cabin in the garden I may have to wait a few days to do some more as my son has ordered a replacement alloy wheel for his Golf. So it looks like I'm stuck in doors for a day or so!
Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:31 AM
Next the brake calipers are painted red and fixed to the drilled discs...
The decals are finished on the rear of the body....
and ...the floor/chassis is shaved down (sorry a bit out of focus) to allow the pe grill to sit correctly....
The next thing is the fix the discs to the back of the wheels and onto the axles, remembering the larger discs are at the front.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:27 AM
Now tomorrow I may well fit the dashboard into the bodyshell and get round the fixing those brake discs into the back of those wheels!
Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:52 AM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:58 AM
I hope to do some more over the weekend but we have the first of the F1 races in Australia, with the televised practice tomorrow, the qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday all on Sky Sports F1 Channel this year. (with a few on live on the BBC 1 channel Freeview) I suppose my local team Red Bull will be there up front somewhere, I also hope that McLaren make a better go of it this year and my other local team Sahara Force India with Hulkenberg and David Coulthard's cousin Paul DiResta have a fighting chance.
Edited by PatW, 15 March 2012 - 06:59 AM.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:06 PM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:42 AM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:32 AM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:53 AM
- Great to have U aboard Patrik, U'll find the motivation soon no worries about that.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:48 PM
And two of the new ones...........
So I've mounted both the front and rear light lenses and the door mirrors, with just the exhaust, wipers and tow hooks to go to finish.
PS 22.23pm I've just looked at Autosport my weekly motorsport comic and it shows the Skoda's that are due on the IRC Rally of Ireland this weekend and they are using identical wheels to my new aftermarket wheels shown above!
Edited by PatW, 05 April 2012 - 11:25 AM.