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  1. LHD Gulf Seven

    This was a factory built Caterham model from Tamiya I bought in 2002 so I could display it next to the Red Super Seven I built and heavily modified/detailed to show the difference between what the kit builds straight from the box and the changes I did. I took it apart and I am going to make it Left Hand Drive along with some other upgrades. I had already begun tinkering with it when I took this picture of it looking like a pile of junk.
  2. LHD Gulf Seven

    Thanks Brad! I'll bring back the "Big Ruler" for some shots. We have ignition, wires… They will be routed properly after the carbs are installed. Also added the ground point for the battery, the clutch hydraulic line and some more oil lines.
  3. LHD Gulf Seven

    The headlights have been installed and wired. I made bulbs for the parking lights too. Radiator is installed. More electrical wiring getting done…
  4. LHD Gulf Seven

    The beginning of the spare tire hold down. PE frame and milled resin handle; brass hinge pin.
  5. LHD Gulf Seven

    The steering shaft was threaded through the header and into the rack & pinion. Then the scratch-built dash was installed.
  6. LHD Gulf Seven

    The welting for the fenders was cut from flat black vinyl. Taillights are installed and the fenders mounted to the body. The same material as used to make the welting was cut for the stone guards.
  7. LHD Gulf Seven

    I decided I could do better. So I made a new flange and nut with broached splines so the flange will fit onto the shaft like a real one.
  8. LHD Gulf Seven

    Crush sleeve and mounting nut for steering wheel/shaft.
  9. LHD Gulf Seven

    Phillips head stove bolts to hold the steering wheel to the coupler.
  10. LHD Gulf Seven

    Thanks John, and now it only takes about three weeks to make one.
  11. LHD Gulf Seven

    I made and added the tags. The year tag is the actual sticker material from one of my real cars with a custom made decal for the details.
  12. LHD Gulf Seven

    Thanks Brad. I thought about it, but I like the reflective look better. I painted the spokes of the wheel metallic gray then built up the black with Tamiya Smoke for a subtle gloss anodized black look. Still need to finish the rim.
  13. LHD Gulf Seven

    A mix of pearl white and silver was shot to match the reflective finish on the face of real plate. (The back was painted flat silver.) I made a decal that was applied to the front for the lettering.
  14. LHD Gulf Seven

    Thanks Bruce! I milled a license plate frame from some resin I cast into a blank first. I used dye to make it gray when I mixed it, this hasn't been primed yet. Front: Back:
  15. LHD Gulf Seven

    The brass center and aluminum ring are melded together. Front: Back:
  16. LHD Gulf Seven

    I machined the rim for the steering wheel from 7075 aluminum.
  17. LHD Gulf Seven

    Corrected the center of it. Added a little more material to the spokes for the grip and am continuing to fine tune/shape them.
  18. LHD Gulf Seven

    I started the steering wheel over a week ago. Being 0.032 inches thick it took 8 days to acid cut the brass parts out. Due to that extended time the cuts came out a bit rougher, but that issue will be dealt with later. Seven pieces soldered together.
  19. LHD Gulf Seven

    The rear window is installed. More machined hardware to hold it all together.
  20. LHD Gulf Seven

    Thank you David. just keep plugging away. I thought I had peaked back in 2003. And then in '07 I realized just trying is half the battle. I used the piece of brass I cut out of the inner window frame (attached to the inside of the roof) as the template to cut the window from some clear plastic stock. The second piece of the frame below the window and template will sandwich the window into the roof assembly.
  21. LHD Gulf Seven

    All installed and painted.
  22. LHD Gulf Seven

    Front latches for the securing the roof were milled out of resin and the rear mount for the roll bar was built out of brass then they were "fiber glassed" in before painting. I milled the roof lock pins from aluminum. And I acid cut the lock levers from brass. They are really small.
  23. LHD Gulf Seven

    The beginning of the license plate. Acid cut brass.
  24. LHD Gulf Seven

    Thanks guys! I retextured and final painted the exterior of the roof.
  25. LHD Gulf Seven

    Time to get back to work on the scratch-built brass roof. I used Faux Fabrix for the texture on the exterior but it wasn't as uniform as I wanted so I sanded it off. (That's what the red is.) I reworked the mount that attaches to the roll bar and had to fine tune the fit of the lower side edges where they meet the body by adding more material. (Note the little tab that fits into the body above the rear springs.)