I thought I ought to post up a little introduction of myself and also my Ideas/plans.
First off, a bit about me. I am a fabricator/welder by trade and I own my own business doing just that, I also teach a class at the local community college called "Principles of Fabrication". I have been into cars for as long as I can remember and have built/rebuilt a few over the years for myself, which is really how I got into fabrication in the first place. If you want you can check out some of my work on my website http://www.shadowwerx.com
and check out the galleries.
Lately, the last 3 years or so, I have really wanted to build an entire car from scratch and the Locost 7 approach really appeals to me. However, I have to say that I am really not that into the style of the 7 cars and would like to apply some more of my metal shaping skills and build a full body as well. So, with that said, I really like the early Lola Mk1 cars and think I want to apply the locost approach to it by using a more readily available donor drivetrain and suspension parts. I happened on a Fiat 124 Spider that is a runner but needs quite a bit of attention, I really like the little Twincam engines used in these cars and I think it would do well in a very light car plus it has a 5 speed. The front uprights, hubs and brakes I think will work well as well. There is quite a few other parts that should come in handy as well. Something I am torn on though is that the original Lola Mk1 used independent rear suspension and the Fiat has a straight axle. It would probably be easier (and cheaper) to use the straight axle but it might be better/cooler to stick with the IRS. What do you guys think and what diff would you suggest?
I have looked at several builds here in the Non-Trad builders section the one that sticks out the most is CS3's Lotus 11 build but I also like the lalo build by Mr. McCornack. I really like that CS3 built a chassis that was close to the original 11 chassis and I would prefer to go more this route with mine and build close to the original MK1 chassis but the problem is that I can find very little in the way of chassis drawings and only a few pictures that I might be able to make drawings from. Would anyone know where I might find said drawings or do you think I should start from scratch and completely design around the parts I have and build a Lola MK1 "inspired" body?
Anywho, I have probably bored you enough with this long post but I look forward to hearing what you think and feel free to ask any questions that you might have.