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 Post subject: Re: STALKER -ish build
PostPosted: October 9, 2014, 1:31 pm 
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Ahhh, I see said the blind man.

Yes, I am familiar with them, but unfortunately that's not what I have on the car - yet. If I have to make a change in the shock mounts, I will definitely go with thos.

It was obvious what you meant once I saw the pic. Funny how that happens isn't it?

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PostPosted: October 16, 2014, 1:34 pm 
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I've got a bit to post, but haven't had the time to gather pics and do the write ups, BUT lookey what I got in an email today.

"The body is under Construction and will hopefully be finished by next week or so.
Spoke with him yesterday and he said the front end of the bodywork is already finish."

It appears we will be using the Norwegian body! It will take some modifications to fit our chassis, but I need to learn the finer parts of fiberglassing anyway.

This are excite!

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So will the F20c fit under the stalker hood?
I'm pretty determined to fit a turbo k24 or k20 to an MX5 stalker so I'll deff be keeping an eye on this thread.


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PostPosted: September 7, 2016, 10:23 pm 
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So will the F20c fit under the stalker hood?
I'm pretty determined to fit a turbo k24 or k20 to an MX5 stalker so I'll deff be keeping an eye on this thread.

Contact Scott from stalker cars and he will let you know what will and won't fit. He could also customize it for you to make it fit.

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PostPosted: September 7, 2016, 11:17 pm 
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wrightcomputing wrote:
Ls1Rx7 wrote:
So will the F20c fit under the stalker hood?
I'm pretty determined to fit a turbo k24 or k20 to an MX5 stalker so I'll deff be keeping an eye on this thread.

Contact Scott from stalker cars and he will let you know what will and won't fit. He could also customize it for you to make it fit.



I did already over a call and a several emails back and forth.
He's been pushing me to just use the Ls1, which I already have but I didn't like the camaro sound track coming from my Rx7 and in a lotus 7 clone it feels even less of a fit.

Would be awesome in a resto-rod but not this build.


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PostPosted: September 8, 2016, 3:57 pm 
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The LS1 is all they really want you to build.

I have no idea if their hood fits or not as I haven't even decided if I'm going to use their pieces.

But from the looks of it I think it would barely clear. At worst you'd have a minor bulge.

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PostPosted: October 20, 2016, 10:48 pm 
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Any updates?

I'm waiting to see the results of this project before deciding on a K24 or an Ls1. Based mainly on my concerns about the engine fitting under the hood / while getting decent clearence without a dry sump


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PostPosted: June 10, 2018, 10:33 pm 
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Hey, long time no see!!

Lots (way too much) has been happening - on everything except the car - until recently. Mostly my car work has just still been fiddly bits and cleaning of the shop. All that takes time, but doesn't look like much.

We got A NEW PHYSICAL SUMMIT STORE about 45 minutes from my house!! It's awesome! My first trip took me 3 hours. It's like a theme park for car guys.

The next visit took 2 hours, but all of that time was behind the order desk and then days to get all the various pieces shipped from various depots around the country, only to find they'd shipped the wrong sizes. I had even taken my pieces into Summit to make sure I got the right sizes.

I've been working on all the "little" details and trying to tie up all the suspension pieces properly before I begin roll bar relocation and engine installaion. So I've got a couple of questions for you guys.

On the rocker arms they used 1/2" bolts on 2 out of the 3 holes and one they used a 3/8" which requires a sleeve to fill the gap because the shock ends need 1/2". On the easy ones I just reamed the mounting holes to 1/2" so I could use 1/2' bolts as they fit the shock ends properly, but there are several places that are going to be super hard to reach to ream so is it worth the effort? Here's a pic of the 2. BTW these are not the final bolts, they are just what I've been using to mock things up.

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Also is there anything I don't want to use on Delrin? I have one steel insert in the pivot point of one of the rocker arms that has seized and I need to lube it. I'm thinking there's no problem with WD40 or a penetrating lube, but I wanted to be sure.

I was able to get the proper size poly bushings for the upper control arms to give me just the slightest little amount of compliance when compared to Delrin bushings and I will begin fitting them soon. If I don't like it I can always switch back. The recent meet in the Ozarks made me realize that it's important to have some roadworthy compromises.

What I've done on other builds is to install the bushings so there is a small void in the center, mount a zerk fitting over that void, & do some slight scoring from the middle of the steel insert out towards the ends to help the grease travel to help with the inevitable squeaks that develop. That has worked well, but it's very time intensive so that's the next "big" thing.

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PostPosted: June 10, 2018, 10:57 pm 
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I would swear we just had a thread that talked about the evils of just this type of attachment and yet this is how the rear shock rod is mounted.

Since I'd been mostly playing with the front, it just didn't register.

But since that's what the factory used I'm going to use it because it would require rebuilding of the whole rear LCA. I want it rolling & running and then I can work on improving things.

Ted Oud from Ontario was just down to see me and to see the Indy races. He left with my new '04 S2000 engine strapped in the back of his truck. But that leaves me with an extra S2000 transmission. Anyone need one?

The good part of why I hadn't been working on things was I was spending a lot of time learning, researching and cultivating friends and sources that could help me go a slightly different direction, but I won't go into details until I actually have one in my possession. I have seen several other types of builds using this engine & other bits and they all swear how easy & cheap it is to find, but I'll reserve judgement till I actually have all the bits in my possession. I have a block & trans I can borrow if I need it to get the chassis ready.

The Ozark meet really showcased why a windshield and some sort of top was really a good thing to have so I'll work on that if I don't get the real engine & other bits soon. Gasp! Some even wished they had AC. But the windshield and potential for a top needs some other things decided.

Fixed seat or expensive traditional car seat? Both have their pluses.

A fixed seat would require movable pedals which doesn't seem to be a huge undertaking, but a steering wheel that moves in & out does. The only ones I've seen in big cars only seem to move about 4" which isn't enough based upon my experiments between my wife & me.

Is there another alternative than a factory steering column?

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PostPosted: June 10, 2018, 11:23 pm 
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Speaking of seats, has anyone else seen the ad from some place in Ca. that is selling Smart Car seats 2 for $150. They have a bunch of them. I thought I'd saved the link but can't find it now.

I have no idea what they are really like, but at that price it would be worth investigating.

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PostPosted: June 11, 2018, 6:21 pm 
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Try this https://www.ebay.com/itm/Smart-Car-Fortwo-Passion-Pure-OEM-Pair-of-Left-Right-Seats-Black-Vinyl-Mesh/231446581699?hash=item35e34a91c3:g:ORkAAOSwg3FUfLuP


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