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PostPosted: February 14, 2018, 5:55 pm 
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stinger wrote:
I'm wondering what price people on this forum would think is a fair price. I want to keep the price reasonable and at a point that would discourage others from making copies of it. All of the work is in the plug. :)

The fiberglass shop tells me that they can mold the body in Gel Coat colors and be able to buff and polish it so that painting wouldn't be required. I think this is a good option.


Well this is the Locost forum so I bid $1.

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That car is going to be freakin' beautiful!!! I am soooo jealous!!

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carguy123 wrote:
stinger wrote:
I'm wondering what price people on this forum would think is a fair price. I want to keep the price reasonable and at a point that would discourage others from making copies of it. All of the work is in the plug. :)

The fiberglass shop tells me that they can mold the body in Gel Coat colors and be able to buff and polish it so that painting wouldn't be required. I think this is a good option.


Well this is the Locost forum so I bid $1.

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I'd be willing to double the last guys bid!

But seriously, While I'm no expert in these affairs, I'd expect to see a chopper-gun layup $4 to $5k and a lightweight hand layup, 1.5x that. But you probably know better than us. I very much like the idea of buying the body with plans.

I think that the dimensions are very close to a 442, perhaps with altering the wheel offset a bit.


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kreb wrote:
Out of curiosity, how does the sizing and layout match up to a plus 4 locost chassis?

Stinger wrote "My frame is 46 inches wide"

If memory serves me (at my age, that's a shot in the dark), a plus 4 is 46 inches!

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Several similar bodies I keep tabs on run, ta da, $5,000!
For CF just leave a blank check. :ack:

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im hoping that I can market a body in colored gel coat for 4K. I won't be able to set a firm price until we actually pull a body. Fingers crossed.


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PostPosted: February 16, 2018, 11:43 am 
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I've never understood why the Cheetahs were considered a flawed design. I love the looks, and the gripes seem fixable, you seem to be addressing all of them:

-Hot cockpit: move the engine forward and insulate the headers/firewall
-Front end lift: move the engine forward and if you're racing, add a chin spoiler
-Tight footwell: move the engine forward
-Harsh ride: add IRS.


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PostPosted: February 16, 2018, 11:18 pm 
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kreb wrote:
I've never understood why the Cheetahs were considered a flawed design. I love the looks, and the gripes seem fixable, you seem to be addressing all of them:

-Hot cockpit: move the engine forward and insulate the headers/firewall
-Front end lift: move the engine forward and if you're racing, add a chin spoiler
-Tight footwell: move the engine forward
-Harsh ride: add IRS.


The Cheetah's main issue was not enough chassis stiffness. They would flex a lot on-throttle which gets hairy when it unwinds while entering braking. The secondary issue was the unreliability of the mechanical fuel injection. They did have IRS btw.

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PostPosted: February 17, 2018, 10:16 am 
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I think my frame is much stiffer than the original Cheetah. And the C4 suspension is an upgrade over the C3.


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