Long-time lurker, now a CMC kit owner and member of this message board.
VIN: CMC7US01005, Year: 2002
The kit was originally sold to a guy here in Phoenix, then bought by a Triumph TR-3 wizard named Bill Close, and I bought it in late October from Bill a couple months ago. Here's what it came with:
* 1994 Mazda Miata 1800cc motor and transmission with 54K original miles
* Mazda RX-7 front and rear suspensions (disc brakes on front, drums on back)
* Another Mazda RX-7 rear suspension with positraction limited slip differential and disc brakes
* Rear shocks
* All fiberglass panels except front fenders
* Miata seats
* Miata wiring harness
* New radiator
* VW steering rack (from a Golf maybe?)
* Ron Champion book (2nd ed) and Keith Tanner's book
* Lots of bolts and other Miata parts
* Roll bar
* Adjustable panhard rod
The Locost community seems to be fairly transparent regarding costs, so I won't have any issues telling you that I bought everything for $3500. CMC, Bill, and (presumably) the original owner had already done a fair amount of work on the kit, including:
* Building motor mounts
* Installing the transmission and engine
* Installing rear suspension (sans shocks)
* Tack welding most of front suspension into place
* Riveting aluminum panels to chassis
* Painting frame bright yellow
* Painting fiberglass parts some form of British racing green
I am a full-time IT dude with a wife, toddler, and another boy due in April, so the time I have to work on the car is relegated to Monday nights for a couple hours at a time. I'm thinking it's going to take me a long time to build the car, but since I'm in my mid-20s, I should be able to find the time over the next few years to get the car moving.
Adding to the distance between me and the car is the fact that it's being stored in my friend's garage about 15 miles from my house. My friend's name is Bill and he's a car buff with all the tools and expertise I should need to complete the mission. Luckily, Bill Close is only a few miles away from the car and he's such a friendly guy that he's willing to help when he's available.
Since I used to be a full-time web developer, I'm assuming I can figure out how to attach images to my post. I'll give it a go here...
Please please please, by all and any means, feel free to give me advice, suggestions, criticisms, pointers, jokes, whatever. I've got pretty thick skin, so if you want to give me a hard time, I'll have a good time with it. NOTE: I am NOT a car nut, I am just nuts about the Lotus Super 7. Ever since seeing it on The Prisoner as a child, I've wanted one. I don't know a whole lot about cars, but I'm somewhat mechanically savvy and I'm ready and willing to learn.
Thanks for checking out my build!
EDIT: I have NO intention of racing this car. Since I'm not a huge car buff, this car is just to have fun driving on the open road. I'm sure it'll be plenty fast, but my goal is to make it fun to drive and enjoyable for my wife as well. This will mean making interior heating vents and a canvas top for the car.
Since half the fun of building your own car is customizing it, I plan on using as little of the wiring harness as necessary and utilizing an invention of my friend's for all the electronic stuff in the car (lights, gadgets, etc.). He's using micro-controllers and custom logic boards to create a controller-area network
to control everything. Pretty cool! It'll only need four or five wires straight off the battery and all of the components will sit on these wires for communication and power.
If you want to know more about it, please ask me in a year or two when I'm ready to even be thinking about the electronics in this car.