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PostPosted: July 12, 2021, 12:22 pm 
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Hello everyone, I've decided to test the market for a kit for my car. I've sold a few from exposure on some forums. This weekend I'm debuting the car at the Syracuse, NY Nationals. It will be interesting to see if there is any interest. I've been working on a simple website for the car. It's up and running as of today.

http://www.chesnutmotorsports.com

I've been driving my car a lot and really enjoy it.


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PostPosted: July 12, 2021, 12:47 pm 
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Good luck John

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PostPosted: July 13, 2021, 4:32 pm 
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Was just watching Goodwood highlights & a Cheetah was run on Sunday.
Definitely a handsome car, with quite a bark behind it.


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PostPosted: July 13, 2021, 4:32 pm 
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Looks great! Any plans to offer a top and pin mount side glass? Maybe a removable double bubble fastback top?

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PostPosted: July 13, 2021, 6:33 pm 
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The car looks great as always, and the website looks clear and clean. I like the text, it's straightforward a tells the story nicely. Good work, and ample attaboys to you -- now to promote the web site, and away you go!

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PostPosted: July 14, 2021, 10:03 pm 
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I've been busy getting the car ready for the show. Leaving tomorrow. I'm picking up another set of C4 suspension and a MGB windshield/frame on the way. :)

Thank you for the kind words. My daughter took my pictures and narrative and built the website. The pictures are taken with my phone. So, not the best. New pics are in order if things take off.

I have mocked up a hardtop and a friend did a photoshop version. There are a few options that I want to explore in time.
- Fit the MGB convertible top to the car. The back will have to be modified but the front will match the windshield. I think polycarbonate windows could attach to the windshield frame.

- Create a removable hardtop.

- Do a fixed coupe with gull wing doors.


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PostPosted: July 14, 2021, 10:20 pm 
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Softtop looks Sexy! Nice looking machine!


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PostPosted: July 14, 2021, 10:27 pm 
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Wow, that's a lot of kit for the money. Great job!


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PostPosted: July 21, 2021, 10:34 pm 
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Thank you for the kind comments!

The forecast for the 3 days of the show called for lots of rain. We were fortunate that while overcast and threatening, the rain, for the most part, held off. I'm sure that it did keep some people away.

This show was for Classic cars and Hot Rods mostly. There were some Cobra replicas so I kind of fit in. :)

Those that knew what a Cheetah was recognized my car as a Cheetah. I heard really nice comments. Most seemed to really love the looks. I didn't take any orders. I gave out cards with my website to those that asked for one. (about 90 cards). I think there might be a few potential customers.

I think that my car, with out doors, is a little more hard core than a Cobra. Definitely less recognizable. With out doors my customer base will be limited I think.

Before going to the show I installed new springs. I set them by ride height. Yesterday I scaled it. It had 15 gallons of gas in the tank.
Cross=50.0%-985lbs, Left=50.0%-984lbs, Rear=49.3%-970lbs. Total 1967lbs. With me in the car the rear weight is 52.3%. Pretty good for not using scales to set the springs. :)

Tomorrow my son and I start building a better jig. Then we will build 2 frames for the 2 extra bodies that I have. I would sell bodies separately along with frame plans.

Having fun


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