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 Post subject: Testing the waters
PostPosted: May 9, 2024, 7:15 pm 
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With reluctance, I am listing my Locost MGB powered project for sale. I tried, as some of you might remember, to sell it when I relocated from Boston to Wisconsin. But, with little time, I ended up moving it back with me. Now, life is getting in the way of finishing the project. :(

Now, with a few health issues cropping up this last year, age making everything more of a challenge, and too much else on my "to do" list, I have decided to try to see if there is someone out there that would like to finish it off.

Here is where it sits:

IBasiclly built around a "442" design. t is constructed of hardened, chrome molly 1" round tubing, TIG welded. It has a steel floor riveted to the bottom. The seats are from a Porsche550 spyder replica. All of the instruments are present, even has a Caterham 7 heater! Set up with the fenders from Kinetic for the cowl, rear fenders & front clamshell fenders. 80% of the parts on the car are new- not rebuilt.

Motor is from 74 MGB. Now estimate power up from 74hp to about 90hp. Has full synchro 4 sp MGB trans. Motor re-machined buy machine shop in Massachusetts. Has not been started since assembled by me.

New wiring harness from triumph TR 3 installed but not completely connected yet. New high performance parts in motor. New clutch.
New suspension & brakes (not rebuilt). New alternator. New rad & electric fan. New oil cooler. New GAZ coilover shocks. Rebuilt posi ford Mustang 8.8 rear end with Moser race axles.
New wheels & tires.

New 15 gal aluminum fuel tank. New fuel Holley fuel pump & new fuel reg. Set up for SU EFI fuel Injection using Microsquirt ECU. Professionally restored distributor.
New Mustang II front suspension system and steering rack. New steel & flex brake lines. New Wilwood brake pedal assembly and master cylinders. Momo steering wheel. New (5ea) wheels with tires on 4 of the wheels.

Car needs to be disassembled, finish welding for front suspension mounts, frame painted, and car reassembled. No bonnet (hood) made yet. Glass shop to cut flat safety glass for windshield.

I have it listed locally for $6,900. Have, as all of these projects go, so much more in just parts and materials invested.

I have all of the receipts for the car.

Lots more to the project but just too much to type here. Let me know if anyone has any interest. I am about 1 1/2 hours north of Chicago.
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 Post subject: Re: Testing the waters
PostPosted: May 10, 2024, 12:43 am 
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Good luck Thom

Someone is going to get a great deal on this.

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PostPosted: May 22, 2024, 12:08 pm 
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I just had a potential buyer back out of the sale after he read online that it seems Wisconsin has been blocking any homebuilt cars from being registered if they are constructed of round tube steel.

In their (WI) web site, even a factory replica kit car will be considered a "homebuilt" and I assume it places the same restriction on the kit.

So, anyone looking to purchase a close clone of, say, a Cobra, buyer be ware! The originals have a round tube frame and, I assume< will fail inspection!

Only replicas built with a square tube ladder frame are safe?

Wonder why Formula 1 race car builders are not aware that their cars are "unsafe"?

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PostPosted: May 22, 2024, 1:01 pm 
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I suspect that it may be even worse than that if it's a poorly worded description, and that it's intending to block any chassis fabricated outside of an OEM plant. Regardless, constructors better confirm before starting construction or buying something!

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PostPosted: May 22, 2024, 1:10 pm 
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How much credibility should be given to a guy backing out of sale?

https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/vehi ... icles.aspx

Err, what I mean to say is, here's a super low ball offer. :P

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PostPosted: May 22, 2024, 4:27 pm 
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MIataV8, I had the same thought until I started searching online. I did find a few postings indicating recent "declines" to register.

It is getting tougher all the time with this hobby.

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PostPosted: May 22, 2024, 10:56 pm 
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Thom, PM sent to you. Russ

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BostonWill wrote:
MIataV8, I had the same thought until I started searching online. I did find a few postings indicating recent "declines" to register.

It is getting tougher all the time with this hobby.


I agree. So many factors on both sides of the table. Some "declines" are for good reason but I've seen incompetent officials as well. That is why transparency and details are so important.

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LxWxHt
360LA 442E: 134.5x46x15
Lotus7:115x39x7.25
Tiger Avon:114x40x13.3-12.6
Champion/Book:114x42x11
Gibbs/Haynes:122x42x14
VoDou:113x44x14
McSorley 442:122x46x14
Collins 241:127x46x12


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I sold the car yesterday. I am sad it is gone but I think the purchaser will enjoy finishing the car.

I will continue to check in from time-to-time. Thank you all for the support and assistance with this build. I have really enjoyed it and all of you!

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Thom, sad to see you sell it. Where is it going??? Russ

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From where did you get the Caterham heater?

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Russ, I sold it to a fellow who was about an hour out of St Louis. He did not want the MGB drive train. So I still have it. He is looking to install a stroker SBF/ T5 config he has already. It was originally configured for that setup, one of the appeals for him.

I found the Caterham heater some years back on ebay. Never seen another for sale since.

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