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Old 25-01-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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I thought it was time I posted up a few pics of my latest project - even though I'm some way off making a proper start on it yet.

Originally the plan was to do a hybrid Austin-Healey Sprite, so I bought this as an unfinished project:
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Old 25-01-2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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It wasn't too bad, fresh respray, got it running just about, only found three tiny patches of welding in non-visible areas to do. It also came with some nice bots like a brand new interior and grille etc.

However, when looking for inspiration on ways to semi-spaceframe it, I came across this for sale on ebay:
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Old 25-01-2012, 09:23 PM   #3
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Anyway, a trip to Peterborough later, this chassis is now sat in my garage, along with the green 'frog' as we affectionately call it. (Although yes, I'm aware it's not a 'frogeye' Sprite...

It is quite a rare early 'Stuart Taylor' chassis - who is quite well known in kit-car circles for later producing Locost "7" type cars. He even manufactured Jeremy Phillips' round-tube "Phoenix" (ex Sylva) for a while I think.

Anyhoo, this particular chassis was his first commercial project and was built to be a frog-eye sprite replica. Therefore it shares the exact same proportions (wheelbase, track) as the car I want to build.

Because the Austin-Healey Sprite and MG Midget are (still) so popular for racing, its possible to obtain practically every body panel in lightweight GRP - hence my idea to build a spaceframe car that has the classic 60's look of the Sprite.

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Old 25-01-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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After some research, it looks like the chassis was conceived to accept a Ford CVH motor, type 9 box... and a Bedford Rascal rear axle!

My plan: Well, I keep changing my mind. Since it's going to be a road car, and I have experience of Honda engine swaps, I'm thinking maybe a Honda S2000 engine and box. What do you guys think?

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Old 25-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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Great projekt base, all the hard thinking done

S2000 will make it fly, hassle free too

Canīt wait too se this take off, maybe you could take slightly bigger pics when you
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Old 25-01-2012, 11:43 PM   #6
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honda legend engine and box, 4wd sprite :P
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Old 26-01-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
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Not really into 4wd to be honest!

Plus I'm planning on using Cortina uprights on the front to maintain the suspension geometry.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:19 PM   #8
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Quality!... love how its almost too narrow to fit on the car transporter!..

My old man is in the middle of doing a K-series midget but has started thinking about using an S2000 motor...
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