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ianashdown

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I was planning to buy a Caterham that was basically a set of parts that would build an S3, with engine, gearbox and minor parts still required, but while trying to arrange shipping from the UK to the US it was bought by somebody else.  So . . .

 

Does anybody have an unbuilt, incomplete, partially assembled Caterham for sale?  I’d prefer an imperial version, but not too fussy.

 

Thank you,

 

Ian

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I can not see any way that it could be cheaper.

 

The cost of getting any kind of low volume manufacturing done in SoCal is super high, I wouldn’t be surprised if the chassis ended up costing $10K.  Then there is molds for the bodywork etc.

 

No thank you,

 

Ian

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On 2/23/2023 at 10:03 PM, ianashdown said:

I can not see any way that it could be cheaper.

 

The cost of getting any kind of low volume manufacturing done in SoCal is super high, I wouldn’t be surprised if the chassis ended up costing $10K.  Then there is molds for the bodywork etc.

 

No thank you,

 

Ian

The sum of the parts will be much more expensive than buying a used one, unless you go the build your own route.

 

There is/was an incomplete roller on car and classic for 7500GBP without a vin plate.

 

If you're really interested in an imperial chassis, why not just import? They're cheaper than buying in the US, but you dont know what youre going to get until it gets here. 

 

Caterham Seven 1.6K Series, 5 Speed De Dion, 1998.   For Sale https://www.carandclassic.com/pwa/classifieds/C1523264

 

If it's the assembly part you're looking for, you'll get that via the routine maintenance. 😊

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3 minutes ago, ianashdown said:

The car you mentioned was the one I was going for.  It had almost all the parts but no V5.  The lack of paperwork would not have been a problem for me in CA.

 

New thoughts are hatching . . .

 

ian

 

 

Same, bonus hits next week, so do I import another and flip? 🤷‍♂️ or pull the trigger on a Riley I've been looking at.

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On 2/24/2023 at 4:03 AM, ianashdown said:

I can not see any way that it could be cheaper.

 

The cost of getting any kind of low volume manufacturing done in SoCal is super high, I wouldn’t be surprised if the chassis ended up costing $10K.  Then there is molds for the bodywork etc.

 

No thank you,

 

Ian

I built  my frame for about 300$ and it took about 4 days in total 

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On 3/6/2023 at 2:19 PM, Alex-Ks1 said:

I built  my frame for about 300$ and it took about 4 days in total 

Hi,

 

I’m modeling every tube in SolidWorks so I can send a package out for CNC tube bending and possibly laser cutting all the tubes, straight and bent.  I can put together a fairly decent fixture, break out the gas-fluxer (its been a while), and put a chassis together.  I’d replace all the aluminum panels with carbon - that’s my business - so could end up with a decent chassis, I think, for not too many $.

 

I’m going for independent rear suspension using the Sierra Diff unit, and I’m going to look at inboard rear brakes.  The brakes are easy, but the parking brake is a bit of a challenge.  I may go for an electronic brake, which is quite simple and has the advantage of no lever in the cockpit.

 

This could be a fun project!

 

Ian

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9 hours ago, IamScotticus said:

Some 60s Triumph cars had inboard discs.  The diff cases aren't large and there are Quaife ATBs available for them.  Still alot af parts support for old British Leyland group companies.

I'm curious to know what Triumphs had inboard discs. I know the E-type did but I don't recall any Triumphs with inboard discs.

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