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Thats a good question, that I don't know the answer to :). There is nothing in the state law that says you have to have one, only that you need a wiper if you do have one. My understanding is they defer to federal laws for manufacturers, but that doesn't count for a hand built car. Thats my take on it at least.

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Nicest scratch built 7 I have seen to date. Which is saying something Love the diagonal door cut-outs, only Caterham and Birkin are faithful to that original detail. Engine is a Zetec?

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Nicest scratch built 7 I have seen to date . . . .

 

Yessir! :iagree: When I first glanced it on the Bat phone, I thought it was a Cat. Excellent build.

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Nicest scratch built 7 I have seen to date. Which is saying something Love the diagonal door cut-outs, only Caterham and Birkin are faithful to that original detail. Engine is a Zetec?

 

I would have done the arched doors, but the exige seats prevented that from being possible. Probably can't see it from the pictures, but I took some rounded aluminum trim and wrapped it in black suede, then riveted it to the top of the tubes so you get a nice soft armrest.

 

Engine is a mazda 1.6 out of a miata with a supercharger added. Put down 150hp on the dyno, with a total weight with full tank at 1390lbs.

 

I borrowed a number of visual elements from various caterhams (csr, r500 and 650r) which is why it could be mistaken for that. My goal was to have a hand built car that did not look hand built. I've had it at our caffeine and octane car show in atlanta the last 2 months, and listened in to a number of peoples conversations, and its either referred to a caterham or lotus 7. It's fun to correct them and then tell them that it cost less at $10k to build.

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Engine is a mazda 1.6 out of a miata with a supercharger added. Put down 150hp on the dyno, with a total weight with full tank at 1390lbs.

 

My goal was to have a hand built car that did not look hand built. I've had it at our caffeine and octane car show in atlanta the last 2 months, and listened in to a number of peoples conversations, and its either referred to a caterham or lotus 7. It's fun to correct them and then tell them that it cost less at $10k to build.

Please educate me. I thought the Birkin was a pretty complete kit. What parts of your car came from them and what parts did you make?

Thanks,

Dan

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Please educate me. I thought the Birkin was a pretty complete kit. What parts of your car came from them and what parts did you make?

Thanks,

Dan

 

Basically the complete running gear from the miata was used. You can just about remove the miata body and reuse everything thats left depending what your budget it. I made a number of upgrades.

 

Motor

Trans

Driveshaft

Diff and axles

Uprights

Brakes (i upgraded to wilwoods for some reason)

Steering Column, Rack, tierods ( these all had to be modified to fit the new dimensions).

 

As for what has to be made. Its a pretty long list, chassis, control arms, diff mounts, a ton of brackets, etc. This would be very comparable to a miata based westfield (Believe the chassis design is almost identical). Mine is made from the plans in the haynes "Build Your Own Sports Car" book.

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Beautiful car Dave. Congratulations. I like the Exige seats too. Do you happen to know if they have Probax padding? How do you like them? Are they comfortable? Do you think they'd be good for the track?

 

All the best,

Steve

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