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What cars out there can give you the joys of vintage driving without killing all your time and money?
Well, I had planned to win the Special Class of the 2011 Challenge with this...
...but recent surgery to both hands, a complete lack of free time and a baby have conspired to put the kibosh on this project.
Here's what you get:
Titan Mk IX Formula Ford chassis, sandblasted, primed and painted, with a few bits of new Grade 8 hardware. A few tubes have been replaced and you might want to clean up some of the welds, but it appears to be clean and straight. It includes a bag seat, pedals and master cylinders and two dash panels.
Macon Formula Ford Body. Not sure of the year, but my guess is around 1969. It is too narrow for the chassis. My plan was to split the body along the center line and add two inches of fiberglass, since it needs to be refinished anyway. It is shown in loose mock up with the chassis.
Honda CBR600 engine, with carbs and oil cooler. Former spare from a Formula SAE car. Needs ignition.
My plan was to add the suspension uprights, wheels and tires, steering and rear of a donor Miata, along with some fabricated A-arms to build the lightest thing to ever contest the Challenge.
Now it's up to you...
$1500 for everything.
Live the dream...
Western Connecticut, right off I-84.
FYI: I know for a fact that it will fit in back of a Silver Tacoma.
What if the Tacoma is green? Also damn I'm glad that's not any closer to me. Were it a one nighter away, I'd be explaining to mrs. mndsm why there's a car chassis in the living room. She probably wouldn't blink too much though, considering I do have about half of my ms3 scattered about thusfar.
Wow, there's so much coolness potential there. Woody, I'm sorry to hear you can't finish it. I hope the new owner keeps us up to date.
And it's not going to be me, I'm booked for the time being
Too bad it would take some serious looking to turn it back into a real FF....
Maybe with enough flea markets... That would be a real fun vintage race car for real.
I'm so glad I'm fresh out of time and space...
alfadriver wrote: Too bad it would take some serious looking to turn it back into a real FF.... Maybe with enough flea markets... That would be a real fun vintage race car for real.
That would be my thoughts as well... but it would probably cost less to buy an already complete car...
I wish I had the time/space/cash as well... although I have no idea how I could finish it within the remaining Challenge budget... Does the engine include any of the rest of the donor bike?
If this is still available in a month, my wallet might be $1500 lighter.
What would I be looking at to turn that back into a FF? I'm building a race car now but had an offer from a guy who wants to restore it...luckily I haven't put a roll cage in yet. I'm hell bent on having a pure race car. If he takes it this weekend or next, I'd be really interested in this if I didn't have to spend $20k to bring it back.
BTW, nice Miata, I've got the same one.
Forget turning it into a FF, I'd just make it a track day toy. You can run open wheelers with most of the groups around here.
If only I didn't have plans for the cheap Miatae that I already possess.
After the initial surge of e-mail, I'm starting to think about adding "or best offer"...
Just want to bump this up so that I'm not dumb enough to call one of my vintage race buddies to see how common parts can be found on race weekends.
Suspension, body, engine, fuel system, brakes, electrical, gages, seat.
Seems like a ton, but for a formula car, it's pretty basic.
In reply to alfadriver: And Lime Rock's Vintage Festival isn't that far away. The flea market always has FF parts...says I in mid Ct. But I have committed to building a 3/4 race/street engine for my Triumph. Nice project, though. And they are LOTS of fun to drive.
No, no, no....Total Canoe.
Sold a long time ago.
In reply to Woody: Hi Any idea what happened to the formula ford after you sold it? Unfortunately saw the post too late! Thanks Julian
The body and chassis were sold separately. One went to a vintage racing shop near Lime Rock and the other went to another vintage racing shop in Newtown. Not sure which went where, but I got the sense that both were going to good places.
I still have one of those master cylinders if anybody needs one.
I still regret not buying this...
In reply to Woody: only 2 years too late!
I have bought five cars, sold five cars and bought two motorcycles since then!
In reply to Woody:
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