View Full Version : Hawk FIA build

07-07-17, 05:14 AM
I took my good friend Owain with me to Silverstone last year in the Le Mans Viper and from that point onwards he's been totally hooked, to the point that when a Hawk FIA came up for sale, we made an executive decison to buy it and build it together, just as good mates do. It'll be a hoot!! and we haven't stopped laughing all day today. We picked the car up just before Christmas and finally made a start on putting it together today. It's going to have a few changes to the way a normal Hawk kit looks, though retaining the ethos of the original cars.

So, without further ado, here's a few pics of where we are at with it at the moment.

The car as bought.

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/DSC_0505_zpsvxza8a2v.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/DSC_0505_zpsvxza8a2v.jpg.html)

The car had been loosely assembled to make it a roller, but as it was to go through an IVA test, we felt it best to strip it right down and start again from scratch, just to satisfy the testers at VOSA. The body was seperated from the chassis and put onto a custom made bench to keep it out of the way whilst the chassis was assembled

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/chassis%20build%20011_zpsu1y1ctfc.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/chassis%20build%20011_zpsu1y1ctfc.jpg.html)

So, the build began and we've managed to assemble all of the front suspension apart from the discs and steering rack. We're also looking into putting different hubs onto the front as we're not able to get any wheels or splined inserts from Gerry at Hawk

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/chassis%20build%20015_zpsvalgn0hc.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/chassis%20build%20015_zpsvalgn0hc.jpg.html)

The rear end being assembled ready to fit into place

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/chassis%20build%20017_zpso60zamdp.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/chassis%20build%20017_zpso60zamdp.jpg.html)

All in all it was a very productive day and after 5 hours work we now had the front and rear suspension in place (apart form the discs and steering rack as mentioned). next it was to lay out all of the brake and fuel lines and get it all clipped to the chassis. next will be cladding the engine bay with aluminium, and this is going to be soooo much easier than the job I did to mine recently, I'm actually looking forward to doing that http://www.the289register.com/phpBB3/images/smilies/icon_biggrin.gif As soon as we get an age verification for the engine from Heritage, we can then paint and detail it and put that in prior to refitting the body.


07-07-17, 05:16 AM
I had quite a productive day today and managed to get most of the engine bay clad, (first fix) with aluminium. The car came with laser cut panels, but they were absolutely nowhere near like fitting properly. All of the measurements seemed off by a couple of mm and it just looked so wrong. I've ended up having to make new templates for some of it, whilst adjusting, cutting and reprofiling the laser cut stuff to make it fit tight. Not too bad all in all though for a days work and was a damn sight easier than the Viper to do.

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20aluminium%204_zps5xdvlhrk.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20aluminium%204_zps5xdvlhrk.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20aluminium%201_zpsz1zyfii7.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20aluminium%201_zpsz1zyfii7.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20aluminium%203_zpsy3o2bx3r.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20aluminium%203_zpsy3o2bx3r.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20alumnium%202_zpsw25xit12.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20alumnium%202_zpsw25xit12.jpg.html)

The next task it to give it a final trim here and there, paint the footwells and fit the aluminium panels permanently


07-07-17, 05:20 AM
I took the executive decison to aluminium panel the area where the side vent sits and surprisingly, it was a fairly straight forward job. When you now look into the engine bay there is zero fibreglass visible, adding to the illusion of it being an aluminium bodied car. The rest of the aluminium panels are now trimmed for a snug fit, with the sides to the footboxes spaced away slightly from the fibreglass. The next step is to fit it all together and then make a start on the inside. In the meantime Owain has run all of the brake and fuel lines through the chassis and that's just about completed

The inner arch

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/side%20vent%20aluminium%201_zpserrungsy.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/side%20vent%20aluminium%201_zpserrungsy.jpg.html)

As with my Viper, it's going to be a race inspired car with styling cues from various cars. The aim is to make it look as if it's just come off a race track, in period. Wheels will be FIA's with 245's and 295 Avons, the body will look absolutely nothing like a Hawk as the front arches will resemble GPG4C, as will the cut outs in the rear 1/4 panels, but the rear cutouts will follow the lines of the car a little better. The front end treatment will be similar to my Viper, with the ali brake ducts and oil cooler "letterbox". It'll run a hardtop with a "Gurney bulge" to cover the roll bar/cage, but it will flow fairly smoothly into the roof and hopefully not look like an after thought. The interior will be fully paneled in aluminium and left raw. The bonnet will probably be single skinned with a 3/4" tube frame, I'm just trying to find someone local that can bend the tubing to the right profile as I don't have a tube bender capable of bending it at the moment. If I have time, I might make some tube framed doors as well.


07-07-17, 05:25 AM
Mmm, so what's going on here then http://www.the289register.com/phpBB3/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/Bonnet_zpszwlotmxi.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/Bonnet_zpszwlotmxi.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/Trans%20cooler%201_zpsqcmvvpxh.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/Trans%20cooler%201_zpsqcmvvpxh.jpg.html)


07-07-17, 05:39 AM
The engine bay in aluminium

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20aluminium%2011_zpsdhkvklky.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20aluminium%2011_zpsdhkvklky.jpg.html )

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20paneled%201_zps8mlmn7pi.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/engine%20bay%20paneled%201_zps8mlmn7pi.jpg.html)


07-07-17, 06:22 AM
Great start Nige, looking real tidy in the engine bay. Will be interested when you get to the body mods and how you go about it. Gonna check out the viper thread.....

07-07-17, 08:56 AM
Good work Owain and Nige!
Wow, 245s and 295s huh!? I'm going to love the look of this one!

looks like Owain is waiting to go to the pub!

Lloyd Barnes
07-07-17, 09:18 AM
Superb looking work. Nice to see more cars being built with an eye towards what the originals looked like.

GPG4C is a iconic looking car in the red and gold

07-07-17, 06:48 PM
...GPG4C is a iconic looking car in the red and gold...

You mean this one Lloyd?...
obviously the parking sensors weren't working properly!, it has since been repaired!

08-07-17, 07:41 PM
yeah, that was a bit of a clout on the car wasn't it, but I guess it just buffed out ;-)

We had the chance to push the chassis outside, not too sure about the position of the steering wheel though http://www.the289register.com/phpBB3/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif Owains been sorting out issues with the remote for the gearbox today, so we're now ready to paint and detail the engine and hopefully get it fitted on the weekend. http://www.the289register.com/phpBB3/images/smilies/icon_biggrin.gif

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/chassis%20four_zpsmedgmjkd.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/chassis%20four_zpsmedgmjkd.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/chassis%20five_zpshie4ldd8.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/chassis%20five_zpshie4ldd8.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/chassis%20three_zps5emuxccp.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/chassis%20three_zps5emuxccp.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff121/evilzee28/miscellaneous/chassis%20one_zpsvd7ukzmr.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/evilzee28/media/miscellaneous/chassis%20one_zpsvd7ukzmr.jpg.html)


08-07-17, 07:44 PM
Great start Nige, looking real tidy in the engine bay. Will be interested when you get to the body mods and how you go about it. Gonna check out the viper thread.....

As with my Viper, I'll post up plenty of pics showing how the body mods were done and hopefully it'll inspire others to maybe do something similar. If someone wants something doing but feel a bit afraid to tackle it themselves, then give me a shout and maybe we can sort something out.;-)

09-07-17, 06:42 AM
Very generous offer to support fellow forum members and the work on the viper is inspiring; major surgery like that is a touch scary for a novice like me! Thankfully I'm pretty satisfied with the body of the dax, although I do plan on fitting the coffin rear lights and the o/s rear wing is not quite as accurate as I'd like. Will be looking out for updates here.

27-08-17, 08:34 PM
any further updates? thanks Lee

27-08-17, 09:07 PM
Hi Lee, yes the cars further along than this, just need to find somewhere else to host my photos, as these are with Photo bucket and I'm concerned my account could close at any time after the problems they've caused

27-08-17, 11:37 PM
Hi Nige,

I've been using imgur.com since photobucket started charging. It seems to work fine and pasting to a forum is much easier. I tried Flickr, but when I posted a picture my whole album became visible.

07-12-17, 09:09 PM
HI Any updates on this nice thread?

08-12-17, 08:24 AM
Hi Wolfy, yes there will be updates in the next couple of weeks. As above I've been looking at other options other than Photobucket to host the photos. I've just been a bit too busy to spend the time uploading them to a new host. The updates will show the aluminium interior, engine bay etc being formed, along with the rear 1/4 panels being widened to accomodate 295-50-15 tyres.

Here's a teaser shot, it's like "Cobra Central" here at the moment ;)



08-12-17, 08:39 AM
What are you using to host photos?

08-12-17, 08:45 AM
I'm now using Imgur, after Photobucket held everyone to ransom....

08-12-17, 09:00 AM
that look bloomin awesome - nothing like a bit of cobra porn in the morning.

Production line central :)

keep the pics coming Nige


08-12-17, 03:59 PM
Can I make out there are four cobras in this picture ? Three in gel some small production run, nice .

08-12-17, 05:46 PM
Can I make out there are four cobras in this picture ? Three in gel some small production run, nice .

.....don't forget the white one in the Sebring thread, it might get lonely ;-)