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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pondrew View Post
    That does help ta!

    TBH the jargon and names of things scares me more than anything. When I see people talking about "I just used a spline sprocket and mated it to the half shaft, whilst remembering to torque the double wishbone crank pulley to the coil-over at the same time" as if everybody in the world knows, I think 'I have absolutely no idea what any of these things are and they may as well be speaking in Cantonese'! (obviously I was paraphrasing and made all that up).
    - so you can short circuit some of that aspect by purchasing a rolling chassis. Then the 'axle engineering' is taken care of.
    Apart from dropping in the engine (just buy one, unless you fancy a re-build, which does involve torquing sprockets etc) , the rest is dealing with mecanno that doesn't quite fit, trimming and fettling - well , i think you've done plenty of that with the kit house thing.
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  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinW View Post
    - so you can short circuit some of that aspect by purchasing a rolling chassis. Then the 'axle engineering' is taken care of.
    Apart from dropping in the engine (just buy one, unless you fancy a re-build, which does involve torquing sprockets etc) , the rest is dealing with mecanno that doesn't quite fit, trimming and fettling - well , i think you've done plenty of that with the kit house thing.
    Excuse me! My house was not a KIT! I built it from the ground up, on my own with no (OK a little) help. Now sold it to finance a Cob build!

    I've looked at the rolling chassis option, but that to me is a cheat. If I'm going to build it, I want to build it, not half build it.

    I do love the word "fettling". It reminds me of "rummaging", another of my favourites. Maybe I could rummage and finish with some fettling?

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    ..oh OK, not one of these then...https://www.huf-haus.com/en-uk/europa/london/
    Crendon Chassis No.49
    Huddart FE428 + toploader

    Not listed in the Shelby Register.

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinW View Post
    ..oh OK, not one of these then...https://www.huf-haus.com/en-uk/europa/london/
    Wouldn't give it house room!

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    Don’t worry about the jargon, google is your friend. I didn’t know much about turbo encabulators till I watched this video
    https://youtu.be/Ac7G7xOG2Ag

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    Building a car is within most people's grasp, but it does depend on how far you want to go with the build. The basic car is reasonably straight forward. With the chassis, running gear and brakes it's a case of refurbish and bolt on. But if you don't know too much about cars then some things you can outsource which will mean you spend more money but also have peace of mind. These would be the engine, gearbox and differential which you can get off the shelf. I rebuilt all those items on my car but some specialist knowledge and tooling is required.
    I have seen some spectacularly beautiful cars built by people who supposedly knew not a great deal about cars or engineering.
    My 2d's worth.

    David.
    Life is driving the Cobra. The rest of the time is just waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1dayiwill View Post
    Don’t worry about the jargon, google is your friend. I didn’t know much about turbo encabulators till I watched this video
    https://youtu.be/Ac7G7xOG2Ag
    Wow thanks! That makes a lot of sense. I think thanks to you I'm ready to take on the build now.

    I'm definitely going down the turbo encabulator route. Will it work with my 1500 Lada 1 1/2 valve engine with underhead camshafters though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darnpistonbroke View Post
    Building a car is within most people's grasp, but it does depend on how far you want to go with the build. The basic car is reasonably straight forward. With the chassis, running gear and brakes it's a case of refurbish and bolt on. But if you don't know too much about cars then some things you can outsource which will mean you spend more money but also have peace of mind. These would be the engine, gearbox and differential which you can get off the shelf. I rebuilt all those items on my car but some specialist knowledge and tooling is required.
    I have seen some spectacularly beautiful cars built by people who supposedly knew not a great deal about cars or engineering.
    David.
    I think I just need to go for it and stop worrying.

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    Hello Pondrew, welcome to the void!

    I am a retired engineer - a spanner monkey - a grease angel.

    It's been 3 years and I have just bought the seats!

    Anything I didn't know I found the answers on here or on youtube and google searching. It is all out there.
    Break the work down to small tasks, work out which task to do first and complete each one before moving on.
    If there is something you don't understand - ASK.
    If you don't understand what the widget does or how it does it - ASK.

    I bought from AK. Mainly because of the finances - but also the really fantastic customer service. But that is up to you.

    Good luck, take the leap.

    scepticwoody

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