Right guys, this might be a bit of a n00b question / post, but hey, we have to start somewhere right?
I've been trolling various sites over the last 2 years now looking for an appropriate long term project car. Honestly, Sonic7 is gonna be "it" (but knowing me it#ll be slightly heavier than some of yours... I like some luxury and conveniences (yes, I'mn gonna mount a CD player for a bit of high speed radio 2!!)
One basic set of information I am having difficulty in finding is the dimensions of the car itself.
aka Length, Width, Height.
Reason I need it, the project isn't just a car build. It's Build garage (workshop) to house this, my 20 year old Scirroco (rebuilt last year) and simple workshop affair (the usual stuff, fridge for beer, TV, etc... mebbe some tools )
So have been doing MORE research, and I'm probably jumping ahead of myself in some form, however, for me, I like "instant" results when I get on to the Build itself (I was the same with my Scirocco refurb!)
So, beyond the kit itself, what do I need in terms of donor parts? I dragged this list from RTR's Rocket ebay page, is there more required for the S7?
ECU, complete with engine bay, wiring loom & sensors
Rear calipers & discs (subject to Focus Model)
Hand Brake & Gear Lever Cables
Clocks (Speedo, etc) and associated senders / wiring
Additional bits from "other" suppliers;
Wheels & Tyres - standard Focus bolt spacing I assume
I'm erring on buying a new complete Focus 1800 engine, hence why the questioning. If I can get the parts ready and prepared prior to getting the kit, then I'd be happy with effectively bolting everything together, soldering the new loom, effectively "putting the kit together" and would favour new as opposed to "second hand" although obviously getting the wiring loom new might be just easier to get one out of a wreck!
Tis a fair point... I'm keeping my options open, but most definitely would be looking at the new engine route. I by no means profess to be a mechanic, and the thought of a manky engine going into shiney car, well, let's just say the £400 for a new Zetec is worth the lack of effort!
I've set my budget at £10k for garage and car, and the garage build is gonna be done by me anyway, so cost cutting can (and will) be achieved on that front allowing a bit of additional expenditure here n there.
Post by dinosaurjuice on Dec 24, 2009 22:18:39 GMT
the focus donor has a fairly enclosed engine bay, its surprising how clean the engine stays compared to older cars.
with an engine change being an easy job my advice would be to build with the doner engine (and get legal) and then swap at a later date, if you feel the need to. £400 would go towards a garage extension for your next project
let's just say the £400 for a new Zetec is worth the lack of effort!
Can you really get new engines for £400 in the UK? I've been planning an electric sonic, but the prices for the AC motor I'd like are blocking the whole project. If I could build with a new zetec at £400 I'd do my build with that convert to electric in the future when finances and technology catch up.
Engines and donor cars are hideously expensive in South Africa, so maybe I should check if stiggy wouldn't mind boxing up a new zetec along with the kit when it ships.