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    Single doner A coupe

    Updated 13/04/10 BIVA re-test

    Now I have finished the Truck ( well nearly) I can start on the next one. I thought you may like to see a regular build up feature of a Street rod using as many parts as possible from a single doner. Hopefully it will help others get started/motivated please feel free to comment or ask questions

    I like to build reliable and economical rods and this one will be on a very tight budget ( Sue has no idea how much it cost to build the truck)

    I scored a 1993 Nissan 200SX turbo from Ebay for £480 which had been crashed by the owners brother who took it without permission and lost control, it was an auto but came with a spare engine, manual box rear axle and brand new turbo and leather interior. I stripped it bare and weighed in the shell at the top of the market and got £80 back.






    The car still ran and the engine sounded OK but there is a lot in the engine bay most of which I will end up dumping.



    I started this week with a pair of tapered rails I made by cutting a slice out of some 50x10mm 3mm box section then fabricated some front horns using 3mm plate




    The rear axle is a LSD and is independent mounted in its own frame that has 4 rubber mount points, the front mounts stick out too far for a rod so I cut both sides off and swapped them over and welded them back on to keep them within the frame rails.





    I made up some 6mm plate and welded them to the box section and drilled and tapped them for mounting the sub frame to the chassis.



    Made some kick ups to tie it all together.



    I have drilled out the hubs to 5 stud so I could fit a set of chrome smoothies I did a deal on which cost me £350 (4)

    I took the frame off the jig and mocked it up on the floor so I could check the ride height and set the engine position.



    Not bad for a few hours work

    Rich
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    Your lucky to get the nissan for that price iv,e looked on off for one for some time, keep us posted

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    good choice

    a mates got a nissan 200 engine in his anglia and runs 12.02

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    Excellent. It makes so much sense to use as much off one car as you can. It should go, handle and stop just like the Nissan and have good fuel economy and look like a proper car. Win/win in my book.
    Have you seen the Moggy Minor build that is knocking about on a few forums? Basically a Moggie shell grafted onto a Nissan ZXWhatever floorpan.

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    Hiya Rich...you planning on fenders on this one?Front end?
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    I can't see the spray trail from the rocket though Richard ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Bull View Post
    Hiya Rich...you planning on fenders on this one?Front end?
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    Fenderless

    You will have to wait until next weeks instalment ( Read - have not made final decision)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    I can't see the spray trail from the rocket though Richard ?

    I know you have the same commitment Kev but not the stamina, I am doing it while I can.

    Cheers


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    You certainly are Richard ...and long may it continue.

    You said coupe by the way ? Spoke to Andy last night and he thought it was going to be the sedan, I thought it was going to be the 34

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    You certainly are Richard ...and long may it continue.

    You said coupe by the way ? Spoke to Andy last night and he thought it was going to be the sedan, I thought it was going to be the 34

    If you imagine the roulette wheel going on in my head and the coupe's number came up I figured I have all the parts and I could build it in no time (famous last words) just need to source a body.

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