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    Body swap or SVA, BIVA?

    Hi All,

    I have been offered a Trumpet Herald chassis with engine and running gear, if I was to fit a fibreglass body would it need to go through SVA, BIVA or what ever it is called these days? Or could I get away with a body swap?

    Cheers,

    Stu.

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    Another unfinished project in the making Stu?

    Why mess around with a chassis containing a crap rear axle get a Scimitar and build a decent car. You know it makes sense you drove mine.

    The answer to your question.

    http://www.nsra.org.uk/newforum/showthread.php?t=23185

    Cheers

    Rich

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    Alright no need for that is there

    The only reason for that chassis is it's free and rolling, but I need to have a good look and make sure it is ok first Thanks Rich I knew either you or Kev (Kapri) would come up trumps. I know the Scimitars drive well, loved your A when I used it.

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    I agree with Rich, terrible (IMO) rear axle/suspension, prone to serious rot on the chassis (even if it looks good, they rot from the inside out, ask me how I know...)

    My Herald donor was £20 (no engine/box), but all I have left is the front suspension and a bit of the bonnet...

    Just my tuppence...

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    Ok I think I will give it a miss.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodbuilder View Post
    Why mess around with a chassis containing a crap rear axle get a Scimitar and build a decent car.
    I have a 23T body and was planning to fit it to a Herald chassis.

    Is the back axle of a Herald really that bad and would the 23T look right on a Scimitar?

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    I have a 23T body and was planning to fit it to a Herald chassis.

    Is the back axle of a Herald really that bad and would the 23T look right on a Scimitar?

    Cheers.
    Re the back axle of a Herald, think of a Beetle without an engine in, serious positive camber...

    Especially with a 'glass body and no weight...

    The back wheels end up looking like this \--o--/

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    Fair point, could you take a leaf out of the spring?

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    Why not look at the GT6 chassis (same as Spitfire) & running gear? Straight six engine and no huge outriggers to deal with, obviously you'll have to build some strength into the T tub, but this could be done to pick up on the (smaller) GT6 outriggers. The main part of the chassis is as per Herald/Vittesse and there's 101 suspension upgrades available from the many Triumph specialists out there. Just remember that the chassis are relatively thin (about 16swg) compared to a custom built chassis.

    If you start chopping body mounting outriggers on a Herald chassis, you lose the crucial points to retain its identity, as the GT6/Spitfire doesn't have these I've always thought its a better starting point.

    Herald:



    GT6/Spitfire:

    Last edited by English Impala; 13-03-2010 at 09:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Impala View Post
    Why not look at the GT6 chassis (same as Spitfire) & running gear?
    Thanks for that, I hadn't considered that route.

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