making your own car

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by ordinaryforces, Dec 15, 2011.

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  1. If you had a bit of time and money and a good shed what would you fancy knocking together as a hybrid?
    we've all liked some cars but thought hold on it's got a shit engine I'd like to change it...well what about this one?
    27ltr 1000 bhp merlin engine
  2. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    Was that not the motor that originally had a Rolls-Royce grill on it until RR got all pissy and threatened to sue the owner?
  3. Thats correct ..wellspotted sir.
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  4. with my skills it would look something like this.

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  5. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    Wonder what he used as a gearbox :biggrin:
  6. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I've always fancied an old Fiat 500 with a big superbike engine in the back. Someone has actually beaten me to it unfortunately, I've seen it and it can do wheelies.

    My cousin is into mad shit like this and cruises around in a shortened fiat 126 that he built.

  7. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    I remember seeing a copy of Autocar magazine from the 1980s where some maniac had managed to fit a Rover 3.5 lump into an Hillman Imp.
  8. on reading the article it appears a specialist fixed him up with a custom autobox.
    could you imagine taking that into kwik-fit and asking them to sort out the nest of exhaust pipes?
  9. I remember reading a write up in Custom Car magazine about that beastie it was feckin impressive.

    For a more handmade approach how about the Splinter designed and built by Joe Harmon as his university project. The non-mechanicals are mostly made of wood:

  10. ravers
    I actually like that FIAT and would drive it around, (theres no fool like an old fool)
  11. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    I did hear that the owner had a bit of fun with it on the Deutsche Autobahns.

    Love to know the insurance group.
  12. Reminds me of a plumber who, a few years back, turned a RR Siver Shadow into a pick up truck for work. Same thing, RR had total sense of humour failure and threatened the bloke with the legal heavy mob.
  13. Designed by M.C. Escher by the looks of it.
  14. Even earlier ,Charlie Chaplins son had a V.12 something or other fitted into a Mini. circa 1968
  15. Have you got the neccessarry Noddy hat with bell attached and a mate with huge ears?
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