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08-26-2014 07:23 PM
gbowne1
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The Atom is nothing new... back in the 1930's they were called DoodleBugs... as was anything similar... anything with a frame, 4 wheels, and engine/tranny, but no body...
When I was young they called them Dune Buggies or something like that.

Like to have a body and at least a partial tube chassis.

I'm used to the VW sizes. we built stuff (with my cousin and Uncle) when I was young, with them.

I like the Porsche 917 design. but that's a race car. It's also a tubular chassis with a fibreglass body.

The Brutus IOUS is sweet. It's more like something I will end up with . even tho the Atom/Locost is cool but I do like Vette's approach to the design.

Also considered the looks & frame of a Master Deluxe or Special Deluxe from the 30's/40's.

Oh and I do have a few favorite brands of tires.

My uncle had Torq Thrust II rims on a few of his cars. They always looked pretty good. But American Racing seems to have quite a few in their line of 15x7's - 8"s.
08-26-2014 05:23 AM
gearheadslife
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Originally Posted by BuzzLOL View Post
. Lots of new little cars still coming with 12", 13", 14" wheels...

. The Atom is nothing new... back in the 1930's they were called DoodleBugs... as was anything similar... anything with a frame, 4 wheels, and engine/tranny, but no body...
they may come with them but that doesn't mean anyone stocks them..

and you'll pay more for them because of that fact..
08-26-2014 04:19 AM
BuzzLOL
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Originally Posted by gearheadslife View Post
14" tire sizes are becoming very limited.. pick a size you know you'll be able to get a replacement if needed..
. Lots of new little cars still coming with 12", 13", 14" wheels...

. The Atom is nothing new... back in the 1930's they were called DoodleBugs... as was anything similar... anything with a frame, 4 wheels, and engine/tranny, but no body...
08-25-2014 06:33 PM
gbowne1 Yes, I've seen that happening around here in the Pacific NW.
08-25-2014 06:28 PM
gearheadslife 14" tire sizes are becoming very limited.. pick a size you know you'll be able to get a replacement if needed..
08-25-2014 06:14 PM
gbowne1 It's a tubular chassis like the Atom/Locost. I'd considered other options for chassis.

Something like one of these..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_aV...myljaRICq1C8WA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_x7...myljaRICq1C8WA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWmW...myljaRICq1C8WA
08-25-2014 12:35 AM
BuzzLOL . You need to support the vehicle by the front spindles and rear axles ends and see what size compressed tires give the ground clearance and stance you want to end up with... (add weight to the chassis to mimic any body and passenger weight you will be adding)...

. I have 185-60R14's on the front of my '87 Firebird GTA and 275-50R15's on the rear... old American Racing Torque-Thrust 'mags' with gold spokes...

. This slick calculator will give tire height from size spec.s... and other info... (hit 'clear right' button before doing anything):

http://www.f-body.org/gears (may have to type URL in manually to get it to work because this site uses some kind of an advertising system to handle our links which sometimes gets them blocked by ad blockers)
.
08-24-2014 11:50 PM
gbowne1 Found some American Racing 15"x7" with 5x4.5" (5x114.3mm) in several different offsets. 15x8 will also fit too on the rear. But might actuall use 15x7 all the way around. Sold the Cragars. I would like to see if 0 offset would work. But seems like my rim is offered in -6, 0 and 6.
09-16-2012 01:31 PM
gbowne1 What about the 15x7's? what will work there?
05-23-2011 03:27 PM
el pollo If staying with a 14x6, I'd suggest 185/60R14 for the size. At that light of a vehicle, and with the narrow rims, I wouldn't go much wider because the tread would round out a bit and wear the centers. It will also handle like a shopping cart.
05-21-2011 06:05 PM
gbowne1 I don't see the reply here mark10..

not much to report..

just got my new gages hooked up.

Autometer UltraLite.

I might have to change the front springs but we will see.

Mine looks a little better than the tikicar too thats on youtube.. but not much better than the Ariel atom even Vette's car.

If I gave it a class.. it would be sport touring.
05-10-2011 11:34 PM
gbowne1 Thanks, yeah I need to post pics. Don't have many. Will post some more soon.

I am working on the brakes (Wilwood), Suspension, Tires & wheels right now.

I don't think it's as nice as the Vette139 car but it sure looks nice painted Boyd Red.. wanted a blue but.. this was a beautiful Red I've seen.
05-08-2011 05:44 PM
gbowne1 No pics yet. Will have some in a little while. I noticed when the 10-12 gal tank is completely full its way heavier. I had to replace the fuel pump and the relay and rewire it.

My car looks a lot like this one.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_aVLRuOg_o by vette139.

Though mine is a front engine.. not a rear engined vehicle like this one is..
I used a lot of OEM parts. It has a custom designed hand fabricated body.

It's not what I would call a "Kit" car.

I started to build it because the vette139 videos on youtube inspired me.

I bought some Cragar SST 14x6 on 5 lug on a 4" pattern. I believe that they are 3-1/4" backspace... not sure. I orignally looked for their Series 61's which I think are 3-3/8" backspace.

It's sitting on spring fronts with KYB's GR-2. The front's are Moog springs.. the rears are Eaton. Seems to be pretty good.
05-08-2011 08:25 AM
eloc431962
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Originally Posted by matts37chev
what kind of car are you building?
X2 got any pics of your project ?


Cole
05-08-2011 08:22 AM
matts37chev what kind of car are you building?
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