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Old 10-05-2013, 09:21 AM
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Well, it looks like Nick's Lotus Sevenish thread is dead, that project got shelved for a treasure that fell in his lap. This 1960 Sunbeam Alpine came to us as a clear title to build the Lotus, but the darn thing is so nice I just can't stand the thought of cutting it up. Besides, it can make a damn cool car and he is thrilled as am I to have this little car "race ready".

One thing that is cool is you can unbolt the windshield and remove the whole thing replacing it with a little windscreen six inches high, that and a roll cage and a full face motorcycle helmet and you have a RACE CAR to take on drives. Put the windshield on, slip on the top and roll up the windows and you can drive it every day in the winter, very cool little car! Like I said, it fell in his lap and I believe it is a treasure for sure, what a neat little car. Drivetrain, well we have this Pinto motor, it will fit in there easy, a V6 Ford will then bolt right where the Pinto motor is and wham, instant change. So we will see, this is all at the very beginning of long project, but I see good things.

Unloading it at home.



First time behind the wheel! It's a Rambler steering wheel and it has no seat, but he got the idea.



And at first light this morning....





I have to tell you, I looked at the Tiger he had and MAN is that tempting! HOLY CRAP, all the floor and structure from under this body would work under that Tiger, man is that tempting!

But this is Nicks project and that Tiger would be adding a LOT to the mix, first off Nick doesn't have the money to buy it so that solves that. Dad would have had to buy it out from under him basically because I would be doing it to sell it. So it's better this way, Nick can make what ever he wants to out of the Alpine.

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Old 10-05-2013, 09:33 AM
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Didn't they also come with a Ford v8 back in the day? A 260 I think it was.
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Yes, it was the "Tiger" I referred to in my post. Sorry if I didn't explain that, I did on another thread. The guy also had a Tiger for $6000, a rust bucket but complete.

It's the red one under the Alpine.



They came out in 64 or 65 and look a little different with the quarters not having as big of fins.



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Yep, that's right. Old brain wakes up a couple hours after I do, goes to sleep a few hours b4 me too. lol Wasn't it a 260 Ford? Drove bout 50 miles one way back in 63 to see one at the dealership. Had a 60 bugeyed sprite then with a 283. Did ya know the with the top up on a sprite that u can get 5 cheerleaders in it? Those were the days!!

What's the frame differance between the two? hint hint
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:14 AM
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The Tiger had a wider front suspension first off, it also had holes in the X member for exhaust. That Bugeye sounds WILD!

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The Tiger had a wider front suspension first off, it also had holes in the X member for exhaust. That Bugeye sounds WILD!

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Bugeye was fun, just didn't corner as good as it did b4. lol Saw one at Mokan drags last year that had a 348-409 in it.
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That will be a cute car when it's done. I saw pics of one with a later model Toyota FI 4 cylinder and a 5 speed overdrive. Dang thing looked factory installed !!!
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A Sunbeam would be awesome with a BBC and an 8:71 blower sticking out the top.
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I can dig it. Perfect platform for someones first performance car. Congrats!
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I can dig it. Perfect platform for someones first performance car. Congrats!
Isn't it! And it fell in our laps, never thinking for a minute to go looking for something like this. He wanted the Lotus seven but I was hesitant about it's safety and the no roof thing, can't drive it all year. This thing falls in his lap and it has a removable roof and roll up windows and a removable windshield even! He gets everything he wants and I get what I want, with a roll cage (that he wants) it will be a win-win. But what a fun little car huh? I can't wait to see it coming along.


What he has in mind below, I can dig it!

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I'd find a t bird super coupe with the same 2.3ltr as the pinto but it's efi and turbo
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in the 90's i had a bug eye project that used to race in the bay area, laguna seca . the interior was stripped all the body seams were rewelded. Roll bar, had wider tires, larger 4 banger , aluminum dash, door panels. we had a house fire and ran out of time and space. one of those things I wish I had Kept.
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in the 90's i had a bug eye project that used to race in the bay area, laguna seca . the interior was stripped all the body seams were rewelded. Roll bar, had wider tires, larger 4 banger , aluminum dash, door panels. we had a house fire and ran out of time and space. one of those things I wish I had Kept.
The Bug Eye is an awesome car, I had a ride in one from the older brother of a friend when I was about 12, very memorable. Funny thing is the 35 or so years later this guy was in town, hadn't even seen him in as many years, he pulls up to my house in a Porsche Turbo Carrera! I went for a ride in that, not a lot unlike the one in the Bug Eye all those years ago. This little ride was even more exciting being it involved a cop who saw us pass in front of him. But I told him how the last time I was in a car with him was that ride in the Bug Eye and he got a kick out that as did I.

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He turned his first bolts on it yesterday. A LOT of alignment needs to be done to make that hood fit, I haven't worked on a car where the fenders don't move in a long time, that ads a LOT of complexity that's for sure!

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