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    Various questions from a "newbie"

    Hello all. Been a fan of kit cars for a while now. Im finally in a position to start building one. (new house, large garage)

    Loooking for advice anyone could offer.

    I was planning on building the diablo roadster. My main concerns when building will be:

    1. Saftey
    2. Price

    Chassis

    It appears as if a tubular frame provides the most saftey. However it seems to also be expensive.

    Some questions:

    - Has anyone constructed their own frame?

    - Are there any blueprints out there?


    Engine

    Its been a while since Ive actually worked on an engine but I really enjoy it.

    - In your opinion, what is the best engine to use?



    Just a few questions for now, Im sure I will have much more later.


    Thanks all.


    Thunderwulf .







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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    I cannot comment on the buildup of safety of a Diablo but from what I've seen, they are fine for safety and a bit more involved than a Fiero rebody kit

    What I CAN comment on is the motor... I have two recordins on my PC that BLOW MY MIND!!!

    One is a Diablo VTT and it sounds absolutely sweet! the other is a recording of my 3.4L TDC motor which is IDENTICAL!!!

    7 or 10 times, listeners cannot tell the difference!!!

    As for power, how's 300+ N/A HP sound? With a Turbo, 450+HP is common with 550 possible.

    Redlines at 7500 rpms and torquey too!

    I LOVE my motor! It was the best choice I could have made for my kit

    DKOV -

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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    Hi *
    Welcome , as far as safety it depends on how your car *is build and price that could go from anywhere from 40k on parts only (that would be including an eng swap) , you doing all the work to about as much as you are willing to spend. this is a link that should help you *out alot *http://www.kitcentral.com/
    they have a lot info also, make sure to check out *http://Lambobuilder.com/ *Dale has done an awsome job on his car and also check out http://Lambolounge.com/ Fletch has a ton of info that would be extremely helpfull if you are planing on building the car yourself. I hope this helps you, after you spend some time on this three sites you should be able to learn quite a bit about this cars and that will*help you make a better choise.

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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    Thanks for the tips guys.

    Dkov,

    Id like to hear the difference between those engines. Have the sounds posted anywhere?


    85Lamb,

    Thanks for the links. Ill check them out.



    Thunderwulf

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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    8) Ken Esler from www.exoticreplicacars.com sells a real good set of blue prints for a great tube chassis. He designed it with a body next to it so you know it will work. It is relatively easy to do the chassis work if you do your homework first.
    As far as engine goes, I am using a destroked 400 - 377ci which dyno's at 502hp at 6500rpm, I am running that through a Porsche transaxle. At readline with this gearing, it theoretically could reach 190mph. I won't be driving it when it does it. I don't think that making it sound exactly like a real V12 is that vital to my existence so an unsophisticated SBC with a noisy timing gear is just right. However, if I were to do it again I would use a Getrag tranny and an Archie kit but probably the 377 again.
    The Diablo Kit is the hardest and most expensive to build, only a small number of them are ever finished. Very little of the Fiero is used. Unless you add a great deal of steel into the otherwise fiberglass doors, there is little side impact protection. The rest of the car is at least as safe as the Fiero.

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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    Okey Dokey... here are the WAV files in no particular order.

    What do you think?

    www.gopc.com/F355/Engine/test1.wav

    www.gopc.com/F355/Engine/test2.wav

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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    Lemme guess. Test2 is the Diablo, and Test1 is your motor.

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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    I honestly can't tell the difference between the two. Maybe its because I have an untrained ear.


    Thanks for the links though DKOV.



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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    Shinji...

    You Guess or you Know?

    Are you SURE?

    Pretty close huh?

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    Re: Various questions from a "newbie"

    Ok, I have seemingly stupid question.

    Im looking at the 99 Roadster.

    Now to me it looks like the only difference between that and the SV coupe is the roof.

    Do most Roadster kits come with the detachable roof? I always see them without the roof, but never with one.



    Thanks,


    Thunderwulf.

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