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    Updated Kurtis 500 K Roadster

    If I was going to build a kit car today this would be my pick.

    Front engine with engine and radiator setback BEFORE the front axle.

    That is the definition of a roadster.If you want to avoid all the work just get a Mercedes roadster.

    That is why you put your feet in little tunnels.Because of the engine setback.

    Anyhow.Here is a picture of the Kurtis.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurtis_Kraft

    Plus lift a few ideas from the Colin Chapman Lotus Super 7

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Seven

    Mostly the 'Keep it simple' idea.

    Tube frame,mount a small block or big block.Have it stop and steer.Place to sit and a fuel tank.

    Then down the road you go.Looking for Cobras to humble.

    You can build 10 of these in the time it takes to put together one of super car replica thing.

    But you all do what you like with your time.

    I guess what is missing is plans and parts list.

    Okay.In the meantime build a Track T Roadster with a '27 one piece body.

    That is simple and plenty of info about doing it.Use Mustang II front suspension and the handling should

    be fairly safe at high speeds.

    That's it.

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    I've always liked the idea of a Kurtis Roadster. Would be a great weekend driver here in San Diego

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    'I've always liked the idea of a Kurtis Roadster'

    Guess I should rename the post.We're building a roadster period.

    The simplest way we can figure out so it will be an alternative to Model T kits.Bucket T's really.

    Kurtis Roadster's do look good.Ours will share being low, wide and simple styling.

    But that is it.Just want to get the thing built.

    If there ever is a Kurtis fiberglass body I don't think it's going to be cheap.

    If you want something 80% the same and cheap build a Track T roadster.

    A 4 link straight axle would handle fair.

    Problem with putting a IRS front suspension on a track T is how do you cover it up?

    Looks a little strange just being there.

    Anyhow.Good luck!

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    If you want something fast that handles well and don't care what it looks like just put a v8 in a miata then upgrade the brakes, suspension, and rear end.

    So why don't you build it? Build what YOU like, that's what the rest of us are doing here!

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    'put a v8 in a miata'

    Our cars are race cars.Trailer cars.

    'So why don't you build it? Build what YOU like, that's what the rest of us are doing here!'

    What's up with that?

    I am helping the guy figure out something doable to build.

    Also trying to steer people thinking about getting into kit cars to build something simple first.

    Really I don't know what you're talking about.

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    I've got to agree with 275NART... your two posts are pretty confusing. Your first one leads us to believe you're dreaming about building a car:

    Quote Originally Posted by rapid transit View Post
    If I was going to build a kit car today this would be my pick.
    Followed by:

    Quote Originally Posted by rapid transit View Post
    Our cars are race cars. Trailer cars.
    So which is it? You've actually built them, or only in your head?

    Then you argue:

    Quote Originally Posted by rapid transit View Post
    I am helping the guy figure out something doable to build.
    The guy? You? A potential buyer of your theoretical Cobra-humbler built with non-existing plans and parts lists?

    Quote Originally Posted by rapid transit View Post
    I guess what is missing is plans and parts list.
    And you're thinking about designing a tube frame? With solid rear axles and I-beam front suspension to kill Cobras?

    Quote Originally Posted by rapid transit View Post
    Problem with putting a IRS front suspension on a track T is how do you cover it up?
    (Just a hint: there is no such thing as an "IRS front suspension"... perhaps you should look up what IRS stands for.)

    Quote Originally Posted by rapid transit View Post
    You can build 10 of these in the time it takes to put together one of super car replica thing.
    I'm one of those guys you think is wasting his time building a "super car replica thing". But I for one would prefer to spend my time and money on one sure thing, than on ten dreams.

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    San Diego guy.

    Build a Track T.

    If you want to start smaller build one of those kart/car racers.

    Don't waste time on the internet.

    Okay.You two.You win.You have Youtubes of your shipped in a box something replica and your throwing

    money at it.

    Don't wait for me to give you my seal of approval.

    I KNOW what a good race car is.Group 7/Can Am car or 60's-70's Indy/Formula 1 open wheel.

    Do I want to commit to something like that? No!

    Have we started a new project yet? No.

    Looking for the most bang for the buck.Not the other way around.

    As far as you two owning this forum.Come up with own ideas and start a thread.

    Don't knitpick and get negative about mine.

    There.You've been told.

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    Fair enough. I'm looking forward to progress updates.

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    I am building something almost completely from scratch that no one else has ever done, hardly a kit car in a box! LOL. Lets all get back to building.

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