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    Motor Home Chassis

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    I'll just spit it out.

    A motor home chassis can be used to build a kit car.

    Yes, you will have a BIG car that will take a BIG body.

    After stripping it down to the chassis it can be shortened.

    Obviously, the dual rims in the back can go bye-bye.

    The price is right on old motor homes, saw one locally for $1500 asking price.

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    The best use for a motor home chassis is to make a car hauler /flatbed truck
    Those command $20-30k used

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    Then somebody could buy two of them, one to make a kitcar out of and

    one to make a carhauler to take it to welding shop and whatnot.

    I saw a roadster one time and it was on what I know now was probably

    a fire engine chassis. THAT was an impressive car!

    About the steering on the motorhomes, good idea to cut off

    the steering box brackets and start over.

    The angle of the steering box needs to be changed from straight up.

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    I guess it would depend on the kit. The wheelbase can be fixed but the front end frame rail rise and rear rise and track width would be a problem. You can buy a custom spec'd 4x2 rolling chassis with coilovers, 4 link, and 9" rear end housing (no diff) for about 3 grand.

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    Saying a RV chassis is a good kitcar chassis and then having to change all of that to make it work, well it kind of reminds me of a race that I was in many years ago. Except for the corners and the straightaways, we were pretty dang fast.
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    The idea is to make a BIG car.

    That would mean a custom fiberglass body.

    Motor home chassis is a good starting point because it's heavy duty.

    For one thing the brakes would provide plenty of stopping power,

    Fiberglass body could be a simple roadster like a Muntx Jet or half

    a dozen other 50's sports cars.

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    Think of how a motor home chassis feels to drive - not very satisfying . So any vintage sports car body will not be a nice driver

    A motor home chassis may work for a large car from the 1930s like a deusenberg or Bugatti royale- since they are not made to handle like a modern sports car

    Otherwise for Any low ground clearance or sporty car its not the right chassis to start with

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    I would use a 1/2 ton pickup chassis before a motor home chassis on a 50s style fiberglass replica.

    Here's the custom spec'd chassis for 3 grand I mentioned earlier.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2x4-Full-Fra...item58bb8409dd

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    I cannot imagine a reason (including price) why starting with a chassis like 275NART refers to is not the clear choice, but I still have a few questions about the RV option. When you remove two tons of motorhome and replace it with a 100lb roadster body, what is going to hold your teeth in? Do you think you will be able to find an appropriate looking 22" wheel with a 10 hole bolt pattern? Downsizing is not an option because of the brakes. What tire will go on it that compliments the roadster body?

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    If I ever have the money to play, I'd hack up a Previa van and extend its mid engine further back to the rear.
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