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    Hi Everyone
    Its been a while since I was here, I did do a build log on my homemade Zonda thing, but that car went ages ago. I had to sell it to get the engine rebuilt in my old Ferrari 308 Gt4. So it went to a good cause.
    I started a new build about a year ago, (its been documented in the Homebuild Cars - from scratch or kits group on Facebook.
    I started with a VW Passat engine and transaxle, a AWT 1.8T 175 bhp motor, bought a spitfire chassis off eBay and went from there. The engine fits perfectly where the differential would normally sit; the whole thing just fitted together so nicely.
    Here is a video of its first shakedown drive, I put a kind of build log on thespitfire.uk

    Regards
    Nick

    Twin turbo V8 Zonda inspired thingy

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    Great to see you are still at it Nick.
    Looks like you have been having too much fun!
    Let’s see some more pics please.

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    • #3
      Glad you are back Nick and that the creative juices are still flowing!

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      • #4
        Hues it’s been a while, difficult maintaining so many build groups
        Regards
        Nick

        Twin turbo V8 Zonda inspired thingy

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        • #5
          Nick,

          You gotta slow down man, you are making building cars from scratch look waaaaay to easy

          Good work man!!!!
          Now building in Mooresville NC
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianburton
          http://profile.imageshack.us/user/AdrianBurton
          http://s997.photobucket.com/albums/af91/AdrianBurton/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AdrianBurton View Post
            Nick,

            You gotta slow down man, you are making building cars from scratch look waaaaay to easy

            Good work man!!!!
            Hi Adrian
            at least this one will be finished, and no more after this!
            Regards
            Nick

            Twin turbo V8 Zonda inspired thingy

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            • #7
              The return of my Hero, Nick Truman! Good to see you're still at it. Will you have the paperwork sorted when its done to have it be street legal ? Or IVA or Moto'd . You probably know what I mean. -Vince
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              Excellent build and it sounds killer.

              - I just looked at the old Zonda build thread and I asked Nick the same question in 2018, I must have a fear of spending years building my car only to be denied driving it by the local bureaucrats!
              Last edited by TRcrazy; 07-27-2020, 11:33 AM.
              Remember, there is always next year.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TRcrazy View Post
                The return of my Hero, Nick Truman! Good to see you're still at it. Will you have the paperwork sorted when its done to have it be street legal ? Or IVA or Moto'd . You probably know what I mean. -Vince
                ,
                Excellent build and it sounds killer.

                - I just looked at the old Zonda build thread and I asked Nick the same question in 2018, I must have a fear of spending years building my car only to be denied driving it by the local bureaucrats!
                Hi, I got good money for the Zonda, it went to a good home and as far as I know it’s being rebuilt. The money paid for my Ferrari engine rebuild 3 years ago.
                this will be totally legal
                Regards
                Nick

                Twin turbo V8 Zonda inspired thingy

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nicktruman View Post

                  Hi Adrian
                  at least this one will be finished, and no more after this!
                  LOL

                  Famous last words
                  Now building in Mooresville NC
                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianburton
                  http://profile.imageshack.us/user/AdrianBurton
                  http://s997.photobucket.com/albums/af91/AdrianBurton/

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                  • #10
                    I have a new turbo! decided to upgrade the K03 stock to a K04, With mapping that'll be an increase to 225bhp Click image for larger version

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                    Regards
                    Nick

                    Twin turbo V8 Zonda inspired thingy

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                    • #11
                      This weekend should see that last of the body sanding; I've spent the last 4 weeks, filling and sanding and trying to make the car smooth. Last weekend I rolled the front arches, welding 5mm rod under the lip and bending the lip over to make a smooth edge, worked out really nice. I've really taken my time with this car!

                      I've put the whole build on http://www.thespitfire.uk and loads of videos on http://www.youtube.com/nicktruman

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                      Regards
                      Nick

                      Twin turbo V8 Zonda inspired thingy

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                      • #12
                        Wow Nick!
                        That little car will really fly with 225HP!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 20below View Post
                          Wow Nick!
                          That little car will really fly with 225HP!
                          I hope so, new turbo fitted
                          Regards
                          Nick

                          Twin turbo V8 Zonda inspired thingy

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                          • #14
                            Last weekend I spent Friday to Sunday continuously rubbing down and finessing the bodywork.. I'm not going to make the same mistakes I did with my poor old Zonda! On Monday, I bit the bullet and sprayed the car in high build primer, it came out looking amazing! Considering all the panels are hand made, and there isnt a single part of the body that has not been "upgraded" or "fixed" in someway. I sprayed inside and out.
                            The inside of the car will be sprayed black, and the outside pearl green over black, it should look nice!

                            here is a video pf before and after.
                            Regards
                            Nick

                            Twin turbo V8 Zonda inspired thingy

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