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Old 09-16-2013, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi! I'm a newbie to this forum. I'm close to finishing up a scratch-built Lotus Super 7 that I started last 11 months ago. I am running a '93 Miata 1.6 motor, transmission, rear end, front spindles, ECU & wiring harness. As soon as I wire up my headlights, tail lights, brake lights/brake light switch and turn signals, it will be ready to take to the DMV for title/registration/plates.

I have been lucky to have the help of Estaban (at Redline Autosports) with many Miata motor/tranny parts including a wiring harness. I've installed a custom front suspension using Suzuki GSXR1000 adjustable shocks on the front and using the Miata rear suspension with new Bilstein shocks and Eibach coils. But I've relocated the top perchs of the rear shocks and that has created a problem - the diameter of the Eibach springs are too wide (4-4.5") and they're rubbing the lower control arms. Plus I need to raise the height so when my heavy friends ride with me, the tires won't rub on the fenders! I'd love to search the forums to see if I can find a pair of adjustable coilovers for the rear of my car...once I have obtained the appropriate privileges!
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome! We want pics!!!!
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes! pics please.

I may be wrong, but I think you can buy stuff just not sell stuff until you get 30 posts.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Why not 1.8? More strong.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! I did post pictures in my album...I think it's accessible at this link:
http://clubroadster.net/vb_forum/mem...d-lotus-7.html

I have literally HUNDREDS of pics and chose 9 to post. Why did I use the 1.6 instead of 1.8? The '93 "donor" car had a 1.6. At some point I may look for a good, strong 1.8 and swap (I'm told the motors will swap easily with a few electrical mods). I'm guessing my car is 1000 pounds lighter than a Miata, and with just a few test drives around the neighborhood, it seems pretty quick! Once it's street legal, I'd like to autoX it and drive it to run on the track at Roebling Road (with the Porsche Club) or to Sebring (with the NSX Club.) There's so much I need to do to (1) finish the car and (2) shake out any bugs. I still need to build a firewall and find a pair of adjustable coilovers for the rear, but it is drivable as is.

If you're truly interested, I do have a 19 page "build site" here:
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/view...851947bc4e248d

It's good for insomniacs...it may put you to sleep! This website has build pages of hundreds of people who post their builds and most of them are Lotus Super 7s. But there are many other interesting and different homebuilt vehicles scattered throughout the site. Miata drivetrains are VERY popular, but you can make about anything fit in a Lotus 7...V8s, turbo V6s, any 4-banger...even a little Kubota three cylinder diesel!


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Welcome. Damn, you made it look easy.
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Welcome, and I envy you because I have wanted that car almost to a T for so long.
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That looks like a blast to drive!
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I'm a retired college administrator and I thought I knew a lot about cars until I started building one! There were endless learning curves, but fortunately I had the help of a local 30 year old guy who had built an RX7-powered Super 7 from scratch over a 3 year period. His dad also has a Suzuki GSXR1000-powered Super 7 - he was also helpful a number of times! I'd say the first 2/3 of the build was fun and somewhat straight forward. Once I got to the electrical wiring part, I hit the wall! That part, for me, was overwhelming, frustrating and somewhat depressing because I couldn't find anyone who could help me. I spent weeks and countless hours cutting off about 3/4 of the stock Miata wiring harness (and actually screwed up by cutting too much and had to get a second harness.) In the end, I did figure it all out and got the motor running...one of many big milestones. Shortening the wiring harness was also a tedious job, but I vastly improved my soldering skills! Most scratch builders spend 3-7 years building their Super 7s (because they're working full-time, have kids, etc.), but as I'm retired, I may be done in a little less than one year. I think I have 3 weeks to get it registered so I can say I built it in less than a year. Honestly, I'm a bit burnt out and looking forward to just driving and enjoying it for a while. There are MANY other things I plan to do after it's street legal, like tonneau cover over the back, custom fit floor mats, build brackets for the front fenders, etc...projects for this winter or next spring : - )
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