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    The thin fiberglass seat that was fitted to the car was mounted in with a self taping screw so something more substantial is called for from a safety point of view, a used alloy seat from a speedway car will fit the bill with a few modifications and will be able to be mounted mounted to the floor/frame with some race car mounting brackets. the wings at chest height will need to be trimmed back a bit and the headrest will need to be lowered and the padded cover is a little tatty so it will need a tidy up and some more padding but it fits in the rather narrow cockpit [42CM] and my butt just fits into the seat with my race suit on.

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    Another three months on...

    How's progress now?

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    Hi Ray progress has been slow on the race car as I purchased a vintage special for the missus and my daughter to use on sunny days and I need to get it up to scratch and safe for them to use this summer. I should be back into the race car in the next few weeks.

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  7. #107
    That's understandable...

    As long as the Wolseley badge lights up.

    What's the makeup of the beast? Wolseley 4/44-based by the looks of things.

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    Triumph Herald with a hand built alloy body done in the 80s the only Wolseley parts are the grill and badges. I purchased it in CHCH 3 months ago and a few weeks later a guy joined my car club here in Waimate and it turned out he was the guy who built it, I guess its a small world. really only got it for parts but when the missus and daughter saw me drive it out of the shed on on to the trailer they fell in love with it. so making it safe for them to drive. but it has been really well done so mainly a little resto and a few new bits.

  9. #109
    I reckon that could be as much fun as the Clubman-type car...

    Road use and all. Maybe whack a larger engine into it for even more fun? Period, of course, something with an alloy head around 1600cc in size. Sunbeam Alpine motor and box would do it.

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    That is tempting but this ones for the girls so 1200cc will be fine and safe for them we will keep it at our CHCH place so it will mostly be on the flat, no roof so sunny days only, I am in the VCC so we have plenty of runs and outings to go to.
    If I looked at racing it I would need to upgrade the brakes, bigger engine, work the suspension, fit a roll bar, wider rims and tyres, harnesses, reengineer the rear suspension [I have rolled one hot Herald already back in the day] it would never end and I have the clubman car for track work and sprints, a Corvette for Drags and an unfinished 36 Ford hot rod for cruising and enough parts to build a Formula junior type car if I can find enough room to start building it when the clubman is done. so best the girls have fun with this one.

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    FB3941 .. for hotrod1, Bruce B..

    Not a Herald as one would know it - and yes we know that the original " T - Car " was based on a Herald chassis but what hotrod1 has is much more interesting..

    " Year: 1965
    Make: TRIUMPH
    Model: HERALD
    Colour: WHITE
    Body Style: Saloon
    Plate: FB3941
    Engine No: GD54605HE
    Chassis: 3G831317DL
    Vehicle Type: Passenger Car/Van
    Seats: 5
    CC rating: 1,147cc
    Fuel Type: Petrol
    Assembly Type: Unknown
    Country of Origin: Not known
    Industry Class: PRIVATE "
    " FB3941
    Plate Type: Standard
    Origin: NZ New
    Used as: Private Passenger vehicle
    Cause of Latest Registration: New
    NZ First Registration: 01-Nov-1965 "

    Good luck with this project too !!.
    The Carjam page has a front on photo of the car - close up .. and small !! Your photo !!!

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  12. #112
    I was thinking a Datsun 1200 engine would go in there easily and be a lot less trouble than the Herald unit...

    Though it's not a 998cc version. But all the same, the Datsun would be easy and lighter and so on.

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    In NZ, finding a Datsun 1200 engine is now nearly impossible, They and a couple of other common small Jap engines went to SE Asia for forklift engines. By the container load.

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    Hi Roger yes an interesting little car I have been working on it in my driveway on sunny days and have had guys stopping going past to ask what it is. everyone loves it and would like to take it home. I have been calling it a kit car but it is more a one off special and it handles like a proper sports car. it was cheap to buy and I have spent about the same amount on parts to bring it up to a usable standard so the girls can have some fun.

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