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kurlykris
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lotus Excel SE, I had one of those as my first Lotus, same colour too with beige interior Grin
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first cars....i went from minis to alfasuds had a cple, cracking little cars back in the day thumbsup thumbsup
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2001 Porsche 996 Targa

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Well done for the time you have had one on the go for, such a long time to stay with the brand, impressive. Thumb

I'm just coming up to my first decade with Porsche. I couldn't afford a Porsche 30 years ago but I did have some ambition to recreate something that ticked some of the 911 boxes. This was the first bit of fabrication work I had ever took on and was a huge learning curve for me. Rover V8, Opel Commadore LSD rear axle and Targa roof.



You can see from the sharks fin side skirt paint and Targa roof there was something of the 911 I had as a poster when I was in my teens.





Although this ended up being a bit quicker than a 911 of its era and the only thing a 20 odd year old could race back then was motorbikes as most cars were eaten for breakfast.

It finished up VW Cadiz Orange after Red and its original colour, white.



I also ran a Cal Look Turquoise Beetle at the same time but I can't find a picture of that currently.
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911Time
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kas750 wrote:
Awesome car cv. worship


Thanks kas750 Thumb

Don't know if you feel the same but when I look back at the car's I've owned (and some of the iconic ones I drove whilst in the industry/motorsport) I realise just how good it was to be a petrol head growing up in the 70's and 80's.

Great times Thumb

Kurlykris: The Excel SE was quite underrated really. It handled well and the chassis was more than capable of handling more power.

The interior was always a nice place to be but the inverted SD1 rear lights were a PITA when they filled with water, through what were originally the drain holes...

Infrasilver: Now that's a unique motor - looks like an Opel Manta 400 repro, with Revolution alloys etc but with a Rover V8 and targa roof? I bet there was a fair amount of chassis bracing to stop it folding in the middle...

Where was the show pic taken?
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Current: GT Silver 991.1 C4S with a few 'special bits'. Previous Owned: C63 Estate, BMW e92 330d Coupe (700Nm/Custom Exh/Map/BBK/Quaife/Breytons), ML63AMG, Alpina e46 B3S Coupe, Alpina e36 B3 Coupe, Lotus Excel SE, Alfasud Green Cloverleaf Ti, Lancia HPE, Capri 2.0S, Marina 1.8 (don't laugh it was my first road car). Bikes: Suzuki TL1000R and BMW R1100S AC Schnitzer.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

911Time wrote:
Infrasilver: Now that's a unique motor - looks like an Opel Manta 400 repro, with Revolution alloys etc but with a Rover V8 and targa roof? I bet there was a fair amount of chassis bracing to stop it folding in the middle...

Where was the show pic taken?


The chassis rails were beefed up and extended to past the rear seats, to help stop any flex but it did still flex a little if you had the roof off all day.

The original 1.6 steel block engine was the first engine I had ever taken out of a car so trying to fit a V8 in it's place was an experience although the all alloy Rover engine was lighter. It was not like nowadays with all the info of how to do a transplant at your fingertips, it was all trial and error. I first thought an Alfa twin cam engine would fit nicely, I'd seen one at a scrap yard but the day I went to collect it they had a Rover V8 just come in, it was going to be a tighter fit but I just had to have a V8.

The engine was modified with a hot cam, ported heads and wasted vales, Holley carb and a bottle on Nitrous in the boot.

The whole front end was fiberglass along with the boot lid so it worked out quite light. I had already fit the body kit when I decided to cut the roof with an angle grinder, if I'd got it wrong the shell would have been scrap.

I fitted the 400 body kit for looks originally and I first fitted Empi style 8 spokes but I realised they didn't quite fill the arches so I went for split rim Revolutions to my offsets. The front tyres were fairly normal 225 x 15 but the rears were 345 35 x 15 from a Lamborghini Countach, a friend who ran a part worn tyre shop could get them for me at £20 a tyre, they were brought over from Germany with around 3-4mm of tread let on them.

I used to race it in a series called Rover V8 Championship, drag racing, just for a bit of fun, I came 5th in my first season.

The show picture is from Billing Aquadrome, around 1991.

It was a fun car and you can imagine a 21 year old in something like this, the old XR3/Pug/Renault 5 brigade didn't know what had hit them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kudos Infrasilver - that's quite a project for a 21 year old and a lot of metal fabrication and welding! Thumb Thumb

We sound similar - from childhood I was into anything with wheels but my main interest was always more tuning & modifying than fabrication. Luckily, after coming top of my class in engineering, I got taken under the wing of a well connected mentor (like the old adage says, it's not always what you know...) and ended working up with Audi, just when the quattro was coming into its stride on the rally circuit.

The 80's were a fantastic time - each weekend I'd be at a rally, across at Donington, or with friends at a car show.

Every year we had a family holiday at Billing Aquadrome, which happened to coincide with the NSRA (National Street Rod Association) show and even when I was older I'd still try to get there and spent many happy hours there, or at Santa Pod.

In a strange twist of fate, years after I'd left the auto industry, I set up a design agency for branded merchandise and one of my first clients was Santa Pod - we produced the FIA baseball caps for the European Drag Racing Championship and a number of other caps for them too.

Seems like a lifetime ago now...
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1993 Porsche 964 Anniversary

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1967 (I think) LHD 911T that was imported to UK in 1983 and somehow got a Y Reg Dont know

Drove like a pram, dodgy front spoiler, leaked a bit in the back seats but it cost me £1,300 in c1985. Oddly enough I sold it for a profit Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

19 years and 5 days since I got my first Porsche...and I still have it
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zingari wrote:
1967 (I think) LHD 911T that was imported to UK in 1983 and somehow got a Y Reg Dont know

Drove like a pram, dodgy front spoiler, leaked a bit in the back seats but it cost me £1,300 in c1985. Oddly enough I sold it for a profit Rolling Eyes



You could be let off for that Zingers as these were the days before the Colini stick was invented. Grin

Reminds me of my first 911. Only 17 years ago now. Horrible old 70’s mish mash. Drove like a boat. Almost enough to put me off the marque but I’m glad I stuck with it.
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread.

Congrats on being able to dip in and out of Porsche ownership for 30 years Ady. That’s good going.
A 1985 944 in 1990 would have been pretty impressive. Cool

Kris I’m loving those dungarees. A blast from the past there. Grin Nice Landy too.

Too many cool cars to mention. Chris Infra that’s a great manta. Some daring mods there. Thumb

I’d love to join in but in 1990 I was only 13, about to start high school.
Cars and girls occupied my thoughts, although I’ve had more luck with the cars. Grin
(Ahem, current wife not withstanding of course. I’d better get that in there.)
 
  
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