Well I thought this day would never arrive, but my orders in, money down and Ill soon be the proud new owner of a ZCars Mini!
Ive been wanting to build a kit car for years, and Ive always loved Minis with this one being my 2nd. Working out a kit car build it seemed to come to as much as a ZCar build, and then it would only be of any use in the summer and I would have to run another car. So my mind turned to ZCars.
Ive always wanted a fast Mini, a saw some of the VTEC front engined Mini kits years ago which seemed interesting but even though I know lots have been built Ive never been too keen putting all that power through the front of the little car.
I first saw ZCars a few years ago when they started doing bike engine kits, and bought every mag and all the Extreme Mini dvds to watch over and over again!
Fast forward a couple of years and since my last Mini Ive gone through a Supra, MR2 and GTV until deciding to come back to the good old days and bought my current Mini last November. Had quite a few problems with it and took it off the road about 4 months ago to repair or do a restoration. ZCars had always been in the back of my mind while considering all the other options so I decided to go up and see Chris and after being taken out for the best/scariest drive in my life came away with no doubts at all this is what I wanted to do.
I knew I didnt want a bike engine kit as I planned this to be my only car and wanted a good mix between performance and driveability/practicality. And for various reasons I decided that I would prefer to go for the Volvo engine over the VTEC so placed my order about 3 weeks ago.
So where am I now. Well the kit is being built as I write this, due to be finished in the next week or so. I have bought the engine and it is being fitted to the frame up at ZCars at the moment. As for the body, Im in the process of stripping that down any spare moment I can get.
Check out the links if you like:
Front frame parts
Rear frame and engine
And this is what it used to look like:
Im going to be using my flickr page to post all photos as Im not sure how to place photos in the actual topic and I understand there is a limit to amounts or file sizes?
I will try and keep the updates coming as regularly as possible, but with not getting back from work until dark and having a tiny garage I cant fit the whole car in, I can only get bits done in shorts spaces of time. But with the Christmas break coming up hopefully I will get some more daylight hours to work on it.
So I hope you enjoy reading about my progess and I look forward to hearing any comments along the way. I will try to include as much detail as I can as I dont see many other Volvo boys around here, so hopefully we will be able to help each other.
Thanks for reading and Ill be back for updates soon.
Edited by benmoffat, 14 December 2010 - 10:35 PM.