Posted 15 June 2005 - 12:51 PM
Just oredered the DVD's from the above company, but I can not fine anything on the net about them.
I have been restoring Honda Monkey Bikes for the last 3 years and want a change. So I am looking at mini's. I have always liked mini's, but never had one. So I have bought loads of mini magazines, and I then saw the bit on Z-cars.
I like the fact that its a mini running on a bike engine. So I get the best of both worlds. But at the end of the day, its all about cost.
Now I want to have a mini to do up, and then sell it. As I get my fun from making my ideas come to life, but I do not know which is the best option.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 01:28 PM
I believe your realistically looking at 5-7k for a Z-cars self-build, however if you have bike knowledge/contacts then you may be knock the cost down a bit!
But at the end of the day, its all about cost.
The group of members who are currently working on Z-car projects will be able to tell you anything you need to know!
Posted 15 June 2005 - 05:30 PM
Then you would need the car, seats, wheels, arches, dash, etc etc. The list is endless..
I havent dared add up all the receipts for mine but i would be surprised if it is less than 15k and that is doing everything myself. Granted you can do it a lot cheaper than this if you go for the cheapest bits and pieces but i think realistically a budget of 10-12k would be required.
Posted 20 June 2005 - 02:12 PM
Posted 20 June 2005 - 02:26 PM
Posted 20 June 2005 - 02:32 PM
Hows yours coming on Dave? Much progress?
Posted 20 June 2005 - 03:13 PM
Struggling as ever, I think the only way to get the bike engine in, a conventional manner ie not reversed or anything like that (like the piccie I will post later) is to put struts and a different steering arrangement on.
I didn't want to upset the handling/steering of the mini so I'm reluctant to go that way, it doesn't matter which way I turn and twist the motor there just isn't the room to do anything easily
I know struts can work very very well on the front of a mini but I've haven't even got the basic settings, it would have to be a complete guess and hope I could get it to work well with adjustable suspension. Too many unknowns for me, but I need to do something soon
Posted 20 June 2005 - 03:25 PM
Hmm guess work..... Always a bit dodgy... but you never know you might get it spot on!???! :grin:
Posted 20 June 2005 - 03:48 PM
The engine is running the wrong way now so you need a special transfer box to reverse the direction, sure I can get Quaife to develop and make me one, about £12,000 for a one off. The guy who did this one did his own machining to a heavily modified mini diff I just haven't got the facilities
This is meant to be a fairly cheap way off getting good performance, but getting one off Quaife boxes commissioned is out of the question
It went very well, and off course handle well apart from some ridicoulous speeds into one or two corners that nearly caught him out
Posted 20 June 2005 - 03:55 PM
Posted 20 June 2005 - 03:58 PM
I'll be your crash dummy if you want?!
Posted 20 June 2005 - 04:06 PM
I would have thought that a Bandit 1200 or the newer 1400 would have been a good choice of motors to use.
Standard Bandit 1200 engine is 114bhp as standard, and with a stage 3, 162 or more is possible (going by my Dads old streetfighter).
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