The Good The Bad and The Ugly, no not a Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western, I'm taliking Kit Cars here...

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DUESIE
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What is that red thing at the bottom? I seem to remember seeing them in the seventies, some sort of VW based kit, but can't recall the name. Looks good from a 21st century perspective. I think the thing is with kit cars, there is going to a big difference between one that is properly thought out and designed, and one that is just a basic piece of coloured plastic with no worth either in design or engineering. Then there is the builder. Again, a big difference between slapping it together as quickly and cheaply as possible, y'know, buy kit cheap, find MoT failed Sierra, get a mate to help over the weekend and hey presto! Or there are the carefully thought out and engineered ones, maybe even modifying or improving the kit to make a proper car. The latter I suspect are rare though.

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 Why are you choosing some of the worst examples in the the industry ? don't you like kit cars? are you trying to discourage the the future of the kit ? would'nt you like to go "hooning" in this , classy stuff !!

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 While mentioning GP Kits in Isleworth I seem to remember  they produced some very interesting and value for money kits to build with VW and Ford Pinto/Cortina mk3 components. If I have my facts right I think John was of the opinion that there was a better future in lux-speed boats and sold out. The Madison VW in multi colour gell coat  FRG. One hell of an easy kit to build and well priced.

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 The MADISON COUPE built with Ford pinto motor and Cortina running gear.I had a LHD one to blast up and down the autobahns with,its was a  fantastic performer and gave an absolutely  phenomenal MPG the only problem was you had to be a 7 stone dwarf  to get in & out of the doors. a 7stone dwarf to get in &out of the doors.

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   Thats an interesting little micro-monster, a cross between a Morgan 7W (3 wheeler() and Marcos mk2 also made out wood. The Marcos designed &built with an aviation heritage by a man that built Mosquito fighters in WW2 to throw things at Adolf Hitler . I upgraded my Marcos from a Ford 1litre engine to a1750cc Alfa-Romero twin-cam with a 5 speed trans. Wow !! What a power to wieght ratio ,made your eyes water !!.

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  I resigned the rear end , for a number of reasons :- wieght loss, rear view visablity etc and some say that it was in order to give Ferrari something to copy for the Dino ? someone else got a trophy for noval design , I think he should give back !!

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DUESIE
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Ok, one question Roly; where did you get the back window? I recall similar shape windows in aftermarket hardtops for MGBs, maybe Lenham? Or something called a Sebring comes to mind. Anyone remember those. Coincidentally I saw one recently, a white roof on a pale blue MGB with original steel wheels and hubcaps too, very sixties.

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 Petty juvenile rants will lead to you relieving yourself on deaf ears !!  Work that one out ? Troll

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  Reply to Duesie :- The rear window idea came from a very obscure customizer in southern California  who used the idea on a wayout concept car going the rounds at fairground autoshows, I had to construct the whole job from scratch. If you look at the enclosed photo of an original Marcos it is pretty obvious why  the modifications a good idea, plus that rear hatch rattled like false teeth in a bucket.  The hard top you refered too was made locally in Wednesbury Staffs, the stock one was "caribbean" and the de-lux version had extra sky-lights in the top which made the MGB very bright   inside but unbearably hot in summer .that was known as the " Burmuda "

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 The Marcos did not  always respond to instructions after the various modifications were completed, by increasing engine size, wheel width. tyre size &compound , the wooden chassis started to creak and gaps appeared round the windshield rubber on tight corners , the doors would fly open and scare the life out  the driver. This is an attempt to circumvent  Curbrough race track by the most stress full route, Backwards ! Curbrough racetrack by the most stressfull route, backwards !

RolyMo