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are you not going to have a problem with traction in this?

More than likely! Should be fine going in a straight line as its rear engined and rear wheel drive but corners will be interesting! Its going to take a bit of development work me thinks! :p

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sure it will...

if youre not putting a diff in that its going to walk off to the left every time you put your foot down, straight or corner.

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Like i said there will be alot of development work going on with this.

I expect the engine to be in there and running pretty quickly but then will take a while to get it perfected/improved.

Getting some 13' 7J wheels with Yokohama A048R's to help keep it in place and getting uprated brakes, not that i needs it with it being so light.

I know there is going to be handling issues and alot of development work will have to be done until its as good as it can be. Im still deciding weather or not to use the starlet hubs on front and back??? This makes it 50mm wider all round and then lengthen the car a little to make it a larger wheelbase. Although i love the size of the car as it is :p At the end of the day if it handles like poo then i will have no choice. :p

Jason :p

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*** Update ***

Been a busy weekend and have been rushing around all over the place!!!!

Saturday..... Went up to see the buggy and started stripping a few bits off it that are no longer needed and are getting sold off. Had to get some new tyres fitted on my lexus and sort out a few more bits.

Sunday.... Drove all the way to Oxford to pick up my new little beast, this will be providing all the main parts i need. Engine, gearbox, turbo, ECU, wiring etc.... Got this little beast from Flrecebay for £600, still runs, just has a bent radiator and it looks like exhaust manifold may also be cracked but now i have all the main parts i need to get this mostly there!

will be breaking off bits i don't need soon! Before anyone else asks, the wheels are fecked! and i need them for a rolling chassis!





Dropped this off with ToyotaGT and have collected my buggy to work on while things get put into motion, have to strip it all down and get the old mini engine out of it! Every time i see it again i just can't believe how small it is :rolleyes:


fits in my garage with plenty of room all round, plus the trailer!!!


Now i can do little bits in the evening, or whenever i get free time!

Jason :harhar:

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*** Little Update ***

Weather held out slightly yesterday morning so got the buggy wheeled out of the garage and started stripping bits that are no longer needed. Pictures don't show much but i have added a few anyway.

Got the old pedal box removed and have ripped out all the old break lines and clutch line as i was not happy with how these where done.

Removed the exhaust system as this needs to be completely remade for the new engine, have kept the crabon fibre bike can thogh as it should sound great with the starlet engine. :)

Started looking at relocating the battery to make way for the front mounted radiator.

Ripped the rest of the stuff out that i could from the passenger compartment and gave the car a well deserved clean up.......before the rain started.

Next weekend the old mini engne will be out and i will begin modifying the rear light units and sorting out dash panels and some of the wiring.

Exhaust and engine pieces removed......


Back to start on the inside of the buggy.


Hopefully Stage 1 will be underway officially at the end of April, although im waiting to hear from James to confirm exact days :)

Thats ya lot for now!

Jason :)

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*** Update Time ***

Yesterday i ordered up the Aluminium composite sheet thats going to make up the main panels of the car (sides, rear firewall, front panels, engine cover parts etc). Got 1500x3000mm sheet in Matt black, stealth

Today i got confirmation from James @ ToyotaGT that the stalet is now booked in for end of April to be dissmantled, seems like ages away but im broke until then so no choice really :D Can't wait for this to start now!!!

Also managed to get the buggy out of the garage and got the old mini engine out of her so now have a blank canvas.

Only five bolts to remove and the whole back of the car comes off!



The car is so light that my brother can pick it up with one hand, obviously it has no engine in it, or rear sub frame but you get the idea of how light this thing is going to be, still unsure of exact weight???


Blank canvas......not for long :D



Here is a few of me sat in the car, gives an idea of how small this thing is. Thats right its TINY!!!!



Got the old engine packaged up, now waiting to go to its new owner.


Hopefully will be getting on with removing front bumper and getting templates made up for panels tomorrow :D

What you guys think so far?

Jason :)

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woooooooooooow best build ever wen your done im coming to see it lol

It will be at JAE if people want a little look, although it won't be fully road legal! :D

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Got a little more done today, Sarah is working the next 3 weekends in a row so have plenty of time to get few bits done here and there! :D

Firstly i got the front bumper bar removed as this is now getting sold as i will be making a new custom front piece.


Test fitted the Chequer plate front piece i have, really like the look of it but i have already sold it as will be having the radiator up front and this will be useless as it will stop the air getting to it.


Got the Mini pedal box dismantled as this will need some parts keeping for the new pendulum pedal box im making up :D


Had some trouble with the universal joints on the steering so spent a while sorting this out but got there in the end!

Then spent the remander of the day getting all the old mini parts together and they are now ready to go to there new owner :D

Also had a little look to see what two seats look like in the car using the two racings seats i just happen to have lying about :)


Hopefully during the week i will get the new side panels made up and rear firewall made. Then test fitting and dash board work will be next weekend. :D

Jason :p

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*** Update ***

Been one of those weekends, managed to snap the only M4 tap i had yesterday so had to go and buy a new tap and die set! Then kept snapping drill bits which kept anoying me, got there in the end though. Would have liked to get more done this weekend but at least i managed to get some things done i guess!

Im now working easter weekend, well im on call if anything goes wrong. My boss says i can work on the buggy at work and then just fix things if anything goes wrong but spend most of the day working on the car! They have mig welding gear at work so im going to start looking at welding up the pedal box and a few other bits that need doing soon!

Monday this turned up at work, Matt black Composite panel that im using to make most of the body panels from, nice and light but i may change the panels at a later date to carbon.


During the week i made up the rear firewall and side panels during my lunch breaks.

Got the rear firewall fitted first.


Then the right side.


Gromitted the hole for the wires to stop it rubbing on them, plus looks nicer...........


and left side fitted, along with tax disc holder............although thats a long way off, also added a small ToyotaGT sticker i had lying about :p



and here is a picture of the buggy next to her big sister, my Lexus :thumbsup:


Spent a bit of time getting alot of the nuts and bolts covered with rubber covers as well to make the IVA go a bit smoother.

Im still unsure where i will be moving the battery to as im not certain where is the best place for it yet???

What do people think so far???

Jason :rolleyes:

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coming along nicely.

will look great when its finished!

looking forward to seeing more progress.

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**** Little Update ****

Not really worth doing an update really as i haven't done much but want to keep them regular so i can see how it all came together and keeps me motivated in continuing to build the buggy. Did get a few stickers on the car though :thumbsup:


Also got the front calipers removed from the car as im going to clean them up, replace the bolts/bleed screws and paint them.

Weather was pretty gloomy saturday so didn't get the buggy out of the garage all weekend. The funds are really tight at the moment so can't really do much till i get paid and im also running out of stuff i can do while its here.

Easter weekend the buggy is getting moved to my work's workshop where i have LOOOOOOOOAAAAAAADDDDDDSSSSSSS of indoor room to work on the car as i please. This also means i can get on with welding and test fitting the front mount radiator.

I have limited myself to spend only £100 on parts during April and then the starlet work will start at the end of April.

Items i have on the list to buy next month are:

* Fiat Cinquenciento Rad £35

* Aluminium for rad pipes £20

* Steel for mounting Rad £5

* Master cylinders/brake components £25

* Powder coating powder £10

* Misc Parts £5

TOTAL: £100

Luckily my work recently invested in a powder coating machine so im going to be using that alot to coat alot of the parts so they don't corrode, what with the car sat under cover for about 5-6 months of the year!

Jobs for the following months before the car goes to ToyotaGT are:

* Weld up pedalbox

* sort out battery mounting

* Test fit/fit front mount Rad

* Make new side mirror mounts

* Rebuild front calipers

* Powdercoat/paint front end parts

Im really looking forward to getting this car up to ToyotaGT but need to do as much as i can myself as im trying to limit the spending on this car, what with saving for a house!

Jason :rolleyes:

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*** Small Update ***

Haven't done anything this weekend as weather was so good and thought i would have a break from it all. Luckily becasue i don't have a date set for IVA i don't have to rush anything so everything can be done properly and i can take my time over it :(

Have been working on it during the week though, before and after work and during my lunch break. Aprils budget has been completely spent on the day i got paid and although i originally posted up a list of items i would be buying, this has since completely changed.

The front calipers where looking a bit tired so decided that this month i would be concentrating on these and working on the front end and getting everthing powdercoated/painted/rebuilt.

I toyed with the idea of buying alloy 4 pot front calipers but decided against it for several reasons, 1: they will provide too much power and will lock up way to easily 2: They are alot lighter, and although this seems like a good thing it will lighten the front even more and i need more weight at this end.

So i decided to rebuild the front mini calipers :lol: They started off like this.....


Got a wirewheel kit and cleaned them up some what



Then Tuesday these arrived :D New stainless steel caliper pistons, new seals all round, new bleed screws and new brake clevis's (£54 delivered, god i love mini prices :D )


While i have them off the car now is the time to give them about 5 coats of Hammerite to stop them rusting up again, these are not finished but starting to get there!


I also ordered a new clutch master cylinder with built in reserviour bottle (£13 delivered) and got this test fitted to the pedal box



Also ordered the fiat reserviour bottle for the brake master cylinder, black hammerite paint, black powder coat and brake master cylinder seal kit.

Im welding up the pedal box during the week ahead and will be sorting out pedals etc next weekend.

Im working next weekend but have cut a deal with my boss, he is happy for me to work on the buggy the whole weekend and keep an eye on things to make sure they are working fine. If anything is broken then get it fixed and then back to the buggy :D

Will update again at end of next weekend :p


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*** Update ***

Going to be a busy weekend so as i have a few minutes free i wanted to update a few things now while i can.

Got the buggy moved this morning to its new home for the next 1-2 months while i work on a few parts till its off to have the engine fitted.

It was hit or miss if the rain would hold out this morning but it did so i shot out and got the buggy to my work's workshop while i had the chance. I now have loads of tools at my disposal that i didn't have before and are so usefull :)

Can work on it when i want now as i have keys to the building and they are open daily anyway. so evenings, weekends, lunch breaks etc

Here is a few of it in the workshop, you can see how much room i have.........




Got the pedal box welded up first, not the best weld i know but its my first ever bit of welding....this has improved dramatically!



I have been toying with the idea of removing the battery tray and moving it somewhere else but thought it made more sense keeping it at the front. I cut the front off and grinded it back and rewelded the front piece back on. I have a strap that will be used to hold it down in place. I would use a smaller battery but weight at the front is a good thing :p Radiator will be mounted just in front of this, when i get a radiator anyway.


I then fitted the pedals to the box and have drilled the holes for the mastercylinders, im currently in the process of rebuilding the brake cylinder with new internals. This was then roughly placed and tacked in place and will be fully welded in place tomorrow.




Will update again later this weekend. :D


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looking good so far, you planning on getting it up and running for summer time mate.

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looking good so far, you planning on getting it up and running for summer time mate.

will be up and running in about 3-4 months hopefully, but won't be road legal till later in the year so will probably miss summer :p I don't want to rush this though so need to take my time, plus all the legal stuff for the IVA is a nightmare! They have just released the costs, £450 for the test and £90 for a retest, with that in mind im going to do everything i can to past first time but will probably fail on a few things :)

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*** Small Update ***

Well yesterday i went back to the workshop and managed to get a little more done as it wasn't too busy.

Firstly started with getting the pedalbox fully welded in, was a bit tricky but got it done in the end. A little messy but its in the correct position and will get cleaned up later when it goes up to toyotaGT next month. :mellow:


As im keeping the battery right at the front of the car i can now fit the kill switch, this has been put in the passenger footwell.


and then finally to meet the IVA regs i have had to fit some spacers to the frame to space the mirrors out so they can actually be of any use. Just welded them up and drilled the holes, they will be sprayed up Tomorrow if i get the chance.

I have put a hole in the rollcage padding and slid it over the end mounting point. This covers up the end so will help out at IVA stage as its covering the so called 'sharpe edges'.





Frame is starting to look a bit messy with all these bare metal, primer parts but when the car is all done and i don't need to do any more welding etc then it will be sand blasted and resprayed.

I also had some great news from ToyotaGT, they had a few hours spare last week so they have already removed the engine form the starlet and are starting to look it over! I have been told that on first impressions its in great condition and they will soon be doing a compression test and inspecting it further. I think they are as excited as me about getting this on the road! :)

As always i will keep you all updated when i can.

Jason :)

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Were there many of these buggy things made? I saw one the other day, thought of your project straight away lol

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