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Thread: Looking at a WCM Ultralite

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    Default Looking at a WCM Ultralite

    Hey Guys,

    I almost bought a Brunton stalker abouy 18 months ago after agonizing over the decision for more than a year.
    Ended up buying a supercharged Elise project car that I've already put a couple hundred hours into.

    But I was saying that it was still not scratching the itch and that I still had this ultralight go kart idea in my mind.
    The next day a For Sale thread came up on a WCM Ultralite.
    The car looks nice but is way too pricey, so I'm kicking tires and now that WCM is out of business I'm not even sure if you can source parts for them any more.

    What should I know about them?
    I'm familiar with the drivetrain, but don't know about the availability of the rest of the parts. If something broke right now I wouldn't know where to look it up to find a replacement.

    Also I hear they're larger, and have a trunk, 2 things the stalker seemed to be lacking in which would really come in handy. And finally the wind from the full windshield came in around the sides, enough that even shouting at about 50mph was impossible, and uncomfortable.
    Am I crazy for thinking the brooklands style on the WCM would be anywhere near acceptable?
    I went on a supercar rally with the elise and still got hit in the head with a couple stones. i can only imagine the brooklands.

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    I can't answer the WCM questions, but will say wearing a helmet in a Seven can be a good idea.
    2003 Birkin

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    Thanks, I'd REALLY really like to avoid that. I think it looks silly to have to wear a helmet in a car but I'm wondering if I should buy the car at any price. Given finding parts may be impossible now. I wish I knew about this model when I was looking at Brunton stalkers.
    I've heard they're wider even, and having a real trunk area is surprising.

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    I'd buy one. I looked at them years ago, visited the shop in Texas where they were made. I like the Ultralites and the few parts that aren't standard wouldn't be that difficult to fabricate. The internet is your friend on figuring out what most of the parts are.

    I just wear helmets when out on the highway or track. For cruising into town for coffee, a hat, ear plugs and sunglasses are fine.
    Last edited by Alfonse; 09-05-2018 at 08:21 PM.
    2003 Birkin

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    What if you get into an accident and need a new front end.. Thats the sort of thing that would total the car I guess unless you could fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciff5 View Post
    What if you get into an accident and need a new front end.. Thats the sort of thing that would total the car I guess unless you could fix it.
    That sort of accident totals a lot of cars, with the airbags adding to repairs. You take the insurance payout (agreed value) and get another one. Or you take their money, minus a nominal salvage amount, and keep the salvage. Then go the LoCost route and fix it. Probably no harder or more expensive than it would be with my old (80s) Birkin.

    My advice: Don't worry. Be happy.


    -Mark

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    I owned an Ultralite, and I loved it. The performance is awesome, the reliability is solid.

    The is a "manual" available from ( I forgot the name) here on the USA7s website. The owner of the company is WestTexasS2k here on this forum, and he can supply parts.

    Steering rack is MGB, spindles are Fiero or Mustang II, diff and rear end is Subaru, brakes are Willwood, drivetrain Honda.


    I had the "brooklands" style wind screen on mine, and I made new ones about 1 1/2 " higher, and they work great.

    Drive it, you will love it.
    Jerry

    WCM Ultralite S2K (Sold 8/17)

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    Quote Originally Posted by powderbrake View Post
    I owned an Ultralite, and I loved it. The performance is awesome, the reliability is solid.

    The is a "manual" available from ( I forgot the name) here on the USA7s website. The owner of the company is WestTexasS2k here on this forum, and he can supply parts.

    Steering rack is MGB, spindles are Fiero or Mustang II, diff and rear end is Subaru, brakes are Willwood, drivetrain Honda.


    I had the "brooklands" style wind screen on mine, and I made new ones about 1 1/2 " higher, and they work great.

    Drive it, you will love it.
    Powerderbrake I see you sold your car a year ago. If you don't mind me asking what did it go for, and whats the going rate on these cars?

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    Here is a link to my for sale ad. I got a little less than my asking price.
    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/showthread.p...closed-trailer
    Jerry

    WCM Ultralite S2K (Sold 8/17)

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    Quote Originally Posted by powderbrake View Post
    Here is a link to my for sale ad. I got a little less than my asking price.
    http://www.usa7s.net/vb/showthread.p...closed-trailer

    Thanks Jerry I used your car as a benchmark. He wants 30k for his and it just doesn't add up to what the market seems to be on them.
    He also disclosed, thankfully that he's been dealing with hydraulic issues and a crunchy trans when shifting near redline. So the trans likely needs to get rebuilt. I've had hydraulic issues cause me to start beating up the synchros and that further pushed the value down for me.

    I was in the lower 20s but the transmission issue pushed me down to 20k even. Which obviously is too far off what he wants for it....

    Ohh well... may not be meant to be. I just bought an Elise 12 months ago and I've been putting cash into it to rebuild it ever since, so the wife's already mad.
    I've struck out twice on trying to get into a Lotus 7 style car.

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