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    Default New Build

    Just received a 420R kit ordered from Bruce Beachman (Beachman Racing) in early August. The juxtaposition of an open build slot, a weak British Pound and a wife who seemingly prefers me in the garage has me pausing the home remodel for something a bit more fun. I'll post pictures and probably a few questions as the build proceeds. My goal is to be licensed and on the road this summer, but I'm in no rush as I plan to relish the experience.

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    Default In the Box

    I've not yet counted up the number of boxes, but we have the crate with the chassis, a much smaller crate with the motor, two seats, four tires, rear axle, and the boxes. Lots of boxes.

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    Default Unveiling

    This is gonna result in a run to the transfer station when all is said and done...

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    Welcome to the forum and thanks for starting a build thread -- with pictures! We love pictures.

    I believe we spoke at Bruce's party in December (I'm the Westfield owner who was selling the benefits of 13" wheels). Lot's of experienced folks here who can help if you get stuck along the way. Given I'm local to you, don't hesitate to drop me a PM if you need a hand.

    -John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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    Congratulations on your new kit. I believe you will find the building part to be one of the best parts of owning a Seven.
    Good luck.
    Jerry

    WCM Ultralite S2K (Sold 8/17)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Welcome to the forum and thanks for starting a build thread -- with pictures! We love pictures.

    I believe we spoke at Bruce's party in December (I'm the Westfield owner who was selling the benefits of 13" wheels). Lot's of experienced folks here who can help if you get stuck along the way. Given I'm local to you, don't hesitate to drop me a PM if you need a hand.

    -John
    Thanks John. I do recall you and our conversation about wheels. I opted for 13" wheels based on blind reasoning, so it was nice to get some reassurance from someone who could speak to the difference. But I'm sure 15" are just as good if not better so love all around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by powderbrake View Post
    Congratulations on your new kit. I believe you will find the building part to be one of the best parts of owning a Seven.
    Good luck.
    Thanks Jerry. You hit my motivation right on the nose. I've always wanted a British sports car and figured one day I'd have something vintage to restore (that might still happen), but being able to start from scratch'ish and have something that was actually sporty in the end made the 7 an obvious choice.

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    It will be good to have another 7 in the area. Excited to see it on the road.
    2012 CSR 260, registered as a 1966 Super 7

    Still in the massive grin stage. Damn bugs!

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    Looks like Christmas arrived a little late in that garage!

    Welcome to the forum! I also chatted with you at Bruce's Christmas party. You picked a sweet spot in the seven range - not too much hp for the road and very quick for the track day fun. 13 inch wheels are perfect - I run them on my 420R and CSR - less rotational mass so you accelerate quicker and the thicker side profile improves ride comfort and (to my mind) improves handling.

    My first suggestion is do an inventory of everything you have now. I guarantee you will be missing the old bolt, nut or part so its always good to identify this now, put your request in to get them so that you do not get an interruption during the build right when you have momentum going.

    Looking forward to seeing this build progress!

    Cheers
    mike
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Congratulations on the kit. Look forward to following the build.
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