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    Default The Last Crate Out of Dartford

    It's not quite as dramatic as "The Last Lifeboat Off The Titanic" or "The Last Chopper Out Of Saigon" but I just got word that my 310S SV kit was in the last shipment of four Caterhams to leave the factory before COVID-19 caused them to shut down. Josh Robbins tells me that two of the four were for the UK market and two (including mine) are coming to Rocky Mountain Caterham. I'm chuffed.

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    Hi Squeegee,
    I received the same info from Josh today, my kit is a 420R. Josh will be building mine with a planned finish in September.

    I had to google "chuffed", but now I can agree to being chufffed also.
    Jim

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    Squeegee: Not of Titanic proportions, but not bad for a first post! Congrats to you and kayentaskier! We expect photos, stories etc. Let's keep the chuffing going!
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    Excellent bit of good news for Squeegee and Jim - congratulations to you both!

    What spec did you both end up deciding on? Are these kits or rollers?


    Also, welcome to the USA7s forum Squeege!
    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 finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Croc,

    Here's the spec I decided on. I plan to assemble it myself. The factory literature says that it can be put together by a "diligent amateur." I am confident that what I may lack in diligence, I more than make up for in amateurishness.

    Squeegee

    https://www.caterhamcars.com/en/conf...20&height=1080

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeegee View Post
    Croc,

    Here's the spec I decided on. I plan to assemble it myself. The factory literature says that it can be put together by a "diligent amateur." I am confident that what I may lack in diligence, I more than make up for in amateurishness.

    Squeegee
    Looks good, but... Many on here have bemoaned the lack of available tire options for a 14" wheel. Either 13" or 15" offers more choices for tires. Personally, I prefer 13" because they're lighter, but others may differ.
    Looks good!

    edit -- Oh yeah, congratulations to you both!
    Sean

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    I like them both. Something about green seems to suit the shape of a seven - whether it be the bold lime green or the classic darker British Racing Green - it just always works.

    And you both bought in the sweet spot of the range. 310/420 is a perfect spec for road driving without being too overpowered but can still enjoy a good track day when required.

    Very nice - congratulations to you both.

    So let me guess - it was agony choosing a spec with the multitude of options and selections available?
    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 finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Both are awesome looking cars. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Keep us posted on your progress!

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    I agree that there are way too many possibilities, but once I decided on the 310, everything else fell into place. The only thing I even came close to agonizing over was the paint. I came very close to going with green with an orange nose stripe and a matching orange roll bar, but orange is a little flashy for me. Same with the wheels. The 14" minilite looking wheels are just a little more conservative and more to my taste. If I start doing track night and autocross, I can always get Dunlop Direzza ZIII in that size. The other argument for 14" is the fact that I will be doing a lot of driving through the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests (Highway 7, "The Pig Trail", etc.) Great roads, but often your final destination at a lodge or fishing resort is 2-3 miles down a gravel road. In a case like that every extra millimeter of clearance will be appreciated. I have just retired after over 30 years in the State Department Foreign Service (mostly Africa) so ANY Seven will be the highest performance car I have driven in a long time.

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