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  • DSX 105L - coach built 356 replica

    Due to having to be stored outside this one will need some love this year. When it starts it will be given some modifications and upgrades similar to imps and well neded after the years.

    At least the engine and transaxle are in the right place driving the right wheels

    Some of the original parts such as the speedo and instruments will need rebuilt, something i enkoy, these are all original 356 parts and the new digital ones simply look too shiny.

    Battery relocation and wiring, the body os fibreglass so grounding and so on sort or relevant to clans adn ginettas, unfortunately as this is coach built rather than the common kits, its all bonded together fro strength sitting on what was a VW convertible beetle plan which has been shortedned and floor dropped.

    Like imps these all have quirks and one is fuel condensation on mid mounted carbs, to go dual is expensive, really expensive so likely I will go injection on this one. Result is a poor drive until warm as it affects idle.

    The engine is new, unlike imps you can buy everything you need new.

    But same issue as pattern parts do and some are real crap. Example is the Solex carbs, the copies are a complete waste of time, better buying a proper genuine refurbished genuine one.

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    / John

  • #2
    Love it John, what’s it like to drive?


    • #3
      A demon, gets round the road well but not at moment due to te neglect of leaving it outside.

      Interior is damaged, so will need new leather all round and carpet

      Hood can be saved.

      Paint work has suffered so it will need prepped and a respray, no dents to fix though and the scratches and chips on bonnet that have bugged me for so long can be fixed.

      A couple of panels have a slight ripple as black shows up every damn imperfection. might fix those, but being so shallow might be easier to just add a couple of coats of paint and have it cut back professionally as these fellas know their stuff and can work miracles as long as the paint thickness is enough.

      Only mention on last MOT was the handrake operation barely passed. So ir ckon the rear brake assemblies have seized a little or the cables have, so that needs done.

      Other than that it starts on the button and goes like the wind.

      Its actually helens car but she won't drive it as no power steering, no power assited brakes, no eletric windows and no door locks.... so I have to be cabbie.

      / John


      • #4
        Modern replica parts , complete waste of time, my workmate just invested nearly £40K in a new mill , when checking it out today we found that putting the lock on the quill moves it a terrible amount , just to confirm we tried the same thing on our 20 odd year old model and it didn't even move 0.001" yet new one can move 0.004" with just hand pressure on the side
        Someones going to get a good SHOUTING at tomorrow.
        Modern rubbish!



        • #5
          Ah well. Poor car crapped out on me, went to start last Monday for the builders to start on the house and ended up pusghing it onto the street

          Cause discovered and rectified.

          Yet ANOTHER Pertonix ignition module crapped out. Thats the third, car never even made it a decent run on first two.

          Never again. Electronics in old cars, bad bad bad bad

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          Bosch Dizzy, coil and lead s now back in and went first crank
          / John


          • #6
            We should know better. Think about one of these PCB's sitting there, sweating away with lots of condensation and no conformal coating (no idea if it has).

            Just think about the keyless handles on Mercedes W211/W219, it's 2 resistors and 2 x tact switches yet our good friends in Germany designed it cr@p.
            We could have done a much better job but would likely have pushed the cost from $1 to $2

            Better with basic. ;)
            Patrick McGrorty

            100% MK 1 just as rootes intended it, no mods, no problem


            • #7
              Amen and for those that think electronic ignition is the second coming, here endith the sermon
              / John