Last Call- Lowest Cost Locost Edition


Who hasn’t dreamed of someday building their own Caterham or other Lotus 7 derivative – I mean other than say Helen Keller or Ralph Nader? The one thing that keeps this dream a pure fantasy for most of us is that, even though an object comprised of equal parts obtained elements and sweat equity, any one of these is still a five figure investment. But what if I told you that this Se7en above, seen here in its incomplete form, had an acquisition cost of only about $400? What would you think then? Of course, as always, there is a catch.

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11 responses to “Last Call- Lowest Cost Locost Edition”

  1. ptschett Avatar

    This guy needs a slight rewrite to a Sammy Hagar song:
    Go on & write me up for, oh, 25
    Post my face, wanted dead or alive
    Take my license n' all that jive
    I can't drive — 55!

  2. JayP2112 Avatar

    My son sent me a few pics of a 911 by the lake. Looking at it on my phone I really had a hard time between a real car and a model.
    So his birthday is coming up- Time to see if I can find an autoart model on the cheap.
    Got the latest blipshift for him. That a good one.

  3. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

    Today was a good day. [youtube cAqJ5I8NjTM youtube] Whoop, part I: / /

    1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

      Yeah that link did not work, sorry. [youtube wnjDW8dy3us youtube]

    2. Alff Avatar

      That is awesome. How did it handle?
      Today was an awesome day for my 16 y.o. daughter, too. As cool as that Volvo 1800ES was, I decided to meet her where she lives…
      <img src=""width=500&gt;
      If only I had a place to park it.

      1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
        ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

        That's a perfect choice, good work! What does your wife think? The A handles like a tractor. When I got back in Astrid it was phenomenal how light the clutch, brakes, and steering suddenly were. At one point I tried to make a right at an intersection at normal right turn speeds and it took me two lanes. Braking was way early too. It makes me smile, I'm in a serious downer now though. Also for the throttle pedal (there is spark advance and throttle on the steering wheel too) you sort of have to roll your foot from this nub cause the car shakes so much and it's so touchy. Also, no synchros in any gear 😀

        1. Alff Avatar

          You were fortuntate to have a friend who would let you grind his gears! That doesn't look like a rustoleum special.
          Do you actually manipulate the spark advance to drive it? How do you know when/how?

          1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
            ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

            I am very lucky! He started it for me, had the spark on the left all the way up then soon pulled it to about the middle. He said you rarely need to touch it while going, said it sort of feels flat and difficult the acceleration to about 7MPH in first if you have it wrong. The start procedure involved reaching down and opening a petcock like somewhat like on a radiator, the gas tank is under the cowl, and there was a cork float with a 3 bobbing around, meaning 3/4 full. The starter was a floor button that looked like for high beams neat the accelerator nub. There was also a choke on the right where the front passenger sat, but it was warm out and the car had been driven just an hour before so he did not pull it. If you twist it, you adjust the mix! Once when idling the engine was about to stall, so he adjusted the right lever on the steering wheel some, it's a throttle. Also the center of the steering wheel is a dial with a small lever for the thumb, that's for lights. There was one tail light and mirror, it was grand!

        2. Alff Avatar

          Wifeis a bit concerned about safety but, hell, I had the predecessor to this when I was a kid and absolutely loved it. When the time comes, you might consider doing what I did – just show up with a car out of the blue. Saylor was surprised and overjoyed. Her reaction put me on cloud 9.

    3. Vairship Avatar

      Fantastic job! Looks like a lot of fun…

  4. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Meh, I like to buy cars that have all their wheels.

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