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Yeeee Haww
November 9, 2015
4:42 pm
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Marlin
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Order in. Payment made. Now comes the long painful but busy wait for the car to be built and shipped. Hopefully by fast boat. Unfortunately, no opportunity yet to visit the shop and have a cuppa with the gang. From what I've read a very pleasurable experience. Already have been disassembling a '01 Miata, 1.8L vvt, 6 speed, LSD, 181k miles. Will be refreshing engine, 6 speed already in shop for refresh. Order is GT wide body, LHD, Mazda street Zero, not complete but hopefully with everything I'll need. BRG GRP, yellow nosecone, black diffuser, silver wheels. Not a blogger but will post pictures and ask tons (or is that tonnes) of questions. Private message function would still be a nice addition to the forum.
So now I'm a real owner in the GBS forum. Thanks for all the knowledge I've gleaned off the forum already to all participants.
Cheers, Marlin

Zero GT Mazda(1.8LVVT) ordered Nov 9 '15, arrived Apr 15 '16,

November 9, 2015
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Nice one....

Out of interest, is there no US company that supplies kit cars like GBS/Caterham etc? Considering how many LHD chassis's I saw at the factory, there must be enough demand.

November 9, 2015
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Nice car and welcome to the club.

November 10, 2015
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Marlin
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Hi Nelmo,
There are many kit car companies in the USA. Some problems that come up are; they come and go with the seasons, sometimes not staying in business very long, one persons idea of a replica does not match another or mine, their quality is not up to standard. I try to go with the best company in my price range. Factory five was a very good experience and suspect GBS will be up to the task. No manual is a concern but I hope the forums knowledge base will increase as we all stumble along. A WIKI would be nice for some questions that come up repeatedly. And still pushing for private message ability. FFR manual was good but I didn't follow step by step anyway, did give a wonderful false sense of security. Have 3000 miles on the car this year. Keep wrenching (spanning), and asking questions, I'm learning by your inquiries. Cheers, Marlin

Zero GT Mazda(1.8LVVT) ordered Nov 9 '15, arrived Apr 15 '16,

November 11, 2015
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nelmo said

Nice one....

Out of interest, is there no US company that supplies kit cars like GBS/Caterham etc? Considering how many LHD chassis's I saw at the factory, there must be enough demand.

We do have a US Dealer of the name Brian Ball Motorsport. They've sold quite a few for us over there and even have a few cars of their own at their HQ.

Marlin, welcome to the forum and it was nice to initiate the conversation over email regarding a kit order Smile

November 21, 2015
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Hi Marlin.
IMHO Don't worry too much about no manual;
There is so much information available on the internet now if you want options/education; and direct from the factory when you need that definitive line.

Zero GT: On the road Summer 2013. Experience: 1x Amateur build Zero. Build Diary: Richard's GBS Zero

January 2, 2016
12:29 am
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Happy New Year Marlin, 2016 will be your Year of the Zero.

Hope you did not eat too much over the Holiday Season.

The Zero is much smaller than the Cobra, hope you fit !

If you need to PM, call me on cavoktc at Hotmail dot com

Glad to tell you what I did building my Ford ali GT if you ask.

Has your kit arrived yet ? You haven't said yet, too busy building ?

Zero Seven......Greater than a Cater

April 18, 2016
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Marlin
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YEEEE HAWW x2 Car Arrived home April 15, 2016
http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/Marlin95490/smDSCN2400_zpsp2ldsg1c.jpgImage Enlarger

Now the real fun begins instead of just reading about it. Thanks to all back in the UK that helped make this happen.
Sincerely,
Marlin

Zero GT Mazda(1.8LVVT) ordered Nov 9 '15, arrived Apr 15 '16,

April 20, 2016
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I would be failing in Duty of Care if I did not say I found it much easier to assemble and mount the Front Suspension
before fitting the side panels. More room to fit and fiddle. I assembled the bushes and adjusted the shims etc
then marked all the bits at their appropriate places and then removed for later. And rears before back panel. Ha!
Tried to balance the shim washers to keep the same relationship to front cross member of each arm.
Suspension fitting seemed satisfying. I even tried on the wheels to get a feel for the final product.
Don't know about Mazda but Ford Drive/Tail shaft insertion was easier before Diff fitting.

Zero Seven......Greater than a Cater

April 20, 2016
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Thanks for the thoughts. Sound very similar to my build plan. Even went and got non-nylok nuts already to make ease of on again off again. Hope to run most of the plumbing and electrical also before permanent panel fitting. Clecos are our friend. Once further along will need to order up the drive (tail) and 1/2 shafts. On the Mazda they are not stock or of equal lengths. Wishbones already cleaned up. Let the pushing of the bushings commence.

Zero GT Mazda(1.8LVVT) ordered Nov 9 '15, arrived Apr 15 '16,

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