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      09-19-2007 03:18 PM #1
      so here's the deal. i love the 356 coupes from the days of old but something about owning and maintining a near 50 year old specimen seems a little daunting to me. I've been looking into some companies that make replica turnkey models available from anywhere between 15-20k (approx). From what i can see these cars use many updated parts, some including new frames and up to date suspensions with new engines and such as well as including Air conditioning ( a must for TX). mostly using VW parts.

      now my questions pertain to daily driving a car, such as this, on a daily basis. Would it be reliable enough? i know the cars are fairly simple in regards to new cars made today, but i dont want to be stranded every other day. also, i dont want something like this to be a garage queen rested for her sunday parade around the neighborhood. it'll be a replica, not an original, so i would rack up the miles on this bad boy. hell i would probably rack up the miles on an original too - i find it blasphemous to park such cars and not drive them.

      that being said, would this even be a good idea? do they even have airbags?what is it like to insure one of these cars?

      any help would greatly be appreciated

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      09-19-2007 03:20 PM #2
      First pic looks like a toy car. I wouldn't hit it.
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      09-19-2007 03:26 PM #3
      Hell yes I would! I'd daily a Cobra or a Seven if I had one. Just wear a lot of warm clothing.

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    4. 09-19-2007 03:30 PM #4
      yes. especially that one or a factory five cobra

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      09-19-2007 03:32 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by Avicenna »
      do they even have airbags?

      Please tell me you are joking...

      Do you want to ride to 60 in three seconds or drive there in five?

    6. 09-19-2007 03:33 PM #6
      I wouldn't chance it unless I was an ASE Certified technician. Where
      would I take it to have it worked on? Private guy might take a look at
      it but I like a specialist to do my work.
      The whole thought of it gives me the willies.

      However, as a second/third vehicle I would rock the hell out of any of them.


    7. 09-19-2007 03:35 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by patrickvr6 »

      Please tell me you are joking...

      I'll second that?


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      09-19-2007 03:37 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by patrickvr6 »

      Please tell me you are joking...

      e-humor is hard to detect. i shouldve inserted a

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    9. 09-19-2007 03:44 PM #9
      I would drive this kit car lol

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      09-19-2007 03:51 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by JustinJS »
      I would drive this kit car lol

      that looks like a toy.

      to the OP, what website were you looking at for the kit 356?


    11. 09-19-2007 03:53 PM #11

      Hell yeah I'd hit a kit car! I'm quite fond of the one Ferrari made



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      09-19-2007 03:55 PM #12
      there were a couple of websites i saw,

      namely this one intrigued me...

      http://www.jps-motorsports.com/turnkey.html

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      09-19-2007 03:56 PM #13
      I say we play Let's! Ask! Vierrrrgaaaaang!

      Come on down folks!


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      09-19-2007 03:59 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by DoubleNaught »

      Hell yeah I'd hit a kit car! I'm quite fond of the one Ferrari made
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      Was that really a kit car or are you being funny? It kinda looks like an MR-2 with some fiberglass add ons . I know there are a lot of kits that use Fieros and '80's Camaros as bases.

      Theres a guy near my house who daily drives a kit Cobra. I'm sure its a kit because what idiot would daily a real Cobra?

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      09-19-2007 04:03 PM #15
      Christ yes I'd do anything to DD a Seven replica, if I could wedge myself into one.

    16. 09-19-2007 04:07 PM #16
      I'll put in my vote for "yes" as well.

      A Cobra wouldn't be so bad.

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    17. 09-19-2007 04:10 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by Neon Washer Nozzle »

      Was that really a kit car or are you being funny? It kinda looks like an MR-2 with some fiberglass add ons . I know there are a lot of kits that use Fieros and '80's Camaros as bases.

      Theres a guy near my house who daily drives a kit Cobra. I'm sure its a kit because what idiot would daily a real Cobra?


      It's an actual car made by Ferrari, the F40


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      09-19-2007 04:24 PM #18
      I swear I'm not being snarky...Just buy a Mk1 used Audi TT,
      356 was one of the inspirations for the car.

      VW based kit cars are great. I'd drive a Meyers Manx every day in a heartbeat.

      Corrolary is....most kit kars do not have abs/airbags or AIR CONDITIONING.

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      09-19-2007 04:31 PM #19
      I'd drive a Lola T70 replica

      Or a GT40 replica

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      09-19-2007 04:45 PM #20
      a convertable 356, replica or otherwise, strikes me as the ultimate panty dropper.

      However, since I know someone would make reference to it being a genuine 356, something on that level deters me. Though it cant much different from the several cobra replicas out there.

      I say yes.

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      09-19-2007 05:13 PM #21
      I hope to in a few years.


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      09-19-2007 05:13 PM #22
      Westfields 11(Lotus 11)
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      Several of the different Lotus 7 kits
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      GTM (nearly any one of them, including the vintage ones)

      Stuff that is obviously not anything like the real thing built off of a Fiero or a front driver is of no interest or that shares nothing with its real kin (ie Countach kits) are of no interest.

      The 356 related kits are definitely interesting, particularly the coupes as illustrated.

      Keep it clean, honest and true to the character of the original and I'll take it.

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      09-19-2007 05:53 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by kmead »
      The 356 related kits are definitely interesting, particularly the coupes as illustrated.

      Keep it clean, honest and true to the character of the original and I'll take it.

      I agree. The only problem I have (at first glance) with their stuff is that you can only get the coupe in turnkey form and the A/C unit looks awful and out of place. I would think that someone must produce some kind of vents and controls that would look a little more period correct. I'd do without altogether, but if you need it in Texas (I've been there, so I understand!) then I'd check with someone like Vintage Air and see if they have something that looks a little better.

      The cars should be reliable, but I would opt for the 1775 engine, as it has enough power for pushing that fiberglass potato chip around and should be easy to keep in tune. I don't know why in the world they'd use Weber ICT carbs, though. Kadrons will give better performance and are easier to keep in tune. (though the stock Kadron linkage sucks... I'd replace it with Gene Berg's unit)

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      09-19-2007 06:09 PM #24
      A guy near my parents DD's a 427 Cobra kit car. It's ridiculous, it sounds like an earthquake when he drives past. Personally, I wouldn't want to use something so wild. I'd consider a GT40 replica, if my commute was short, not through traffic, and I had a second car.

    25. 09-19-2007 06:10 PM #25
      To the Original Post Question:

      Yes. Yes I will. I fully intend to unleash the full fury of my Super 7 to go get milk, eggs, and bread.


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      09-19-2007 06:23 PM #26
      We have a local kit car that the guy drives to work pretty regularly:







    27. 09-19-2007 11:47 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by jackboots »
      I'd drive a Lola T70 replica

      Good Lord, yes, I'd drive one of these every day! I've sat in a real one, cramped and claustrophobic, limited (understatement) rear vision... The perpetual smile on my face would rival Mr. Sardonicus...


    28. 09-19-2007 11:55 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by FBMphil »
      I say we play Let's! Ask! Vierrrrgaaaaang!

      Come on down folks!

      he probably cant comment due to his lawyer.

      but then at the same time we could also probably ask gotApex... you have two kit cars from Noble... with two completely different results...

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      09-20-2007 12:04 AM #29
      I'd drive a 356 Replica as a daily driver with out reservation.

      I would however take a few cautionary steps.

      1) Powder coat the pan, frame, suspension pieces.

      2) Install a full cage with diagonals at the seat to make it easier to enter and exit the car.

      3) Drop in a subie 2.5

      4) Enjoy!

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      09-20-2007 12:05 AM #30
      i would never drive a kit car

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      09-20-2007 01:31 AM #31
      droool omg that JPS coupe is awesome.

      Is there a forum out there where I can read what some owners of it have to say?


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      09-20-2007 01:52 AM #32
      Quote, originally posted by 71DubBugBug »
      i would never drive a kit car

      Let's hear it for being open minded!


    33. 09-20-2007 06:40 AM #33
      if it's vw based, you'll have no problems. as it was stated earlier, get a 1776cc engine. it runs pretty cool, and it's quick. just maintain it like a nice vw, and you'll be fine.

      oh, and make sure you spring for an IRS pan. much better driving than a swing axle.

      then outlaw it!


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      09-20-2007 05:54 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by metaljim »


      try again


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