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Bizarro

posted on 28/1/16 at 09:30 PM Reply With Quote
Project Stratos

Been a while since I last logged onto Locost.

I built an MK around 3-4 years ago, with the help and input from people on here, thanks.
Ive been dipping in and out of the kit car scene for some years and always wanted to build a Stratos or GT40. The idea of the MK was always to see how I got on with building a car prior to putting, what will be quite a significant, investment into my next project.

Eventually decided on a Stratos, certainly not Locost but less than a GT40! Picked the chassis up around 12 months ago and things have been progressing steadily since.

Bought this on e-bay for not a great deal of money..

alfa
alfa


The kit uses the engine and gearbox from the 166, Im also using the Alfa ecu so make use of some of the loom.
Engine and box were stripped and rebuilt, I also fitted a Quaife LSD. Broke the remainder of the 166 and managed to get back almost the cost of the car!

engine1
engine1


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engine2


Chassis is it was when I collected it

chassis
chassis


Took around 8 months to get to this point

chassis above
chassis above


rear
rear


front
front


Its a well engineered kit, aluminium billet uprights:

front sus
front sus


rear sus
rear sus


Car successfully started and driven under its own power

side
side


This is where I am now, body is loosely fitted. I need to take the centre section off and trim the roll cage prior to refitting and bonding on permanently.

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body1


Description
Description


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body3


Im not 100% about the quality of the gel coat and may have it painted once I have the body properly fitted and aligned.
Interior will be Stradale rather than the full on Group 4 rally version.

Hopefully be of interest to some of you and you may see it around at Stoneleigh in the future.

Cheers

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SteveRST

posted on 28/1/16 at 10:01 PM Reply With Quote
That's looking really good! Always been a huge fan of the stratos shape - do like that blue as well.

What is the kit? I know that Hawk are popular?

Keep us all updated with your progress.






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JAG

posted on 28/1/16 at 10:03 PM Reply With Quote
Congratulations; it's going to be a beautiful car, as are all Stratos!

I've only built one kitcar and I don't see me building another. BUT if I did it would be a Stratos replica





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perksy

posted on 28/1/16 at 10:25 PM Reply With Quote
Keep the updates coming please

Looking good

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Bizarro

posted on 28/1/16 at 10:27 PM Reply With Quote
Thanks..

The kit is made by a company called Lister Bell, they have been around for about 4 years.

Their kit is a more modern take on the Stratos, when compared to the Hawk who arguably make a more authentic kit using hard to find older Lancia and Alfa parts.
From the research I did this kit is an easier build than the Hawk due most of the parts being made by the kit manufacturer. It does use quite a few parts from an X19 (as did the original) which are now getting more and more scarce.

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Bizarro

posted on 28/1/16 at 10:28 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by perksy
Keep the updates coming please

Looking good


Thanks, will do...

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cloudy

posted on 29/1/16 at 08:32 AM Reply With Quote
Looks brill! Out of interest what do you do for a windscreen on these kits?





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posted on 29/1/16 at 09:45 AM Reply With Quote
I don't often gush but.... man that is so lovely. I love the Stratos as a car and that colour combo is perfect.





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nick205

posted on 29/1/16 at 09:54 AM Reply With Quote
Looks very nice!

As above, I'm a real fan of the Stratos look and that seems to capture it very well.

Best of luck and keep us updated.






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nick205

posted on 29/1/16 at 10:03 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cloudy
Looks brill! Out of interest what do you do for a windscreen on these kits?


Good point IIRC the Stratos windscreen was made specially to fit at great expense. I can't imagine anything similar is readily available from a donor car.

ETA...maybe cheaper than I thought...

http://www.heatedwindscreen.com/acatalog/lancia-stratos-clea r-heated-windscreen.html

[Edited on 29/1/16 by nick205]

ETA2...even cheaper (although it has to be said a heated windscreen is a bonus)...

http://www.heatedwindscreen.c om/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=lancia&PN=lancia-stratos-clear-windscreen%2ehtml#SID=521

[Edited on 29/1/16 by nick205]






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SpencerP

posted on 29/1/16 at 11:17 AM Reply With Quote
Please please keep posting! On my bucket list!
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woodster

posted on 29/1/16 at 07:34 PM Reply With Quote
Beautiful ....... Love those fat rear wheels they look expensive
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Smokin Donut

posted on 29/1/16 at 07:55 PM Reply With Quote
Always wanted one of these. How much room is there in the footwells?
Build looks great you must be excited!





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gregs

posted on 29/1/16 at 09:47 PM Reply With Quote
love it
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Bizarro

posted on 30/1/16 at 09:44 AM Reply With Quote
Thanks again for the positive replies.

As has been pointed out the windscreen is not that expensive. Copies were commissioned by the Stratos club, I believe they are an exact copy and will fit an original car. In cab ventilation is notoriously rubbish, so I will be getting a heated windscreen.

The colour scheme is based on original 70s rally cars sponsored by Chardonnet (French Lancia importer not the wine!).

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Chardonett2


Chardonett1
Chardonett1


Im not going for the full on rally decals, the car stands out as it is and I think sometimes the decals take away the shape of the car.
When I ordered it I was considering red wheels, as I thought the blue and yellow may be a bit much, now its coming together Im really pleased I did go yellow as one colour sets the other off.

The space in the footwell is not that bad, certainly bigger than a 7.
Its slightly wider than the original and the steering wheel and pedals are in line. Unlike the original, which was typical Italian, the driver was a bit of an after thought and they put the steering wheel on one side and the passenger had the pedals

Ill certainly post more pictures as I progress. Its not a quick build, the above 10 or so pictures are about 18 months of work, so probably wont have anything new to report for a couple of months.
Trying to get parts from the kit supplier is not the easiest, as Im sure we have all experienced, dealing with small volume kit manufacturers is never quick!

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tilly819

posted on 31/1/16 at 10:06 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by Bizarro

front sus
front sus





Do you happen to know what ball joints are used on the outboard end of those wishbones?

They look ideal for a project I'm doing!

Cheers,
Tilly





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coozer

posted on 1/2/16 at 10:56 AM Reply With Quote
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quote:
Originally posted by Bizarro

front sus
front sus





Do you happen to know what ball joints are used on the outboard end of those wishbones?

They look ideal for a project I'm doing!

Cheers,
Tilly [/quotes]

They look like spherical bearings to me. You can see the bearing cups welded to the ends of the arms.

Nice build by the way. Keep us updated.





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tilly819

posted on 4/2/16 at 02:12 PM Reply With Quote
True, but they also have gaiters and if they were sphericals there would be a nut or bolt head on the outside of the wishbones.

Cheers
Tilly





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David Jenkins

posted on 4/2/16 at 03:24 PM Reply With Quote
The Stratos is very much a Marmite design - I love it, the wife thinks it's ugly. If I had an unlimited budget I would build a replica, perhaps with a Ferrari engine as originally fitted.

Many, many years ago I saw a genuine one in Swansea - never seen one before, but instantly fell in love with it, even though it looked like something that had landed from outer space. There was a TV programme a long time ago about Group B rally cars, which showed a Stratos hammering up a very rough track; it looked really weird, but wonderful.





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Bizarro

posted on 29/4/17 at 05:11 PM Reply With Quote
After 2 years finally managed to get this finished and through IVA

Passed IVA end of Feb and got my registration through 1st March. Not had a great deal of chance to use it, only done about 150 miles, apart from desperately needing a suspension geometry set up, all is fine. Cant believe the attention it attracts!

Hopefully be at Stoneleigh tomorrow, say hello if you see me.

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lbstr1


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SJ

posted on 29/4/17 at 07:26 PM Reply With Quote
That's lovely! There's a guy local to me has a red Stratos replica. I'm very jealous!
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posted on 29/4/17 at 08:25 PM Reply With Quote
Lovely job! Enjoy!

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ReMan

posted on 29/4/17 at 11:38 PM Reply With Quote
Looks great love to see it but not at stoneliegh til monday at





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Mash

posted on 30/4/17 at 05:42 PM Reply With Quote
Amazing car ! Well remember seeing these flying through the forests back in the day

Always wanted one, and if I had the cash, I'd build one

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loggyboy

posted on 30/4/17 at 07:44 PM Reply With Quote
Looks lovely. My dads been hankering after one of these for aes. What was the approx build cost?






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