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914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
11/23/23 1:03 p.m.

Trimuter?    Aluminum diamond plate arm rest isn't the best idea today.

kb58
kb58 UltraDork
11/23/23 3:44 p.m.

Ugh, why the diamond plate... why...

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
11/23/23 7:22 p.m.

In reply to kb58 :

Diamond plate naturally attracts hack "fabricators."

MyMiatas
MyMiatas HalfDork
11/23/23 10:08 p.m.
914Driver said:

Trimuter?    Aluminum diamond plate arm rest isn't the best idea today.

That could be painted up like a X Wing fighter!!  :0)

fanfoy
fanfoy SuperDork
11/24/23 5:29 p.m.
californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia UberDork
11/24/23 6:00 p.m.

Wow the Alfa is cool , a long way from being a car ,

but I would love to have the body  and put it on a modern "skate" 

Anyone know  if thats a one off body ?

Noddaz
Noddaz GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/24/23 8:08 p.m.

Interesting.  It looks like there is some sort of frame under it.  

Drop axle in the front to make it have 4 wheels.

Maybe a transverse engine/trans (Think Goblin) if there is room in the back.

Remove the diamond plate.

And maybe paint it up like an X-wing fighter as MyMiatas said.

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 UberDork
11/24/23 10:31 p.m.

In reply to californiamilleghia :

That is an old one off. Look through the photos, some are scanned film. Body is really an un-finished buck. The Jag six, or some modern inline twin cam six with modern independent front suspension, Miata chunk in back would make a cool car. The original 1937 car had 4 wheel independent suspension and a twin cam six, so no transverse 4 please.

MyMiatas
MyMiatas HalfDork
11/25/23 12:58 a.m.

To quote Jaloponik "Originally touted in Mechanics Illustrated as a gas or electric commuter, this trike will get you noticed no matter where you’re going."

I thought that the engine in it might be a Beetle or Porsche. 

 

 

chandler
chandler MegaDork
11/26/23 6:47 p.m.
NY Nick
NY Nick GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/26/23 6:54 p.m.

In reply to chandler :

That is awesome. Rick Dobbertin is a legend. I remember his J2000 and the surface Orbiter from when I was a kid. That car is less than 30 minutes from me. Maybe I should go meet this guy while I can???

stroker
stroker PowerDork
11/26/23 7:22 p.m.

In reply to chandler :

Boy, that seems like a good deal for someone...

MyMiatas
MyMiatas HalfDork
11/26/23 8:34 p.m.

In his ad

"Dobbertin Performance

We specialize at mounting C5 or C6 Corvette suspensions in just about anything - Including Manta kit cars!"

If he has a business doing such things, why does he just finish it? Keep those mechanic who are hourly busy. Right??

NY Nick
NY Nick GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/26/23 8:45 p.m.

In reply to MyMiatas :

I'm guessing he needs the money. If I remember right he has a history of amazing builds, brilliant ideas and financial strain. 

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 UberDork
11/26/23 10:33 p.m.

Or he was building it for a customer and they stopped paying.

rdcyclist
rdcyclist GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/27/23 4:44 p.m.

Mostly finished, just add power and transmission of your choice: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2020-bailey-edward-cars-bailey-917/

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE UltraDork
12/2/23 12:36 p.m.

How about a 1981 ELECTRIC Bradley GTE? Put up nearly 2 months ago for $1,900, I wonder how easily you could snag it now...

And for $3K here's another random in Oklahoma. 

914Driver said:

Trimuter?    Aluminum diamond plate arm rest isn't the best idea today.

I absolutely love all Robert Q. Reily vehicles, and I'm sad we lost him earlier this year- he was a true original, just loved making cars that were as efficient as possible from an era that seemed like the gas and energy crisis of the 70s was never going to end. Knowing that these car ideas and documents were widely shared and repeatedly built on by people who thought they were preparing for a terrible future honestly makes each and every vehicle made like this into a story unto themselves, and it doesn't hurt that his later concepts were genuinely fast thanks to their impressively low weights.

stroker
stroker PowerDork
12/14/23 4:14 p.m.

Dunno if this is a "kit" car--sounds like the seller is trying to get his business off the ground.

NMNA

kb58
kb58 UltraDork
12/14/23 10:51 p.m.
rdcyclist said:

Mostly finished, just add power and transmission of your choice: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2020-bailey-edward-cars-bailey-917/

Went for $150K... of course it did, it's BAT.

stroker
stroker PowerDork
12/17/23 9:25 a.m.

This one is claimed complete but it looks pretty rough.

NMNA

stroker
stroker PowerDork
12/19/23 3:21 p.m.

THIS has the potential to be a steal for someone, IMHO.

triumph7
triumph7 HalfDork
12/19/23 10:36 p.m.

In reply to stroker :

Well, until you get to the words "except glass".

That's the downfall of a lot of kits, the glass is either super, super expensive or totally unobtainable.

stroker
stroker PowerDork
12/20/23 8:13 a.m.
triumph7 said:

In reply to stroker :

Well, until you get to the words "except glass".

That's the downfall of a lot of kits, the glass is either super, super expensive or totally unobtainable.

If I were to buy it, I'd cut the top off and make it a M6B replica, anyway...  :)

stroker
stroker PowerDork
12/30/23 12:19 p.m.
dr_strangeland
dr_strangeland GRM+ Memberand Reader
1/4/24 7:31 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/870650478121554/

This listing was suggested to me by Facebook when I opened marketplace, so I'm clearly making the right bad decisions in my life.

 

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