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  • #57037

    Daemon Löfman
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    I’ve had a dream for some years to build an some sort of sports coupe / roadster  out of an not so common car, something english or french. would love to have had a simca 8, peugeot 203 convert, Ford comete monte carlo as a base to build it from but prices and availability is pretty off my limits…

    Something similar that the early coachbuilders and custom shops like valley custom might have put out back in the day

    I just ran into this Hillman Minx 1953 MK V saloon
    price was so good i couldnt afford to not buy it almost.

    Its a little like an odd 1948 studebaker or something, pretty cute somewhat but leaves alot to the do list..

    but anyhow i do see potential as it actually have some cool lines and potential

    what exactly it will be is an ongoing plan so nothing set in stone right now.
    it will be very far away from a ratrod etc that’s for sure. i want it to be a coachbuild feeling with class and style . taking an cheap ugly duckling and turning it into something elegant and stylish.

    It will run an 1952 oldsmobile 303 engine with lasalle transmission
    it will be a 2 door. lengthen doors or get convertible / californian doors

    here are 4 pictures of the actual car.
    2 sketches from Hillman of their convertible minx

    aswell as some pics found on the net of some convertibles and hillman californian
    both show the more potential of the minx then the 4 door but not exactly my plan. i mean i do not want to copy their other models i want something more…

    eventhough its not exactly a simca 8 or ford comete montecarlo it has the potential to be something similar…

     

    Any ideas are very welcome to hear.

     

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    #57048

    Daemon Löfman
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    some cars that inspired me to dream about a car like this

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    #57054

    James D
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    What an excellent idea and great inspiration – I’m a massive fan of the Comete/Monte Carlo/Simca 8 too.

    I’ll have a go with photoshop later on.

    #57055

    Daemon Löfman
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    Ah very inspiring to hear, i love your photoshop stuff 🙂

    on a side note its actually 16×3″ rims, 3 bolted and has 4x 16″ 5.00 firestone wheels in good condition,
    pretty hard size to come by these days.. these are not going to be on the car, will be 5 bolted wheels all around with some more stylewise fitting, probably would look better with 15″ wheels on the cars and 5.60 wheels .

    and for the price of the car i basicly got 4 front wheels for my hotrods and other rims that hopefully will swallov some ford centers for 16×3″ wheels with 5×5.5″ bolt pattern 😀

    the Hillman Actually run and drives as is now actually . paid something like 100 euro for the whole car!

     

     

    #57056

    Bert Gustafsson
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    Sounds interesting, looking forward to follow the progress.

    #57057

    ARTMAN
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    Little idea.. 😉

    but it’s very little car!

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    #57067

    Daemon Löfman
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    Ahh thats a good start much better proportions.

    #57068

    Dave Tartaglia
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    Nice idea. How about something like this:

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    #57070

    James D
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    You mentioned Valley Customs and coachbuilts, so i stayed away from the more usual Kustom touches.

    I´m thinking finding a Morris Minor roof would get you off to a very good start too…

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    #57071

    Dave Tartaglia
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    James D – I didn’t think a Morris Minor roof could look good on anything, including the Morris.

    But is sure looks great here.

     

    #57072

    James D
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    Ah thanks Dave! Actually i just drew this roof up and only then realised it looked a bit like a Morris roof. This is probably a good bit smaller.

     

    #57074

    ARTMAN
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    But I think that it would be necessary to make a sectionning! To find europeennes forms.. (France/Italie)

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    #57075

    James D
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    I agree with Artman, the car could certainly lose 2″ from the body – although these are not the biggest cars, so i wonder if there would be enough room for Daemon and an Olds V8 motor and a section job as well.

    #57076

    Daemon Löfman
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    Wow really inspiring all of them. plan is 2 seater so could probably get away with sectioning.

    there are several hillman minx’es that has v8’s even hemis so should be possible even with sectioning.

    worst case is to make a tiny bouble scoop like a thunderbird  or something for carbs..

    i do have a pair of stromberg ww studebaker carbs laying about… i used to own a 2×2 edmunds instake with dual olds backdraft carbs but sold it like a year ago, didnt think i ever would need it, would have been nice in this car…

     

    (source of hemi build hillman husky. from where pic is taken..

    http://www.dougscars.com/hillman-husky-mk-i.html

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    here is the 303 that will go into the car, probably going to “de-hotrodify” the engine and have chrome valve covers instead of edelbrock.

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    #57079

    Daemon Löfman
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    btw even an old saab roof might work to get the same flow as your example if i can’t get hold of a morris roof…

     

     

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