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Sax

posted on 4/8/19 at 08:52 AM Reply With Quote
Help Identifying Chassis

Hello,

I need some help identifying this chassis/kit car, the seller says is a locuts, DVLA says is a ford, previously have a ford engine, from sierra cosworth I think.







https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Locust-Kit-Car-ZX900R-/223603066912?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=w7N4ouoEPt zj3mcMKQ5rXm5eS64%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc

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rusty nuts

posted on 4/8/19 at 10:06 AM Reply With Quote
Locust had a plywood chassis /tub whereas a locost has a steel space frame chassis. There was loads of different manufacturers of locost chassisís at one time as well as hundreds if not thousands of amateur built book chassisís. There are also loads of incorrectly registered cars which have never been SVA or IVA tested . At least it isnít registered as a Dutton
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Sax

posted on 4/8/19 at 10:34 AM Reply With Quote
The vin number start SABTVR0
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Slater

posted on 4/8/19 at 11:39 AM Reply With Quote
Remove the bonnet and boot cover and take some pics of the chassis and front wishbones/suspension, then post on here and you'll get some answers on the chassis identification.





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Sax

posted on 4/8/19 at 11:47 AM Reply With Quote
Is not my car









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rdodger

posted on 4/8/19 at 03:34 PM Reply With Quote
Short cockpit is very Caterham where most Locost are much longer there. Maybe a pre lit Westfield chassis?
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wylliezx9r

posted on 4/8/19 at 07:20 PM Reply With Quote
I think it could well be a Locust. It doesn't have the same bracing in the front chassis like almost all Caterham, westfields, Locost etc do. The locust is a more old fashioned un triangulated chassis which seems to match your pictures.

[Edited on 4/8/19 by wylliezx9r]





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big_wasa

posted on 4/8/19 at 07:26 PM Reply With Quote
The cockpit sides slope down unlike a book Locost. It looks narrow so I am guessing itís a live axle. SABTVR I seem to recall was the standard chassis number dished out by dvla if you asked them for one. Mine was SABTVR0348B123xxx
I thought manufactures vins where more tailored.

Wiring looks like it wants some work.

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rusty nuts

posted on 4/8/19 at 07:53 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wylliezx9r
I think it could well be a Locust. It doesn't have the same bracing in the front chassis like almost all Caterham, westfields, Locost etc do. The locust is a more old fashioned un triangulated chassis which seems to match your pictures.

[Edited on 4/8/19 by wylliezx9r]


Like I pointed out in my earlier post a Locust has a plywood chassis

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gremlin1234

posted on 4/8/19 at 08:42 PM Reply With Quote
the locust has a metal 'ladder' chassis
the slab sides, and what looks like ply for the lower bonnet sides are right

my guess would be a locust iii
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locust_(car)
since that was based on sierra.

one search I did on the number plate indicated a sierra sapphire cosworth.
the mot history is interesting, and mileage was reset a short while ago, probably when the engine was changed.

also vin's starting SABTVR0 were dvla local office issued numbers.

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will121

posted on 4/8/19 at 09:21 PM Reply With Quote
Looks like a locust from around the exhaust manifold exits the chassis area, easiest way is a look underneath, a conversational ladder chassis is a locust, I had one
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SteveWalker

posted on 4/8/19 at 09:22 PM Reply With Quote
If the DVLA have it down as a Ford, then it is incorrectly registered, but as it has the DVLA issued SABTVR VIN and is Q-plated, it is possible that the DVLA might be persuaded that they have made the error and should correct it, without it needing an IVA.
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myke pocock

posted on 4/8/19 at 10:02 PM Reply With Quote
rusty nuts, the Locust didnt have a ply wood chassis. It was the body that was ply. Built on the same principle as the JC Midge. Dead give away for a Locust as the body panelling above the rear wings shows. I may be wrong but I think some had Cortina derived front suspension as well (not this one of course) They also usually have triangular fillets between the side panels and back panel.
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Sam_68

posted on 4/8/19 at 11:02 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by will121
Looks like a locust from around the exhaust manifold exits the chassis area...


Yes, I agree. And since the seller also thinks it's Locust...

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rdodger

posted on 5/8/19 at 05:50 PM Reply With Quote
Maybe a T&J Hornet?
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