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I am an experienced builder of one-off racecars and kitcars. My latest project is a Stradale lookalike. After much research I found that there are 2 distinctly different sets of plans/blueprints circulating on the internet.One set is from Style-Auto magazine, and all the other plans you see seem to be derived from a second set of blueprints. What can be seen as a glaring difference between the 2 sets of plans is that the StyleAuto set have the 4 headlights and a MUCH more rounded or eliptical cross-section to the cabin and windscreen. I take the StyleAuto plans(drawn on 100mm squares ) to be the original Franco Scaglione design. I have read that Franco was bitterly dissapointed with the way the Stradale build proceeded, and I have deduced(wheher rightly or wrongly) that the eliptical-windshield drawings were Francos original design , and that he was forced by Chiti into modifying his design to suit the available T33 Daytona windscreens.So what I have decided is that I am building the body shape as Franco would have intended.I may be romanticising this story, but as a car designer myself I have experienced the unwanted input of financial and administrative restrictions and interference so I can imagine the frustration Franco must surely have felt as his design was diluted.Anyway, whether my story has merit or not, the car I am making is taken from the design in the StyleAuto foldout,and if my story is correct, I will be producing the Stradale shape as Franco intended it to be
 

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Fabulous great skills ,wondering what sort of underpinnings you have in mind (ladder frame tube or based on an already available chassis \ sub frame?) engine choice etc .etc. Regards John
 

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I like the cut of your jib, sir!...as well as the lines of your car. I completely understand your reasoning in the original post.

Question: How do you fabricate the glass in a situation like this? You can define / describe the shape, but how is it made in a one-off?
 

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Very coool, this will be interesting to watch the progress. Like others have asked, what engine , gear box, ect. Are you thinking of installing, in this automotive art?
 

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I will be using a cut and chopped Toyota MR2 SW20 chassis( please supress your howls of outrage) lowered rear strut towers and short Subaru struts, at the front I delete the struts and towers and convert to wishbone /coilovers to clear the low bodywork. This is all work I have done before on 2 previous projects so nothing new there. Power is Alfa V6 3 litre 24 valve mated to the Toyota 5 speed. Once again , plenty of people have put V6 engines into MR2s(even the occasional V8) so no biggie.Front screen will be laminated glass made locally by the company that makes the racing car screens using the cutout as a pattern for the mould that the glass will be formed over, this will probably be the most expensive item in the build. side , rear and top windows drape-moulded from polycarbonate at another company that does boat screens.These people are all contacts from my racing car life.The MR2 will have the upper portions chopped off above the top door-hinge, then a tubular roll-cage structure will support the Stradale bodywork
 

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yes, the GT1 is based on the same type of Toyota MR2 chassis that I will be using on the Stradale.The 38 Alfa -inspired car was one of 5 that I got on the road, 2 more as rollers
 

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looking at your title picture, before I started the Stradale, it was a toss-up between TZ2, Canguro or Stradale. Maybe the Canguro and TZ2 can come later?I am 67 this year...the undertaker will probably have to scrape fibreglass off my hands when he puts me in the coffin
 
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