The Book
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This is a step-by-step guide to building a roadworthy two-seater open sports car for a fraction of the cost of a kit car. Using standard tools, basic skills and low-cost materials, it shows how to make the chassis, suspension and bodywork, and advises how to modify and use cheap but serviceable mechanical components. The book includes scaled working drawings, detailed illustrations and photographs. Instructions on building a strong space-frame chassis and suspension are provided along with how to source the power unit, transmission, steering, brakes, lights and other parts. The making and fitting of body panels, mudguards, seating and trim, instrument panel, windscreen and fuel tank are covered and information is provided on legal requirements and vehicle registrations procedures. The guide also directs readers to relevant Haynes service and repair manuals for the overhauling of major items. The second edition is updated and expanded throughout, with a new chapter on all aspects of racing a Locost, sections on improving handling, information on how to get through the Single Vehicle Approval test, and builders' own stories.