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LHD Seven
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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scratch-Built, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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      Started: 07-06-17 Build Revisions: Never  
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      It's been a while since I built a Super Seven. Some might think after building one from scratch and building so many of them I'd have gotten tired of them. It's apparently an addiction.

      This was a factory built Caterham model from Tamiya LHD Seven I bought in 2002 so I could display it next to the Red Super Seven I built and heavily modified/detailed to show the difference between what the kit builds straight from the box and the changes I did.
      I took it apart and I am going to make it Left Hand Drive along with some other upgrades. I had already begun tinkering with it when I took this picture of it looking like a pile of junk.



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    The front spoiler is scratch-built from styrene LHD Seven and pinned to the nose.

    Fiber texture has been added to the underside.



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    I got around to finishing the front spoiler. SMS HiDef C/F decals sealed with clear lacquer LHD Seven and then sanded & buffed out.

    The underside will be left raw. I started fiber-glassing the inside of the nose too.



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    The inside of the nose has been fiber-glassed…



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    The aluminum body side panels have to be installed very early on in the construction of the car. The ones from the factory built car were somewhat bent and dented so they have been straightened out.
    Primed in white and a base coat LHD Seven of TS-26 Gloss White applied where the Gulf logos will go.

    The blue and white areas were masked off and the TS-12 Orange was applied.

    Then the orange was masked and TS-23 Light Blue was applied.

    And all the masking LHD Seven was removed…

    I didn't like the way the logo came out so I remasked and reshot the orange.

    That's better…

    Next up the blue and black decals I made for it were applied.

    And then sealed with a clear coat LHD Seven .



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    The aluminum floor panels are made with holes in them for them to be screwed on to the frame. I didn't want to have those screws showing so I filled in the dozen holes. I had to make some new rivets to replace to ones that got lost during the filling. I dirtied them up following the bottom of my car since it has similar panels.

    Cut and buffed the clear on the side panels and installed them too.



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    Hello Mark! I really like the subtle weathering LHD Seven on your floor panels! A little of that kind of work, can go a long way! I also think that your Gulf/Meyer color scheme is a great choice! Thanks for sharing! -Don
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    Thank you very much Don!

    The (reworked) front suspension arms and shocks have been installed and uses the new hardware I machined to hold it all together.





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    The front calipers have been detailed with fittings and hard lines and mated to the scratch-built rotors/hubs and those assemblies installed. The ball joints/Zerk fittings were installed too.




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    I fabricated the tie-rod ends from brass and the mounting hardware/fittings from aluminum.




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    The sway bar comes anodized and I wanted it to be a lighter shade.

    I stripped the anodizing off and polished it.

    And then acid treated it for the final finish.

    Here it is installed with silicone insulation for the bushings and vinyl tubing for the stays at the modified upper control arms.



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    The rear frame section that is the spare tire holder and license plate mount will be removable (for weekend racing). After repairing the damage to the main section from it being a disassembled factory built, I cut the tire/license section off and retrofitted brass stubs and sleeves then drilled them for lock bolts.




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    I was able to get the half shaft stubs out of the rear end, but the differential cover and drive shaft would not come off without serious damage, so I had to work with them as one piece.
    I hand milled (my fingers turning an end mill) the U-joint bearing caps to make the recesses then made retaining clips for them from wire. The dampener flange was cleaned up and drilled for the bolts I milled. Balancing weights were also added.
    The differential was textured to look like a cast unit then detailed with more machined hardware including an acid treated fill plug. A custom decal LHD Seven was made for the plug tag and a vent line was added along with a guide and clamp.





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    The transmission is done and ready to be attached to the engine. Sand LHD Seven cast texture was added. The bellhousing was given a powder coated finish. At least 40 added machined aluminum pieces, (some of them will be installed after mounting to the engine), and another fill tag.





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    It took a little more fine tuning than I expected to get the trans and engine mated properly, but worth the effort.





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    Primary fuel filter. Aluminum with brass bracket and steel spring lock. Grungied up a bit before installation. (Big Ruler back by popular demand.)



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