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    1. Kit: Tamiya/Scratch-Built, by (VIP/Sponsor) ScaleMaster is offline
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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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    LHD Seven
    I usually start with the wheels and brakes on these reworked or fabricated Sevens, this one is no exception.
    I milled these cross-drilled directional carbon rotors from raw stock I cast out of aluminum impregnated resin LHD Seven .



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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    Oh, Boy! More seven fun from you! Looking forward to it.
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    LHD Seven
    They are fun for me...
    I milled a set of aluminum hubs for the front brakes. The parts at the bottom of the photo have been acid dipped to create the finish.



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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    The front hubs are assembled. Again acid was used to make the final finish.

    The studs are the only thing I used from the kit and are a press in fit.



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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    ​Hello there! What form of acid are you using? -Don
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    Hydrochloric Don. It is very aggressive on aluminum. Extra caution needs to be used as it can get very hot LHD Seven and the fumes are extremely nasty.


    These are the assembled front rotors/hubs.



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    These are the raw machined parts for the rear hubs. Being similar to the fronts sped up the process of making them.



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    LHD Seven
    And the finished assembled rear hubs, studs and rotors. No paint, just treated/raw materials.



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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    LHD Seven
    These four corners are ready to be bagged until final assembly of the car.



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    LHD Seven
    I masked off the FORD lettering and filed off the "bolt detail" and drilled for the new hardware then textured the cam cover.



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    LHD Seven
    The lettering was repainted after the final dark metallic LHD Seven gray color was applied.
    (The texture looks a lot coarser in the photos than it actually is.)



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    LHD Seven
    This is the steering rack from brass tube and sheet stock. The inner workings of it are made of rod and tubing.

    Painted and assembled. The tie rod halves are pinned so the ends can pivot when the rack is slid side to side. I made the bellows by machining a master and casting LHD Seven them with rubber-like resin LHD Seven that was dyed black.



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    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    LHD Seven
    The front control arms are cast in Zamac LHD Seven as the exact same parts for both sides so the sway bar receiver (on the upper arm) ends up being different from side to side instead of mirror imaged. So I filled them in and reshaped and drilled them to accept the sway bar.
    Also the shocks snap onto the lower arms leaving the bottom of the shock eye open, not realistic but easy to assemble. To make it so I can install closed loop shock eyes I cut out the mount from the A-arm and drilled a hole to use hardware like the real cars. I added a brass section to beef up the parts before cut out the shock mount, and to make it look like the beefier optional part.
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    After:



    LHD Seven
    Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... - Mark D. Jones
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    Zamac LHD Seven . Thats a new one for me. Added to the sites dictionary.
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