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Thread: Acid dipped shell, roll cage, seam welded project with many carbon panels.

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    Acid dipped shell, roll cage, seam welded project with many carbon panels.

    After long consideration and a few previous nearlies, I have come to the conclusion to move my long term project on.

    Some history on the car.

    Purchased as a rolling shell from a friend, this 1990 G60 had a very good road going life. Very little damage to the shell from rot or accident damage, with one slight ding on the near side rear quarter and a slightly crushed passenger sill.
    After storing the car for some years I started to work in the indusrty, specialising in the Corrado as some of you will already be aware.

    Whilst in the occupation, I started to move this project forwards after making good friends with a contact who had a history working for professional racing teams, including the likes of McLaren GT, Audi Sport, etc. After the shell was acid dipped he commenced work on seam welding the chassis to the same specification used in modern BTCC cars, which under torque tests require 10,000+ newtons of force to deflect the shell by 1 mm for end to end, making the shell very stiff therefore very responsive.

    At the same time, installation of a MSA 2017 regulation compliant welded in rollcage (with main ROPS wall thickness of 2.5mm, manufactured by custom cages) commenced. The cage is complete in terms of main tubing, but cross bars are only tacked in place to allow them to be removed in order to easily complete the car. Both the roll cage and seam welding have been completed using both TIG and MIG processes and is very, very neat. The cage extends from the front turrets, all the way back to the rear turrets and has three cross braces, one in the roof, one in the rear, and one between the driver and rear passenger area.

    My intention was to produce one of the lightest Corrado's out there and every little peice of metal that was not neccessary has been removed. For example the seat runners are no longer in the car, as they weighed 950g each and there are four of them. I think you get the picture of how far I was looking to go. The roof skin has been removed and I have a carbon fibre replacement to go with the shell and as I was planning a RWD conversion so the rear floor pan has been removed to allow fitment of a lighter carbon panel I was going to make from carbon sheeting. So far as an estimation I would say 100kg has been removed from the shell alone.

    I pretty much got to this point and I came away from the industry for a number of reasons.

    I have the time, money, patience and tools to finish this car - what I don't have any more is the love for it, there are things I love more.
    There are so many more important things in my life for the forseeable that deserve the commitment over and above this.

    So with the story over heres the sales part:

    I will not be splitting certain parts, if you read the post I will detail what I am not splitting, please do not ask to split those parts.

    1990 Corrado G60 shell as description above, the shell has caught some surface corrosion, you can remove this by hand but it would be much more cost effective to have it dipped again.
    Dipping: £1500 inc vat
    Seam Welding: £1000
    Rollcage parts and manufacture: £1850
    Carbon Roofskin: £600
    Total: £4950

    This will also include, front slam panel, head lamps, grill, two complete doors, rear light clusters, door seals, boot seal, two refurbished powdercoated front hub knuckles, front and rear bumpers.

    For sale: £3000

    Carbon fibre tailgate, spoiler and number plate plinth. All made with weave following the same direction. They were all manufactured at the same time to order for myself, there is no gel coat or lacquer on the panels as I wanted them as light as possible.
    You can lacquer them if you wish. These parts will not be split. The tailgate will take glass if you want to use the panel on a road car but you have to be delicate with it.

    £2150 I have a plexiglass rear screen that I can include for £2250.

    Late carbon front wings, again with no lacquer or gelcoat.


    Late carbon bonnet, same as above.


    None of the carbon panels have ever been used, they are in brand new condition and have been carefully stored, swathed in bubble wrap

    Plexiglass windows set for quarter light windows and door windows, including sliding hatches in door windows.


    Glass windscreen with all trims, blue top tint I believe. This was fitted in a car I built and used for 100 miles before being removed. To all intents and purposes brand new.


    16v 9a bottom end with JE low compression pistons for turbo application (9:1).


    16v 9a gas flowed cylinder head, has all hardware except camshafts.


    The engine is currently split, but if someone were to want the engine as a complete, ready to go unit, I could complete the build for the cost of the required parts for you.

    I will consider a deal if someone took either the whole lot, or a vast part of it in one go.

    There are some more parts to come, I will get pictures on this tomorrow.

    All parts are to be paid for with a non returnable deposit proportionate to their value with an agreed collection date, or payment in full before collection with an agreed collection date. If you pay the deposit, the remainder is cash on collection. I will not be taking deposits to hold parts until paydays etc.

    I will accept payment by paypal, however if you want the full paypal buyers protection you will have to pay the fees.
    All parts except where stated are collection only from North Nottinghamshire, but where possible I am willing to travel a part of the way for a contribution to the fuel cost.
    Last edited by Graphite; 2 Days Ago at 7:08 PM.

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    Pictures of the more relevant bits.

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    Updated a list of included items with the shell. I am open for discussion on pricing on certain components.

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    95 Mystic Blue Storm - It's bound to cause disappointment.

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