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 Mike's 1964 Elva Courier MkIV Build Thread! 
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Hey guys! I've never done a build thread before, but this seems like the perfect opportunity and a good way to record my progress as I go. Mods, I assume this is the correct subforum but please move it if I'm wrong.

Let me first give you a little background info on the car I'll be building. It is a 1964 Elva Courier Mark IV, serial #1187. The car first came to our shop about 8 years ago, where it was built as a kind of car-for-hire from our shop. That didn't last long, as one of our customers decided to buy the car outright and race it. Here is a shot of the car at that stage:

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The car was run for about two years pretty successfully before the event. We brought the car to the street course in Pittsburgh, where it was to meet its end.

After this, my Dad bought the car back and sold some things like the Prather MGB motor and dry sump system. The remnants sat outside until this past October, when he gave the car to me as a birthday gift.

I'm really excited as I only dreamed I would someday be able to own my own vintage race car! I've been very lucky to race the Lotus Cortina, but it is actually co-owned by my Dad and another one of our customers.

Current pictures in the next post so this one doesn't get too long!!

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Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:08 pm
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Here are some pictures of the body and chassis as they currently stand! First, the body:

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And what's left of the chassis:
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Got some work to do! :)

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Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:36 pm
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Nice Mike!! This is excellent - congrats, and good luck!

I'll have to put up a thread on the Elva Coupe we're currently working on...it's probably only slightly further along than yours.

This is the appropriate place for this kind of post - thanks for starting it off!
I think your YouTube link is a bit out of whack, I'm going to edit and clean it up real quick... +1 for choice of music just before the impact 8-)

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Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:54 pm
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Great post Mike. It will be fun to watch the restoration of your Elva on the VRGF. Thanks for posting. When the music first started I thought it was going to be the "Danger" tune that John Oliver plays on the Daily Show when he ridicules Anthony Weiner. :D

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Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:29 am
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Thanks guys! I'm really looking forward to making whatever progress I can before the race season hits and the "real" customer projects take precedence ;)

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Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:22 pm
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A few updates! Got some of the rough fiberglass done on the nose:
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Also picked up a Triumph Spitfire chassis that will be donating the area between the front bumper and the firewall!
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Last but not least, cleaned out all the wiring and removed the dashboard.
Here's a shot of some of the harness and the old fuse box(who needs that?):
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The pile of extra weight and the dash:
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The top of the dash is facing right, by the way.

Next on my list is to remove all the gauges from the dash and surround, then decide which gauge setup I will be using and make an aluminum dash to fit those!

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Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:23 pm
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Small update. Got the gauges out of the dash and got it ready to return to the car:
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I also unearthed an aluminum gauge pod that was made for the car before its demise:
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I might need to see how it works! :D

Also, there were rumblings about some additional fiberglass work getting done over the weekend!

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Nice progress Mike!

I'll be interested to see when you attach the new front end to the frame. Do you plan to incorporate any additional support structure between the Spit front and the frame? When Scott was working on our frame, this was just butt welded, there was no slug/sleeve between the two.

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The bodywork is on hold until things warm up due to space constraints, so that leaves me some time to think about things way before I need to! :D As such, I've been putting a little thought into color choices and would love your opinions. Here is how the car looked before:
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This is my (badly photoshopped) idea at the moment:
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I went with this scheme to integrate the dark blue which is one of the shop colors (blue/yellow) with a bit of a change to differentiate the car as mine. I also thought the silver stripe would match the silver bumperettes on the four corners well.

Feel free to share/photoshop any ideas you have! I'd love to see what you guys come up with!

And yes Ian, we will just be butt-welding the Spitfire stuff onto the rest of the frame.

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Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:54 pm
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For any potential photoshoppers: I found a good amount of photos of the car online last night! Here are some, I can provide more if you would like!

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