I've been tooling around with Open Wheelers in S.A.'s Dirt Circuit for a few years now, but I finally got sick of the V8 meatheads and their attempts at using the rule book to stymie my efforts. Casting around for options, my friends were doing hillclimbs, so I thought I'd build a vehicle to do some of them, I figure It'll be acceptable for Motorkhanas & etc.
So I took a Wrecked Toyota Echo
it donated the engine, wiring loom wheels/tyres, fuel pump and the front of the Auto bellhousing
A customer of mine gave me 2 Subaru Brumby manual transaxles, with the fear wheel drive mechanism removed and the Toyota bellhousing welded on the front this will become the transaxle
I had previously sourced a set of Mazda MX 5 uprights/Hubs for an abandoned Midlana project so they are being attached to a loose copy of an early sixties Brabham chassis
The hope is to end up with something weighing about 500 kg including me, with the standard 106 hp 1.5 litre 1NZ-FE for a budget of under $3k.
The Toyota cost me $380 delivered, the Mazda bits $1k and steel $180, Springs $180, Shocks $100, Rod ends and suspension bushes $120, Toyota Flywheel $75, I've also bought a new Subaru clutch plate and a new Toyota pressure plate can't remember the costs.
If it ends up at 500 kg @100hp that is a respectable power to weight ratio, to start with.....