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yeah iv been hopeing to talk with him about it, im a panel beater, spray painter qualified and my dad is aswell he also used to work for meric engeineering converting american cars from lhd to rhd so this kit already has alot of skill for its build im just doing some more research over the next month before we start i still need to buy a pipe bender n router to make the cage n body mounts i actually have a full panel shop including a spray booth here in tas, im working for myself i have for the past few years actually,do u know what year the donut king lambo crashed? i cant seem to find it on youtube
i dont know if guys that competed the dk lambo actually made the kits but to tell u the truth i dont know that for sure buti would like to know
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i dont know if guys that competed the dk lambo actually made the kits but to tell u the truth i dont know that for sure buti would like to know
If you read Angrys comment below, they completed the kit but they didnt make it.... It looks like the car was built in Tasmania so if angry and any of the other guys are still there they might be able to give you some advice on your build over a few beers.

If you click on his name next to his messages you can send him a direct message.

it is a knock off...if you saw it up close you would certainly tell.  The only genuine lambo part is the windscreen, and even that didnt fit properly.  Ran a 350 chev, renault gearbox, VL commodore shifter, subaru steering column and HQ front end.  Me and a few mates built it in a double garage in northern tassie.  It was entered in targa as an SJ Countach, the SJ was the two owners (Gary Shaw and Steve Johnson...although it was often thought by us that Steve named it for his own initials).  Steve always drove, Gary Brown navigated once (he was the local welder/fabricator) and Jason George also navigated (another helper).  I think Keith Wenn also navigated it.  He was a mate of Steves, and also the local high school principal.  He went on to navigate for Tony Quinn in other tarmac rallies.

The shell and partially made chassis came from a sunflower farm in south australia.  It didnt come with doors, and we actually convinced a bloke in queensland to let us take molds off his original countach that was being restored.  We tried to find the molds that went with the mock up kit, but all reports were they had been destroyed.  It was originally blue when we got the shell, then we painted it white, and it was sponsored by ABC televsion, only went to pink after a few years of Targa. 

At the time Steve, who was in charge of the build, was a teacher at TAFE.  Since DK sponsored it, and he got to know quinny and alford, both high up DK boffins, he's now the property manager for DK stores, and his wife is in charge of DK staff training.....goes to show that doors open in strange places.



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very loose in the back, as you'd expect, but awesome in a straight line. It was extremely uncomfortable, because the way the chassis was built (we bought it with a built tube chassis), both the driver and navigator sat on a slight angle, facing toward the centre. The steering shaft is on more of an angle (to clear the front suspension), and actually comes over the drivers left knee.  The chassis was designed to house a proper lambo gearbox, and was easily 600mm wide.  This took up too much room in the cab, and because we used a renault box the tunnel is virtually empty, but we couldnt change it without rebuilding the entire chassis.  We had to lower the drivers side floor lower than the chassis to enable Steve to get in it.  Visibility was shocking, and being scratch built for racing, it didnt have a heater, or wind down windows.  This was ok until it rained (it rains a lot in tassie) and the car used to fog up....and its a lot of windscreen to try and reach to wipe.  We tried V8 style window ducts with Ford Escort dash vents stuck in the end, but they had limited success.  We later installed a heater.

As for reliability.....To start off with it used to shear off drive shaft bolts, had a lot of overheating issues (we actually put a third radiator in to try and help), and the exhaust caused a few issues melting other things.  On its roll out debut, ABC TV was there to film it (they did a documentary on it).  Steve rolled it out, left it idling for about 30 seconds, and then a radiator hose blew.  Huge bang, cant see the car for steam, and the cameras kept rolling....wasnt a good feeling.

Couple of silly facts - the passenger side window has a perspex flap in it, so the navigator could hand the targa officials the paperwork without having to open the door.  To get into the car, you had to poke a biro into a hole on top of the door, as we couldnt figure out how to mount a door handle.  The rear wing is a single piece of stainless steel, hand beaten and molded into shape by my old man.  It was scaled off the instructions to a 1/24 model of a lambo, and mocked up in carboard on my mums kitchen table.
this is awesome to read angryman i actually bought the only brother of this mould and i am planning to complete it as iv already spoken about in this thread are u in tassie or any of the guys that helped with the build i want to get a engineer to check it as i go and do the final sign off on completion any info u can help with would be awesome
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http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?Cr=0&R=10230901&keywords=&trecs=47&__Ns=pCar_PriceSort_Decimal|0||pCar_RankSort_Int32|1||pCar_Make_String|0||pCar_Model_String|0&__sid=12FF09EF3258&__Nne=15&__Qpb=true&seot=1&__N=1216%201247%201252%201282%204294964766&silo=1011

For the amount of time and money its gonna take to build your car it might be worth having a look at this virtually finished Countach Kit car from WA for under $20k. It needs some finishing and tidying up but if its not a dud VW floor pan its probably a much better place to start and you can soon swap the rotary for a WRX turbo or a Toyota motor if you prefer.



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http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?Cr=0&R=10230901&keywords=&trecs=47&__Ns=pCar_PriceSort_Decimal|0||pCar_RankSort_Int32|1||pCar_Make_String|0||pCar_Model_String|0&__sid=12FF09EF3258&__Nne=15&__Qpb=true&seot=1&__N=1216%201247%201252%201282%204294964766&silo=1011

For the amount of time and money its gonna take to build your car it might be worth having a look at this virtually finished Countach Kit car from WA for under $20k. It needs some finishing and tidying up but if its not a dud VW floor pan its probably a much better place to start and you can soon swap the rotary for a WRX turbo or a Toyota motor if you prefer.
what i have is in very good condition and i can work with it, the vw chassis has only really kept it from desorting
if u look up on you tube mr2 conversion to lambo or ferrari or search mr2 doner car u can use the mr2 as a car doner n keep all the interior wiring loom ,steering,suspention,brakes,motor and basically everything its more of a body change over n roll cages need to be added aswell i dont exspect it to be easy but i also thrive on a challenge,,, but if u look it up on youtube there is a yanky named johnson who exsplains it and there are actually quite a few diffrent exsamples but if there is enough interest in what im doing im happy to share some pics as we go and also what is the cheapest u have ever seen one of these kits for sale?
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If anyone is after a Countach Kit car PM me. A friend of mine may still have his available.

All the moulds including wheel moulds
Chassis Jig
1 Chassis ready to go

I car 50% complete.
He no longer has the time or inclination to finish it.

I compared some measurements to my Countach and it is a very good replica.


See this kit and falling in love with it was one of the reasons why i purchased my Countach
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Offline dklambo

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If anyone is after a Countach Kit car PM me. A friend of mine may still have his available.

All the moulds including wheel moulds
Chassis Jig
1 Chassis ready to go

I car 50% complete.
He no longer has the time or inclination to finish it.

I compared some measurements to my Countach and it is a very good replica.


See this kit and falling in love with it was one of the reasons why i purchased my Countach
hey do u know if he has any extra parts like any doubles of any thing or even if any one has any parts like windscreen glass or vents lights genuine or after market i know i can look on the net for it eg. ebay but there are always those odd bits here and there if u know what i meen i just got a kit and am planning to complete it it hasnt really changed since the day it was made the guy i got it off had some parts that he didnt even know where they go he was shocked when i told him he had it for like 10 years too...the one i have is the only other one that came from the same mould as the donut king one built for racing at targa im restoring mine for road rego not race 
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Do you have approval from your state rego to build this car?



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hey do u know if he has any extra parts like any doubles of any thing or even if any one has any parts like windscreen glass or vents lights genuine or after market i know i can look on the net for it eg. ebay but there are always those odd bits here and there if u know what i meen i just got a kit and am planning to complete it it hasnt really changed since the day it was made the guy i got it off had some parts that he didnt even know where they go he was shocked when i told him he had it for like 10 years too...the one i have is the only other one that came from the same mould as the donut king one built for racing at targa im restoring mine for road rego not race

I doubt he would have any doubles.

Now if you are looking for Countach parts such as lights, glass, badges, interior dashboard bits  to make it look original....get ready for a big shock.

This is why i ended up buying an original Countach. 
I was going to by my mates unfinished kit.
However, all the "original" little bits and pieces like screens, window glass,  lights, badges, interior trims required to make a kit look original will end up costing you as much as a the genuine article, and at the end of it, you still have a kit car.

Here are some hints which may or may not work from my previous research.

Windscreen try an old toyota hiace van windscreen and get it trimmed to size
Rear Lights....Alphasud 1.8ltre from the 70's
Side marker lamps   Alfa GTV
Window Winders  Fiat Argento
Headlamp Dimmer Lancia
Door Striker (old 70's mercedes)
Boot, Bonnet, Engine Cover Latches   Fiat/Alfa
Aircon Vents   Fiat/Alfa


What is going to screw you are:-
Door Locks
Badges
Instruments
Other switches in the vehicle.
Wheels
Rear Tyres ---Very hard to get in the original Sizes  345,40,15
Steering Wheel ( I have a spare if you like - Without the centre pad)




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Do you have approval from your state rego to build this car?
not as yet but i know there has been alot of kits done lambo and ferrari on the mr2 body there was one complete here in tassie before they get rego as a modified mr2 u keep the full interior and all running rear i plan to get a sw22 for the final chassis whitch is stock from factory turbo and 240kws to the rear wheels and with some tweaking in sure i cauld get more out of it there r buisnesses in america and the uk doing the convertion
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