He hasn't made any of the parts as of yet. He doesn't even own a Bradley, I met him through another forum where he was making a lightweight rear hatch for his 944. He will need molds, or parts to make molds from, before anything else happens.
I've recently been in touch with a gent who has the facilities to mold large polycarbonate parts. I mentioned to him the need for GT doors and rear hatch, along with the GT2 windshield, and he seems to be agreeable to small runs of parts. The catch is that he would need molds, or parts to make molds from. Anyone in the Buffalo NY area have such things laying around that could be used for the purpose?
I know polycarbonate windshields are often frowned upon in a legislation sort of way, but having a solid piece of clear -something- that stands a chance of being overlooked by ones local regulatory enforcers is better than not having anything at all.
One of these days I'll have a GT1 of my own to get a set of doors for.
Shipping large or awkward objects can be pretty cheap if you contact Amtrak/Greyhound. I've shipped full front bumper/aero, entire sets of wheels, etc... all fairly cheaply if you aren't in a hurry. They fit it in wherever they have open cargo space so fast delivery isn't really their priority.
Looks like he has done some work on this one and put it back on the market for a somewhat more realistic price. When I first looked at it, the price was $3500, had no brakes, the front right corner of the body wasn't attached to anything, and was very rough all around.
Safety definitely is a concern, but being so afraid of dying that you're too afraid to live is something that has come about in less than half of either of our lifetimes (I assume you're around my age (40) or a decade or so older). Modern foods and the proliferation of diabetes inducing high fructose corn syrup, along with pharmacological wonders with side effects that include "increased risk of death", are far more dangerous than any kit car ever will be, yet they're widely accepted. As a whole, humanity is at more risk now than we ever were before "unsafe" cars became less trendy, it's just a matter of who is making money on the deal.
I plan on a roll cage for any kit car I pick up for safety reasons, and I've been in accidents where a "safe" crumple zone car would have put an engine though my legs into my lap had I not been driving something older with a solid frame. Life is full of risks and not every safeguard or preparation will protect you from every eventuality.
As for reliability, that's a compromise for sure. You have to weigh how much you enjoy driving what you're driving vs. how willing you are to get dirty every so often. My son just hit 5 months old, and I've already decided that his first car will be old and unreliable. By taking that path, he will learn how things work, he will develop troubleshooting and mechanical skills he otherwise wouldn't, and he will know that sense of accomplishment you get when have to work for the adolescent freedom that a drivers license grants you. As such, he will be much better prepared to deal with adversity later in life.
I wouldn't go that far. Between the ages of 15 and 19 I had several $500 cars in the form of air cooled VWs and notoriously unreliable Leyland era MGs. Safety issues aside, if this kid has ever swung a wrench at something he should be fine. It's naturally not going to be as reliable as a Honda, but you don't get cars like this for practical reasons. It's a passion and a learning experience. I wouldn't trade any night I spent fixing something in a parking lot for all the Corollas in the world. If his old man is a mechanic, that's just another opportunity to spend more time together working on something. That's priceless.
Old rustangs will kill a 16yr old on insurance and be just as unreliable, on top of being a hairdressers car (I grew up in a Mopar house, I had to ).
That being said, while I'm not as intimately familiar with Bradleys as most on here, that price is too high.
Hey cocacoladodge, can I assume from your name that you're a fan of the coke bottle styled Mopars? I ask because in the story above where I mentioned my parents arriving home, they happened to be driving the same `68 Charger R/T that is now parked in my garage.
Hi everyone. My name is nihil, and I'm an addict. I took my first hit of petrol when I was just a kid, and it quickly grew into a habit before I even had a drivers license. I would stay up late reading about engine driven machines, I would sneak into my dads toolbox without his permission, I would tinker with anything I could get my hands on, and I spent most of my days in school daydreaming about my next fix.
It came to a head one day around the tender age of 10 or 12. My parents were supposed to be out for most of the afternoon, but they came home early and caught me in the act. When they pulled into the driveway, I could tell my father was furious before they had even come to a stop. Lay before them, where his car would normally be parked, was the entire dash, half the interior, and a not insignificant portion of the engine compartment of my mothers `73 Celica GT.
Neither of them said a word to me in what seemed like eternity. I sat motionless and terrified in the passenger seat of that noble Toyota while my hysterical mother all but had a mental breakdown. After my father had somewhat eased her nerves and convinced her to go inside, he stood there looking at me for a moment, then finally spoke. In a very calm yet stern voice, the words "put it back together" shot forth. After a deep sigh and a slight shake of the head, he turned around and walked inside, knowing that the work I had before me paled in comparison to what he had in store doing damage control with my mother.
It must have been 9PM by the time I finished restoring that car to its previous operable glory, missing dinner, and wrapping up by the light of a distant streetlamp and dim glow of a flashlight with half dead batteries. I was ordered straight to bed when I dared walk through the front door of the house. As I lay there I heard the familiar sound of my dad walking out to the car, firing up that lovely piece of Japanese engineering, and pulling out of the driveway. I can only assume his test drive was a success, as even to this day that incident has not once been mentioned again.
So 30 years and 30+ cars of my own later, here I am, still chasing my next fix. I'm an addict and I hope that never changes. My body might be older now but that's who I am to this day, that kid who rebuilt half a `73 Toyota Celica.
Just saw this thread, and the creative heater hose attachment from 2012. Last year I found myself having to build a custom heater box for one of my other cars (`82 W460 300GD) and found that my 3D printer came in very handy for that project. One thing I'm looking forward to when I pick up a Bradley (or Sterling) is being able to leverage that tech for some of the odd fitting or one-off things that "complete" a car.
Looks like you've got things well underway for a couple different GTII's. Looking forward to progress updates.
As much as I'd love to do one from scratch, I need a driver to run errands in while I work on other projects. I may just grab a Bug or Ghia for now and do a Sterling or Bradley after I get my other stuff sorted, but that wont be until next year some time.
Glad it's a GT1, I prefer them to the 2 just for windshield availability if nothing else. I don't mind getting a bit damp opening doors in the rain, and I can probably mitigate it in some fashion.
Do you have recent pictures and pics taken during the build? I'm mostly interested in mechanical solidarity and lack of rust on the pan. Gadgets will eventually get replaced by my own kit at some point (carputers that tie into my local network via wifi/GSM/ax.25, depending on range and type of comms). It may end up with a mild street motor at some point, but will need to pull daily driver duty at least until spring/summer 2016 while I work on other projects. Both A/C and heat work well?
k1286: need to find body parts (gull wing doors and rear glass) for early Bradley gt, just bought this car and need help finding a source for parts
Oct 1, 2016 17:17:48 GMT -5
kitcarguy: You have to make them yourself . They are not available anymore
Oct 4, 2016 15:51:03 GMT -5
skip20: Pictures would help alot!!
Oct 5, 2016 11:17:36 GMT -5
rangerxp: I have one of your Ranger Xp's in Chico! Please reply
Oct 17, 2016 18:32:05 GMT -5
kitcarguy: What Rangerxp?
Nov 4, 2016 20:28:59 GMT -5
dx1: Just bought gt2 HOw do I know what year it is and is there an id # on the body anywhere?
Jan 6, 2017 15:44:31 GMT -5
kitcarguy: dx1 There is no way to tell what year the body is. The Dataplate (if there is one) will not give you any useful info.
Jan 10, 2017 12:13:18 GMT -5
leglehookr: does someone have an idea for a door lift replacement? I dont really care for the originals.
May 1, 2017 23:44:11 GMT -5
manwithplan: where is the serial number located on a gt2?
Jun 6, 2017 13:20:54 GMT -5
kitcarguy: Hey manwithplan mine were both in the battery area in the rear of the car (behind right tail light) If yours does not have one not to worry, they do not mean anything lol
Jun 12, 2017 14:39:09 GMT -5