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Old 07-11-2021, 07:18 PM
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Hello Everyone, After much deliberation I've decided to test the waters for a kit for my Cheetah inspired car. I'm going to the Syracuse National car show and will be exhibiting my car in Mike Forte's booth. July 16-18. In prep my daughter has helped me setup a website.

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John,

I hope that it shows well. I wish that I could be there to see the cheetah and you, but unfortunately I will be racing at Pitt Race. Good luck!

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John, it's a very attractive roadster and I wish you the best in marketing it. ... As I've said before, you were the person who gave me the courage to attack the fiberglass body in my Cheetah build. If I were closer, I'd certainly come out to see yours. Good luck.
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Good luck with the launch, John! It's a beautiful car and I hope you do well with the venture.
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Thank you for the kind words and support!

Tommy, I just went through your build log. What an awesome and beautiful car. Pure art and a great job building it. I love the Atomic Orange color. That's the color that I painted my Cobra.

Most of you know that if you click on "Chesnut Motorsports" it will take you to the website I'm working on for the car.
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Good luck, John. I always enjoy seeing your work. Not a criticism, but when I think "Cheetah" I think of the coupe. What was your reason for going with the roadster. Will you do a coupe in the future?
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Nice work, John! Best of luck with the venture!
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Thank you for the support!

Rick, Since I wasn't building a "replica" I decided to build it as a roadster first. I love the open top driving experience. I wanted to create the "Cobra" experience with the engines and Vette suspension that I was familiar with. I also moved the engine forward and am running a short driveshaft. I wanted more room and a lower seating position that the Cheetah allowed.

If you check out my website and click on "about" I have a narrative of my thinking and how I built my car.

On my list of things to do is to build a coupe version. Buzz created an awesome photoshop version for me.



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Buzz does great work! The coupe looks great. Perhaps a removable hard top would be in order, like the Le Mans 289 cars!
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John, I like the way you took the Cheetah concept and made it your own. And I notice this is a "step in" car without doors. Most people don't realize that one of the challenges of the Cheetah coupe design is the doors. That may be why some previous Cheetah replicas were roadsters that looked a lot like Cobra replicas reshaped as Cheetahs. It is also why it would be very challenging to add a top to a car that has no provision for side opening doors. .... Your design looks much better than other Cheetah roadsters I have seen, and the top concept is beautiful.
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A couple of quick questions? What's your weight ratio since you shifted the engine forward?

Six gallons of fuel won't go far. Any chance of a larger tank?
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John, I like the way you took the Cheetah concept and made it your own. And I notice this is a "step in" car without doors. Most people don't realize that one of the challenges of the Cheetah coupe design is the doors. That may be why some previous Cheetah replicas were roadsters that looked a lot like Cobra replicas reshaped as Cheetahs. It is also why it would be very challenging to add a top to a car that has no provision for side opening doors. .... Your design looks much better than other Cheetah roadsters I have seen, and the top concept is beautiful.
Thanks Tommy. Deleting the doors certainly makes the body much simpler. My 2 piece body is much like a dune buggies. Very simple and easy to mount. It mounts securely to the upper frame rails. The front is full tilting.

I do love the top idea and how I think that it can turn out.

Incoming, Thanks for the questions. The fuel tank holds 15 gallons. I'm getting 17mpg as an average with my SBC, Richmond 4 speed and 3.07 gear. I'm building one now with a mild LS1 (just freshened), a new Tremec TKX with 32% overdrive and the 3.07 gear. I had a similar set up in my Cobra and got in the 30's for fuel mileage.

I only had 6 gallons in it when I weighed it. With the 6 gallons the car has 50.6% rear weight. It will increase with more fuel and with my 200lbs in it. The seating position is skewed as far rearward as possible.
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The show was interesting. Unfortunately heavy rain was in the forecast for all 3 days. It held mostly off but, I'm sure that it kept some people away.

I had a steady stream of people at the car. Those that knew of the Cheetah recognized it as a Cheetah. I only heard positive comments. Most seemed to love the look.

I gave away about 90 cards to people that seemed to me had a genuine interest. I didn't take any orders at the show. I think there might be a few potential customers from what I handed out.

My son and I are starting to build a new, better jig tomorrow. Then we will build a couple of frames and mount the bodies. I'll have 2 kits available soon.

I think that not having doors will limit the number of potential customers.

I had installed new springs on the car just before going to the show. I set them by the frame height. Yesterday I scaled the car. It has 15 gallons in the tank. LF=498lbs, RF=499lbs, LR=486lbs, RR=483lbs. Total=1967lbs. Cross=50.0%, Rear=49.3. With me in the car the rear goes to 52%
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Nice car! The weight distribution is most meaningful with at least a driver in the car.

Is that an XKE windshield?
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