Sylva in New Zealand

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7ishNZ
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Sylva in New Zealand

Postby 7ishNZ » Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:50 am

Hi, down here in the colonies it is pretty rare to see any of the Sylva/Fury type cars due to the cost of freight, so I was pretty happy when I spotted a Sylva Phoenix Mk4 body minus chassis for sale. It had been in careful storage since 1998, and had never been fitted.
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I was about half way through building my second Lotus 7 replica when I found this body , so have now started working out how to fit it onto a 7 chassis ( because I'm too old to start on a new chassis).

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After some study to see if it was easier to cut the fibreglass rather than take the cage off, we went with the easier option:

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The 7 wheelbase is about 200mm longer than the Sylva, and about right in the track, but some small wheel arch extensions will be required. The spec will be Honda 2.4 VTEC with rotrex supercharger, W58 toyota gearbox, WRX LSD diff, and will be raced in the sports car class here as well as being road legal.

I offer my apologies now to anyone who considers this a travesty, but you have to admit it will look a thousand times nicer than a 7.....

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby Edd » Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:56 am

Hi, and welcome!
That's an interesting project!Look forward to hearing more...
Edd

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby jeffw » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:40 pm

Nice project. Interesting to confirm what I always suspected about JPs chassis against the normal 'Lotus' wheelbase. I'm looking forward to your engine work with the supercharger to see where you end up, I've got a Rotrex on a Ford Zetec.

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby dopdog » Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:25 pm

That looks like a great project and welcome to the mad house, looking forward to seeing your progress with it.

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby 7ishNZ » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:53 am

I am expecting about 320hp from this setup, going on figures from similar builds. It's nice having a bit more room under the bonnet to fit everything in.. I had a lot more trouble with my last 7, 3sgte Toyota with 6 speed box..

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby dopdog » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:18 am

Nice plate 8-)

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby jeffw » Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:50 am

My 2lt Zetec with a C30-94 makes 397BHP if that helps. A Duratec with the same level of tune would make well into the 400s so I would expect your 2.4 Honda to be in that ball park.

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby adithorp » Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:09 pm

Looks good. Interesting front suspension with a pull rod.

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby Darby » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:08 am

wicked chassis on your Sylva Phoenix. I am currently rebuilding mine and would love to have a look at your Sylva Phoenix as I'm in Christchurch as well :D .

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Re: Sylva in New Zealand

Postby 7ishNZ » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:28 pm

Sorry for the delay in replying...send me a pm and you are welcome to come round for a look at progress. Cheers.


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