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I am doing some research to find out peoples opinions, over the last 10 years I have built 7 Bowler Tomcat vehicles in England and now that i'm in the US I miss them. I don't see that anyone builds them over here so it's time to change that

If you don't know what a tomcat is just take a look at their website which is www.tomcatmotorsport.co.uk , it is a very high performance off road vehicle that is very simple to build and maintain. There are so many Range Rover Classics here in the US that are at the end of there life mainly because of rust that we now have a good supply of donor vehicles

I have started the build of my first prototype that is based on the 100" wheelbase so no chassis frame cutting is needed, the spaceframe rollcage will be to FIA spec so no worries there. Just to make it interesting i'm using the 4.2 liter running gear from a '93 LWB so it will not be slow!

I am intending to make this into a commercially viable product, supplying the spaceframe/chassis frame package with the harder to find parts you need. I plan on producing a fibreglass hood, inner fenders and the air scoop to make it easier. All of the other body panels will be easily made from flat aluminum sheet.

Let me have your thoughts on this project :rellye
 

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yes people build something similiar...

oilybits said:
I am doing some research to find out peoples opinions, over the last 10 years I have built 7 Bowler Tomcat vehicles in England and now that i'm in the US I miss them. I don't see that anyone builds them over here so it's time to change that

If you don't know what a tomcat is just take a look at their website which is www.tomcatmotorsport.co.uk , it is a very high performance off road vehicle that is very simple to build and maintain. There are so many Range Rover Classics here in the US that are at the end of there life mainly because of rust that we now have a good supply of donor vehicles

I have started the build of my first prototype that is based on the 100" wheelbase so no chassis frame cutting is needed, the spaceframe rollcage will be to FIA spec so no worries there. Just to make it interesting i'm using the 4.2 liter running gear from a '93 LWB so it will not be slow!

I am intending to make this into a commercially viable product, supplying the spaceframe/chassis frame package with the harder to find parts you need. I plan on producing a fibreglass hood, inner fenders and the air scoop to make it easier. All of the other body panels will be easily made from flat aluminum sheet.

Let me have your thoughts on this project :rellye
Here in the U.S. we have "very high performance" 4x4's... You can use a Rover for a donor vehicle, but there are much less expensive options. Sorry unfortunatley they are not "Rovers". A CJ7 or cj5, a 85-92 Toyota shortbed, or start with a full size jeep (aka an old cherokee-dana 44s, parabolics, a 360v8) and you'll have a bettter less expensive starting point and long term chance to keep it going... choose what you want.. but donor vehicles I would stick with the higher numbers of "potential donor vehicles" at lower costs..

good luck.

here are some over the top ones built by spyder

http://www.spydercustoms.com/index2.html?use_page=/buggies/buildup_atrax.htm
 

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azpaquin said:
Here in the U.S. we have "very high performance" 4x4's... You can use a Rover for a donor vehicle, but there are much less expensive options. Sorry unfortunatley they are not "Rovers". A CJ7 or cj5, a 85-92 Toyota shortbed, or start with a full size jeep (aka an old cherokee-dana 44s, parabolics, a 360v8) and you'll have a bettter less expensive starting point and long term chance to keep it going... choose what you want.. but donor vehicles I would stick with the higher numbers of "potential donor vehicles" at lower costs..

good luck.

here are some over the top ones built by spyder

http://www.spydercustoms.com/index2.html?use_page=/buggies/buildup_atrax.htm
the point is they're not rovers, and this man is going to do something about it.
 
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