The Odyssey Continues...
January - March 2000
We've now moved to Perth and are staying at my sisters place until I get a
job and we locate a suitable house for ourselves. Nothing happening on the build
front. :-( Simply spending the time researching and updating the links on
my "Locost Links" page whenever I find something useful.
April - June 2000
Still no change in my job situation. Aaaaahhhhh!!!
In between writing job application after job application, I've spent some
time putting together a Windows program called GearCalc
to calculate speeds in gears to help me choose a suitable gear box for when I
can finally make a start on my Locost. I'm still finishing the program off, but
it is usable in its current form, so have decided to make it available to others
Finished GearCalc. Updated the web site a bit
to accommodate this. Various updates to GearCalc
September - October 2000
I've finally landed a job! Now comes the "fun" part of getting a
mortgage and finding a decent house (must have a large workshop/garage!). I'm
still working on GearCalc, adding more gear sets
to the pre-configured list and working on a method that will allow the end-user
to easily add to the list.
November - December 2000
Finally! Something interesting to post (well for me anyway!). We have finally
found ourselves a nice place with a two car lock up garage and are negotiating
the tricky curves of purchasing the place. And... (even better!)... I've
bought an unfinished project - actually a plan-built Formula
27 (F27). This is another UK design. See my links
page for links to other Formula 27 sites.
The chassis is as-per-plan, except for the rocker arm front suspension, which
would never pass our strict construction/safety inspections. In its place is to
go a more conventional Locost style double wishbone suspension. The chassis was
professionally welded by a coded welder - and you can tell - the welds are
absolutely superb! There is still a fair bit of work to do on it, it is really
only a chassis and a bundle of parts at this stage, but the bundle of parts is
quite extensive. The other major part of the purchase is a low-kilometre
(approximately 40,000Km) Toyota 4A-GE 16v engine complete with loom, computer
and 5 speed gearbox. Also in the box of tricks (if I remember correctly) are
three Ford Cortina front uprights, a Ford Escort axle, 7 wheels and tyres,
various relays and electrical items, two steering columns, two escort steering
racks, Escort pedal box, fibreglass (Westfield) nosecone and swept style
mudguards, plus an assortment of instruments. It would have taken quite some
time and money to collect all these items. I estimate it would cost about $5,000
to replace at today's prices. And the price for the lot...? $2,500. YES!