RE: tdr 440
Eric D. Christensen <edc@...
1997-09-12 14:55:42 GMT
On Friday, September 12, 1997 7:16 AM, David Tjarks
> I was wondering if you had ever heard of a TDR (Techno Design Racer?)
> I met someone who would like to sell it to me.
I hpe you don't mind, but I'm cross posting this to the F500 mailing list
since someone there may know about the TDR. Also, I think my comments
below are probably relevent to anyone looking at older chassis or
I've never seen or heard of a TDR. There are a lot of one off home built
chassis out there. The only advice I can give you is be wary. There's
nothing wrong with a home built chassis per se, so long as the person who
built it had a clue as to what they were doing. Check all the welds very
carefully. Make darn sure that the chassis was at least MIG welded, if not
TIG and make sure the welds are clean (i.e. the guy who did the welding
knew what he was doing). Also make sure the roll hoops meet the current
specs, otherwise you'll only be able to use it for autocross.
A few other considerations with a one off:
1) Availability of parts. With a one off, you'll probably end up having to
fabricate your own parts. Be sure you're willing to make that commitment.
It can get very expensive to have parts fabricated. It can also be very
difficult. You can't always take a mangles A arm to a fabricator and tell
him to "make me one of these, but straight". If you have the skills and
access to the equipment to do your own fabrication, this is less of a
worry. But remember that doing it yourself takes a lot of time.