Replicator Sports Cars Ltd.,
www.replicatorsportscars.co.uk

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Our Car

 

The Replicator RT3, is based on a 1957, Triumph TR3, it is intentionally a replica in looks alone, although dimensionally, it is accurate. in length, wheelbase, and track. Using the body parameters we have "reverse engineered" a spaceframe chassis, and modern drive train to fit within this envelope.

           Starting with the bodywork, moulds were taken from an original TR3, then adapted to suit our chassis outline, the front panels, ie, wings, inner wings, bonnet and front panel are seperate items, as per the original car. This allows ease of panel replacement, and maybe the option of a reproduction TR3A front panel, which we are developing for the future. The rear bodywork section, ie, the rear wings , sill sections and rear panel is a one piece moulding, we took a decision early on to make this one section, since construction of the kit would be simplified, providing known datums, without compromising the overall appearance. The boot and bonnet mouldings were "tweaked" to provide better gapping between panels. (the original steel panels were notoriously bad pressings, as per the technology available at the time). The doors  consist of inner and outer mouldings, and a side impact bar is fitted in between before the two halves are bonded together, this also serves as an hinge reinforcer. The gearbox tunnel consists of two mouldings with an overlap section in the middle to cover the split line. the dashboard panel and inner glove box are moulded in to the scuttle panel during manufacture, a seperate glove box lid moulding completes the dash. The rear inner tub combines the inner rear wheel arches and rear storage area, and fits within the rear upper chassis, (see section cut-away photo below), Alloy sheets are fitted to front and rear bulkheads, and the floor.

 

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Inner rear tub fitment

 

This cut-away section shows the rear tub

moulding in position, and the general

chassis construction in that area. A

removeable panel at the back of the seat

in the bottom face of the tub, allows

access to the handbrake adjusters, and

the brake pipe unions etc., The fuel tank

sits above the differential, with steel

plate protection between.

The chassis is of the spaceframe type, triangulated construction, and made in our purpose built jigs. The frame itself is made from 25mm square mild steel tubing, 2mm thick wall thickness, mig and or tig welded, the lower side rails and 'A' pillar is made from 75mm x 25mm rectangular

hollow section. All brackets, for suspension, gearbox plate, safety belt anchorage points, brake union plates, steering column upper mounting plates,front bumper mounting plates, differential mounting are also fabricated onto the frame. The rear spare wheel carrier , which forms the rear section of the chassis, is designed to act as a crumple zone, likewise the front bumper mounting frame, (which is a bolt on item) is also designed to act as a energy absorbing crumple zone. There is also a steel plate fabricated onto the rear chassis frame, which carries the top differential mountings, and give protection to the fuel tank mounting area.Door hinges are fabricated in the

correct positions on the 'A' posts. ready to accept the doors.

                                                                                      The wishbones are fabricated from heavy duty 19mm dia mild steel tube, with 5mm steel thk ball joint mounting plates to the front,the rear wishbones, again 19mm dia tube construction, with bosses to accept the rose joints for the adjustable camber feature. The rear hub carriers are fabricated ,then machined to accept ford brake assemblies, and also carry the wishbone mounting brackets. The gearbox mounting plate is flamecut from 5 mm thk mild steel. The pedal box mounting bracket, is a folded then fabricated seperate item, which bolts into sleeves on the chassis, the lower steering column bracket is purpose designed,  and comes with a ball bearing, which accepts the nylon ford column bush, again this is a seperate item bolted to the chassis, via a fabricated plate.

                                                                                                              All brackets etc., are pre-drilled, or tapped, and no welding or machining is required by the builder, the pedal box bracket can be built up on the bench, with pedals, brake servo, master cylinder etc., then simply bolted into the chassis as a sub-assembly, which eases construction in that area.The engine mountings are fabricated in two parts, the lower mounting is integral with the chassis, the upper fabricated to suit the choosen engine block, connected via a conventional rubber mounting.

                                                  

The Drive Train -  Our Demonstrator is fitted with a 'Ford' 2.0 litre 'Pinto' engine, initially this engine was chosen, because it had the general size and visual appearance of the original Triumph motor, however, with 'pinto' engines becoming scarce, the 'zetec' would be a suitable replacement, with other options, such as the 'duratec', and Mazda mx-5 available as we develop further. Gearbox choice,  Ford type 9 , or MT75, but again, other options, compatible with the chosen engine type will be available shortly.The wishbones are connected to the chassis via brackets, and 'Metalastik' bushes. Propshaft and drive shafts are shortened by us, either on an exchange basis, or purchased outright, the drive shafts are sleeved and fully welded , The lower

steering column shaft is extended and sleeved by ourselves, again on an exchange basis, or outright purchase. We use 'Pro-tech' adjustable coil over shock absorbers, all round.

 

The interior , is down to personal choice, although the dashboard is a moulded item, and the layout of the gauges is as per the original car. Door panels and rear quarter panels can be supplied ,pre-cut from hardboard ,for self finishing , and a pair of moulded side pockets are supplied to bond to the rear of the door panels before final trimming, the seating area will accommodate most after market bolt in seats, or if preferred we can supply bare seat mouldings to the pattern of the original seats, and will take standard after market seat runners. (Trim packages etc., are further explained on the options page)

 

 The 'donor vehicle' as such, is no longer an essential part of the kit,since whilst our car predominantly features 'Ford' parts and running gear, most of the parts required are

re-manufactured by a number of specialist companies, and the parts can be delivered mail

order to your door, no fuss or scouring salvage yards, at very reasonable cost. One company

in particular who we have found to provide excellent service is 'Rally design' , they attend all

of the shows, and have a very comrehensive catalogue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                              

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Our prices start at around £2340  (inc'l vat) for a chassis and suspension module,  add a bodywork module for £2100 (inc'l vat), and that would provide you with a good basis to start your build , there are various modules which can be added, dependant on personal choice etc., and any permutation can be selected. We have itemised and costed all parts

to give more flexibility and choice, again, parts can be purchased as single items, whatever suits , the choice is yours. The full list of prices , together with a 'typical build package' are available as a pdf file, e-mail us , and we will send a copy. Seperate quotations (dependant on specification etc.,) can be provided for donor parts, or engine/drive train packages, or full 'on the road builds', simply let us know your requirements.

 

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