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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby RS-60 mark » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:12 pm

FYI the RSK was about a 83" wheel base. But the 4" difference between the RSK and RS-60 wheel base was carried in the length of the cockpit, not the length of the rear cowl. You'll notice it visually when comparing pictures of the two versions of real 718's. The door on the RSK looks shorter.

The important number in your case is the actual length of the engine from the front of the crankshaft pulley to the centerline of the drive axle. Mine appears to be about 22" (a little difficult to measure precisely). I have 4" between the crank pulley and the firewall (a luxurious 4" you will come to appreciate!). So in your case, you might want to scoot the rear shell back until the centerline of the rear wheel arch is 26" from where your firewall is going to be. That is, if you have a T1 engine w/ IRS trans like I do.

If you don't have this, get it:
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby Charlie13 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:22 am

Birthday today.
You would think that with age you would get smarter.
My excuse for this car is it is on my bucket list.

My wife just ordered that book today for me. Thanks Mark

I was talking to my friend Gary Wolf (Wolf mororcycle performance exhaust, and Lotus Super sevens)
He said that if I realy wanted to bang my head against a wall then go with 914 engine and trans.
Better than that is the 2.5 Subaru from WRX.
So someone on this site knows which engine and trans setup of the Subaru is the best for my project, type of car it is from and years. non turbo as I want the wind in my hair not ripping it from my scalp.
I have not started on the frame yet so this is the time for engine/trans choices.
Thanks guys.
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby RS-60 mark » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:41 am

If I had it to do over I would go Suby, with Suby 5-speed. There is tons of info on this site, just search words Suby or Subaru.

Happy Birthday!
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby Charlie13 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:43 pm

Thanks Mark
Which Subaru would you use and would you use the modified AWD or just look for a FWD trans.
I have contacted Roger in Quebec.
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby Larry Jowdy » Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:48 am

guys, this forum wasn't designed for general conversations but rather, a place to "register" the type of car you're building or driving. Please confine the back and forth conversations to PM"s or another forum within this bulletin board
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby RS-60 mark » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:39 am

I agree, Larry. Perhaps you can clip the whole thread drift and shove it into a new topic on Tech General (as I suggested 6-7 posts ago). Or, delete it altogether; as you said the dialog is PM in nature, not "general interest".

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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby e01 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:36 am

Hi Guys, the dialogue which started up here on RS's is very helpful to me.

Larry, if you do move it please can you keep the posts intact as the information is invaluable. And can you tell me where it goes to I can keep track - thank you.

I recently acquired a GP spyder body and incomplete mid engine chassis. Unfortunately the previous owner has left this mortal coil and there are no plans that came with the bits. Finding info on the cars is harder than I thought, at least creating a mid engined project. Also when I read the Spyder book, they made slight adjustments to them as they progressed. So what set up is best ?

I am wondering if I could use a 550 chassis, even though I am aware they are different , but how different ? This would make it easier as it is a proven platform and I would be able to get the engineering certification more easily. So I am very interested in your comments on wheelbase and space required for engine and cockpit etc.

Although I appreciate Subaru power plants in these and 550's I'm keen to go old school air cooled (either perky type 1 OR type 4 - not sure yet ) mated with a Porsche 901 box.

I'd appreciate any / all comments to help progress this project along, I'll post some images this week of how it is at the moment.

Mark - do you have any images of your car ?
Charlie - progress info and images would be fantastic.

Thanks// Eion
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby e01 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:46 pm

My GP Spyder shell - so much to nut out
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby tipper » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:10 pm

Hi everyone,
I have the same kit as fellow Canuck Charlie. Will likely run an upright T4 with Webers. Would love to upgrade the rear BBQ grilles as others have done. If you're making some please let me know. No extra parts of any significance - just lots of 914 stuff.
I'm located in Ontario Canada.
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby LouisR » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:26 am

Hi Everyone

My name is Louis, from Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa. Busy restoring a 718RSK running with a VW1600 twin port.
Currently respraying the car.
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Nice forum, thank you!
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby NL Spyder » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:23 pm

nice transformation ! a friend of mine is just finishing a RSK spyder for a customer in the same kind of color, looks great !
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby LouisR » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:19 am

Awesome. Mine's far from finished. Can you post some pics of your friend's spyder after the sprayjob?
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby NL Spyder » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:29 am

as soon as the car is finished pictures will be available on his website www.vwspyder.nl
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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby LouisR » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:02 am

Here's another one in Cpe Town, South Africa. Love the Plexiglass windscreen, but a very strange modification to the rear of the vehicle:

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Re: 718 (RSK, RS-60, RS-61, F-2)

Postby NL Spyder » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:55 am

Strange....but practical ! I also wonder how the fronthood is mounted, it looks very smooth.
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