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Old 03-06-2008, 07:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Beautiful! What is that, a Kelmark? It looks great: nice find, nice work on the paint.

You could add a glass "hatch" over the rear between the buttresses if that won't interfere with any cooling air.

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I find it hard to believe that anyone would modify a classic in beautiful condition. And that's coming from a committed liberal green ecomodder and hypermiler.

I don't know what it is but it's probably worth more than my house. I think you'll destroy the value if you modify it.
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I find it hard to believe that anyone would modify a classic in beautiful condition. And that's coming from a committed liberal green ecomodder and hypermiler.

I don't know what it is but it's probably worth more than my house. I think you'll destroy the value if you modify it.
Yes its a Kelmark GT. Worth more than your house thats one cheap house I only payed $2000 for it.
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Kelmark GT is one of the more attractive VW-based kits - it echoes the fine lines of the Puma, itself a VW-based car that was barely-sorta available in the States.

Nice ride, 123. If you're into VW at all, then you're probably skilled with a wrench - a necessity for aircooled gearheads. Check out what Hot VWs magazine has been doing with their so-called "Mileage Motor." They've been pushing past 35mpg with no trouble - no, the motor ain't stock, but the mods aren't extreme at all. And they've gotten those numbers in a Super Beetle. This swoopier chassis should be able to do lots better. Perhaps best of all, to get those MPG numbers, the mods they made to the engine bumped it up to ~90hp and gave it a big, meaty torque band: just right for a sporty car.
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Yes its a Kelmark GT. Worth more than your house thats one cheap house I only payed $2000 for it.
I think I still have an old kitcar magazine with info on that body kit..

I recognized it right away, but didn't know the name of it..

I see an orange one around town now and again during the warm but not hot months and it has gullwing doors.. It mite be a Brickland or a Bradley GT kit, haven't had much eye time for it..
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has gullwing doors.. It mite be a Brickland or a Bradley GT kit, haven't had much eye time for it..
Don't be misled: a Bricklin is not a kit car. That's a specific chassis, and the drivetrain is all Ford Cleveland. Good luck hypermiling that!

The Bradley GT was nice, but the much rarer GT II was much prettier, had a better shape overall. In my opinion, it was better thought-out.
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If it's going to be air-cooled VW power,some concessions to drag reduction may have to be made to keep that puppy alive.The Porsche 914 tapped the separated flow behind the rear windscreen to create a vortex and slammed flow into the engine bay,ala: bug/Ghia/etc..You will have to be especially careful not to impede airflow to cylinder,heads, and oil-cooler or it'd thumbs-up at the side of the road and a call for a tow-truck.Be careful! It's a beautiful car.
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Don't be misled: a Bricklin is not a kit car. That's a specific chassis, and the drivetrain is all Ford Cleveland. Good luck hypermiling that!

The Bradley GT was nice, but the much rarer GT II was much prettier, had a better shape overall. In my opinion, it was better thought-out.
I never said a Bricklyn was a kit car.. you misread what I wrote..
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Kelmark GT is one of the more attractive VW-based kits - it echoes the fine lines of the Puma, itself a VW-based car that was barely-sorta available in the States.
I have seen very few of these survive in this sort of condition, most are in major states of disrepair. $2000 is a pittance if it has no mechanical problems, excellent find .
The Kelmark GT kit car was actually an attempt to replicate the looks of the 1969-74 Ferrari Dino 246.
You can mate a nice Porsche engine and tranny to them if the VW boxer isn't your style (if you're on this forum, the boxer IS your style ).

Good luck with your mods, but the most critical ones (in my opinion) are avoid an air dam, close up the gaping holes that are the headlights (heat up some plexi and go to town), and make the underbelly as smooth as silk. She'll retain her looks and have a much sweeter Cd without increasing her CdA, not that a 4.5 foot tall car has that much CdA .
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You will have to be especially careful not to impede airflow to cylinder,heads, and oil-cooler or it'd thumbs-up at the side of the road and a call for a tow-truck.Be careful!
Aero brings up an excellent point. You may want to route an air pipe to the engine bay and/or get a bigger oil cooler, to keep things cool, nothing sucks worse than overheating in the blazing summer afternoons.

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