This sale is for a build manual for the increasingly well known Tifosi Rana. By purchasing a copy you will be able to assess the build process without further commitment. However if you then go ahead to order a kit (as I am sure many of you will, with well over 50 kits already sold) there is a £30 authenticated voucher included with the build manual which will be allowed for in the deposit placed at the time of ordering (effectively giving you your money back).
The order process is normally a deposit of £250 (£220 if you present the authenticated voucher code for £30 from the purchase of the build manual) paid at the time of placing the order, this deposit also 'freezes' the kit price for your order for the next 18 months if you wish to delay the delivery from the usual 6 weeks (typically).
The TIFOSI RANA Frogeye inspired replica offers both an exciting introduction to the kit car industry for the new builder, and an extremely satisfying project for the classic car enthusiast wishing to own an icon of the golden age of British motoring. The TIFOSI RANA has real heritage whilst allowing the builder to express an element of their own engineering craftsmanship in the finished article.
Most, if not all kit cars, allow the builder to build into their car an element of their own personality and expression, but in the case of classic styled replicas very few have any real feeling of heritage. This is due to all the character of the original being lost through the extensive use of modern parts taken from the bland and anonymous family saloons and ‘rep mobiles’ used as donor cars.
The TIFOSI RANA successfully retains a significant amount of the originals character and appeal by using the MG Midget as its basis. The MG Midget can trace its roots directly back to the original Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite and apart from a rear spring upgrade and front brakes changing over to discs had no major structural changes made to its monocoque construction throughout its production run. This means that by building the TIFOSI RANA your finished car automatically inherits the pedigree and history associated with the original inspiration.
Whilst the MG Midget is considered a ‘classic’ in its own right, there are many suitable donors available on the used car market. A perfectly good example, having 12 months MOT, plus the cost of the TIFOSI RANA kit, with paint and maybe a few sundries for the donor (e.g. new carpets), then it is perfectly feasible to put a well finished example on the road for under £3500. If the builder is prepared to carry out some restoration work on the donor then this figure can be reduced greatly. Though a build based on a 'Chrome bumper' car gives a more authentic end result, the 1500cc ‘Rubber bumper’ models of the Midget are the least popular in the eyes of the classic car movement and as a result they command lower values. This has the unusually unique advantage to the TIFOSI RANA builder that the donor cars become cheaper the newer they are.
This simple build entails unbolting all of the outer panels forward of the windscreen scuttle (i.e. the front wings, bonnet and front panel, all of which are very saleable) and cutting away the outer skin of the bodywork to the rear of the door shuts. The new front section of the bodywork can now be securely located using the TIFOSI RANA’s specially manufactured front mounted hinge mechanism, which utilises existing mounting holes in the donor cars chassis rails and the rear section is then riveted / bonded in place using special adapter plates for the boot floor. Because of the quality of the panels preparation for painting is made simpler as there are few if any flash/moulding lines to remove. Apart from the fitting of any of the TIFOSI RANA option packs the completed car now simply requires painting in order to complete the project. ENJOY!
Two versions of the kit are available.
Standard Kit Package
The Standard Kit Package is the perfect option for builders who want a car that to the casual observer appears to be the same as the original but offers the more modern luxury of wind up windows (this would of surely been the natural evolution of the original ‘frogeye’ had the body style not been superseded with ‘midget’ shape).
The build of this version is further simplified with the retention of the standard donor car dashboard (keeping shell modification and wiring alteration to a minimum). The quality of the body mouldings is such that there are few if any flash / moulding lines to remove.
Authentique Kit Package
This Kit Package is virtually the same as the Standard Kit Package to build but this version is intended to be fitted to either the Mkl Midget or Mkll Sprite and will produce an exact replication of the original.
Front Body Moulding
Rear Body Moulding
Specially designed front hinge mechanism
Hinge mounting pack
Bonnet opening restraints (x2)
Bonnet security catches
Scuttle edge trim
Bonnet locator guides
Hood frame sockets
Rear inner wing reinforcements (x2)
Front inner arch edge trim
Boot floor rear corner infill panels (x2)
Boot floor to rear body work mounting plate
Mounting bolt pack
Body sealant / bonding agent (x2)
Rear Stop / Tail light unit (x2)
Rear direction indicator lamps (x2)
Front direction indicator lamps (x2)
Rear number plate light
Headlamp bowls (x2)
Rear ‘Tear Drops’ for hood rail & tonneau
‘Flip’ type fuel filler cap
Price £ 1650
To assist with the completion of your build we are able to supply the following at very competitive prices:
All available repair panels to assist with the preparation of the donor car.
Suitable weather gear (Hoods, Tonneau, Frames)
and possible donor cars
9 KINGS PARK
CHULMLEIGH, DEVON EX18 7DJ
TEL: 07790 429791
On 20-Jan-09 at 13:26:28 GMT, seller added the following information:
We will post this manual FREE OF CHARGE.
On 25-Nov-09 at 08:22:43 GMT, seller added the following information:
TO ORDER MULTIPLE QUANTITIES OF THIS ITEM SIMPLY PUT THE REQUIRED NUMBER IN THE 'QUANTITY' BOX AT THE TOP OF THE LISTING AND THE TOTAL WILL BE AMENDED ACCORDINGLY. ALSO FOR ORDERS ABROAD IF YOU PUT THE COUNTRY IN THE BOX UNDER THE 'P&P and PAYMENTS' TAB ON THE LISTING IT WILL GIVE YOU THE CORRECT RATE FOR YOUR LOCATION.