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« Reply #1665 on: May 18, 2019, 12:37:30 PM »

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I found a 1974 photo of me driving the Sabel but it was before the body was mounted. It was the first car that I built, a steel tube chassis with a body designed and built by John Sabel of Rockville, MD. It was powered by a 140 hp Corvair driving a Porsche 914 transaxle. It weighed only about 950 lbs so driving it in an autocross was really fun. I sold the car to a fellow in Md who is doing a full restoration. It will be great to see it back on the road again.

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« Reply #1666 on: May 18, 2019, 01:42:08 PM »

You know, Neil, I have always wanted to build a road going Sports Racer for the street using much of the small bore stuff I still have laying around. I believe you did something like it with your road going Manta? What primarily held me back was finding the right body. Not sure if that condition has improved over the years.

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« Reply #1667 on: May 18, 2019, 03:03:15 PM »

Neil,
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« Reply #1668 on: May 18, 2019, 03:22:32 PM »

Thread hijack:

I found a 1974 photo of me driving the Sabel but it was before the body was mounted. It was the first car that I built, a steel tube chassis with a body designed and built by John Sabel of Rockville, MD. It was powered by a 140 hp Corvair driving a Porsche 914 transaxle. It weighed only about 950 lbs so driving it in an autocross was really fun. I sold the car to a fellow in Md who is doing a full restoration. It will be great to see it back on the road again.

Regards, Neil


Neil,  I will show this photo to John Sabel.  He will get a kick out of it.
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« Reply #1669 on: May 18, 2019, 04:12:45 PM »

Please do, Dave. I think he knows Dick Morel, who is doing the restoration.


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« Reply #1670 on: May 18, 2019, 04:16:00 PM »

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« Reply #1671 on: May 18, 2019, 04:27:40 PM »

You know, Neil, I have always wanted to build a road going Sports Racer for the street using much of the small bore stuff I still have laying around. I believe you did something like it with your road going Manta? What primarily held me back was finding the right body. Not sure if that condition has improved over the years.

John

John;

The road-going (street) Manta Mirage that I have was originally built by Manta Cars in Santa Ana, CA. It was their showroom car until they went out of business. It has a 350 Chevy for power. I do have a spare body (no glass though) if you are interested.

I don't know if John Sabel still has his oroginal body molds (moulds?) for his Sabel Mark III but if he does, it would make a nice little street car. A Subaru engine would be a nice choice for that lightweight chassis & body.

Kit car bodies turn up now and then on eBay & CraigsList but most designs are ugly as sin.  sad

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« Reply #1672 on: May 18, 2019, 05:22:27 PM »

"Kit car bodies turn up now and then on eBay & CraigsList but most designs are ugly as sin."

Therein lies the problem.

I lived in Santa Ana when Manta Cars was in business. I had a shop next to Bill Jongbloed about the time he started making wheels. Bill was good at recruiting free labor so I volunteered a few hours forming wheel hats on a big lathe he had. That's also the time Graham McRae converted his GM2 into a single seat Can-Am car (in Bill's shop). I got to know Graham pretty well and even towed his car to Road America. That was also my first encounter with "brats". Anyway, Bill had this Lola F5000 chassis and wanted to rebody it with original Mclaren CAN-AM. He had the body but never finished the car. I became interested but no way I could handle the $5000 Bill wanted for everything on a teachers salary. That is when I looked at the Mirage.

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