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This is probably one of those where Beck helped some guy build some that I think were going to be electric, but the venture fell through.  @chines1, want to provide some insight?  This is not the same body or chassis as used in the Beck Super Coupe.

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Yeah, in between working on Lane's and Anand's cars among others, he'll need to slip this in. I would like to know more if you have the time, Carey.

Yes, they were built by a famous eco-skeleton car maker in their China factory (think: smallest part of a chemical element)  :-) 

They were meant to be electric but did not get Chinese approval so we brought them to the US for the company and helped sell them as projects.  The "Beck" part of it is that they moved through my facility.  Lamination looked to be better than average and the stainless chassis were beautiful.  A good project for someone, but no "paint by numbers" instructions and certainly some fabrication required...

This guy built cars and sold them; I asked him and he said as much in his build thread. He was going great guns until he ran into something and decided he'd had enough. Anybody remember what caused him to lose interest?

chines1 posted:

Anybody remember what caused him to lose interest?

Death

Ouch. Yeah, that tends to be a problem.

Jim, no worries at all.  There may have been a different guy on this forum too, but the guy I dealt with was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer mid project and sold it (or them) off. ( I don't know how many he had left at that point).

I'm 99.9% sure it was a different guy. I believe Jim was referring to Brock from the SE USA.

Brock was a house on fire, then was over it and dropped it like a bad habit. I always thought it had to do with realizing that he should've dropped the floor (he didn't fit in the car), but perhaps it was something else. 

Yeah, the high floor combined with banging his noggin on his(oops too late to change) welded-in cage.

Brock had a regular pan-based car, the body was from Doc Kleber. Plus he had a stock trans and a 1915 type1. An apple compared to this orange.

This ebay project has no cage, is not on a pan, and has a stainless pan/frame. And even though the body is not from Indiana, it has an MSO from there, which could be good. It could also end up with heat and A/C......

Everyone is getting their stories mixed up. The coupe from the eBay ad is Todd M’s car. It was one of the cars originally designed to be an electric car. He bought it and built it to this point. He even installed the lift in his garage and everything. You’ll recall he was also a master woodworker and was building a spiral staircase in his house. 

Brock bought one of Doc Kleiber’s bodies, had issues getting it shipped, and did some amazing work amazingly fast. 

Both suddenly stopped their projects without warning and are trying to sell them. 

Im not sure who died but it wasn’t either of them. 

@Jimmy V.

7 total.  6 standard body and one that was widened and lengthened slightly.

all built for electric with the plan to convert to both suby and aircooled.  A couple went to individuals and then the guy who passed bought 4 or 5.

Jimmy V. posted:

chines1 Do you know what happened to the 4 or 5 cars that the guy that passed had? Do you know if this is one of them? This is very interesting to me for some reason.  Thanks in advance Carey.

The car in the eBay ad was one of those cars. 

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I was wondering about that car when I saw it on ebay. This was a helpful and interesting thread. If my garage had more space, I would probably be the hapless soul to take it on. Tempting it is.   :-)

Stan Galat posted:

I'm 99.9% sure it was a different guy. I believe Jim was referring to Brock from the SE USA.

Brock was a house on fire, then was over it and dropped it like a bad habit. I always thought it had to do with realizing that he should've dropped the floor (he didn't fit in the car), but perhaps it was something else. 

DannyP posted:

Yeah, the high floor combined with banging his noggin on his(oops too late to change) welded-in cage.

Brock had a regular pan-based car, the body was from Doc Kleber. Plus he had a stock trans and a 1915 type1. An apple compared to this orange.

This ebay project has no cage, is not on a pan, and has a stainless pan/frame. And even though the body is not from Indiana, it has an MSO from there, which could be good. It could also end up with heat and A/C......

Yeah, Brock was the guy I was referring to in my post (way) above. He liked to build and sell them. Came on here looking to showcase his build; he was looking for a buyer and never planned on keeping it. That car was for sale from the moment it landed in his hands and now that it's gone we'll never hear from him again.

Nope, no idea what happened to any of them @Jimmy V.  other than the few that have popped up on eBay or Samba.

Front suspension was their own design tubular upper a-arm and a common Chinese front suspension/steering system that wound up matching a US spec Geo Tracker IIRC.

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