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I confirmed that this is not a Berrien chassis, they don't make one for the Speedster (though they make one very, very similar to the one in the picture but its for dune buggies and too long).

I emailed Cool Rydes about 5 days ago to confirm that its their chassis and I have yet to hear from them.

@RobertCalifornia,
I don't know where you got your info, but it appears they are wrong.  See this thread   https://www.speedsterowners.co...3#684750432376206173, the OWNER says it is a Berrien.

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@LI-Rick posted:

@RobertCalifornia,
I don't know where you got your info, but it appears they are wrong.  See this thread   https://www.speedsterowners.co...3#684750432376206173, the OWNER says it is a Berrien.

My info is from this morning from John M at Acme (keeping his full name off the site for privacy). I emailed them last night and his reply was "Sorry but we do not have a frame that works on a Speedster."

His reply makes sense, anything on the Berrien site is (1) too short at 80" and (2) the front end is intended for buggies, not Speedsters (you'll note the front arms are wrong and they advertise eight bolt attachment points).

Maybe @Arden did this as a custom job from Berrien?

@Arden posted:

@RobertCalifornia The chassis was bought in 2007 the front and back suspension were added sometime after I believe. I purchased the chassis late last year I have a body coming for it in a week or two we are going to do some modifications to the chassis then,I think I may have to lengthen it a little but have to wait to see.

Good to know, thank you. I'm going to assume it's just an item they no longer offer (2007 was a while ago!).

@RobertCalifornia, did you ever call Dave Barrett, like I suggested in the other thread? Seems to me this guy is a lot closer to you. He will build the chassis to whatever length you need.

If I were building a speedster/coupe, I’d give a lot of consideration to the chassis built by Kitman. Looks well though out, craftsmanship looks excellent, and it was designed to bolt right up to their bodies.

While the Mendeola suspension looks like a nice upgrade, you must ask yourself if you will really use the increased performance that it will provide vs the $7-8K price.

@LI-Rick posted:

@RobertCalifornia, did you ever call Dave Barrett, like I suggested in the other thread? Seems to me this guy is a lot closer to you. He will build the chassis to whatever length you need.

If I were building a speedster/coupe, I’d give a lot of consideration to the chassis built by Kitman. Looks well though out, craftsmanship looks excellent, and it was designed to bolt right up to their bodies.

While the Mendeola suspension looks like a nice upgrade, you must ask yourself if you will really use the increased performance that it will provide vs the $7-8K price.

Yes, I have been in contact with Dave and he provides an interesting product and the price is right. I'm a little concerned about the materials used because it seems like he uses some of the smaller dimension steel than other providers. But I would say he is still in the running.

The challenge with Kitman is that I can't find many people to say good things about their tube chassis. Plus the pictures they post are a bit on the generic/older side (pretty sure I have seen them around the web for a while). So I wouldn't call them eliminated but for the price they want - by far the most expensive option out there - I'd expect clearer/recent pictures from them.

As for Mendeola, I do intend to put a decent engine in this car, if not a Type 4. I also enjoy long road trips so I think Mendeola provides better opportunity for that than most other setups I've seen. My intent is to go with their suspension and brake package. However, I have yet to hear from them from my inquiry last week and that is not encouraging.

I confirmed that this is not a Berrien chassis, they don't make one for the Speedster (though they make one very, very similar to the one in the picture but its for dune buggies and too long).

I emailed Cool Rydes about 5 days ago to confirm that its their chassis and I have yet to hear from them.

Yes, I have been in contact with Dave and he provides an interesting product and the price is right. I'm a little concerned about the materials used because it seems like he uses some of the smaller dimension steel than other providers. But I would say he is still in the running.

The challenge with Kitman is that I can't find many people to say good things about their tube chassis. Plus the pictures they post are a bit on the generic/older side (pretty sure I have seen them around the web for a while). So I wouldn't call them eliminated but for the price they want - by far the most expensive option out there - I'd expect clearer/recent pictures from them.

As for Mendeola, I do intend to put a decent engine in this car, if not a Type 4. I also enjoy long road trips so I think Mendeola provides better opportunity for that than most other setups I've seen. My intent is to go with their suspension and brake package. However, I have yet to hear from them from my inquiry last week and that is not encouraging.

@coolryde Any advice to offer for @RobertCalifornia? He's looking for a chassis.

Robert California if you get to the San Diego area you can drive my car to see what you think about the Mendiola set up. I have really enjoyed the  car the ride is much better than the VW setup.

I've included a few pictures of the car in work at Kevin's shop.

In regard to the clown on the grill, it doesn't squirt but it's a great idea. A couple of Tour de Ho's ago I gave to an SOCer from the bay area for his collection.

Wish you all the best

Larry Bull

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@goofer posted:

Robert California if you get to the San Diego area you can drive my car to see what you think about the Mendiola set up. I have really enjoyed the  car the ride is much better than the VW setup.

I've included a few pictures of the car in work at Kevin's shop.

In regard to the clown on the grill, it doesn't squirt but it's a great idea. A couple of Tour de Ho's ago I gave to an SOCer from the bay area for his collection.

Wish you all the best

Larry Bull

No pictures Larry.

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