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  • Dax Rush Owner Needs Assistance

    I’ve been able to discover the history/pedigree of the car since my initial post. I’ve been a gear head for 38 of my 50 years but since I’m not familiar with these cars I could use some assistance.

    The car is registered as a 1995 Dax Rush, made by D.J. Sports Cars International. It has a 1975 3.8 (231 cu. in.) V6 w/ 4BBL Kenne-Bell intake, square-bore Holly double pumper, HEI distributor, long tube headers w/ side pipes in chrome and is backed by a TH200-R4 into a Ford Sierra IRS. It has four wheel disk brakes w/ 16” wheels. My Cousin was the second owner. I got some of the information above from the original owner who purchased/assembled the kit and sourced the initial donor parts, the rest from eye-balling the car.

    The car was apparently involved in a minor parking lot incident several months prior to his passing and he was in the process of repairing it at the time of his death. His brother who was the executor of his estate (and who has little mechanical knowledge or free time) was going to have it hauled to the scrap yard so he could easily conclude the business of closing the estate. Knowing that my departed Cousin would be rolling in his grave over this, I volunteered to pick the vehicle up and see to it that something better was done with it.

    So now I’m the proud owner of a Dax Rush and don’t know what to do with it. I’ve toyed with the idea of repairing it and keeping it which I believe would be in keeping with my departed Cousins wishes. I’ve also considered trying to find someone who would be interested in doing the same which I also believe he wouldn’t mind.

    It suffered front frame damage in the accident which appears to be confined mostly to the nose cone portion of the space frame forward of the wishbone mounts. The nose cone was slightly damaged along with one of the bicycle wheel fenders but they both appear to be repairable with a little glass work. The wishbones look straight but I haven’t seen the uprights or coil-overs yet as they are in a separate storage facility along with the radiator which was apparently damaged. The glass body work along the passenger side lower wishbone mounts is slightly buckled leading me to believe there is some more frame damage there. Both driver side wheels are slightly damaged as well.

    Here's a picture of it from the original owner.



    Here's a link to more pictures of it as it sits now including some showing the damage. You'll have to excuse some of the junk that was put on the car; my Cousin was known to be a bit eccentric in his tastes.

    http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c1...0Rush%20Lotus/

    I’m not sure exactly what happened in the accident but it appears as though the driver side lower frame rail impacted something leading to the frame/nose cone/radiator/fender damage and the wheel damage was a result of curbing.

    Sorry for the long drawn out story!

    Anybody have any input on what the heck I should do? Is this thing worth resurrecting by someone like me (I’ve been a motor cycle enthusiast, bracket racer/muscle car owner and Jeeper) who has welding/fabrication equipment and experience but no knowledge of these cars or should I get it into the hands of someone who knows more and move on?

    Thanks in advance for your time and advice!

    Sincerely,

    Bob Clark
    Last edited by Bob Clark; December 22, 2007, 09:15 AM. Reason: PhotoBucket Link Not Working

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    Hi Bob,

    The photobucket link doesn't work for me. It may just be my computer, can anyone else see the photos?

    Stan

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    • #3
      Originally posted by soareyes View Post
      Hi Bob,

      The photobucket link doesn't work for me. It may just be my computer, can anyone else see the photos?

      Stan
      Thank you for pointing this out to me Stan, it's fixed now.

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      • #4
        Hi Bob,

        Looks like a keeper to me!

        I'm not intimately familiar with the Dax, but there are a number of places on the web where you could find Dax specific help. A quick google search turned this up:

        http://forum.rushowners.co.uk/phpBB2/

        You might also find these helpful:

        http://www.se7ens.net/

        http://usa7s.net

        Se7ens of any kind tend to be easy to fix and while it may take some time, I suspect it will not cost too much to fix, especially compared to purchasing a new one! ...of course this depends on if you simply repair or if you get "upgradeitus"!

        Let us know how things go!

        Cheers,

        Tom
        Tom "ELV15" Jones
        http://PIErats.com

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        • #5
          Thanks for the input, encouragement and links Tom! I joined the “Official” Dax Rush owners club about the same time as I signed on here. Those guys “across the pond” have been very helpful and kind too.

          There is a club member who recently had similar damage to his car and he just happens to live very near the Dax factory. He sought advice from them about his predicament and shared what he discovered with me. They advised that although they could put the chassis up in a jig and repair it the cost and longevity would not be justified. Anything short of this would result in an ill handling ride according to them. The other alternative they offered was a chassis replacement and apparently they can fab up one to match the original piece so that all the parts will interchange, all I need to do is provide my chassis number. They’ll also stamp the new piece with my current VIN so I don’t have to go through that hassle. A new chassis is around 1200 British pounds so $2400 US dollars which isn’t bad, I don’t know yet what it would cost to bring it in but I’ll be looking into it further come the New Year.

          Then there are the upgrades! They are offering a camber compensating chassis now that’s all the rage but that would mean I’d have to get one or more of their other sub-assemblies to outfit it. Then there are things like two damaged wheels that need replacement, the damaged, radiator, nose, passenger side panel and bicycle fender. The tires are due for replacement, the seats are junk, the dash is a mish-mash of gauges . . . etc.

          I can see getting into this thing $10k easily which isn’t a problem but I keep reminding myself that I didn’t choose this ride, it fell into my hands. I have a ’66 Nova/Chevy II Super Sport that was next in line for my attention when this situation presented itself and I hate to back seat it yet again (another long story).

          I do realize the potential and fun factor of a ride like this. It’s registered, licensed and insured which is half the battle and represents a good part of its current value, so that’s not lost on me either.

          The wife and I are going to sit down in the New Year and do some serious planning as to how this car fits into the scheme of things. On the plus side, she was driving a Triumph Spitfire when I met her 26 years ago so I have that on my side . . . . :-)

          Thanks again Tom!

          P.S. Anyone have any idea what this would go for if I were to decide to put her up for sale as is?
          Last edited by Bob Clark; December 24, 2007, 10:37 AM. Reason: fix smiley

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