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    Hi all you 7-heads out there, I'm new to the forum and in early stages of planning a kit purchase and build. I'm leaning towards a Roadsport 170, assuming for now the SV chassis (because I'm 6'3", including a yard of leg). This leads to two obvious newbie questions:

    1. Will I fit in a 7? Will I need the recessed floorpan and/or removable steering wheel options? Any taller drivers out there with insights to share?

    2. Assuming #1 isn't a showstopper, does anyone know where can I arrange a test fit/drive in the Bay Area? I'm in Mountain View.

    Cheers,
    Jeremy
    2016 Seven 480 SV in Ballistic Orange

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    Welcome aboard.

    I'm 6'4" and 200lbs (was about 225 at the beginning of the year). I have a '62 Lotus Seven S2 and I fit fairly well. The biggest problem for me was / is the width of the seat well (~17") and the fact that my forward sight line is directly through the top of the windshield frame. I have fitted a small diameter steering wheel to improve thigh clearance / reduce interference. I did some rearranging of the pedals to help with knee clearance at the scuttle, steering wheel and shift lever. I just slouch/cock my head a little bit and the forward sight line issue goes away. I have no plans to cut the floor pan. Probably will remove the windshield instead. My weight loss has helped with the fixed width of the seat well and provides the added benefit of improving the power to weight ratio of the car with me in it.

    The clearance issues are not be a problem for me with the SV chassis dimensions. I think the windshield issue would still remain.

    Good luck with your search.
    EscondidoRon

    '62 Lotus Seven
    '84 Turbo Esprit (x2)
    '14 Evora
    '77 Esprit S1 (RIP) :(

    "A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom." -Michel De Montaigne 1588

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    • #3
      Howdy Jeremy,

      I'm 6'4" and drive a std body Caterham. I do have lowered floors, which helps a lot. I work in San Mateo and am happy to meet up with you.

      Cheers,

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

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      • #4
        Driver size

        Originally posted by escondidoron View Post
        Welcome aboard.

        I'm 6'4" and 200lbs (was about 225 at the beginning of the year). I have a '62 Lotus Seven S2 and I fit fairly well. The biggest problem for me was / is the width of the seat well (~17") and the fact that my forward sight line is directly through the top of the windshield frame. I have fitted a small diameter steering wheel to improve thigh clearance / reduce interference. I did some rearranging of the pedals to help with knee clearance at the scuttle, steering wheel and shift lever. I just slouch/cock my head a little bit and the forward sight line issue goes away. I have no plans to cut the floor pan. Probably will remove the windshield instead. My weight loss has helped with the fixed width of the seat well and provides the added benefit of improving the power to weight ratio of the car with me in it.

        The clearance issues are not be a problem for me with the SV chassis dimensions. I think the windshield issue would still remain.

        Good luck with your search.
        Thanks - I was braced for hearing I might have to shed a few of my 240!
        2016 Seven 480 SV in Ballistic Orange

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        • #5
          7 in my size

          Originally posted by Elv15 View Post
          Howdy Jeremy,

          I'm 6'4" and drive a std body Caterham. I do have lowered floors, which helps a lot. I work in San Mateo and am happy to meet up with you.

          Cheers,

          Tom
          Thanks Tom, I get up to San Mateo pretty often. I'll send coordinates privately.
          2016 Seven 480 SV in Ballistic Orange

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