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I originally posted this on the old site but many of you may not have seen it. The body was channelled so low over the floorpan that the boxes on the bonnet were there to clear the strut tops...

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matbighat
Posted: 2004/6/14 5:47  Updated: 2004/6/14 5:47
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
This is sooo cool. Reminds me of a cross between an IT car and a GT car (SCCA racing here in the States).

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dattosam
Posted: 2004/3/27 12:24  Updated: 2004/3/27 12:24
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
I have a picture of under the bonnet, tryed to post it , didnt work, I can email it to anyone that is interested

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1200rallycar
Posted: 2004/3/27 12:32  Updated: 2004/3/27 12:32
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
yeah id love to see, tickfordcortina@yahoo.com, ill post it up for others also

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dattosam
Posted: 2004/3/27 12:04  Updated: 2004/3/27 12:04
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
I used to work for the guy who bought this car off tony marsh, he said that when he ran the car at wigram air base it would pull round to 9600rpm in top(4th) worked out to be 150-155mph!

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Lobster
Posted: 2003/9/11 14:19  Updated: 2003/9/11 14:19
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
Wow. Would it actually have been worth the effort though?
Still cool...

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tsillay
Posted: 2003/9/11 22:10  Updated: 2003/9/11 22:10
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
It was a brilliant idea at the time. While we were all busy moving suspension mounting points around, Tony just moved the whole floorpan, inner guards and chassis rails up 3 inches.
This gives you very low ride height, masses of ground clearance (the rails dont bottom out) while retaining the stock geometry..
It went on to win the championship with an A12, against twincam escorts, bluebirds, starlets and a dealer backed chevette effort...

so yeah, it was worth it!

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Quinn
Posted: 2003/9/12 9:34  Updated: 2003/9/12 9:34
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
did he just cut the insides and move them up? i cant visualize it. how does it not change the outer pannel geometry, doors etc?

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stirlingmac
Posted: 2003/9/12 10:24  Updated: 2003/9/12 10:24
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
Imagine this, at the point where the floorpan stops being horizontal and becomes vertical (inner sill), you cut it all the way down both sides of the car. A 3 inch section is removed from the firewall. The door openings are not touched but when you open the door the floorpan is level with the top of the sill panel. It isn't that hard to do but it does require a lot of welding. On Tim's old Tyrepower car I removed the front crossmember completely and lifted all the pick up points into the chassis rails. And I made shortened struts. At the rear I C'd the chassis rails to clear the axle tubes which achieved the same thing as Tony got with his car except the front chassis rails did hit sometimes on ripple strips etc when you were trying really hard.

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Posted: 2003/9/15 2:11  Updated: 2003/9/15 2:11
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
that's just awesome! must be the ultimate in 1200 coupe racecar development! But I think I'd need one of those boxes on the roof too - GT40 style

I'm one of the ones who hasn't seen it before, so I'm very glad you posted it

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tens_and_twenties
Posted: 2004/3/27 20:40  Updated: 2004/3/27 20:40
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
Funny... I didn't read the description first and kept asking myself "why are those flares so high up the fender"...

Very cool, and quite ingenious.

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Posted: 2005/1/7 5:08  Updated: 2005/1/7 5:08
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
Isn't this one of the cars that was built by CMR at the height of Cooks reign? I am sure that Swampy purchased the car from Cook when he was still living in Hawkes Bay prior to moving to Auckland and working at CMR.

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stirlingmac
Posted: 2005/1/7 6:42  Updated: 2005/1/7 6:42
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
Yep, that would be correct. Tony did it again years later by getting his hands on Reg's Sanyo Sunny and dropping a 13B PP into it and running it as a Sports Sedan under Redex colours. He also had an unsuccessful Ashley Forest Rallysprint in that car too. This coupe is in Auckland with a rare as LZ14 in it and hopefully it will see the light again soon , but I'm not holding my breath.

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wolki101
Posted: 2008/4/3 7:20  Updated: 2008/4/3 7:20
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 Re: ex Tony Marsh Shellsport coupe
sorry to resurect an old thread but does anyone have any more pics of this car and pics of how the floorpan was welded up higher?