Considering a Goblin - in North Carolina

baustin

Member
Well, I'm new here and only recently ran across the Goblin but it might not be long till I jump in and build one for myself.

I'll go back and introduce myself:
I live in Youngsville, NC. I'm looking for something fun to drive occasionally, while I'd like to consider sport bikes, my wife and I both know I shouldn't allow myself to do that (when things go wrong, I'd be the crash structure). I've always liked the idea of a kit car but I'm not the biggest fan of Miata's or the cost of the V8 types out there. I tossed the idea of a kit car to my wife instead of a bike and she actually seemed ok with it, so my search began. Low cost, easy to build and maintain, good looking, probably donor based but preferably not the Miata, decently safe looking, good info available (company or builder based info), functionally would be a good weather driver to/from work or just for fun (like a sport bike would be for others). Not really thinking I'd be taking it to a track though VIR isn't all that far away from home.

So far the Goblin hits all the things I'm considering and then some. I'm leaning towards a track frame, extended, with all the bodywork/lights/etc. Donor would preferably be a Cobalt SS/SC. The idea of a supercharged, mid-engine, basically street legal go-kart for adults that I can build is very enticing to me (n/a instead of turbo if not supercharged).

Suggestions? Things to consider or avoid?

Thanks,
Benjamin
 

JeffsGoblin

Well-Known Member
Welcome! Extended track is the way to go if you don’t have a tight budget, you want the extra protection and you don’t mind the look. This also depends on your size.

SS/SC is nice cause you could always add a turbo later and get more HP than a stock SS/TC. Plus, initially the SC donor is usually cheaper than a TC. Also, who doesn’t like to hear that SC whine!?

Expenses will be more than you would expect. You’ll be ordering tools, tape, fluids, paint, lots of parts and thinking up ways to build this thing the best possible way you know how, if you are like most of us.

Good luck and don’t be afraid to ask questions! This forum is a great resource!
 
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baustin

Member
I should add that the past couple years I've been thinking of picking up a 05-06 MINI Cooper S but just can't sell myself on it being a good idea.

The extended version isn't as much for me sitting as it is for ability to carry something behind the seat if needed or other people that are taller. But I do sunburn easy so the track version having the possibility of holding something to shade me a bit would be worth it.

I looked up the Corbeau FX1 Pro seat and see they claim to fit waists up to 36", I'm close to the average American height/weight but with a smaller waist so if that dimension is true then they would fit me great and not be crammed in. Anyone able to confirm they fit 36" and smaller just fine?
 

ctuinstra

Well-Known Member
I should add that the past couple years I've been thinking of picking up a 05-06 MINI Cooper S but just can't sell myself on it being a good idea.

The extended version isn't as much for me sitting as it is for ability to carry something behind the seat if needed or other people that are taller. But I do sunburn easy so the track version having the possibility of holding something to shade me a bit would be worth it.

I looked up the Corbeau FX1 Pro seat and see they claim to fit waists up to 36", I'm close to the average American height/weight but with a smaller waist so if that dimension is true then they would fit me great and not be crammed in. Anyone able to confirm they fit 36" and smaller just fine?
You should be fine in the FX1 Pro seat at 36". I'm a 38" and went with the wide version and fit but it could have actually been a bit tighter and your passengers (assuming they are smaller) will appreciate the more confident fit.

Welcome to the forum. It sounds like the DF is the car that checks off all of your requirements. It certainly is quite fun to drive, in fact, I'm thinking about taking mine out for a quick spin tonight just because.

The supercharged versions are becoming harder to find so have patients if that is what you are after. Start looking now and be ready to pull the trigger if you find one. They are out there, but you may have to look around and outside of your area. I have a habit of looking for them even though I don't need another one. So glad I have the one that I have now!

Good luck on getting started.
 

baustin

Member
Good to know about the seat fit.

Something I haven't seen details of is the shipping for parts/frame. Obviously NC isn't just a short drive from Texas, but I've got a truck and 5x10 trailer. How would the parts get shipped? I'm up to driving to pick things up but 1200 miles each way is probably beyond that limit for me.

The option to have parts sent in stages is nice, but if shipping is minimally more for all at the same time vs a lot more for staged sets then I'd deal with all the parts at the same time.
 

ctuinstra

Well-Known Member
In some situations, multiple buyers have made arrangements to work together to send one truck/many kits to help save on freight. No promises you will have that opportunity.

I drove a hour to meet up with someone on their way through Missouri to pick up Stage 2. All they had to do was pull off the interstate and I met them there. Saved me a 20 hour round trip. Just a couple of days ago, about 5 kits were delivered to their owners from one truck.
 

Tim Moland

Active Member
In some situations, multiple buyers have made arrangements to work together to send one truck/many kits to help save on freight. No promises you will have that opportunity.

I drove a hour to meet up with someone on their way through Missouri to pick up Stage 2. All they had to do was pull off the interstate and I met them there. Saved me a 20 hour round trip. Just a couple of days ago, about 5 kits were delivered to their owners from one truck.
One of those was mine!
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JERMzSS

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You've found the right kit. Quit looking lol.

Here's a video of me autocrossing mine with my street tires. I added slicks this year so hopefully more videos to come.

 

baustin

Member
Any thoughts on this possible donor car?
https://www.copart.com/lot/29272539

The front wheels aren't pointing the same direction: passenger is fairly straight and the drivers is turned left. I would assume that is a bend tie rod though it's possible the lower control arm could've been tweaked. Does this damage look like a likely issue or probably cheap to work around? Wheels and tires would be new for me so damage there wouldn't matter.

The listing says automatic but the picture sure looks to be a manual shifter, right?
 

ctuinstra

Well-Known Member
Any thoughts on this possible donor car?
https://www.copart.com/lot/29272539

The front wheels aren't pointing the same direction: passenger is fairly straight and the drivers is turned left. I would assume that is a bend tie rod though it's possible the lower control arm could've been tweaked. Does this damage look like a likely issue or probably cheap to work around? Wheels and tires would be new for me so damage there wouldn't matter.

The listing says automatic but the picture sure looks to be a manual shifter, right?
It’s a manual. All the 06 SS/SC are a manual. Looks like a great donor. The alignment is easily fixed, some of that won’t be used in the build anyway.
 
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