Yes, I really think it’s amazing: this person spent more than 17 years on building Lamborghini from scratch in his basement! And when do you see the results? I really think that you will be swollen! Just take a look at the article below and find out more about it! That’s how the story goes – when this loyal fan of the film and the tutor first glanced at the Lamborghini Countach The Cannonball Run, he could not possibly understand what had been set in motion. And 17 years later the influence of the film on him will be fully realized in the form of completely handmade Lambo. And if it does not inspire you to break your tools, nothing will happen. His name is Ken Imhoff, and he was born in the English city of Oxford. This city is world famous for its prestigious university. But Ken grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His family moved to the United States after his father’s air forces abroad were complete. Well, Imhoff’s love for cars began at an early age, as shown in the photo above. It is already visible behind the wheel of the chassis of a sports car that was made by his father. This apparent enthusiasm will remain with him throughout his life.
And, guess that – after many years of education on cars, it was not surprising that Imhoff would be struck by the Lamborghini Countach. But, ladies and gentlemen, it was not just some old model that caught his eye. No, the model was the same one that was seen in the above classic comedy of 1981, which captured Imhoff’s imagination. So, almost ten years after he first noticed this, the same earl inspired Imhoff to implement the project of mammoth proportions. And while the smaller – and perhaps richer – man might have just bought a similar car, Imhoff instead devoted the next 17 years of his life to building one from scratch. Moreover, he did this in the basement under his house in Wisconsin, which he shared with his wife Eileen and their two daughters.
And, well, the fact that he worked with metal for most of his adult life. Well, of course, his engineering skills and welding skills proved to be critical for this project. But, along with technical capabilities, Imhoff clearly has a great determination to achieve excellence. His house had a garage, but he preferred not to build his own project there. Yes, when he saw his father fighting the harsh winters of Wisconsin, he decided that the basement would be better. In addition, it will save on heating the garage. So, 17 years ago (in September 1990) he began a journey that cost him thousands and took almost two decades. And it all started with a simple wooden frame. Partially based on measurements taken from a 1:16 scale model, this frame will allow it to determine the shape of the body panels. Talking about the fact that the car panels were manually formed from aluminum, using a forming tool. This process itself took Imhoff a year, working from the rear of the car forward, until the entire wooden frame was covered with panels. He left especially difficult parts, like doors, to the very end.
Note: and at this stage this long and amazing project was associated with a lot of trial and error on his part, despite his extensive experience. In fact, even the welding of the panels proved to be a learning curve, as they were worn more than once. After the panels are finally finished, then a frame will be needed to support the chassis when it assembles the car. Therefore, Imhoff built one of the five and a half inch blocks to achieve the correct height and ground clearance. After this, the chassis was completely constructed on this support, the upper frame and the body were securely assembled to provide additional support for later assembly. Imhoff noted that this process was especially difficult, paying close attention to ensuring that the body was properly aligned.
Honestly, I really think that the finished chassis of the car and the aluminum body are really beautiful! And yes, reducers around the world will certainly appreciate it. On its website, Imhoff seems to be particularly proud of every element, stainless steel with 12-inch racing silencers, aluminum radiators and fully adjustable anti-roll bars. But he also mentioned that before the car could be painted, he had to go through an extensive training process that included five layers of the bodywork. First, a layer of a self-priming primer was applied prior to encapsulation with an epoxy primer. And after the custom bodywork of Imhoff, a second layer of epoxy was needed before a layer of high-strength primer was applied to finish everything. And, by this time, the common frame began to resemble the finished Lamborghini, although the outer panels and wheels had not yet been added.
So now you are probably asking yourself – what happened next? Well, we can answer this question for you! Just take a look at the article below and find out more about it. He also added internal components, including brake lines, pedals and a fuel cell. Then, when the mechanic of the machine got into place, it’s time to draw a shell. However, this required the use of a professional stand outside the site. And this meant the individual transportation of all 33 pieces of panels back and forth, one at a time. Not surprisingly, it took Imhoff only 25 hours. It was an exhausting task, of course, but it was tiny in a grandiose scheme of the project. And after that, he compiled drawings for the wheels, before giving the designs to his machinist friend, Dale, for making the components. Subsequently, Dale spent ten hours turning a two-inch thick metal sheet into the finished product you see above.
A year later he made a number of improvements in the car. For example, he corrected the problems as a leak of refrigerant. And he also strengthened the rear carriers. He also replaced the spark plugs and worked on the engine. This was to ensure that his beloved Lamborghini would be down to zero when he first took it for the engine. Finally, in 2008, Imhoff’s extremely ambitious project to create the Lamborghini Countach from scratch was completed. Unfortunately, he also went to the basement. In fact, getting to the road was a 90-minute process that included an excavator and a lot of patience and perseverance from Imhoff. But, in the end, it was worth it. And you will be surprised when we tell you what happened next – in September 2016 (26 years since the Imhoff transport project was created), the car was sold to a new owner in Miami. Thus, although Imhoff may have only had an epic vehicle available for only eight years before handing it over, a project like this, of course, is more about travel than destination. And, given that he had already begun to build his next car – the Studebaker Starlight coupe in 1953, it’s safe to say that Imhoff would have agreed.
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