P. O. Box 858

244 Walker Road / Grantham, NH 03753

(603) 863-5272 / Fax: (603) 863-5323

DRAGON SERIES II
The Kit
SeriesII Debut at Knott's Berry Farm in April 2005
Debut at KCI's Run and Gun 2001. Street Big Block Class Champion: Autocross and Roadcourse '02 & '03
Show Winner at Knott's Berry Farm AHA Show April '05: Best in Show Factory Sports, Director's Choice, and Longest Distance Driven( NH to LA)

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The Feel of the Past with Performance for the Future!®

   

Fiberglass body, trussed 2x2 Space Frame Chassis, Can be built from '82-'02 Camaro/Firebird Donor for Live Axle Roadster, or 88-96 C4 Corvette for IRS

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WHAT PARTS COME WITH THE DRAGON KIT?

THE FRAME: You get our unique and high quality perimeter space frame. The frame has a full width 2inch in diameter roll bar, fuel tank mounts, radiator mounts, seat belt tabs, and side pipe mounts. It comes with the front suspension points for the 1988-1996 Corvette parts, and your choice of rear suspension points for 1984-1996 Corvette independent rear or a Satchell link four point rear mount and the conversion brackets for a live axle.

Our frame is fabricated on our precise jig to assure that each one meets exacting standards. Examine it and one of the first things that you will notice is that it uses a lot of pieces and looks difficult to build. You would be right in this assessment. In fact, the first reaction from potential fabricators was: "Oh my god!" You want me to build this?"

The Dragon frame is unique because the suspension loads are fed to the parallel perimeter tubes. Instead of the suspension trying to twist two narrowly spaced ladder style frame rails our design distributes them through out the entire chassis. In addition, the unique front X design would force the perimeter frame tubes away from the occupants in the event of a head on collision. If the hit were off center, the design would tend to deflect the impact away from the occupants.

WE HAVE NOT DONE ANY CRASH TESTING AND DO NOT MAKE ANY CLAIMS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR FRAME. BUT, WE DID CONSIDER THESE AND OTHER SAFETY ISSUES WHEN BUILDING IT.

The frame is powder coated in a silver/gray color. This premium paint job is usually a hefty up charge from other manufacturers. The silver/gray color looks great with the aluminum panels and traditional racing cars use this color so that any fluid leaks are readily visible.

ALUMINUM PANELS: You will receive the approximately 30 pre-cut, pre-bent T-6061, aluminum panels necessary for the foot boxes, transmission tunnel, floors, and bulk heads. Made from 40 thousandths thick tempered aluminum, the panels attach with provided rivets. We even give you beautiful polished diamond plate pieces for the top of the drivers and passenger floors.


THE BODY: You will receive all of the fiberglass pieces to build the dragon. This includes the one-piece nose, body, trunk lid, dash, and windshield frame. The windshield frame comes assembled with steel support rods imbedded into the side posts. The nose comes with the rear wheel splashes and hood pivot support panels installed. The body comes with the rear wheel splashes and body support hanger installed.

OTHER PARTS: The kit comes with the steering shafts, bearings, supports, and quick release steering wheel hub, internal trunk hinges, a mini-bear claw hidden trunk latch, trunk latch release cable, and aluminum front hood pivot plates and hardware.


OPTIONS AVAILABLE FROM US:

In current development, these items will be available soon: Trunk mounted spoiler, classic head fairing, molded to fit seats, Can-Am style rear wing, roof system, LS1 motor mounts, custom headers and side pipes.

OTHER KITS OFFER ALL OF THE PARTS TO BUILD A CAR, WHY NOT DRAGON?

Initially, we attempted to offer a complete kit. But every customer wanted to change some or all of the parts. Because the Dragon is not a replica, everyone seems to have their own idea about how they want to detail the car. We were having too delete parts from every order and than figure how much credit to issue. We cannot buy parts any cheaper than you can. We can provide you with a list of the parts that we used and know will fit, and where we got them. You can then use that list and make changes that suit your taste.



WHAT DOES OUR COMPONENT PACKAGE COST?

As of 11-1-05, the price is $14,990.00 FOB Platte Center, Nebraska. This price is subject to change with out notice.

We recognize that our car is not cheap. However, we think that it represents an outstanding value for the superior engineering and the quality of parts that you receive. The reality is that the cost to develop a car from scratch is ten times that of copying one.

Our completed cars have the performance, look, and quality of cars that cost $75,000 or more. In fact, a customer recently sold his Dragon for $75,000. He loved the car so much that he ordered another to replace it.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD A COMPLETE CAR?

This is a difficult question to answer and depends on the components used and your abilities. Obviously, the more you farm out and the more new parts (engines, transmissions…) you use, the higher the cost.

The red car pictured uses the engine, transmission, shortened drive-shaft, rear end, rear brakes, fuel tank, fuel lines, battery, and shifter from a 1996 Pontiac Trans-Am. Even with stock power this car flies, yet gets over 25mpg!

We paid $2,000 for the donor, $2500 for the body prep and paint, $950 for the interior, and $1200 for the wheels and tires. All of the other parts added up to $4200. The total to duplicate the red car, including the cost of a kit, is just under $26,000.

If you built the car with a Corvette rear and a new ZZ-4 355hp engine, and Tremec 5 speed transmission, you will spend about $33,000.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD THE CAR?

To install the aluminum panels. 24 hours
To clean and refurbish the suspension parts. 16 hours
To install the front and rear suspension parts. 2 hours
To install the assembled engine and transmission. 2 hours
To install the radiator and electric cooling fan. 1 hour
To install the drive shaft. 30 minutes
To install the fuel tank and fuel lines. 2 hours
To install brake’s, pedals, and throttle pedal. 8 hours
To install the headers and side pipes. 1 hour
To install the body and align it. 30 minutes
To install the nose and align it. 30 minutes
To install the trunk lid. 1 hour
To install the trunk latch and release cable. 1 hour
To install the windshield frame. 30 minutes
To install a single windshield wiper motor and blade. 1 hour
To install the gauges, switches, and wiring. 16 hours
To install the seat belts. 1 hour
To install the interior. 8 hours
To install the dash and switch plate cover. 30 minutes
To install the lights. 4 hours
To install mirrors and trim pieces. 4 hours
Body prep and paint. 24 hours (by professional)


Total time is about 157 hours. You will spend additional time researching and ordering parts, planning, waiting for parts, and another 100 hours trying to find the tools that you misplaced in your shop!!!!!

The Dragon is about the easiest car you could choose to build. It is supposed to be a fun project. So take your time, and don’t build it under the constraints of an unreasonable dead line!! Trust us on this one, we know!!


WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO ORDER A KIT FROM US?

We believe in first come first serve. We require a refundable $1000.00 deposit to secure your delivery date. Our goal is to ship your kit within 4 weeks. At the time of order, we will give you a ship date. When your kit is completed, you can arrange to have it shipped or schedule to pick it up. Prior to shipping or at the time of pick up, we require the balance to be paid by bank or certified check, cash, or money order. From the time of receipt of your Dragon Kit, you have 30 days to inspect the parts. If you decide that they are not what you expected, you can return them, freight pre-paid, for a full refund. The parts must be returned in as-delivered condition.

The kit is shipped with the body mounted to the frame. We will install a removable rolling system, which allows the car to be rolled onto a truck or car carrier. We require a $350 deposit for the wheels and brackets. We will refund the $350 when they are returned in good condition for re-use.

We can give you a list of transport companies. We request that you make the shipping arrangements and deal directly with them.

REGISTERING YOUR DRAGON:

We are not attorneys, so we make no legal claims. This information is based upon our experience.

The fact is that it is getting easier to register our type of cars. Many states have adopted legislation developed by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association. Basically, the legislation allows you to register the car as the year it most closely replicates. Our car usually is registered as a 1958 Lister replica. With this designation, the car easily passes inspection as it only has to meet 1958 standards.

Some states will register the car as new but only make the car meet the standards in place at the time that the engine was manufactured. Others will make it meet current emission standards. These standards can be met but may require that a late model engine and computer management system be used.

You need to check with your state before hand to determine what requirements you will have to meet. DO NOT TAKE THE FIRST PERSON YOU TALK TO’S WORD FOR IT!! Because our passion is only shared by a few, and does not constitute the normal vehicle registration, not every person working at the DMV knows the answers to your questions. Do not take no for an answer. NICELY, ask to talk to a supervisor if needed. As long as you keep every receipt, get copies of titles from the vehicles that you get used parts from and accurately report expenses you should get your Dragon through the process. Every state has provisions for registering a "specialty vehicle". Some times the process is frustrating but it can be overcome. Rich Anderson, whose company has sold thousands of kits, told me that every one was able to get registered.

INSURANCE:

We have found that most insurance companies will insure the car for an "agreed upon value". Rates, to us seem reasonable. There are several companies that specialize in insuring collector cars, hot rods, and kit cars. We can supply you with the names of some of these companies. Often you can find them advertised in popular car magazines.

Verifying that you can obtain insurance and what it will cost is something you should do before committing to build the car.


CONCLUSION:

I realize that I have given you a lot of information. I know that I am long winded. But Paul and I believe that you need to have as much information as possible to make a good decision. We know that building a component car is not only a dream, but also a significant financial investment. We are here to help answer any questions and to help you, not only now, but also during the build process. Contact us at any time, we love talking Dragons!!!!

Thank you for your time and consideration,



John Chesnut
Paul Carlson