Caribee with serious muscle

Harley just sent me a few pictures of his beast of a ’66 Fiberfab Caribee/Banshee. He bought the body shell in the early eighties, and then mounted it on a shortened Corvette frame with a ten point cage. He built it up road race style with racing suspension and a 524hp big block Chevy V8. He’s done some major wide-body work as well, but has retained the car’s original lines. He says it’s been in a lot of car shows, and always draws a crowd — “listening to the spectators guess what it is, knowing there is not another like it, makes it worth the ten years it took to build.

14 Responses

  1. Rich says:

    Wow love the body mods that is really sharp

  2. Jamie Yecker says:

    I love this car, I got to go for a ride in it. Wish I could buy it. Is it for sale?????

  3. Bats says:

    When you rode in it you didnt ask the driver if it was for sale?!?!?!?!?!

    I know you guys will hate me for saying this but I find the front flares, running boards and hoodscoop overdone,
    I love custom just in my eye and taste it would have looked better with all that about 1/2 as big as he went with it,

    With that said this car is a shinning example of how a grass roots kit should be built, kit cars dont all have to be poorly built hack jobs, when time and care is taken you can have yourself a true home built exotic

  4. Harley says:

    Hey Jamie, Jamies husband Charlie did all the welding on the chassis and roll cage back in the 80’s.The car definately wasn’t for sale back then. Batts the body mods were the minimum required to cover up the tires and engine,the rocker covers conceal the side mounted flowmasters and protect legs etc. from burns. The nasa duct in front of the cowl induction vents the radiator exhaust. Guess the 427 AC Cobra and the Turbo Carrera are ”overdone” too. Ever been too the 24 hrs. of Daytona or Sebring? Overdone is the fastest way around the track.

  5. bats says:

    Harley, It would appear you, Jamie and Charlie have some insider joke on the rest of us,

    I didnt mean any offense, taste is like opinions and we all have them,
    Things also look different in person,
    As far as an AC Cobra goes which I never were in love with no, not overdone, their flares and scoops do the job without looking overpowering to me,

    I guess the other thing I am forgetting is how huge the engine and tires are compared to a rather small car the Banshee,

    Then I go on to praise the built for being a jewel

  6. Harley says:

    Bats, no insider joke, I am just not sure that a website is the place for critiques of the cars submitted, I too have seen alot to be desired in the way of style and workmanship, but would not be ”openly” critical,there are people behind these cars. No offense taken, or ”water off a ducks back” as Charlie used to say. As for the poorly built hack jobs you mention, not everyone has equal resources and tallents, they know it, you don’t have to tell them. And thanks for the praise, nothing like a pat on the back after a jab to the chin.

  7. bats says:

    Harley,
    Things get lost in type, tone of voice, you built this car, and it is breath taking and wonderful, Don’t laugh but you and are not that different in how we think about this subject,
    Please remember with one of a kind customs they will never make everyone happy,
    No one builds a custom to make the other fellow happy, we build them to please ourselves,
    Look at the Corvette summer car for example, the thing is a monstrosity and I have been in love with it since 1978.
    Let me shine some light about what I have come to believe about forums and websites, when we do place pictures of our cars out there in cyberland we do open ourselves up for all opinions and comments not just good ones,
    Lots of cars get posted on here that are for sale and trust me many people say whatever they desire about them, many times negative, as a seller I would be Pissed but that is just how the net is,
    I own a Laser 917 and if I had 1.00 for every person who has called my Laser the most buttfugly kit car of all time I would be able to pay the car off,
    and when I reply to the naysayer with a letter much like you just sent me the people just tell me to FOAD, they dont try to explain things and smooth it over like I am doing here,
    I dig custom vettes and the trend the last 20 plus years with vettes is numbers matching, so I get to hear the same slams about my custom vettes, and I mean nasty comments not just someone saying they think my flares are too big,
    I own two Kellison GT40K bodies these are raw fiberglass shells I call basketcases,
    I am way harder on my junk trust me on that, actually everything I own right now is in some stage of POS,
    I have been doing kits and custom over 30 years, I have owned and worked on many kit cars, I have seen for the most part the majority ARE hack jobs that is why Grass roots kit cars have such a bad rep for being POS,
    Ask anyone into kit cars they will tell you while my opinion may sound harsh it is sadly true, if a builder admits their car is a mess then I hope a post like this will give them the motivation to make their car a little better,
    Building an early kit car is hard, The Fiberfab stuff was called a nightmare in a box, if you did the work on this car and you started with a basic Banshee kit you know that is true, if you paid to have the work done then the builder knows it’s true,
    Perhaps you are really sensitive about it and not really taking it the way I meant it,
    Either way your car is a shinning star, Your car is amazing to me, one of the most radical well built show cars I have seen in a long time, in addition the drive train will keep up with the looks,
    True, I made a comment that some of the additions were bigger than I would have done it, I wouldn’t have painted it white either, but this is not damning your car it is just adding my opinion,
    I don’t believe the emphasis of this thread should be on the few little things I said I didn’t like but rather how great your car is and then move into some details on the build, what all went into making this happen. I love the dash and center console,
    Looks like you are in Fl too, near Orlando?
    Here’s my number if you are going have the car near me or just want to talk,
    407-496-8334
    Cheers,
    P.

  8. rodso says:

    HARLEY—-YOUR CAR LOOKS GREAT AND I KNOW HOW MUCH WORK SOMETHING LIKE THIS TAKES—I HAVE BEEN PLAYING WITH KITCARS SINCE 1967-WHEN I BUILT MY FIRST AVENGER –I BET YOU I HAVE HAD 20 DIFFERENT KITS SINCE—–I CAN NOT BELIEVE PEOPLE LIKE THIS GUY BATTS EVEN PLACE A COMMENT –THIS GUY IS ON ALL WEBSITES –YOU CANT GET RID OF HIM —HE IS A AUTHORITY ON EVERYTHING—-I USUALLY FIND GUYS LIKE THIS ARE WHAT WE CALL IN THE RACING WORLD AS WANTTOBEES—-DO YOU EVER SEE A PIC OF ANY THING HE FINISHED –NO–NO–I WOULD LOVE TO SAY PEOPLE LIKE THIS MAKE THE WORLD GO AROUND –BUT TO ME THEY MAKE ME WANT TO STOP THE WORLD AND GET OFF—-HARLEY –HOPE IN THE FUTURE TO SEE MORE OF YOUR PROJECTS——DENNIS

  9. Harley says:

    Thanks Dennis, personally I think it is hilarious that Batts thinks him and I are ”not that much different in the way we think about this subject”. Anyway, I have no new kit type cars under construction, currently building a 41 Ford P/U resto-rod,taking forever, and my sons first car, a 67 Mustang,that needs everything, we need to get that done fast before high school is over in 2 yrs. Harley

  10. Rich says:

    Harley

    What was used for the buck for the front flares? I am doing a Tri-Magnum from urethane foam and fiberglass. Some scoops need to be made since they will be on the bottom they need to be stronger than glassed foam. If you have any ideas let me know I check here often.

    Rich

  11. Harley says:

    Rich, It was a real low tech approach, the tires protruded around 5 or 6 inches, the original fenders were radiused and the wheel was moved up without the spring to be sure there was no contact and about 1” of clearance, a piece of cardboard was cut to the the outside diameter of the tire and attached to the wheel and tire to form the outside edge of the flair,then poster board was cut into geometrical segments and taped into place around the cardboard and to the inside of radiused fender. The segments overlaped each other a little and were slightly flexed to make the bubble shape. They were very close to the correct shape and fit, the gel coat was ground back an inch around where the flair met the fender to a depth of about an 1/8”. The paper flair was covered with glass mat and that was the bottom side of the flair. After the glass hardened overnight the cardboard, tape and posterboard was removed, the edges trimmed and the glass roughened with 36 grit, a coat of body filler was applied to both sides and was blocked to perfect the shape and then another layer of glass was applied over the filler. The flairs ended up being about 1/2” thick, smooth on both sides and have held up for the past 20+ years no cracks or any other problems. Hope this helps,if you need to see a picture I will see what I can do to scan one and send it to you. Harley

  12. Harley says:

    Rich, after rereading your question, the buck is just a temporary form to make a mold, and would have nothing to do with the strength of the finished flair or scoop in your case. I would say the cheapest way to make it stronger would be just to make it thicker, carbon fiber is another but more costly. If you think the scoops may make contact with the road or something then I don’t know what to tell you. My car sits very low, the front valance is prone to hitting anything taller than 4”, I have had to be very vigilant to speed bumps and other things, I have steel conduit under glass to strengthen the leading edge of the valance, it to has held up with only a few minor scars. I tried to make everything fiberglass a little higher than the frame for protection. Generally anything hanging down will eventually get wacked by something. Harley

  13. Rich says:

    Hey Harley

    That is nearly the way the trike body is done but the foam is kept. That gives me a good idea for how to make the scoops under the trike. Thats a really good technique for making one off parts the reason you didn’t have any cracking is you didn’t make them too thin. Thank you for the idea the reason I asked you was the way the your work turned out it’s fantastic.

    Rich

  14. jay.see says:

    about 5 years ago when iwas a teen yet i almost baught a banshee this exact one i was walking home from school and see in in someones years the frame and everything els was in really bad shap but body waz ok the guy wanted $1500 dollers for it i was young and didnt have the monny but this katr is what got me addicted to kit cars back then i looked all over online to look for it and couldnt find anny kit car named banshee i had no idea it was so rare id love to buy it or find out what wappend to it the car was locaed in novi michigan does annyone know what happend to this car? it was faded red when i last seen it

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