This R-75 Elephant was built with a mix of original and aftermarket reproduction parts, with mixed results. It looked stunning, and ran like a top. Started with the first kick, but the gearbox was finicky. Getting reverse, while keeping 4th as an option proved rather difficult, as these are shim adjusted. One must tear down the gearbox each time.
It was sold to a collector on the East Coast, who enjoyed it completely. On demonstration in the new owner’s exclusive neighbourhood, we pulled three donuts in his front lawn, much to the consternation of his Wife, who witnessed the whole thing from the living room window. The fuel tank’s cork gasket didn’t seem to like it much, so we replaced that one right away.