I started the project with only basic car knowledge. I could do engine work, but I'd never welded anything except with a stick welder in my life. So, lot's of internet lookup and asking questions, and I finished it. I think they know me at the tool shop now I've been there so much.
The handling is pretty good right now, maybe not quite as smooth as the Lotus, but I have some dialing in to do. For one, I need to add a sway bar to the front suspension. I also need to adjust the dampening and rebound. I used R6 motorcycle shocks which are very adjustable.
I'll post some more pics in the near future.