So t'was the Christmas of 2007 and my better half said "when you've finished building your car (which has already taken about 6 years so we're not talking anytime soon!) you'll be bored. And besides, what am I going to do while you're out driving around in your new toy"
So I flippantly said "No problem, I'll build you one as well!"
This was a very stupid thing to say given that my mate Dan was there at the time and said "Hey, I've got a ready built chassis - you could buy that". Yea, cheers mate.
So here it is - and the progress so far........
And yes, I know the arches are back to front! The guy I bought them off had already drilled the holes in them though. They'll be filled and turned round to face the right way eventually.
March - June 2008
Having got the chassis on it's wheels and the engine and 'box in I decided that before I went any further it would be a good idea to tidy the chassis up. Initially, I was going to give it a good clean and touch up where needed. After giving it a good blast with a steam pressure washer quite a lot of the paint peeled off so I decided to take the panels off completely and get the chassis professionally shot blasted and powder coated.
Fabricating the scuttle. This is the bulkhead panel at the back (front?) of the scuttle. It will be Rivnutted on eventually so it is removable.
And with the rivets drilled out, bulkhead panel reduced in size and Rivnutted in place.
Lip added to support bonnet.
And dashboard hoop re-profiled......
Starting dash design......
Radiusing dash with 40mm diameter plastic drain pipe. Recess bottom of dash first with router......
Then cut and fettle drain pipe to fit......
Still plenty of final fettling and shaping to do yet but with a 6mm layer of foam to get an idea of what it will look like......
September 2009 - Chopping the sump.
The engine is a 2L Phase 3 Zetec (from a Mondeo) with a two piece sump. The upper part of the sump is alloy and the bottom part pressed steel. Here I'm going to cut 'n' shut the lower part of the sump to raise the lowest point of the sump without losing too much capacity (hopefully). The mods should leave the bottom of the sump roughly level with the bottom of the bell housing.