Geen arrives at Autosportif

Body was put on a rotisserie so cleaning up and preparing the shell gets under way.

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Beefing up the cross members
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Petrol tank removed and boot floor dropped
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Recess cut into cross member for exhaust to run as close to the underside of the car as possible
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Same on the other side
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Er front wing cutting back rust I think
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Folding back wing edges for larger tyres and to avoid sharp edges when changing wheels
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Monocoque viewed from rear upside down
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Engine bay dealing with spots of rust
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Inner wing
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Seat bases dropped down into body to make more space for crew and link bars from front to rear added
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Near side leg of roll cage
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Underside letting in captive nuts
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Beautiful seem welding by Steve
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Neat and tidy

Rollcage installation

Peter Folbigg of Fabricage does such good work that you just assume an amazing job.   Steve Wilson of Autosportif welded  in a section to join the front sub frame to the rear one and turrets to accept the new dampers at the rear.  Peter did a great job of squeezing the near side front leg of the cage down the side of the existing dash.  We later cut out the front cross bar as it presented too much of a hazard to the crew shins, not just in an accident but getting in and out as well.  Cross bracing in the rear and a diagonal in the roof give us good strength.  We later discussed taking a leg forward from the cage to the front suspension turrets but it proved impractical.  Door bars worked well keeping a reasonable balance between side impact protection, accessibility and further strength in the cage.

Great job and having crash tested one of his cages I can’t recommend Peter highly enough.  Your life might depend on it…

Fabricage: 01223 870 563   Email: fabricage@btconnect.com  http://www.fabricageuk.co.uk/

 

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Strip out at Malbrad Saab Huddersfield

Steve Broadhead and John Taylor of Malbrad Saab, who prepare my Saab rally cars, enjoyed tearing the new car apart, check out the size of the engine relative to the tiny gearbox.  The rust I was worried about turned out to be mostly superficial.  The shell turned out to be amazingly solid.  Although sold with a 390 engine the car actually had a fairly fresh 360 engine fitted which is a better engine for the rally anyway.

http://malbrad.co.uk/         01484 544 556

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Joop Stolze Classic Cars

Having decided on an AMC AMX as the car for the event we had to find one. Chris Partington, a good friend, kindly inspected three AMX’s for sale with Joop Stolze in Holland.  Joop had the only cars available in Europe, the big advantage was we could inspect them fairly easily and it would save time shipping in a car from the USA.  After a fair bit of negotiation by email I set out to visit the dealership and collect the AMX.  I wasn’t prepared for the amount of stock Joop holds

 

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Mercedes coupes in a line with rare Peugeot to the right, MGs on racks on right
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Rare Lancia saloons to the rear of the Merc, listen closely and you can probably hear them rusting
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Rows of Porsche 911s
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Pick ups from 30s to 50s
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Upstairs floor, motorbikes and pedal cars on the shelves, Triumph TR3s in the foreground Jaguar saloons in front and E types beyond
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Pedal cars, motorbikes, models in front of pre war MGs
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E types face off XK Jaguars
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Italian exotica Ferrari and Alfas