I'll have to post these in a few parts.
This is my youngest lad, 21 year old, Jonathan's second car project, he bought it about the 16th of August, most folks would of been happy to leave the car as was & probably have been posting it in the Showroom section but not Jonny, some starter motor issues meant the car was going to be off the road for a week while he waited for the new mini starter, so into the workshop it goes for a few mods.
A bit of a background to Jon.
A lot of the guys on here know Jonny but for those of you that don't, 3 years ago he couldn't even weld, he'd helped me on a couple of cars so I gave him our old MK1 Escort to learn how to weld etc, he took to it like a duck to water & has turned into, what I think, is quite a talented young fabricator & has left me for dead with his skills.
Here's a link to his Escort build thread on here.
Now confidence of youth nothing phases him & it was no surprise to me when he decided to cut most of the roll cage & floor out.
Picking the car up & a day run out to York Dragway, didn't take it down the strip, just a reliability run.
The car had developed some starter issues & as mentioned he ordered a new one, we were not happy with the design of the cage, it was too close to the occupants heads & because of the floor design it meant you couldn't alter the seat position to make it safe.
Here is a picture of one of our neighbours the roof bar was at mid head height unless you laid the seat right back, the bars were made old school with the door hoops been made one piece with the roof bar welded below the top radius between them.
Floor design originally all like passenger side but modded in the past to create the drivers side recess.
Jon also stripped the axle to check it over & give it an oil change.
Driveshaft to tyre ratio
End of part 1