From the Looks of it our Friends over across the big blue have been quite busy. We have another part of a great build story for you, our readers, to you know read. Plus we have more of your favorite part, pictures. I would like to thank Malcom for sending us this great story.
The rear of the car is now all welded in place and strength is the key to this build, the new areas Marc has created all run along the same dimensions as the original car,
With the inner arches complete we will be running the same wheel base as in ’59, the difference being the shock absorber towers and the 5 ling boxes for the up rated suspension, (ford escort rear axle) and of course the bigger gear box tunnel,
And a brace across the link boxes has also been fitted.
And then a final seam weld of the rear floor, Marc could easily have just riveted a few plates in at this point (like the last owner!) but that was never going to happen, for the extra hours spent the finish and the build quality are all the better for it.
The more I look at this picture the more I see a single rear seat fitting here, I really want to get as many people as possible to enjoy this car, we have at the drift practice days at Norfolk focused on giving people the chance to experience the thrill of a race or drift car, and I want to continue that theme with the 59, time to look around for a ‘small’ seat!!
And ALL of this is hand made, epic start and all done by Marc on his own, after work, I feel more humble by the minute.
What’s this I hear you say; it’s a 2ltr pinto, not any 2ltr pinto but an alloy 2ltr pinto! (More build details later)
As we said we want to be able to try different engines in the 59, the guys at Burtons are always trying new stuff, so we want to repay their faith in us by ‘testing’ what ever they send, to that end Marc has based the gearbox tunnel, the front bulk head (more on that coming soon) and the fitment of the front cross member to accept what ever they throw at us, the largest engine will be the Duratec, but this will be the first engine in 59, rated at OVER 250 bhp on throttle bodies! Got a bit nervous then!
For us the Guys have ‘de-tuned’ down to just a mere!! 210bhp on carbs (still going to need a fresh under wear set handy), but the torque curve is amassing, and it will mean that we can use a bigger power band rather than just a 2000rpm window you would normally get with a wild cam motor, with the total weight of the car and the podgy! driver the BHP per tonne figure is going to be rather good…
SO we need a good gearbox!!
We have also received a offer of help from Tran-x, the gearbox and axle group, they have, in conjunction with Burtons offered to build a gearbox not just to cope with the power but with gear ratio’s that will help us drift, drag race and do a few circuits as well.
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With the drive train slowly coming together and the rear floor pan sorted its time to move to the front END
The bulk head had been hammered and patched and did look ok’ish, but Marc decided to remake the whole thing, we have a spare car (well Burtons do) to take all the shape and measurements from so that we can remake the front bulk head, to original 59 spec, once all the rather bright paint was removed we also discovered that the chassis legs had massive plates welded to them, for no apparent reason and the front chassis rail had been damaged and covered in filler to make it look straight, considering there is so little rust in the body and floor of the car Marc decided to remake the rails, so with them removed and placed on the workshop floor, measurements were taken and we also took Pic’s of the rails in the spare 59 pop,
Now at this point I am thinking that we need to ring someone for help as we think Hux has gone past his sell buy date!! I would have been laying in a heap crying by now with the extra work.
But undeterred or apparently ‘bothered’ at the extra work Marc has re built the front chassis, as said before we will be running the same wheel base as the 59 was built with, the front tracking width will be slightly wider but we are going for as near stock sizes as we can.
With the front end removed, stored and measured its time to start ‘making stuff’
First up is the front of the foot wells, left and right, to keep the style Marc has had to hand roll to get the curves, he has opened them out a bit to allow the wheels to travel on more lock, but still to the original lines.
And now fitted.
Although this is a race car! And if it had been anyone else I doubt if this pic would exist, because a lesser builder would have used filler and paint,, the fact that Hux has a passion to get it right is a credit to him, the look and quality is what I am getting at here, it’s a race car, lap 1 it could well get bent! And then rebuilt again, But there are no short cuts, to my mind that deservers applause, the next project for Marc will be another POP for the road and I get a strong feeling that the dedication and passion is the same for all the cars he works on.
With the Hand crafted front rails now fitted the front towers can now be replaced, but we are starting with the bulkhead, as you can see its not a straight forward job, we could have just made it straight but we want to keep the character of the car, and the big lip on the top is great for putting the cups of tea and chips!!
This view shows the work involved to make the bulk head, again hand crafted, and matched to the original, including the main section for the start of the gearbox tunnel, the shot below shows the small amount of space available and again some nice detailing on the ‘kick plates, that will probably not be visible, but there ‘because he can’
We return soon with part 3
We give the car LEGS>>>>>>