Here are my build photos. Enjoy!
Me posing with the just-collected V8:
Sierra XR4x4 rear subframe delivered
and awaiting refurbishment:
Half of a Cortina front
subframe awaits a strip-down and clean-up:
The engine block and sump get a coat of
nice red paint:
My chassis at the Stafford Kitcar
Trestles built, garage awaits delivery of
All these bits will one day be a
Friend John works on fitting a floor
So where do all these go?
Floor panels fitted.
Diff and gearbox await fitting.
Engine and gearbox get craned into place.
I try the cockpit for size.
Diff and shafts in place.
Some visitors to my 'Open Day', 17/4/99.
Friend Simon (L) and William Turner
Fuel pump and filter attached to aluminium
bracket (upside down).
The pump fits in snugly between the
differential and the fuel tank:
Inlet manifold and carburettor on.
Cardboard template used in
making shoulder panels MkII:
New left-hand shoulder panel in
Fuel tank in place:
Backrest riveted in:
New seats, still in plastic wrappings:
Pedal box, panelled and with brake pipes
Mountney steering wheel attached to
Oil pipes run to remote filter head (just
visible behind diagonal chassis brace tube):
The propshaft, before it got sealed into
The half-way point (?):
Hot-air trough gets stuck to the underside
of the scuttle:
The battery shelf is fitted:
Left-hand exhaust headers and pipe are
Lashed-up ignition system, just to make
the engine run:
Hey look William, I've got a picture just like
Wiper motor, rack and wheelboxes in
place under the scuttle:
Coolant expansion bottle robbed
off'n an old Cavalier:
John welds the bottom coolant hose T-piece:
Nice aluminium bracket supporting brake
fluid reservoir and washer bottle:
Radiator fixed in place:
An aluminium sandwich plate under
the driver's seat spreads the load from the under-floor exhaust-mounting bracket:
Cutting out the aluminium for the
new heater box:
The finished heater unit:
I attach the forward part of the rear
body tub with big-head rivets. Is that a bald spot?
Jim marks out the contents of the
rear panel, using his car's own number plate as a template:
A ring of holes is stitch-drilled
for the fuel filler cap. Masking tape protects the gel-coat, which shows a nice reflection
of my MR2:
Left-hand side panel in place, showing
two oval cut-outs for the exhaust pipes. No, the side panels aren't going to be
lime-green, that's the protective plastic:
'Seven' art, entitled 'Nose Cone in the
Rain'. I need to mow my lawn:
Radiator fan & horns:
Heater in place under the scuttle next to
the wiper motor. Flexible tubes join it to the hot air trough:
Bonnet and nose cone trial fitted, together
with part of the front left suspension:
The battery shelf fully populated:
Bonnet and clips are fitted:
Holes are cut in the bare GRP dash
The dash blank is padded with foam and
covered with vinyl:
Not on the road yet and look what it's
doing to Rob already!
Passenger-side mirror screwed to the
Lifting the Dax down. An engine crane
holds the roll bar while 6 blokes lift the front and Jessica (lower right) pulls the
Rollout onto the drive:
John hops in and we go for an inaugural
spin (the light was failing, hence the bad picture):
"I dub thee ... and all who sail in her
Vital carpeting tool - the bent
A cat on a Cat. Chris & I visit William's Tiger Cat E1 build:
Bracket to hold the rear of the
The front wings are stuck on with BD.
The air-filter is in place:
Rear wings and lamps:
Mudflaps. Before (right) and after
... and fitted to the front wings:
Rear boot tub, carpet, harnesses, badges and
reflectors in place:
The finished article, ready for SVA!
Waiting for the SVA test to start.
The sunshine was a good omen:
Mr. Tester & Mr. Grainger examine
the inside of the Dax:
Adjusting the headlamp aim during the
Mr. T tests the speedo calibration:
The pass is announced:
Minister's Approval Certificate
Go on to the post-build photos.