So, now the project that we were selling because we didn’t have the time to undertake another project is starting to grow into a bit of a project.
To recap, the shell is stripped, rust free, the rear half of the roll cage is in, but the front isn’t, and now we have to acquire, build and fit front and rear suspension in order to deliver the bare rolling shell to the garage who are going to complete the build.
We have already acquired Bilstien coilovers front and rear, and we keep strengthening pieces in stock for the front crossmember – around the engine mount and the ARB mounting points. So, one of our strengthened front crossmembers was welded up and sent for powdercoating.
We have laser cut diff mount strengthening plates too and a rear beam was removed from the powdercoating pile, the strengthening plates welded in and the rear beam sent for powdercoating too. You can see the extra strengthening in these photos.
We acquired an E46 purple tag steering rack – which is an astonishing modification and if you use an E30 day to day, you really ought to do it – and we collected all the bushes, new bottom arms, rear trailing arms etc., required to build up the suspension and turn the shell into a bare rolling shell.
“I think I’d like it painted. Can you get your paintshop to paint it and can you build the painted shell up so that we deliver a fully painted, clothed rolling shell to the garage for them just to fit the running gear?”
The bare shell acquired a pair of doors, bonnet and bootlid, a set of glass, bumpers, trim, a new front valance, lights and an iS lip.
All of these were sent with the car – still on our spit – to be painted inside and out in the original Brilliant Red.
“The guys in the garage are really busy, while you’re building up the bodyshell, could you maybe run the fuel lines, brake lines and stuff, fit the fuel tank and brakes etc., so that it is really just the engine conversion that the guys need to do?”