Last year I picked up a budget race car. The owner was extremely flexible on the price, and although no non genetically modified human being could fit in the car I saw some sort of potential. So against the advice of many who kn0w much more than I about racing, I started constructing.
The cage was originally produced for someone small, and modifications made it even smaller. Originally I planned on simply widening what needed to be widened, but quickly decided an entire reconstruction was in order.
What I was left with was the Lynx Clone 4×4 frame and rear suspension mounts.
The cars history was slightly unknown, but some clues were left behind. Someone from Canada once raced cars similar to this one who was named Brian. The cars were constructed well and performed well especially for the period in which they were run, which may have been the early 80′s. The car went through some hands before it was donated to a SCCA car build program. The SCCA volunteered a builder and tech to oversee the construction of the car as it stands when I got it. Volunteers would put names in a hat before each session where they would partake in the build process. Although I found much of the work to the book it was not my car and I had reason to change it. With a log book it would have passed inspection but that log book disappeared at some point in the cars life. With fresh homoligation it would be looked at with scrutiny and therefor required significant updates.
Roll hoop with proper min diameter of curvature.
Roll hoop with proper forward facing bracing
Front roll hoop constructed of single bent tube
Front roll hoop Bracing Update
Cell construction meeting minimum aluminum thickness
Roll bar harness height update
I took a break on the car to focus on my business, and after an 8 months away I was ready to rock and roll. The cage was 75% welded, had no bodywork, and like any racecar had uncountable details to be sorted.
I finished the welding and bodywork over the course of two long weekends and a few late weeknights.
So in April/May the car finally took its maiden voyage.. in the middle of the night.