At Historic Motorsport (SW) Ltd we have worked on a wide variety of projects. Please click on a photo for more information and a gallery.
RENAULT CLIO 172
Renault Clio 172 which has been used for track day use has come in to us ,as the customer is looking to go stage rallying. The first thing to do was strip out the interior ready to fit the FIA/MSA spec, full weld in rollcage. This is being carried out by our fabricator, Easterbrook Motorsport Fabrication. Once the cage has been fully welded in, the seat rails and tubes for the sill stands will be added to the shell.
HISTORIC GROUP2 FIESTA BUILD PART 2
Fuel tank platform is fabricated and fitted into the boot / spare wheel area, ready to except the purposely fabricated alloy tank. The fuel pump and filter are housed in there own compartment and the filler neck is fitted to the rear pillar. A firewall is fabricated over the tank and fuel pump to keep them isolated from the cabin area.
HISTORIC GROUP2 FIESTA BUILD PART 1
A good low mileage mk1 Fiesta was found for the basis of this build. The car was stripped and the body shell sent away for dipping . Once back at the workshop any repairs were carried out and the seam welding and strenghtening plates added. additional skid plates are welded to the underside and seat mounting rails fitted to the inside.New larger inner tubs are fabricated and fitted. Rollcage is trial fitted with all the holes marked. Cage is removed and strengthening plates added to floor and tubs. Wide arches are fabricated out of aluminium, fitted to the shell, then moulds are taken to replicate these in fibreglass. The shell is then sent back for redipping and primer coat.
MK1 ESCORT HISTORIC RALLY CAR PART 3
Now back from the painters the refit of the components can begin. The suspension and axle are fitted first to make the shell mobile again. The FIA spec rollcage is then put into place and the rest of the interior fittings and wiring are installed. FIA spec centre fuel tank is installed and the fuel lines fitted. Finally the engine, gearbox and exhaust system go on. Now the suspension geometry can be set and rolling road session booked.
MK1 ESCORT HISTORIC RALLY CAR PART 2
Whilst the body shell is away being painted the rest of the components of the car are assembled. This includes a new wiring loom being made to complement the new dash and centre console with added switches and gauges. The engine was also sent for rebuild with a historic spec from SRD engines. All other components are stripped, checked,cleaned,powdercoated or replaced.
MEXICO SHELL PART 5
The new floor panel is now put into place and welded, replicating the original spot welds. With the floor pan in place chassis sections and bulk head can be lined up and fitted. Next to go on are the new inner wing sections and front panel. Once these are fitted the wings and doors can be lined up to get the gaps right,before the wings are welded and doors hung. At each stage the relevent parts of the jig frames can be removed.
MEXICO SHELL PART 4
The shell is put onto the jig and the removal of the panels can begin. The floor pans and bulkhead need replacing so these are cut away along with the inner wing panels ,which also need replacing. A jig is connected to the door pillars and door shuts to keep the shell in-line as the floor panel is removed. A cross brace is also put in place, which also connects to the roof so the shell does not flex. With the bulkhead removed the new floor section can be slid into place.
Part 6 of the restoration of OOP.
With the jig and the internal braces made, the task of cutting off the old panels can begin. Any of the original panels and sections that can be repaired or retained are attended to first. Making sure the bodyshell does not flex or go out of line is acheived by making the internal and external jigs and braces. Once on the jig and happy that everything is square and lined up, the removal of the panels can begin. As each panel is removed and area prepped for refitment, the shell is checked to make sure everything stays in line. All areas of corrosion are dealt with as each section is repaired. The shell is now starting to take shape. Once repanelled, the shell can go back for a light chemical dip to remove any surface rust and then primed ready for painting.
Part 5 of the restoration of OOP.
New panels are ordered for the rebuild. These include rear quarter panels, chassis sections, door skins, bulkhead, front inner wings. The old door skins are removed and the new ones welded on. A chassis jig is made and the shell attached ready for the next stage.
Part 4 of the restoration of OOP.
Engine stripped down and checked for wear. All components checked , cleaned and replaced where needed. This is done in-house with only machine work done off site. All transmission, suspension, braking, and steering components are all stripped, cleaned, powdercoated or painted and rebuild using new bearings, seals and gaskets where needed.
Part 3 of the restoration of OOP.
Now stripped to a bare shell and primary inspection done, its time for the shell to be taken to be heat treated to remove any paint, underseal, filler and sealants . This process will reveal the extent of the corrosion and damage to the shell. After being through the heat treatment the shell is washed and treated to slow down the process of going rusty whilst the fabrication work is done.
PVX 400K is an ex works Mk1 Escort driven by Roger Clark. We were asked by the owner to make it safe to use in competition. We have carefully fitted modern bucket seats, harnesses and extinguishers. All the mechanicals have been checked and serviced to make the car reliable. We do as little as possible to keep the car as original as possible so as this piece of motorsport history can now be used again.