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    My youngest lad Jon's 68 Camaro

    This is my youngest lad, 21 year old, Jonathan's second car project, he bought it about the 16th of August, most folks would of been happy to leave the car as was & probably have been posting it in the Showfield section but not Jonny, some starter motor issues meant the car was going to be off the road for a week while he waited for the new mini starter, so into the workshop it goes for a few mods.

    A bit of a background to Jon.
    A lot of the guys on here know Jonny but for those of you that don't, 3 years ago he couldn't even weld, he'd helped me on a couple of cars so I gave him our old MK1 Escort to learn how to weld etc, he took to it like a duck to water & has turned into, what I think, is quite a talented young fabricator & has left me for dead with his skills.

    Now confidence of youth nothing phases him & it was no surprise to me when he decided to cut most of the roll cage & floor out

    Picking the car up & a day run out to York Dragway, didn't take it down the strip, just a reliability run.





    The car had developed some starter issues & as mentioned he ordered a new one, we were not happy with the design of the cage, it was too close to the occupants heads & because of the floor design it meant you couldn't alter the seat position to make it safe.

    Here is a picture of one of our neighbours the roof bar was at mid head height unless you laid the seat right back, the bars were made old school with the door hoops been made one piece with the roof bar welded below the top radius between them.



    Floor design originally all like passenger side but modded in the past to create the drivers side recess.



    Jon also stripped the axle to check it over & give it an oil change.

    Driveshaft to tyre ratio



    End part one
    Last edited by Chucks41; 30-09-13 at 08:31 PM.

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    Part 2

    Jon cut the floor out, unfortunately because of the speed he was working we never got any pics with the cage cut out.



    Fabricating new floor plate sections







    trial fitting Jon does a lot of this





    The car didn't have a full prop loop so this got bent up & welded in





    End of part 2

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    Part 3
    Designing main hoop for cage & calculating the angles of bends



    Jon hired a draw bender for the 42mm CDS tubing & had to work out how to use it as well, I was just



    Trial fitting the main hoop



    Fits a lot more snugly to the roof lining & gives a few inches of head room to allow for a helmet



    The new door hoop legs, the design meant they could be mounted higher & Jon increased their length to allow a bigger door opening



    Setting them in place, you can see the extra clearance compared to the pic with the neighbour



    The next set of pics show the windscreen bar bent & fitted between the door legs, this was done outside the car to enable them to be easily seam welded all the way around. They were tacked to pieces off box to keep the alignment while they were welded.

    View looking at top



    From front, showing bends following A posts



    Trial fitting



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    Part 4

    Jon decided to keep the old Nascar design door bar, it allows easier access, he said it's more of a road car than a race car, he thought about straight bars but it meant he had to remove the steering wheel to get in & out, he also thought of putting a short straight tube between the main hoop & door bar but that interfered with getting to the seat back adjuster & linelock valve.





    Unfortunately again no clear pics but Jon bent & fitted a seat level bar between the legs of the main hoop, just visible in this pic



    He wanted a proper tunnel so made a short extension to the existing front



    bent up new tunnel



    The seats were not very secure in the original set up so he made & welded some brackets to some tube & welded them in between the tube chassis & sill sections.





    A bit more progress



    End of part 4

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    Part 5

    He still had time to think about small details, the handbrake had originally just been cut through the floor.



    So he made a small filler panel







    The cable brackets were mounted on the front of the ladder bars, this meant the cable "Y" actually rattled on the prop (score marks can be seen on the prop in some pics)



    So he made new ones & attached them to the top of the prop loop, this meant the cable could be routed differently & got rid of some tight angles.



    Crush tubes for the front seat mounts where they go through a double skin floor



    I thought he was making props for a Batman movie



    Turns out they were brackets for the harness eyes.




    End of part 5
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    Part 6 (second attempt after losing it )

    Harness mounts & brackets fitted to rear chassis tube.



    His attention to detail even on small panels no-one will see.
    Closing panel at the rear of the larger tunnel panel.



    Detail of them



    More floor sections







    No pics unfortunately but the rear firewall was open to the boot below the rear screen, where the fuel cell is located, so Jonny made these filler panels to seal it up.

    .

    End of part 6

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    Part 7 last I hope

    While Jon is not happy with the quality of the ladder bars he wants to run the car at York & it is a requirement to have cages fitted to the ladder bar front rose joint so he made & fitted these. He's got some small section CDS & is going to fabricate a new set of bars with adjuster collars in them so they can be adjusted in situ



    Again because of the speed he was working at we've no photos, he wasn't happy with the bent rear window bars, just visible through the screen.



    So he replaced them with straight ones connected to rear main chassis hoop, pic from similar angle



    The car is now back on the road complete with it's new starter, it took him exactly 3 weeks from start to finish.

    Thanks to anyone who has taken the time to read this, my finger is killing me.

    I could of posted this in the Showfield section but anyone that knows Jonny, knows it's only a matter of time before he decides he wants to alter something else.

    He's restarting Uni tomorrow (oops today) it's his final year doing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering so hopefully can match practical skills & theoretical knowledge, he must of got it from his mother because he leaves me gobsmaked.


    THE ENDish
    Ian
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    What a fantastic sequence! Your lad deserves plenty of respect for that.

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    brilliant, great stuff guys

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    Superb. Nice to see pride and workmanship in a project. Cant wait to see what comes out in a few years time from Jon, especially with an engineering degree in his pocket, and fabrication skills like that....
    Last edited by fad15; 30-09-13 at 07:14 AM.

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