Originally it has a typical 80’s Beige interior !
Half Black / Beige doorcards, and Blue Floor Mats……….
When an opportunity to install 2 Cobra Kevlar lightweight Racing seats dropped on
the mat……..It was showtime………. The car was never going to be standard again in
it’s life, I changed and increased the steering wheel from 360 to 380mm and also fitted
a lighter wheel than standard…
The bigger diameter wheel gave the steering more leverage as it’s a Manual steering rack
which is of course dead stiff at slow speeds especially parking ! but it was also quite tough
when hussling roundabouts at speed, so this Italian Suede Sabelt steering Racing wheel
was a performance addition and not just cosmetic…. the deep dish also brought the wheel
closer to the chest (Rally Style) and allowed the seat to be further back for good legroom
Mock up seat fitting…….
Then I wanted a Black interior and sourced a second hand good condition full Black
carpet set I removed the rear seat upholstery and foam
The doorcards were removed and the lower Beige section sprayed Satin Black………….
Transformed from beige 80’s road to a semi Racey black look !
Carpet glued to the panels..
Acoustic speaker cloth! for the central section..
Seat backs Sprayed in Graphite and 2 pack Lacquered….
Sparco 3 point 2″ Road buckle Harnesses fitted
A new Gaiter Made by Top Gaiters (Ebay) in Black Leather with Yellow Stitch..
And a top Metal Insert which I painted the gate pattern in Yellow.
I Decided to add some colour to the drivers clocks with a German Flag 3 colour theme
cluster, with three 2nd hand sourced Yellow writing dials……..
You’ll notice the central Speedo has an inner circle in KPH which I think looks a bit too busy….
So I took it apart, ……painted it out with Black and also painted the inner Bezel in a Matt Red.
This clock has been sent away to JDO Instruments for a service and Mileometer reset
to Zero so this can be used to show the true mileage with the newly rebuilt engine.
As a road car project, I didn’t need to have a Steel rollcage fitted. or did I want to add
The area behind the front seats was quite long and empty ! And it needed something
a little more pleasing to the eye, so I designed and fitted an aluminium rear road cage.
Having just made the interior look tidy in the black cloth I was not prepared to
consider welding and cutting the body & Chassis to house such a roll cage…..
So after some visual research I saw 3 pick up points and designed 2 brackets that could
be fitted on to the car with no welding or modification required. The design consisted
of 2 Lateral bars (One in the centre & one across the rear hatch) 2 bars from the centre
bracket to the B Pillar point where the seatbelt was originally bolted, and 2 more bars
triangulating the rear bar to the central one.
Each tube / bar is fitted with a left & right hand aluminium threaded Rod end and this
means each tube can be tightened very stiff, putting pressure on the chassis, hence why
the end result not only looked racey but also added significant rigidity to the chassis
which could be felt very clearly when driving……
Here is the central bracket which bolts to the inside of the C Pillar where the body
has a captive nut fitted where the original rear seat latch was originally fitted…..
These are the 2 brackets for the sides of the rear hatch…which bolt together
sandwiching the body….
The two bolt holes go through where the original carpet poppers usually fix !
Here the rod ends have been fitted to the brackets with the aluminium thick threaded
discs which will be welded to the tubing once the measurements had been taken….
I mocked up all the tubes with some aluminium angle
Each Aluminium tube has a thick disc welded on each end and 1 side tapped left and
the other a right hand thread.
Each tube is Powder coated graphite grey….
Standard Bosch = 15KG
Lithiumax (Australia) Including the Bracket is 3.75kg !!