Friday, August 26, 2005

Donor Car

I managed to get the donor car today, a mk1 fiesta with a 1.3 engine. For a small fee, the scrapyard even delivered it! As it was on top of 2 other cars, the scrapyard worked out the best way of moving the car down was to use a large fork lift truck, and put the forks straight through the front windscreen, then lift the car down to the ground! The wheels came off a fiesta van, as the car was sat up there with none on it. Once the car was delivered back to my garage I managed to get the engine started using a temporary battery. The donor car supplies all the running gear for the kit car, including the engine and gearbox, steering column, rear axle, suspension ect. At the end of stripping the donor car I will be left with the chassis (bodyshell), both doors, all the windows and the interior, all of which will be thrown away. (So it didn't matter that the scrapyard wrecked the roof of the donor car!)