Thanks for fixing the title moderators!
I'm moving to a different town this summer, I'll be living almost next door to my grandparents in a little town of less than 2000 people called Munday Texas. I've already got a summer job set up being a farm and ranch hand (only job in Munday haha!).
So when I'm not out fixing fences or checking the pivots I'm going to need a new project since my other GT will be staying in its home in my shop at my dads house.
If all goes well, I will be driving up to Virginia week after next to pick up a car that I'm sure you guys are familiar with. ImageUploadedByAG Free1425433926.582265.jpg yes it's the Red Baron.
The Red Baron has some rust, and is completely stripped out, which is exactly why it's perfect for my crazy idea.
What is a noob like me going to do to the poor old Red Baron? Some of you guys have done convertible modifications, but my plan is to entirely remove the top including the windshield. Here's a very rough model of my idea. ImageUploadedByAG Free1425434134.545239.jpg
I want it to look kind of like this Miata, ImageUploadedByAG Free1425434230.231897.jpg. After I came up with the idea I discovered the Opel Rekord GT ImageUploadedByAG Free1425434268.842210.jpg
I will try to incorporate some of its design in to it.
So what do I expect to have to do?
1. Build a rotisserie
2. Build frame reinforcements to extend the jack points like on SteveDaniel's aero GT build.
3. Weld the doors shut for extra reinforcement and remove the door components to reduce weight.
4. I may put a single tube across the car where the dash would normally be to make up for the loss of structure from the windshield getting removed.
5. Only after I'm sure the chassis can handle the top being removed I will use my sawzall to remove it completely.
6. I will do any interior work now like new floor pans, prepping for the roll cage, weight reduction, replacing the fuel tank with a small fuel cell (maybe mount in the passenger area? That might make the rear to light though.) and I will coat the interior with bedliner or por-15 or something...
7. I probably won't get to this point this summer, but I will most likely buy an 8 point autopower race rollbar, and I'll also I've to do sheet metal work in order to cover up the open areas on the top of the car. I expect this part will be incredibly difficult for me, luckily my grandfather is a certified welder and is very good with metal working, he will probably give me a hand.
8. I haven't decided what I'll do for a motor, I'd like to do a motorcycle engine, but I need to do more research. Most likely I'll put my extra 1.9 liter in it. I will also rebuild the suspension and rear diff. I will not get this part for a year or two though.
9. Ultimately I will paint it with an eye catching paint scheme, install a race instrument cluster, and a seat from a midgit or sprint car with a full harness, I'm not sure if I want it to be street legal yet, I guess I'll have to make a removable windshield if I choose to make it legal, It won't be blisteringly fast, but I want it to be safe whether I take it to drive on the track or cruise some dirt roads (slowly).
In summary, the main reason I'm doing this is so I can learn metal working and welding better as well as paint and body work eventually. I know it isn't going to end up looking amazing, my expertise is very limited, but I can't do this stuff on my other GT anymore since I have it partially restored now. I can tell you one thing though, this car will be finished before I leave college with a degree, I'm determined! Haha. I will be getting started as soon as I get out for summer break I expect I have not considered many possible roadblocks and I am open to any comments or criticisms on my idea.
With a few years and a lot of blood sweat and tears, I think i will have something to be proud of!
P.S. It will be called the opel nineteen because I got the idea for the design from the Lotus 11, and I am currently 19 and it is an Opel GT 1900!