Yes, agreed: I believe all those who say cages are hard. I'm likely to take that welding class (mentioned above) next month (it's company funded!), and I'll need to practice after.
duthehustle93 - yes; WAY too many candidates. But it looks like the rust is primarily rocker area, which shouldn't be too bad - right?
Mr.Yuck - understood, but that's why the welding class. Plus, I know a fabricator who does (primarily) drag race cars (cages, tube chassis, etc.) who could fix things when I make mistakes.
TheEngineer - [YES!] Thank you! I think I remember that description, now that you've shared it here. Did you tie them into the cage?
This is a literal ”Under $500" E46 from a widely advertised, professional company, regular internet auction event, with the auction receipt to prove it.
But it's also a clean title, and I really want to drive it on the roadway for a while to determine its current 'intrinsic reliability' before deciding; after all, it's a German car and should be rock solid
It's also a "Ticket Me Red" BMW, so I'll anticipate penalty laps from the B.S. judges just for kicks ... because BMW = Easy Button. And anyway, I won't care about penalty laps.
If I build it, I won't have to replace the r.r. window I smashed to get into it when I picked it up at the impound lot. That was the first part of the dead battery issue.
S&W is right down the road, and I can go there to get a custom cage bent - of course, AFTER I remove the interior and install the seat (Bimarco Hummer).
I have plenty of time, I'm funding - and building - this myself, over time, and my "win" will be getting a car to pass tech - nothing more. Though, of course, I also want to get it on the track when it does.
I'll deal with an entry to an actual race, as opposed to a test and tune day, after passing tech.
And then, after an initial build, if I can become creative enough to come up with an idea to contend for the I.O.E. (the "real" win), then that would be my ideal.