Dirty Molly Got “Caged”

To make Dirty Molly safer and to prepare for the eventual Club Race, Toby decided to give her a roll cage.

Toby and Kenny first put Molly on a weight loss diet.  All things “comfort” were removed (carpets, plastic molding, stereo and air conditioning).  The doors were reduced to a bare skin, with no interior door panel, armrest, power window or power lock mechanism and even the inner metal and side impact bars were gutted away.  We also removed the convertible top to make room for the roll cage.

Doors completely gutted
Doors completely gutted

Piper Motorsport then built the roll cage.  In addition to spec’ing the cage to PCA Club Racing specification, we also incorporated new designs from factory 997 Cup Cars.  “Pyramidal X” were built next to the driver to provide additional safety margin; a kinked roof tube increased headroom; and the rear stays are tied to rear suspension mounting point to increase chassis rigidity.
200904 Cage 2 RawTo save money we decided to paint the cage ourselves.  We took Dirty Molly up to our friend Wade’s farm workshop one Saturday.  It took two full days but the result was totally worth it.

Two coats of Primer
Two coats of Primer
Two coats of
Two coats of “Speed Yellow”
Two coats of gloss finish
Two coats of gloss finish

Dirty Molly now *looks* like a race car.  We replaced the convertible top with a hard top.  We chose a black top to preserve the Boxster look.200904 Cage 6 PaintJobFinished

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