The pedalbox gets in the way of a straight run through the firewall. I guess you could do it with multiple joints but lots of work.I bet they worked hard to get the column perfectly inline too. Because they can.
 I tell a lie - must be the same as yours as they are using the same bulkhead hole & do t have anything fancy inside the cabin such as another UJ or whatnot.
If Gordon’s ok with slightly crooked then everyone should be happy!
I gave three Pinto engines away. They were the 2L OHC engine sold here in the Escorts but I guess you mean the whole thing. Horrid, horrid engines. Cast iron everything and cam lube is via a thin copper tube that gunges up and ruins the head. The block though was the base for the YB. You can buy an alloy Pinto block now.
The Minardi 2 seaters have the V10 Cossie engine. I have a conrod, valve, timing gear and finger follower. Amazing engine with pneumatic valve springs and motorcycle like engine speeds. There are a few articles breaking down that engine and looking at the technology. Pretty amazing. I have a fair idea of the basics of this current era but the detail would be stunning.On the subject of Cosworth engines, this doco is worth a look: