That's a bit drastic now isn't it! ;D The next stage is to clean up the cuts and start to rebuild the edges so that I can mount a bonnet latch on each side. I wil then trim the edges to make a rain channel and lip and a similar one on the bonnet.
You may otice that the adjusters are now in the front beam and that will be cleaned and rebuilt soon, the first part to actually be finished!
Once I am there, or if my friendly welder comes up trumps on the bits, I will start on the roll cage for the main tub. Now it is sitting on the chassis it is easy to see where it has warped and needs "fettling" to fit. I guess I am going to get used to fiberglass before i finish this one!
Still it is nice to actually achieve something I have been thinking about for a couple of years. Now all I have to do is turn all of my ideas into reaility!
My plan is to go back to my first inspiration, the Mura, and have a false sill. I will rivit, possibly, a thin sheet of metal to the flat ridge on the body, it looks like it is designed to locate the central tub but is about 2 inches away and streight (!), then curve it down to the new floor. I was then going to paint it an oppsing colour to the main tub. I am currently toying with a blue/purple and pewter mix.
Hope that makes some sence! Next time I'm in the garage i will tape a piece of paper in place and will try to get a photo to demonstrate.
Edited to add:
Found this on the internet and it does show what I mean.
I will have to play with it a bit as the Mura's side was quite laft and the SS is very dished but it should look ok.
Having slept on it and had a good think about my plans I am going to have to clamshell the rear as well. I cannnot get any of my simple roll-cage ideas to fit and allow the tub to come off over it. I will, therfore, make the central tub and roll-cage one piece and I can then feed the roll-cage bars through holes cut into the central tub. This will allow me to take the whole thing off in a singe piece. It will also give me very good access to the engine and rear assemblies.
The major problem with this is exactally where to make the shutline. For the front there is a very obvious location but the rear is more complex. I think that I will try and get it between the two rear window slots, if that makes any sence, and then run down at an angle to the rear wheel arch. That should allow me to put a piece of galss at the back of the main tub and another in the rear clamshell which will help with minimising road noise.
As an aside before I start does anyone know if any of the bars in the body run down there? I found one either side on the front, I bought a recipricating saw for the task and was using a metal cutting blade as it has the finest teeth so it is not a major drama, I would just like to know first!
I will keep taking photos and update when I have more news.
Just thought I'd add a roll-cage is a necessety not just for safety but also to stop the roof sagging and allow me to get the doors to fit properly! I may have to cut out the bars that are there now but, hopefully, will be able to work around them. They are not acctually attached to the chassis at any point and are now starting to rust and distory, hence the sagging roof!
Never seen the point in doing half a job, "if a jobs worth doing, it's worth doing properly" is what my father always used to say, and then he'd go on and take 4 hours to hang a picture! ;D
Still it's taken me this long to get to the stage where i can do something so I may as well go hammer and tongs and try to do it properly. I also have access to a few people who can help and a large workshop so I may as well take advantage.
I hope to get back in tommorow or at least later in the week so I'll post again when I do.
Hope this helps, done from memory and you know what a mess that is. In either case foward or rear flip you need to securely fix the boot lid into the rear before you cut anything so it doesn't go all floppy. (excuse tha speeling mistykes, I rushid it) Good luck
well I got a bit more done but not any cutting of the shell, some will be pleased to note!
I found that the petrol tank will definately be in the way of anything I do at the back so I got that out, sounds easy dosen't it, well it wasn't. It really wasn't!
I also had another go at fitting the tortion bars back through the torsion tubes and the adjusters, that did not go well either!
Still I did take some photos of the side profile so that Italo can have a look and advise on the revised styling. A small (very) step forward but a step none the less.
This is a stitch together of the side view. It is supposed to show the outline for the new side vents and the revised sill. The sheet i used for the outer sill has sagged and does not, quite, follow the line of the chassis and you cannot get a sense of the wheel size, but it does show some of the ideas. I am thinking that the rear clamshell will hinge at the top and the proposed shutline can be seen in black pen.
This is the original that I am working from
You can now see the revised sill line and the side vents that I am trying to get.
Next time I am in the garage I will try to get a better shape on the sill, probably using card not sheet, and place the wheels so that you can get some idea of the scale and form.
No the shell is exactally the same, just a different angle for the photos! I am going mid-engined but that was always the plan the only thing that changes is the engine! ;-)
I will try and get into the garage tommorow or Thurs so should have more photos then with the wheels in place, or at least the old wheels in place.
I was thining about the Focus wheel arches as they have the same sort of profile as the ones in your sketch, well I thin so anyway. I was driving to the shops today and saw an old style Hyundi Coupe and that had symilar style as well. It is a case of what I can get hold of to mould and then adapt to fit. I was thinking of incorperating some sort of vent to the rear of the front wheel arch, as I like them but am still unsure wether to go for a small shape, such as the Hyundai, or go large such as the Jag XK8 style.
I got into the garage last night and assembled , disassembled , reassembled , disassembled , reassembled ;D , disassembled and finally assembled correctly ;D ;D my front suspension with the adjuster in! The instructions are not as clear as, well very thick mud , and it took that many tries to get it right . I will now weld in the adjuster tomorrow and cut the lower beam to fit the adjuster there. If anyone else has tried to feed all of the spring leaves through the torsion tubes they will understand my point!
Well I managed to get a few photos stitched together to show the side view. Still working on getting the whole thing but here you are.
I went in to tidy up a few loose ends and get things ready for welding tomorrow, but ended up getting depressed over all of the jobs I know need doing, most of which I have no idea how to do, and thinking of all the unforeseen problems that are going to crop up! I put one of my sets of seats into the car, as the body is currently fitted, and was trying to work out where I need it and thus where the pedal-box and steering wheel will go. It all seems such a long way off and I am going to have to move again in the summer, probably back to England, and that means getting al of the car pieces transported, again, and that costs and is hassle and etc, etc.
I guess we all get like this at some points through our builds but I cannot seem to see the way forward at the moment and it is starting to get me down. I need to finish the front suspension so that I can trial fit the front wheels and ensure that they don't foul on the slight alterations I made to the drivers foot-well to allow a pedal box to be fitted that I can use, big feet! I then need to cut off the engine forks and fit the Porsche 944 suspension that I have lying in the garage so that the chassis becomes a rolling one! I can then think about the steering rack, steering wheel, pedal box and engine mounts.
That leads onto the gearbox and sighting the gear change which leads onto the seats, etc, etc, etc. I can then turn my attention to the modifications that are required to the bodywork, and there are lots!
for the doom and gloom but it's just one of those days I guess.
Hi Jon, I know how you feel trying to figuer out all the answers in advance, I've done the same but now I try and concentrate on getting one area completed at a time. The only problem is that what you've done can affect something else later . Stick in there mate, its going to be a good un
Top tools ? . Disc cutter, angle grinder & Mig welder. Gets the job done