I did send you these some time ago to update your website, but i guess you never got them.........
Here you go mate, maybe this will get you going....
As ever you are my saviour! Those look great and I will have to try and get my website updated to show them off. Did you get my message about the other ideas? I have been chatting to my welder friend, he is about to start work, and I will, hopefully, have the rear clamshell cut off later in the week. Did you have any final thoughts about the shutline?
Sounds like you have a few boxes to tick Jon but at least you can see the plan clearly now. I was a bit concerned about you putting the fuel tanks in the sills for the same reason they stopped doing it in racing cars, side impact, it would turn your car into a potential fireball in an accident. better to put it up front over the front suspension as beetle or across rear bulkhead as in mine or infront of the rear wheels as in Lotus. Peter
Back in from the garage and I have achieved more in the last 2 1/2 hours than for a long time! The front torsion tubes are now finished with the adjusters welded in and checked. There should not be any fouling issues, this will not be 100% certain until I have found, bought and fitted the final wheels, but I have carefully checked the tolerances and am happy to move forward. I need to clean up the welds but then they are ready to go, with the A-arms, to get acid dipped and powder coated. I can then fit new ball joints and assemble the front suspension complete, less shocks!
A definite move forwards and Stage One almost complete. It is amazing how much you can get done when you have help and a clear run at things. Just talking to someone else while looking at the problem helps to focus the mind, needless to say I am feeing a little better about the whole project!
Jim, my master welder friend and able assistant, will be back on Thurs and can give me two full days of his time. I am going to try and take the two days off as well and, hopefully, we will get a lot done.
Projects for me to complete before then are to clean up the front torsion tubes so he can check the welds for porosity and mark out the cut for the rear. Next job is cutting off the back so that we can get to the rear suspension.
Any comments / concerns before then gratefully appreciated, any "I told you so" keep to yourself.
Got about an hour done this afternoon in anticipation of Jim coming back tomorrow. Unfortunately I have to prepare two "Character Assassinations" for Orders tomorrow evening so I may not be able to join him as much as I would have liked.
I did manage to finish cleaning up the welds on the front beam so, as long as he is happy, that can go for acid dipping and powder coating this weekend. The suspension arms will also go at the same time and I can then assemble the entire unit and forget about it!
No-one has commented on my shut-lines so I am going to go with them, heaven help me if I'm wrong. I have received the brackets for the rear A-arms so, hopefully, we will get started on the rear suspension tomorrow.
Well it has been a long time since my last update, and to be honest nothing has changed since it! I have received a Posting Order so I am now moving back to Deepcut at the end of July. In order to achieve this I either have to be able to push the SS onto a trailer or I will have to scrap it. Not wanting to do the latter I am going to have one last push to try and get a lot of work done in the next two months. (Anyone who fancies a holiday assisting in NI is most welcome to come over, free bed and board to all! ;D )
I will be in the garage later tonight and will take some bold steps, hopefully, so will get a few pictures uploaded this week. I am still trying to get a board done for Stoneleigh as I will not be there but everyone have fun for me.
It's not a little push! I have to sort out a complete house, wife, two small kids, dogs, fish, snakes, etc as well as work on the car, and pack everything!
I didn't get into the garage last night as the wife had a bad day with the kids and decided to go shopping after they had gone to bed. Another day down and more to do in less time. I am wondering if I will get it to a stage where it can be moved. I sincerely hope so as i would be abandoning a lot of hard work if i give up now.
I have decided that I have thought about this project long enough and done too little. I now have the deadline of the end of July and I must have a rolling shell by then or I will have to scrap everything I have done and look elsewhere for another project in the future. This is a drastic step but I cannot keep moving with a pile of bits, it is expensive and starting to depress me.
I was actually looking around for another project when the inspiration for this one came back. I found this:
It was offered to me for £300 without MOT or Tax and I was seriously thinking of buying it to repair and use as my 2 seater "fun" car. Unfortunately for the owner, but fortunately for the SS it turns out to have been written off as a Cat B insurance write-off. This means that it should have been scrapped not repaired and re-registered. I have had it up on the ramps and both myself and my mechanics can see nothing wrong with it. The engine works and pulls well, the shut-lines are perfect and the T-Bar doesn't leak! Still the insurance companies will not pay out if it is crashed and so I had to tell the owner that it was worthless except for scrap. I then told him that I would have it and scrap it for him but only for a lot less than the £300 he originally wanted. He went away and spoke to his "better half" and it is now mine for just £50! So I now have a purpose designed mid mounted engine and gearbox waiting to be transplanted into my SS.
I have been into the garage and taken drastic action to catch up on the time I have lost. The plan is to, effectively, fit the entire mechanics of the MR2 into the back of the SS. I will need to manufacture a roll-bar come frame to mount the engine and suspension from the MR2 and will therefore need full access to the back of the SS. I was always going to "clamshell" the rear so I have bitten the bullet and done it!
I will now make a template for the roll-bar and then start to strip the MR2 down to take what I need. I am hoping to utilise the rear window as well as it looks better than the simple flat glass that the SS currently has.
Just spent about an hour chatting about the way forward and am feeling a bit better about the whole project, ask me again at the weekend when we have not managed to actually do anything!
Plan of attack:
Stage One: Weld in the top adjuster and cut and fit the bottom one. This will allow a trial fitting of the front suspension and wheels to check for any fouling.Complete, now needs power-caoting
Stage Two: Mark out and cut off the rear clamshell. This will allow access to the rear suspension and roll bar.Complete
Stage Three: Sort out and fit / weld in rear IRS suspoension from the Porsche 944. This will make the main tub a fully rolling chassis (I hope). Now not required due to another engine change! If anyone needs the 944 suspension let me know I have one spare! ;D
Stage Four Three: Design and fit a rear roll bar to take the seatbelt mounts and support the roof. It will also provide the mounting frame for the engine cradle. I will need to incorporate the suspension turrets and other mounting points from the MR2 as well.
Stage Five Four: Design and manufacture the engine cradle.
Stage Six Five: Steering box, pedal box, gear linkage, cooling and drive shafts. All fitted from the MR2.
Stage Seven Six: Manufacture fuel tanks, in outer sills on both sides.
Stage Eight Seven: Start thinking about the bodywork!
Great work Jon, £50 for that is a bargine by any means. You are now where we were on the SS-R this time in 2006, but with a clam shell. ;D ,. At Stones' Tim had a MR2 into a SS shell on a quickly built chassis just to get it rolling. Tim put the project on the back burner as all the interest was in the RV at the time, but it's still there.
Hi Jon. It's not too difficult if you are starting from scratch on a chassis, it's trying to graft the MR2 onto the VW chassis that is the problem, it's easier for the front end of course but the rear is a pig. I'm sure I still have the photos I took at the show in 2006 somewhere, it's just a case of where, I thought some had been posted on here but I can't find them, had a couple of hard drive swaps since then. Basicly Tim took the whole subframe out of the MR2 and placed it on blocks, removed the steering and used tie rods to the chassis instead and a standard double wishbone front end which you can buy ready made from Locost etc. Built a frame to hold the whole thing together picking up the top of the turrets etc. I think I have a rough drawing of the idea that was kicked about, I have a look in a less hectic time. Peter
Great to hear & see that you're project is moving along. Peter's correct about the MR2 based SS I was working on & if you would like some photo's, just send me a message with your email address & I will send them over to you. We could do with catching up....I still have your windscreen safely stored!
Just to let people know that I am still working! The MR2 is now in the garage and I have started to strip it down to get the engine out. I have a step by step guide to doing this on my laptop and just need to keep slugging away piece by piece until it is out. I can then cut the rear section of the MR2 off and trial fit it to the back of the SS. Pictures to follow as I get the chance.
The good news is that I have held up the rear clam-shell to the side of the MR2 and think that the original boot will fit under, albeit with a little "amendment" to the sides. This would give me a proper boot a well as whatever I can fit under the front.
The bad news is that I have managed to break the rear glass. I am not sure how but it smashed and will now have to be prised out and a new one fitted if I am still going to utilise it.
Well I have to move anything that is moving with me on the weekend of 18/19 July. I will have some space in a van and a trailer, that's it!
Still I have moved a little forwards and should have a "rolling chassis" before I leave NI. The engine, complete with drive shafts, suspension etc, is now out of the MR2 and the bare car is waiting to be cut up and fitted t the SS! I will have pictures tomorrow and hopefully more news!