Saturday, June 25, 2011

A little bit of the latest work...

Rust repairs are finished, and strengthening work is going well. Here I've mocked up the rollbar and engine-bay inner-fender braces.

Filling unneeded holes in the firewall.


 Bracing mockup.

Rollbar mockup. This will be removable (the orange bar will also be removable from the main hoop, I can only run it when the back seats are out).

Monday, June 13, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Strength!

90% finished welding up the front. All seams have been stitch welded and the shock towers are fully welded and gusseted.

Also added a cross brace for the radiator frame. This added a lot of rigidity, you could really feel the difference by yanking on things before and after.

Inner Fender Bracing

Here's the factory inner fender brace, a pretty weak piece...  A few vendors, such as XV, sell additional bracing pieces to reinforce this area, but they are designed to be installed under the factory brace. I want to run my car as low as possible and lower braces would present clearance issues with the front tires. So I decided to make my own replacements for the factory piece.

 Cut it off. Note the bracing to make sure everything stays in place during cutting/welding.

 Plasma cutting the reinforcement plates for the cowl/firewall. I love this machine!


 Both sides of the fender/shock tower brace get boxed.

 Using the mill to lighten the new 25x50mm RHS braces.

All welded up. This should make this area nice and strong, while leaving adequate clearance for the front tires. On to the other side!

Thursday, June 9, 2011