8 January 2012
Well, weíre now into the New Year and the project is coming up to a year late on my ideal finish date. However, soo much more work has been required that the original goal for finish was never going to be achievable without an army of people and a bottomless pocket. Believe it or not, despite the build to date, my pocket is not bottomless!
Itís been a month since the last update on the diary so here is a recap of a few visits: A little bitter-sweet really, the car is approaching being finished and yet at every turn more rubbish previous repair work is found. Read on to discover the next chapter:
24 December 2011
I went to see Will today, heís been working hard and will be over Christmas so the least I could do was drop in a carton to help it through it. No photos, I left the camera at home, but WOW do I need to get some photos ASAP for you guys!
The fiberglass man and Will had a look at the panels and the decision has been made that it would be far too difficult and expensive to do what I wanted with them and it would be easier and cheaper to just use steel guards. I really didnít want to use steel guards on the car, but having talked to Will at some length, itís going to make the whole process much cheaper. I dropped the panels off a week or two before this visit, in their Ďvirginí heap-of-a-condition because I hadnít stripped them as I was never planning to use them. Will has got them back to bare metal and tells me they weigh at least half of what they did with all the bog/tar/rubbish on them. At the end of the day, itís not ideal for weight loss but a much better solution overall. I like efficiency and this is it playing in full. Pics next visit!
On an even less exiting note, on this visit it turns out that the reason the fiberglass guards didnít fit on the passenger side is because of the accident it had way back when by a previous owner. About 6 years ago Will replaced all of the front chassis rails due to a near roll-over in the sand I had caused them to crack as they had rusted through. These repaired parts of the car were straight but the dodgy repairs from when the car was hit in the front meant that the entire passenger side of the engine bay was bent. The rails are straight, but the reinforcing bar at the top is bent and therefore the panels donít fitÖ. Yay?
So much for a good body, Will now has to spend a couple of weeks cutting up the front end, pulling it straight and welding it back together.
29 December 2011
The Christmas rush is over, I finished moving house for the second time in 8 months and I managed to fit in a visit to go see Will! The guards are coming along well, but like the rest of the car, they were in TERRIBLE condition and itís taken a fair whack of time to get them going. Here is a pick of the drivers side:
Oh, thatís right, I forgot to mention that using the steel guards means that I can now have the vents that I originally wanted, they couldnít be moulded in to the fiberglass, but you can weld them in to steel. I didnít get the weight out that I wanted by using fiberglass, but aero efficiency is back on the agenda for this build. Yeah baby!
The passenger side has also had some work but isnít finished yet:
And the inside of the passenger side guard before venting and rust replacement but after Will has ground all the tar off:
2 January 2012
The second day of the New Year and parts are going back to Will to be installed on the car! This is a pretty momentous occasion; the car is going back together! I had nothing more to show than the wheels and suspension loaded up in the car waiting for delivery to Will:
Heíll be using the stuff to work out how much the guards need to be adjusted to get it all to fit. It could be an interesting discovery, another to add to the list at least. Keep posted.
7 January 2012
I popped in today to see Will and to keep him motivated with some of the cold hard stuff. Progress is going well and the front end is finally straight and fits together!
Dad took the last photos and so this was my first trip to see the steel guards: Wow was I impressed or what! I was greeted by this site on walking in to the shop:
It looks AMAZING in the flesh. The other side of the car is not looking as good tho, here is the passenger front guard: Rust
More bogged up rust from previous repairs:
Some of the rubbish cut from the guards alone:
Will spent a lot more time over the last week straightening the front passenger side of the car. He tells me that the rails were straight (he did rebuild the front rails 6 years ago, so thatís to be expected) but forward of the suspension towers the entire front end had concertinaed on top of itself and was pushed downwards. Will measured it all up, got cutting and welding and now itís straight again. Not an ideal situation, but Iím super happy to know that at least the car is now perfectly straight, free from Bog, super light-weight and rust free! Here are a couple snaps I managed to take of the remnants of his hard work on the front end:
Behind the headlight bucket:
Itís all now dead straight, check out the gaps:
Considering that 2 weeks ago the panels wouldnít even fit and allow the bonnet to close, thatís one hell of an achievement right there.
The passenger guard is not rust free yet, but here are a few pics of the rubbish that came out of the driverís side panel, including remnants of SUPER dodgy previous repairs that were just begging for rust to set in:
The headlight bucket is not bolted in place and I snapped this pic before Will could position it where it will end up, but check out the gap on the guard, how amazingly straight!
The next job is to finish the rust in the guards, mount the suspension to determine how much work needs doing and Ďpumpí the guards to tuck the wheels.
That was it for this last visit, however I got home today (day after these last pics) and I have a missed call from Will from this afternoon, so Iíll be getting back to him in the morning but hopefully itís good news for a change and not more completely fíd body/chassis notifications!
Oh, the interior is in primer and now Will is just working on rusted guards and then paint!