Realitively productive weekend. Scored a couple of breakers for free (red zone house of girlfriends relative) so that combined with changing the sockets for plasma fixed the garage problem.
Plasma had a good workout, removing various previous owners alterations. Have quite the UV burn now Motor back out of the hole. Decided I will put a new firewall in - profile cut. Started the big job of cutting out the old one.
Front axle is ready for some new kingpins. Will be rolling again shortly.
There was an incident where my working in the garage got to hot for it and then two big red trucks came to cool it down. Grinder + bed leaning on wall + me = fail
ahhhh phew....at least I'm not alone....mine was a combination of mig welder, sparks & a foam mattress leaning against a cupboard. Mind you I didnt get to include the where the two red trucks showed - a minute or two later they would have been booked to arrive though....the flames were nearly touching the building paper. Very very wary now....
.the flames were nearly touching the building paper. Very very wary now....
It is scary how quick building paper goes up. Honestly within 20-30 seconds of the building paper goin alight it had spread over every inch of bare paper. When I get around to buyin a house I will definitely be going for a block garage.
Busy few weeks in and around home. Cut the firewall out completely... 10mm plate takes awhile longer than anything else Ive had to do...
Can see here the lack of reinforcing in the floor, I will box it out before welding the firewall in, and prepare the girdle mounts
Im sure some of you may wonder why Im going to the effort of cutting the old one out when it was meant to be setup for a falcon, In short it was well out of order, hardly any of the holes lined up correctly, the engine dowels were out by a good 10mm and there was plenty of random angle grinder cuts mixed with some bulges in the plate.. Would've just given me all kinds of greif later on (alignment problems) not to mention weaker.
As per tims post, sent my backing plate up to his profile cutter contact. So should have my full width firewall laser cut to size.
Went round to a mates, and chopped the rear of his cage off with the plasma. Put the plasma to use chopping out wheel centers for him too.
Lengthened the rose joints for the Cantilever suspension, first time the car has had proper working suspension since it moved into the garage.. Also welded new sleeves on the front axle on the left, decided I will do the right also..
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2012 23:21:32 GMT 12 by mrdamage
Slight update, rear of my cage removed. Will change panhard rod mounts as they're mounted the laterally on the chassis rather than horizontally - relying on the movement of the heim joint rather than pivoting on a arc.
Been distracted by girlfriend / arrival of LSD for the chevette... Hopefully the weather is a bit nicer this week so I can get some more done..
Yes have been slack on the updates, have been busy over the past while helping couple of others including brother with their stockcars rather than working on mine. Also got distracted with the chevette for awhile and working on a couple datsuns for a big cruise coming up this weekend.
Have ordered a heap more steel, will be here by the end of week - just need my CO2 bottle back and I'll rip into it.
Have a bunch of plates for adjustible panhard mounts etc etc..
Michael is right, been devoting most of my time to other peoples stockcars - which is fine as Im always learning or keen to help.
Came to a conclusion that the rollcage wasnt up to specs and It would be easier to start from scratch than fart around with the exsisting one.
Floor was a mess and whole bunch of mounts were rubbish also. - Including the diff underrider bars - random bits of pipe, flanges, 6mm plate, 10mm plate. In short I got busy with the plasma and the whole lot has been removed. Hard pill to swallow but it had to be done.
Also discovered the spider gears werent welded properly on the diff head - so out came the diff, removed all unnessecary mounts, drained and welded the head, re-assembled. Will look into upgrading the rear brake setup as I refuse to believe a single solid disc would cut the mustard,
Last few nights I snuck away whilst the girlfriend painted nails or showered or something. ... Got the diff underrider bars made, same left to right fully welded. Wasnt as bad welding them from underneath as I'd expected as some welds I could do from 90 degrees..
Whats peoples thoughts on gusseting the bracing - nessecary or not really? - Im also curious to know if anyone bothers to plug weld the floor to the cross bracing? or if they just weld around the outside of the 3mm plate?
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2012 21:29:54 GMT 12 by mrdamage