Its been another long week on the build and things are really moving along now.
I will start on the smaller items first, take this front bar mount for instance, it bolts onto the chassis and will hold the headlights, corner lights and grill once i weld some tube to it to hold those items. The smaller bit of tube is where the front bar pins will slide into, i really don’t want to have to use any tools to remove the front bar as it will be on and off very often.
This is where it bolts too
And this is what the front bar pin looks like slid inside it.
Out the back of the cab i made these Nylon locators for the rear panel subframe to locate onto, again i want to be able to remove the entire rear subframe which will house all three panels (fenders and tailgate)
One item i wanted to “showcase” was the Racepak IQ3 dash, i made a neat tube mount for it that doubles as a steering column mount, this will be reinforced as soon as i know exactly where i need the column
I borrowed this little hand bender off a plumber and it is so good to use on these smaller parts, you will see this tube used to hold most of the front panels.
One thing i really worried about was the middle floor strength, the tunnel will all be sheeted in but i wanted to make sure i had no issues further down the track, i made up a sheet metal hoop to cover the tailshaft and then ran tube front front to back, its a little more weight but hey its going to be ultra strong, built to last a lifetime
I also made this up, theres a free T shirt for the first person to work out what it is. Do you know?
We have a winner…. I will post pics of it in action tomorrow, it is fact a tube engine block dummy, the tube slides in the gearbox, the two rear arms bolt to the bell housing, the two front arms bolt to the engine mount position in the engine bay ant the flat plate bolts the head in position.