Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The chassis wrangler.. (part 1)

.. so a few weeks have passed and the chassis and me have become well acquainted. No, I've not actually taken it to bed, but I have dreamt about it allot! ...It's taken loads of welding, jiggling, grinding, welding and fabricating to get the chassis complete and looking like it should..

All of the internal panel work is now done along with finishing all of the cruciform centre sections, gusset work and one or two odd brackets than needed making at fitting at this stage (otherwise they would get forgotten!)

Using my engine crane, rotating the chassis about to really get into all parts has been a much easier task. Now the welding is complete, it's meant I can get really into both chassis rails and wax inject the unit with a suitable rust stabiliser and protector. This chassis should outlast me : )

Fabricating new brackets and repairing existing all needs to be done at this stage.

I use a light powder paint to 'hi-light' any uneven welding which needs correcting and also to prevent flash rusting on on fresh exposed welds.

Finally after loads of stripping, cleaning, degreasing, (repeat several times)
and then stripping and getting back to bare metal, the chassis had it's first coat of black goodness : ) ... There will be several coats culminating in a high gloss finish as much of the chassis is exposed on the final build, so it needs to look great!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Shirley Bassey...

So... picked up the Allard chassis last week and got stuck in..

Basically it's complete and original. There is a fair bit of work left to do. The first job is to finish the gusset and strengthening cross member supports. The internal panel work is tack welded and needs fully seam welding.

The chassis is quite light and strengthened by a cruciform cross section where the gearbox sits.

Once the welding is finished the inside of the chassis rails will be treated with a waxy rust preventative coating, that is injected into the rails.

For each of the strengthening sections I make a cardboard pattern from picture frame card. It's easy to 'form' and bend into the exact shape which I then use to make the steel pieces from.

The steel I have has an orange coating making it ideal for score marking to bend in the right place. Next stop, several days of welding to finish the chassis, then we are onto rust prevention and painting!