Monday, 4 November 2013

The chassis wrangler (part 2 The mock up!)

... The chassis.. was a big job. but it's done!.. and having spun it over using my engine crane I could get in everywhere to give it that first coat of paint. The next thing to be done was to get the chassis rolling and assemble the front and rear running gear, and to build a quick 'mock up' to see where things would sit and calculate ride height and wheelbase etc... I had no real idea as to how it would look up until this point..

The rear 'banjo axle' assembly

The rear end is mounted via the rear transverse leaf spring (which I don't yet have), so to set it's position wooden blocks were used to get an idea of chassis ride height. Not the rear 'damper' mounted to the inner chassis rail... not sure where this connects to yet!

The Front axle assembly packed with wood!

The front axle, again with wood in place of the front leaf spring. The flat piece of cardboard is actually covering the radiator which is now in place.. for now...All of the front suspension components need clearing and painting before to long..

... and suddenly it was on 4 wheels and rolling!! mile stone : ) I hooked up a few body panels and a few other bits and bobs just to get a positional feel for how it will go...

quick seat position test!
drop the gearbox in

The steering mechanism hangs outside the car and operates a push rod system (just like my landrover!) Here, held together with cardboard.... well it is a mock up!!

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