This is the cross member on the chassis that is going to need to be moved so the engine can come forwards. I plan on cutting a notch out of it, rather than chopping the whole lot out, and then bracing between the new and old sections with some 2mm steel gussets.
I used some 25mm x 25mm mild steel box which is the same as the original chassis and began to measure up a new cross section.
Where the original gusset is in the top corner, it was making the new section sit proud of the rest of the chassis by about 5mm.
Some quick chopping with the hacksaw and it was sitting back flush where it should have been, job done.
Another milestone today, spent the morning welding the rest of the rivet holes on the chassis, and they are now all done. Wahey!
First time I’ve welded outside, and being quite windy meant the gas wasn’t quite able to do its job. The welds are not that pretty and I’ve learnt that shielding the torch with your hand does nothing to improve the gas flow, but does lead to burns from the weld splatter. Never mind scars are cool… Aren’t they?
Having said that, by the time they’ve seen a flappy disc you won’t know the difference. And once it’s panelled you won’t know the difference anyway.
Seperate to that furyrebuild posted on locostbuilders about being able to make carbon panels in place of the aluminium ones. I’ve been in contact with him and will give him a ring in the week to discuss options, prices etc.
If you are interested in his progress check out http://www.furyrebuild.co.uk