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The Chassis is a spaceframe chassis built from 25mm square tubing and 19mm round tubing.

Chassis metal arrives 30th July 2002......

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The first rail is cut, 31st July 2002......

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13th August 2002......

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Rear of chassis fabricated to GTS spec to accept their de Dion axle. April/May 2005......

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Front end with steering rack tacked in place......

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April 2006. Hmm....nearly four years already. Best get my finger out!

Tranny tunnel in......

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......and strengthened. Propshaft rotating at around 9000rpm!!!! The more metalwork between that and my legs the happier I'll be!

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And 'TR' tubes fitted......

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Note to self......try not to put oily fingers on camera lense!

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August, September 2006

Start priming chassis......

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......finished priming 4th October 2006 ch20_sep06.JPG (114330 bytes) ch21_sep06.JPG (116321 bytes) and later that afternoon.......

........finally on it's wheels for the first time!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!

Over 4 years so far. Must try and work a little quicker!

Rear track needs widening slightly as it's narrower than the front at the minute. De Dion rear axle from GTS is for a standard Sierra only I've kept the original track dimensions from the 4x4 donor which is wider than a standard Sierra.

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With a little help from Dan! (Scutter) Thanks Dan.

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First trial fit of the roll bar March 2007

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July 2007, moving chassis rails back to accommodate Rover V8 engine

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See engine page for first V8 trial fit.

6th August 2007.....

Engine mounting brackets fabricated and fitted. SD1 brackets chopped by about 40mm to bring mounting rubbers closer in to the engine.

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Not much room for the engine to tilt back under acceleration. I'll have to make a cutaway in the bulkhead to allow for that.

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8th/9th/10th August 2007.....

Pedal box and rear roll bar assemblies started.

First I cut a slot in the inner upright (made from 50mm x 25mm rhs) to locate the pedal box - partly because it seemed like quite a strong way to mount the pedal box but also (and mainly if I'm honest!) it was a way to get the pedal box in the right place and also avoid the starter motor housing hitting the upright under acceleration given the limited space shown in the photo above. 

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Then cut the bulkhead plate and drilled and filed the holes for the master cylinders.....

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And started the roll bar assembly.....

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21st August 2007 - finished roll bar rear supports and their base plates at the lower rear corners.....

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Using the 'Tube Miter' programme to cut the fishmouths at the top of the roll bar supports.....

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October 2007

Fitting the fuel tank. 

First thanks to Dan for making my fuel tank for me. Useful things, 'Dans'. Everyone should have one! Cheers mate. 

First fitting - before relocating the Panhard Rod -

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Having now relocated the Panhard Rod (see suspension page) it now runs exactly where the fuel tank wants to sit! To get round this I'm going to lift the fuel tank and mount it on it's side above the diff. This will raise the centre of gravity of the car and will not leave any space above it for a small boot area - not ideal. However,  it will also move it forward about 180mm which will leave space for a small 'vertical' boot between the rear of the tank and the rear panel. This also means that in the unfortunate event of a rear shunt the fuel tank won't be the first thing to get hit.

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Top corners 'chamfered' off to slide tank in between roll bar supports:-

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October 2007

Starting on the scuttle.

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