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post Dec 16, 2012 - 1:28 PM
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I was certain I started a build thread on here, but for the life of me I can not find it so forgive me if I start again and its old news.

About a year and a half ago my current GT4 failed its yearly inspection (MOT) with rusty sills, they were fixed and it subsequently passed but it set alarm bells ringing in my head that the poor things days were numbered.

I decided that I would buy a shell and swap everything onto it. so I hunted for a reasonable shell to start work on.

While I was looking, I had to extend my garage. I only had a single car garage so not enough space to work or store stuff.

So I decided to extend my garage backwards a bit

Work started.



and after a few weeks, finished ;0





About the same time a shell turned up, well it was sold as a shell, but it was more or less a complete car minus the engine and gearbox.







It was in good condition with no rust, even the interior was in pretty much spot on condition, not that I need much of it





I set to wrok more or less straight away



First job was to strip everything off the car



everything went, all the looms, glass, suspension the works



Next job was to remove the sound deadening material





it then went outside for a thorough jet wash go get rid of all the years of crap





As I was moving the battery to the inside I could remove the battery tray



which I did





Next up I needed to get to the bottom of the car....this was going to require some ingenuity.


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post Dec 16, 2012 - 1:38 PM
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I was going to have to make my own rotisserie.

So ack off to the wood yard, a few lengths of 2x4 and I made this



It was about now I realised two things. One I was going to have to learn to weld and two..my plans for this car were changing quite dramatically......a fancied making a cross between a rally car and a GT car...no idea how I was going to achieve this, but the seeds had been set in my mind and for once they stayed there.

So I rushed out and purchased a MIG welder....learning to weld was pretty easy to be honest, by no means as neat as the pros but not bad for a complete novice.

So I made a rotisserie



It fitted like a glove and worked perfectly



A quick look revealed the sills were pretty mangled



so I had to fix them up as best I could



At the same time I started blasting and painting with good old POR15 the subframes and suspension parts



The came out quite nice



did the prop shaft too, started a bit rough



came up well



also cleaned up the steering rack



and the alloy diff end plate....gave it a good polish



Next up I started the worst job I have ever attempted


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post Dec 16, 2012 - 1:45 PM
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Tackling the stone guard on the bottom of the car.

I cant count the amount of drill & angle grinder wire brush attachments I have gone through.

it makes alot of dust and takes what seems like forever





slow slow work



this stage took about a month



at last, more or less done





I then painted it with more POR15



More or less at the time I was ready to slit my wrists due to constant wire brushing the roll cage turned up (I still havnt finished under the car....I am going to get the rest sand blasted....i just cant face it any more



A brief test fitting and I was starting to get excited.....I was going to have to break out the welder again smile.gif



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post Dec 16, 2012 - 1:54 PM
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First job was to add some strengthening to the top of the rear suspension tops, so i removed the odd metal bracing off them (i think its used to just hold the rear plastics in place?)



I then made a template



and then a metal top (3mm mild steel)



and one for the other side



Once I had welded these to the car it was time to start getting the roll cage in



I filled the aerial hole whilst I was at it



Anyway, back to the cage, more bits turned up



this was starting to get serious







this ties in the rear sub frame to the cage, helps keep things stiff



nearly there



as you can see my welding isnt great, but as its more or less the seond thing I have ever welded in my life i was mildly pleased with it



Done



i had decided that I didnt want a full cage, at the end of the day it will be just a road car so getting in and out easily is a priority

Next up I decided it was about time to learn how to cast new metal parts, as for what I had in mind the parts do not exist, I was going to have to make them.


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post Dec 16, 2012 - 1:59 PM
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I was going to have to make myself a mini blast furnace...and learn how to cast metal

I needed these



I turned the bin into a furnace with the use of some fire cement





fill it with charcol, attach a heat gun, ignite and stand back



I made a vessel from a spare piece of square tube...it gets pretty hot



hot enough to melt alloy



I still needed to learn how to make sand moulds so stopped there for the time being, I will pick that up again later.


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post Dec 16, 2012 - 2:06 PM
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Taking a long look at my roll cage, I was not happy with the welds. so i decided to dress them, smooth them out, add a little body filler and make them smooth



started looking much better although I did have to remove the main hoop cross member for access



dont worry its not going to be that colour, thats just filler primer



at the same time I cleaned up the floor and primed that ready for paint



the boot aswell....I also welded the cross member back in





Next up was the seam sealer, so I masked off the areas I was going to apply it to



then applied the U-Pol grey stripe seam sealer (nasty stuff)





and that is about where I am up to today. Just been out into the garage to remove the masking tape. it looks a bit messy, but when its primed over the top you can hardly tell its there. I will add more pictures when I have taken them.

I will update when I get a chance but I work pretty slowly so dont expect much.
hope I havnt bored you to death

more to come

Nial


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post Dec 16, 2012 - 2:19 PM
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Great job.
That's a ton of work, impressive.


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post Dec 16, 2012 - 10:18 PM
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Not your everyday build, excellent job so far man.


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post Dec 16, 2012 - 10:43 PM
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super diy!!


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post Dec 17, 2012 - 12:47 AM
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QUOTE (Nial @ Dec 16, 2012 - 2:06 PM) *
hope I havnt bored you to death


Quite the contrary. Excellent.


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post Dec 17, 2012 - 5:06 AM
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You are unbelievable Nial smile.gif. You are true faffer wink.gif


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post Dec 17, 2012 - 5:32 AM
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Thanks all, glad you like it smile.gif


QUOTE (malpaso @ Dec 17, 2012 - 5:06 AM) *
You are unbelievable Nial smile.gif. You are true faffer wink.gif


Cheers. means alot from a fellow faffer smile.gif I hope the end result looks as nice as your car.

This post has been edited by Nial: Dec 17, 2012 - 6:05 AM


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post Dec 17, 2012 - 6:28 AM
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Looks great! It'll be like new!
Just one thing I was wondering about. I don't know much about roll cages, but it is my understanding that if you put in racing seats and harnesses you'll need a horizontal shoulder height beam to attach the harnesses to (the reason being, to avoid spinal compression in the event of an accident). Have you considered this?


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post Dec 17, 2012 - 6:41 AM
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QUOTE (Edser @ Dec 17, 2012 - 6:28 AM) *
Looks great! It'll be like new!
Just one thing I was wondering about. I don't know much about roll cages, but it is my understanding that if you put in racing seats and harnesses you'll need a horizontal shoulder height beam to attach the harnesses to (the reason being, to avoid spinal compression in the event of an accident). Have you considered this?


I will be using normal belts, If I want to use a racing harness I will attach it to the rear strut brace as the Rally Cars did. as they lie within the tollernece angles to avoid such injuries.


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post Dec 17, 2012 - 10:36 AM
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Great work so far! I can't wait to see where this goes.


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post Dec 18, 2012 - 4:45 AM
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Nice work! Can't wait to see the finished product.


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post Dec 18, 2012 - 2:23 PM
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I dont know if you guys like small regular updates, or big updates every yew months?

well here is a little update. I just about finished the seam sealer today but to show you a comparison, one side of the car is finished and the seam sealer has been primed, the other side it has just been applied.



Left side it has just been applied, right side has had two coats of seam sealer and had primer sprayed over the top. I am pleased that you can hardly see anything despite the fact it will all be covered over with sound mat.....just because you cant see it dosent mean it cant be right.

cheeky shot of the cage



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post Dec 18, 2012 - 6:00 PM
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just because you cant see it doesn't mean it cant be right


This is how I know this thread will be good


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post Feb 25, 2013 - 3:47 PM
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I have been busy recently, but have found some time to spend on this project.

I stripped down the petrol tank



gave it a good paint



the obligatory walbro fuel pump



all back together with some stainless steel bolts



rejuvenated the fuel tank straps





started rebuilding the rear axels



managed to rescue the rear brake disc backing plates



they came up well



Found a product called Deox C which is great at getting rid of rust, bought the rear hub carriers up a treat



and I got alot of bolts zinc plated





and the door catches chromed



things are starting to go back together now, the rear subframe and suspension parts are all half built, just waiting for the paint on the rear hubs to dry and cure and they can go back together, need some snap rings for the rear axels, then they can go back on. Rear diff can be completed tomorrow if I get time.



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post Feb 25, 2013 - 4:10 PM
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absolutely epic Nial, top work.
fancy doing my car when your done with this one? biggrin.gif

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