Well, I've been getting some work done & it has been a while since I showed the progress so here are quite a few pictures.
First off, I had the chassis upside down so I could weld a few places that were hard to get right-side up...
Here is the weld on the front axle, I saved these for last... The brackets are still where I put them!
A good look at the tires mounted on the wheels:
The next 3 are of the rear end. This is the Mark Williams aluminum housing with the aluminum through bolt center section:
I got the wheels mounted on the chassis & of course, the rear end is mounted...
I put the body back on & man oh man, do those wheel wells need some fixin! I hate fixing someone else's bad work, but this has to be done!
I started off by making these nifty spacers:
Here is the spacer being inserted on the tire, up into the wheel well:
This is one of the niftiest tools, I love this stripper disk & need to buy more. Not sure where I got it, I've had it a while:
It sure made short work of the clean up!
I cleaned out the BONDO in the rear part... What the hell were they thinking putting this much filler in the body! Bad thing is, I might have to put most of it back, I'm not sure how close I can get the real metal. It is pretty thick here, I just cleaned it a bit to expose the metal. There was a crack where I ground.
I beat his crappy wheel tub mounting points back down & put my wheel spacer in there. I'm going to use some 22 ga metal to fill in the gap to where the wheel tub will mount. Those strips are pieces of 4130 sheet steel (easier to get than regular steel) & the filler is mild steel that I bought at Orchard in a 24x12 sheet.
This is a tool I've owned for quite a while, but never used. I got it at a swap meet for $15. It sure came in handy today!
You can see how I cleco'd in the piece so I can TIG it. cut by hand, use the crimp tool to form a lip, CLECO in place, weld, then repeat!
I'm going to finish weld the spacer to the flat piece from the inside, then trim off the outer part that sticks out. It is just tack welded to the outside lower part. I will also get in there & weld up all of the previous rivet holes & weld the seam where I flanged it. I'm going to hammer the TIG welds flat, then grind if needed & let body filler take care of the rest. This is a race car after all!
Here is how much I got done today. It doesn't look like much, but I had to hand cut all of the sheet stock, then fit it, , flange it, CLECO it, weld it, & hammer it.
Oh yeah, I forgot to show you a picture of the parachute lever I made out of a piece of aluminum I bought at Orchard...
Last, but not least, my wife bought me a new Miller welding helmet to replace the Jackson I've had since just after I first met her... I can say, the new one is WAY ahead of the old one in how it works. It has a larger viewing area & is a whole lot lighter when not active. Isn't it purty? I can't replace the classic sticker on the old one though, it was my last one... Remember when all of the mini truckers used to have this sticker on their bumper? No wonder they changed the design... You guys outside of CA won't understand...