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    Managed to get in the place again today and thought it was a bit cold soooooooo!!!!!



    I decided to wrap the gearbox in foam. There may be a plan or it could just be madness only time will tell

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    Despite what people say, fibre glass will stick to parcel tape like a bitch. BTDT

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    Now that maybe disappointing, but this is not the part that will be covered, still got to cover this first then more evenly layered parcel tape plus maybe some wax if I don't get bored by then

    My last attempts at making a mould ended up in tears and a very large sledgehammer which I eventually destroyed everything I did in pure anger and that was done by the book but obviously the wrong book

    This time it will be the suck it and see approach and hopefully no sledgehammers will be used in anger still a long way to go, need to add another piece of steel to the chassis beforer I can contenplate doing the floor for real.

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    Well just to show that Phil is not the only one arsing about in the cold here is an update.

    I needed to add a steel support for the eventual seat, so welded two 6mm steel plates to the chassis, drilled and tapped for a couple of 8mm bolts on each side then welded two more 6mm steel plates to the seat support legs and drilled holes to suit.
    I then used some better tape to sort of secure the foam wrap around the gearbox.


    Now I could start to fit the temporary flooring.


    Once the flooring was secure I was able to use body filler to get a smoother more uniform shape.



    The piece of ply is to create a flat area for the B&M shifter to be bolted to. Now ran out of body filler so the remaining "smoothing" will have to wait till supplies arrive (Halfrauds are way too expensive for large quantities of the goop).

    SOOOOOOO, with a little bit of time on my hands I decided to have a go at sorting out my inlet manifold.
    I started with a standard high rise twin carb manifold.

    A bit of poetic licence here as this is the front which is staying as is but gives you an idea as to what has been done at the rear.

    I had a piece of aluminium welded over the end and deeper than required like so, I then made a cardboard template up and eventually cut the extended piece of aluminium to shape so that the rear of the manifold sits within the valley gasket.


    Still need to do more filing and preping but the end result should be a relatively flat vertical surface. I'm looking at fitting the speedo in there along with LED's for fuel, temperature, indicators, ignition light and main beam indicator. Only time will tell if it will work or be a complete cock up

    So next bit of works should be continue with the filling and sanding of the floor in readiness for glassfibre and then sort out a similar "floor" for the rear of the compartrment that will need to be removeable to get to brake reservoirs and maybe the battery as it looks possible to fit it in there depending on the actual seat formation. If not the battery will be behind the seat back rest (I know it fits there so not a big deal really).

    Hopefully more time will be spent doing stuff if none of the daily drivers give me anymore grief (big trucks LPG system is in bits at the moment as well
    Last edited by stilltrying; 27-01-19 at 04:38 PM.

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    Glad its not just me out in the cold.
    I used East Coast Fiberglass for my matt and resin.

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    One thing I did when I prepared my trans etc for the floor was to sit in the t and note where my right foot would rest. I found that by reducing the thickness of the covering at the point where my foot was against the transmission to the thinness possible section gave me a few millimetres more room.

    i know it doesn't sound like much but it made a whole lot of difference.

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    Phil, I have used them before as well, but have a load of glassfibre stuff left over from another thing I was working on, hopefully the resin hasn't gone tu

    Gerry, I realise that space will be tight and any gains are essential, think the left foot will be fine, although I have no seat as yet but foot fits between the column and the gearbox reasonably well, it's the throttle pedal I'm having difficulties with, I have a nice shiny new aluminium floor mount one that I thought would do the job but it will just not fit well and clashes with the pitman arm that is just under the floor so I am going to have to look for something else or come up with a plan. I don't want one that is attached to the firewall if I can help it, I would like the throttle cable to come from under the body and up to the carbs. Still plenty of time to overcome that one.

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    Only update I can give is that I started to glassfibre the floor today but due to the garage been damp and the time from when I installed all the packing tape, the tape has come adrift from the "floor" and so the glassfibre will end up with holes or pockets. Me been me I did give it a go but realised it was a pointless waste of time and materials so now will be ripping all the tape back off as well as the plasticine shaping and start again but next time I will do the whole lot in one weekend rather than over a few months.

    Not overly pleased but that's just life at times

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    So finally an update with some photo's.

    A recap for anyone who is interested. The packing tape failed to stick so I removed it all and found that the silver tape that is used for taping up joints in foil backed plasterboard or insulation sticks like the proverbial to a blanket, so I covered everything in that first.


    Could have spent more time getting it all really flat but I was bored by now
    Then I covered that with the brown thin packing tape.


    I was going to put a load of wax on top of that but as I said the last time I did anything like this I went by the book and it failed so thought sod it just get on and go for it. So now it was time to start glassing everything up.


    Including a piece of 2mm thick stainless steel plate as reinforcement for where the hand brake will be positioned.
    This was followed by a fair few layers of glass matting which I did over a period of time (note the "I will do it all over a weekend" went out the window), so between each time I left and started again I had to sand the floor down with 80 grit and wipe over with acetone so that the next attack of the glassing stuck to the first.
    In the end we had this.


    I then left it all to cure for about five days and couldn't wait any longer so set to and unbolted the body from the chassis and with the use of a jack, gently lifted each corner to release the tub from the makeshift floor. Didn't take any photo's of this bit but I'm sure you get the idea.
    Took the tub outside and turned it over, a lot of the wood was still attached to the glass fibre and I started to get a bit worried, however, all was ghood
    The wood came away easily and left the tunnel to be removed.


    The tunnel area needed persuading a little with a large flat bladed screwdriver

    Then it was clean things up a bit, remove packing tape and plasticine and we had this



    I will need to put a skim of filler over it just to even out the wrinkles and the odd depression but over all I'm happy with the end result and extremely happy I didn't have to use a sledge hammer again.

    One other thing I noticed and it only became apparent when the tub was upside down, the original creator of this was building it for a customer, it started out as a 15T to be powered by a Rover 3500 (buick to MJ) and an auto box, the guy came back after it was a rolling chassis and decided it was not big enough so they added 6" into the body and frame, he also then wanted a SBC, well after disappearing for a long time the project was sold on and then on again to me, Now it's getting the BB Mopar (issue with front suspension to be talked about at a later time), however this was all talk and no actual proof until the tub was upside down and here you can just make out the added 6" (easier in the sunlight).

    So I've bought a cut and shut job

    Not much will happen for the next few weeks as life is just getting in the way again but I now have a floor
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