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Old 20-02-2020, 10:26 PM   #31
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Bending up some tube.

The standard front red 9 cross brace has been binned and we are making a new one from the CDS tube, this also means we can ditch the silly amount of washers that the red9 needs to fit.
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Old 21-02-2020, 11:21 AM   #32
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Nice work. Looks very tidy under there. I always wondered why the red9 kit required 1/2 a dozen washers on each side.
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Nice work. Looks very tidy under there. I always wondered why the red9 kit required 1/2 a dozen washers on each side.
I think they build it on a universal over size jig so itíll fit both split and bay etc, itís not great, not built very well and very over priced.

The welding is poor and not finished off nice either, this one has never seen the road and the rubbers on the steering rack have failed/split already.

Wonít be ordering any more
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February is a busy busy month!

Chassis cage almost finished off, main rear mounting points, rose joints, and extra supports to tig weld in.
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Moving onto the engine/gearbox cradle, first up we need to raise the setup as with the notches and air ride the gearbox is too low!
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So more work in the bay, we have ditched the Subarugears mount and raised the engine and gearbox into the shell to give more ground clearance.
Fuel tank shelf and surrounding metal is gone, and a small area cut out of the rear bulkhead, but this will be fabricated back once we have made the gear linkage, then a second firewall will be installed before a custom made alloy fuel tank get put in.

We have also started making the custom stainless exhaust system which will go to a cylinder style back box with twin pipes under each rear corner.

Still miles of work to do but itís coming on.
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More work, never been happy with both the rear quarter panels and two came up on eBay the same week, one is correct other not but we have custom finishes to do anyway.

So first up the non sliding door quarter, wrong fuel hole for a 74, easy to sort chop out the old weld into the new.

Then fully remove the old panel, we have to put in a custom fuel filler pipeline to the custom tank, so we will modify the inner support sections to take the 2Ē stainless pipes.
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And more photos!

We also have to fit a custom filler neck cap, but even this is being modified to look more race, think NASCAR and you get the idea of what the inside flap area will look like.
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Sizing up the adjusted NOS panel.
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With the side panel almost ready to weld in we move to fuel system pipe work, the filler pipe will run from the inlet, over and down the side of the wheel tub and enter the cargo area in between the wheel tubs.

The bus will be running wide 16Ē wheels and with the air suspension we decided to remove the rear tubs to make custom ones, this also gives us more room to run the pipe work etc inside the rear of the bus.

Also got cracking on pulling out the cargo floor, which is not easy as we seam welded the inner sills to it.... oh well
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