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Old 02-04-2011, 12:14 AM   #11
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It was time to tackle the chassis first. I went to a local metal merchant and bought a couple of lengths of 25mm x 50mm mild steel box section.

Rather than having an angled joint i wanted to curve the outer box section to match the contour of the tub. So i replicated the shape of the tub and drew it onto the table, with a grinder i cut a small rectangular shape out and curved the section....









This was then held up against the chassis to check for allignment...








I had the tub suspended off the garage ceiling using ratchet straps, this allowed me to lower and raise the tub as and when i needed to...





Tub lowered to check for allignment....





The curves match up well....






Hmmm not bad at all....






Once i was happy, the section was welded togather and the welds smoothed down, i then used the first length to make a copy of the other side.





Both outer sections were the married upto the chassis and welded to the framehead.

At the rear, new sections were welded into place and all welds smoothed down...



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Old 03-04-2011, 10:41 AM   #12
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Two more pieces added in to support seat runners.....





The same repeated on the other side..





With the main outer framework nearly completed, it was time to work out how to fill the sections in between.





I didn't want to use a single thin sheet of steel to cover the floor, making the chassis strong and sturdy was more important even if it meant adding more weight.

So i purchased a few lengths of 1" L shaped steel angles, cut and shaped them to fit into each section like a frame and welded them in.







One side done. At the rear of the tunnel a triangular piece welded in using 5mm steel.









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Old 03-04-2011, 11:11 AM   #13
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Good work, I'll be keeping an eye on this as I've got it all to come with mine

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good build loadsa buggys gettin built at the moment

keep goin youll get there in the end
have thought of any type of wheels yet

i'm quite lucky mines lwb



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keep the pics coming lovin this build well done ludicruz
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Wheels....yes....i regularly check Ebay to see if there are any interesting buggy's and buggy parts forsale, and i came across an
orange sidewinder buggy on auction. I instantly recognised it as it belonged to Gordon Higgins and was featured in the October 2006 Volksworld issue.

One of the images featured amongst the collection of pictures Gordon had posted on Ebay was this one, an early version of the buggy. The alloys looked great so i dropped Gordon an email asking about them.






After exchanging a couple of emails and negotiating a price i was the proud owner of these Porsche pattern Azev A alloys.

Fronts are 8J X 17 wrapped in Pirelli P7000 215/40/17
Rears are 10J X 18 wrapped in Michellin MXX3 285/35/18

All four wheels and tyres are in mint condition, Thanks Gordon...



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one cool looking buggy
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Once all the framework had been set in, i turned the chassis over to tack weld it from the under side.







I then used cardboard to create templates for the floor, these were transferred on to 5mm steel sheet and finally cut and sat into position.











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Next to tackle are the rear corners, these need to be rounded off to match with the shape of the tub.












Once one side was completed, this was repeated on the other side and welds smoothed down.







I picked up a set of hydraulic pedals from one of the shows and these were grafted in, however i am trying to work out a way to hide the brake pipes.










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That's a cracking build there. Coming along nicely and nice to see the care and precision taken. Will b keeping an eye on this one. Loving the orange shell and rims.
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