March Build Update – The work begins

March Build Update – The work begins

Hi all

I thought it was about time to update the blog and let everyone know what’s been happening since my last update. Well I am pleased to say that the reason for the quiet spell is that I actually picked up the chassis for my GT40 on the 20th March and have been busy getting stuck in and working on the car.

Despite the long wait for the chassis (6 months) I am very pleased with the end result. The chassis not only looks great as I chose to have it shot blasted and powder coated in Satin Black but it also includes lowered seating areas. These were an optional extra and drop the floor by 1” which should make it a bit more comfortable for me (I am 6ft 2”). The lowered floors are also welded in so feel much sturdier than the standard aluminium floor.

Tornado TS40 Chassis in Satin Black

Tornado TS40 Chassis in Satin Black

In addition to the chassis I picked up some of the suspension components and all the aluminium sheets needed to panel the chassis which is the first part of the build. The sheets are pre-cut to the correct size and just require careful measuring, marking and cutting. The build manual is very clear and the additional images CD provided by Tornado shows clear examples of how each panel should be cut and attached.

Here is a quick rundown of the work done so far:

Step 1 – fitting the floor
The first step was to fit the front part of floor to the chassis. To do this we had to flip the chassis onto its roof measure and mark up the floor panel and then cut the panel to shape using a jigsaw. Once cut the panel is then clamped to the chassis and the drill holes are made for where the panel will be riveted to the chassis. After drilling the panel is removed and the panel is tidied to remove any burrs and the holes in the chassis treated with Hammerite to prevent and potential rusting if moisture was to get under the panel. Finally a bead of polyurethane sealant is used to line where the panel meets the chassis and the panel is riveted into place.

Here is the end result:

Floor fitted to the chassis

Floor fitted to the chassis

Step 2 – Flipped the chassis and sealed the floor
After the floor is fitted the chassis is turned the right way up. At this point the chassis was placed onto my build table and strapped down to avoid the chassis slipping off the table.

Once in place the next job was to go round the inside of the floor areas and apply more polyurethane sealant. It’s a messy job but well worth doing properly as the last thing you want is moisture coming in through the floor.

Step 3 – Panelling the car
I am currently panelling the rest of the chassis which is one of the bigger jobs on the build (so I am told). So far I’ve cut the 4 sill panels, lower bulkhead side panels and dash frame side panels. It’s not the quickest process in the world as I always make cardboard templates first which I would urge anyone panelling a car to do. It takes a little extra time but the quality of your aluminium panels will be much better.

Here is how the car looks at the moment:

How the car currently looks

How the car currently looks

There is still a very long way to go but I am pretty happy with the progress I’ve made and the quality of the work I am doing.

Finally, if you’d like to keep up-to-date on everything I am doing you can check my facebook page or my twitter page which I update most days. Finally for more in depth updates you can see my full build diary on GT40s.com.

Trev

About the Author

Trevor Summers is a 27 year old Art Director from Warwickshire in the UK. Trevor is the creator of gt40builder.com which he uses as a diary of his GT40 replica build