June Update – Wheel arch work

June Update – Wheel arch work

This will probably be my shortest update so far as work on my Ford GT40 didn’t progress quite as fast as I would have liked in June. I had a week off on holiday (which I really needed) and waiting on various parts from the fabricators has meant I’ve not been able to do a whole lot.

However towards the later part of June work started to pick up and I managed to make the entire passenger side templates for the wheel arches. They are the last cardboard templates I need to make now for a while so my local arts & crafts shop won’t be seeing me for a while.

I also cut the section of the rear bulkhead where the engine cover will sit and started getting the wheel arch panels back from the fabricators for the driver’s side and started fitting them into place and working out what areas needed a little trimming to get them to sit right. I made my first real mess-up on the panelling too by making a mistake on one of the panels trying to get it to fit. This required a new panel from the factory and all is now well.

I also decided to order some custom size panels of aluminium to replace ones I had for panel numbers  6-4. The reason for this is that I had about 2mm of chassis rail showing through a gap where the panels didn’t quite overlap and I knew that it would bug me if the panels weren’t perfect. After receiving the larger panels and remaking them there is no gap and the panels look great. Here are a couple of pictures showing this month’s work:

Dave holding my wheel arch panels in place

Dave holding my wheel arch panels in place

My Ford GT40 as it looks at the end of June

My Ford GT40 as it looks at the end of June

July will be more panelling work and I should have both wheel arches nearly finished as it’s already proving to be a much busier month.

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