December update – Panel work finished!

December update – Panel work finished!

Hi all

Firstly apologies again for the long periods of time between posts. Writing the blog has become something that I don’t do as often as I should and instead I tend to write smaller updates on my Facebook page or gt40s.com build thread.

Anyway I can tell you that although the website has been quiet my garage certainly has not. We moved to our first house in October which was a massive step and after a couple of weeks work in the garage my Ford GT40 is now settled in its new home. The extra space of having a large garage certainly helps when working on a project like this; you really can’t have enough room.

Ford GT40 in it's new garage

My Ford GT40 in it's new garage

In the last update I was still working on the wheel arches and working through the panel work on the car. I am pleased to say that the wheel arches are now completely finished after many hours of hard work and all other panel work is also finished.

Ford GT40 wheel arch finished

Ford GT40 wheel arch finished

In addition to the panel work, I’ve fitted the battery box in the rear sill and the brake pedal assembly. I’ve opted for the more expensive bias adjustable brake setup so I have more control and can fine tune the car for both road and track use.

Ford GT40 battery box fitted

Ford GT40 battery box fitted

Ford GT40 bias adjustable brake assembly fitted

Ford GT40 bias adjustable brake assembly fitted

The fuel tanks were the next job and they went on the car in November. Again I opted for the more expensive option, this time special foam filled tanks that are supposedly safer in the event of an accident. A GT40 is never going to pass the NCAP safety test but where possible I do try and improve the safety of the car.

The end of November saw the side sills fitted with special caps to make removal of the fuel tanks much easier and the fuel sender access caps fitted. I also had some ‘fake’ fuel sender caps made to make the sills look as original as possible and these will be fitted with beading ribs to give the sills that authentic 1960’s race car look.

Ford GT40 fuel tanks & sill tops with access caps and beading

Ford GT40 fuel tanks & sill tops with access caps and beading

Finally in December then last preparation work on all the panels was done and the car has just been completely stripped and the panels taken to the powder coaters. The chassis will now be masked and then touched up to cover any scratches caused during the panel work to avoid any areas that could potentially rust. Then the matte black aluminium panels will go on to the car and start to be riveted into place.

My Ford GT40 at the end of December

My Ford GT40 at the end of December

Well that’s everything for now. It’s been 9 months since I started work on my dream of building a Ford GT40 and it’s a nice way to end the year with all the long hard work of fitting and making the aluminium panels. I’ve really surprised myself with what I have been able to do and the quality of the work I’ve achieved. It might have taken longer than a more experienced builder but slow and steady seems to work for me.

Have a great Christmas everyone and I’ll make my new years resolution to post more on the blog.

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