It is currently Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:03 am




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 57 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Dino's Coupe 
Author Message
Ready for SVA

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:54 pm
Posts: 375
Post Dino's Coupe
Those of you from the old forum will know I bought a '71 Coupe about 5 months ago, here are a few pic's of the project to date:

It was sort-of complete but obviously needing a complete stip down.

Image Image
Image Image
So far I've taken it down to the chassis to see what's what

Image

A few bits of rust were apparent!!
Image
Image

The front bulkhead/tunnel area seems quite different from the later cars.
Image

Image

also the fuel tank position, just in front of the screen
Image
Image


Last edited by Dino on Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:13 am, edited 1 time in total.

Sun Oct 14, 2007 1:16 am
Profile E-mail
Ready for SVA

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:54 pm
Posts: 375
Post 
The first bit I attacked was the rear frame, possibly not the best place to start but it seemed less daunting replacing a few tubes than rebuilding what was left of the sheet sections!
Image
Image

Then moving on to the front footwells.
Image
Image
Image
Image

I'm trying not to cut away too much at any one time so hopefully it won't all fall apart.

Apart from the floors which appear to be galvanised and are in very good condition, there's really very little solid metal anywhere.
The rust has been made a lot worse by a previous attempt to repair the chassis by just sticking a 2nd layer of sheet steel over the rusty original.

Around the master cylinders was predictably very rusty, there had clearly been a long standing leak removing all the paint!
Image
Image

I've cut new bits of sheet for the bulkhead front, sides and master cylinder areas also braced the chassis so I hopefully don't loose the shape but that's about it so far.


Sun Oct 14, 2007 1:38 am
Profile E-mail
GTM delivered

Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:59 am
Posts: 33
Location: cental scotland
Post 
yes a marathon job you have there, good luck


Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:31 pm
Profile
The Terrible Tims
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:23 pm
Posts: 487
Location: suffolk
GTM: Cox/Coupe
Post 
Half your jigsaw is thin air :!: :!: I know you said it was going to be lightweight :shock:

Looks good so far though :wink: Another nice twist on the rear light theme, Opel Manta A i believe.

_________________
I'm not a complete idiot, parts of me are missing!!!!!


Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:02 pm
Profile
Ready for SVA

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:54 pm
Posts: 375
Post 
Thank's guys, yes it is very much a jigsaw with only 1/2 the pieces - but at least most of what's there is in roughly the right place!
I'm sure a complete new chassis would have been more sensible but hey it's not really a sensible pastime anyway is it.
The lights are nice aren't they - that's something that will remain as is I think.


Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:09 am
Profile E-mail
Admin, and Coupe Nutter
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:34 pm
Posts: 1704
Location: In the workshop
GTM: Cox/Coupe
Post 
Awsome another coupe on the mend

always interesting seeing another chassis variation, thats now the third/forth style of chassis i have seen,


WEST

_________________
IF wile e coyote had a GTM he would have one with Nitrous too! watch out road runner! The First GTM into the 11s then the 10s, PB 10.87 @ 125.5 Mph on A048 tyres, and fully road legal at Santa Pod


Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:31 am
Profile
The Terrible Tims

Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:56 pm
Posts: 730
Location: In the garage,Sileby, LEICS
GTM: Libra
Post 
I've never seen one with the tank in that position before. Seems to have quite a bit different to the other chassis I have seen.

Hope the build goes well. Looks like you've got a fair bit of welding to go though!!

What engine are you going to use in it? And what colour have you chosen for it? Red??? :shock:

Are you missing the door glass? If you are I might have a spare set.

_________________
Tim Rowe

"Is est totus perfectus per fumi quod speculum"


Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:18 am
Profile E-mail
Ready for SVA

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:54 pm
Posts: 375
Post 
Hi Tim,
Sorry for the delay, missed your post for some reason.
The tank position's interesting isn't it. The car came with a gf tank luckily so hopefully It'll be OK.
It should give me a bit more space up front than the usual types, and I reckon it's reasonably safe being so far back.
I think it must be quite an early Heerey chassis, the car was first registered in Dec '71, I have seen a pic of a similar chassis ( also '71)
...........
Image
............

I'm building it to be eligible for Historic Rallies so I'll be A series, the regs say the only changes from std I can make must be in period.
That's easy for say a Mini but of course what exactly IS standard and what mods were done 'in period' is an interesting question in this case!

Thanks for the offer of the glass, I have got a set but I think I'll use perspex anyway. Do need a w'screen tho', don't suppose you've got a spare!!
I think it'll stay red BTW :D


Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:29 am
Profile E-mail
Ready for SVA

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:54 pm
Posts: 375
Post 
Haven't managed to get much done in the last couple of weeks, but I have added some bracing to stop it getting too floppy!
and done a bit more to the footwell/bulkhead.
........
Image
........

Image
........

Image
........


Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:41 am
Profile E-mail
The Terrible Tims

Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:56 pm
Posts: 730
Location: In the garage,Sileby, LEICS
GTM: Libra
Post 
I've not got a spare screen. I've got a shiny new one tucked away ready for when I need to fit one in mine. (Probably one of the last jobs to be done!)

You've probably got an advantage with the standard thing. They won't know what a standard Coupe looks like, so they will have no idea if what you have got is standard or not!

_________________
Tim Rowe

"Is est totus perfectus per fumi quod speculum"


Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:40 pm
Profile E-mail
Ready for SVA

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:54 pm
Posts: 375
Post 
Quote:
They won't know what a standard Coupe looks like, so they will have no idea if what you have got is standard or not!

Indeed that had crossed my mind :lol: :lol:


Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:16 pm
Profile E-mail
Ready for SVA

Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:54 pm
Posts: 375
Post Re: Dino's Coupe
A bit of an update, I've been working away at it and made some progress I think!
Inner sill and cage mounting plates added.
Image

Outer sills and front bulkhead fitted, the sills were a bit of a s*d to bend but I'm pleased with the end result.

Image

Image

Image

The chassis is just about finished really so I thought I'd have a trial fit of the body - it almost fits!


Image

Looks about finished to me !!


Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:00 am
Profile E-mail
Part built GTM

Joined: Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:51 pm
Posts: 66
Location: Stourport on Severn
Post Re: Dino's Coupe
That's come a hell of a long way.

Your pictures nearly put me off getting a coupe- but its great to see what can be done.


Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:56 am
Profile E-mail
The Terrible Tims

Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:56 pm
Posts: 730
Location: In the garage,Sileby, LEICS
GTM: Libra
Post Re: Dino's Coupe
Good work there. It's looking almost new! :D

_________________
Tim Rowe

"Is est totus perfectus per fumi quod speculum"


Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:23 am
Profile E-mail
Admin, and Coupe Nutter
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:34 pm
Posts: 1704
Location: In the workshop
GTM: Cox/Coupe
Post Re: Dino's Coupe
Awesome work

Just a couple more weeks work then :P

Looking very good just noticed its a flat floor chassis as well. keep noticing small variations compared to the later chassis

WEST

_________________
IF wile e coyote had a GTM he would have one with Nitrous too! watch out road runner! The First GTM into the 11s then the 10s, PB 10.87 @ 125.5 Mph on A048 tyres, and fully road legal at Santa Pod


Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:51 am
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 57 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group.
Designed by Vjacheslav Trushkin for Free Forums/DivisionCore.

phpBB SEO