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I discovered that the front chassis leg on the passenger side was rotten
(due I think to the poor fitting of a mud flap to it) and the first 6 inches
of the sill rail. Les a friend of mine bent some steel (in his friends metal
fabrication workshop) to the correct shape. I welded the outrigger and the
chassis rail together off the car and after much cutting and grinding I was
able to weld it into place as 1 unit. All the chassis that I could get to
from the wheel arch was then given a generous coat of hammerite and left to
- The front
chassis outrigger on the drivers side already has a patch welded onto it
which seemed solid. I decided to leave this alone and treated the chassis on
this side to a good coat of hammerite.
- September 2003
the rear axle (see 'Rear Suspension') and the fuel tank. I have
managed to obtain a second hand replacement in stainless steel that is in
excellent condition (see the picture).
the rear axle and petrol tank was removed I was able to inspect the rear of
the chassis. This is in remarkably good condition with no holes just lots of
surface rust. Gave it all a severe beating with a good sized ball pein
hammer and still no holes! Started scraping the loose rust off and wire
brushing it all. The process of hammeriting begins. The previous owner had
the chassis sprayed with some strange white powdery substance and this has
helped to preserve it. The picture below shows the same area of chassis
after cleaning and hammeriting.
This view looking towards the front of the car
along the transmission tunnel clearly shows the white 'stuff' applied to the
- 27 September 2003
Welded in a patch to the rear seat support
strap on the passenger side and gave the chassis visible from the wheel arch
on this side a coat of hammerite.
4 October 2003
When poking around on the end of the chassis
lots of rusty metal dropped to the floor. Turns out this was the bumper
support bracket that fits on the end of the chassis. I ordered a new one
from Nigel at Queensbury road garage and he advised that the best way to fit
it is to cut the mounting brackets off it, cut a small hole in the side of
the square section of bodywork behind the bumper and then feed it in
sideways. Then weld the brackets back on in situ before bolting it to the
chassis. Sounds a nightmare but I have to replace the remains of the one on
my car. I will post here how I get on !
11 October 2003
continues on the rear of the chassis. Started to hammerite the cleaned down
chassis and repaired the small amount of rust in the rear passenger side
diagonal brace by welding in a piece of new metal.
- 16 November 2003
- Finished hammeriting the rest of the
rear chassis and then gave the whole thing a second coat.
- 30 November 2003
- Tried fitting the new petrol tank. I
cannot get it to fit by the strap mounts on the chassis. Seems like I may
have the wrong tank for the car!!
- 2 December 2003
- Posted a question on the Yahoo Scimitar
site with regard to my tank problems. Received lots of good suggestions.
Also spoke to Nigel at QRG who was his usual very helpful self. It seems
that I have an early (1970s) Don Pither stainless tank. Nigel really knows
his stuff. I have eventually managed to fit the tank in place by grinding
off half of the tank strap mounting brackets. I now need to line up the
filler neck then weld in new brackets.
- 6 December 2003
- Removed the tank to fit the stainless
steel straps and the rubber pipe from the filler cap. Fitted the neoprene
insulation and then pushed the tank into place. I propped it there with my
trolley jack and a block of wood whilst I fabricated replacement strap
mounts (see Diagram). Welded them in and fitted the straps. Fitted a new
length of rubber fuel pipe between the tank and the main front to back fuel
line. Secured this with jubilee clips (there were no fixings on the
8 January 2004
- Had to jack up one side of the car to
repair the wiring loom (See 'Electrics') so took the opportunity to clean
down and hammerite the centre section of the chassis on the passenger side
of the car including the centre outrigger and sill section. The front and
back of the chassis were done when I rebuilt the front and back
- 22 March 2004
- Finally cleaned down and painted the
rest of the chassis.
- 27 Feb 2005
- Finally got round to repairing the
middle exhaust mounting bracket on the passenger side of the car. It used
to rattle when the engine was switched off. I removed the old rusted
section with an angle grinder and made up a new one in stainless steel.
Fitted it to the exhaust with a new u bolt. Job done all now quiet again.
- 10 April 2005
- I noticed that the petrol tank on the
car was looking strange from the rear. It had slipped of one of the
stainless straps and had dropped by about an inch on one side. I lifted it
back up with my trolley jack and re fitted the strap. They are quite near
the edge of the tank so I will keep an eye on it in case they slip again.
I may have to find a way of fastening them together to prevent this