Got the floors fitted and secured over the last two days, ended up using Phenolic resin coated ply, (as used in trailers and truck beds).
May have gone a little overboard with 18mm thickness but very happy with the results, it has a smooth waterproof underside and non slip waffle surface on top.
Where it joins the bulkhead I have cut an angled slot and pushed it underneath the raised outer edge just to give it a nice finish before fibre glassing in.
A bull nosed edge just keeps it looking neat along the edges but these will not be seen.
It still needs a little trim down the outside rear where the body tucks in and the fresh edges sealed but overall has gone down ok and feels very sturdy
Last edited by Psycho pops; 3rd November 2011 at 18:52..
Fitted the framework and test fitted the body and had a little trouble getting the Drivers side low enough to cover the chassis side rail, I searched this forum and Trevors Blog scouring photos of how previous builds had gone.
I noticed that frames differ from build to build,
This is Daves frame (if i remember right) see how the top front rail is fixed inside the framework ,
This is mine the same rail is on top of the framework .
In order to drop the tub low enough the corners had to be fettled away ( read angle grinding frenzy) until it sat where I wanted it.
I am just about there with the position now.
Any one reading this before starting a build, I would recommend buying the ratchet straps - think mine were £10 for four, fitting the frame without them would have been nigh on impossible, they will be needed for holding the tub in place while fibre glassing too.
I know I cant cut of the rear arms on the chassis but what about the exhaust bracket, can that fall off before inspection, it just seems to be exactly where I want to put the back of the tub.
Ref the front end height, mine never did wrap under the front chassis rails! Looking back, i should have chopped the front of the body where it sits on the bulkhead until the bottom edges wrapped under. I think this is where some of my bonnet woes came from! I just ended up leaving mine and painting the exposed chassis rails black so you can't see them! no great issue for me
Once again I am away in Africa but that doesn't stop me spending on the Sammio.
Tonight I managed to get the car seats I wanted, a set of Westfield 11 buckets, I am hoping they are going to be low enough at the back to fit inside the tub without dropping the floor, the ad said 500mm so maybe with a slight incline on the base it will lower beneath the rear line.
I won't know till I am back in blighty.
P.s it's great to be able to see the progress you guys are making while I am away, the forum makes entertaing reading each evening. Cheers
Thanks, a bit frustrating watching the progress of everyone while I am away but I guess the time home allows me to make progess then. The seats I bought are 500 mm at the back, hoping they will line up ok with the back of the cockpit without dropping the floor.may have to raise the front of the runner slightly to make it happen. Psycho
The seats have arrived and thanks to my long suffering wife I have some photo's. Appologies for attachments instead of pics but photoshop is barred here at work.
Very pleased with the period look and from the closer shot with it placed on the floor of the car it doesn't look like it will be too high against the rear of the tub, just need to get home now and see for myself..
Christmas has come early .... psycho pops
Believe it or not Ebay, they were direct from the Westfield factory made for the Westfield 11, I got lucky as they sold first time round for a far higher price but the buyer did not complete the process, second auction success and £150 less than my first attempt. Not often that happens..