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Old 29th March 2019, 17:12
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I added a make-shift ignition loom complete with charge and oil light.



Fitted a battery and a fuel line into a temporary fuel tank.



Pressed the start button and it fired-up with very little affort!!.
It was not run for long as there's still no cooling system in place yet.
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Old 8th April 2019, 16:31
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Spent some time on the cockpit floor.





I would normally lay the floor in ply because it act's as a good insulator but this time I'v used steel around the gearbox tunnel so I can add some colour coordination to the interior.
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Old 9th April 2019, 17:10
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The truck cap it's self is very flexible so I reinforced it around the "A" and "B" post with 40x40x3 RSA.



The extra steel on the "A" post enabled me to fit a cross member to support the steering column.



I also fitted some extra steel around the back of the cab.



The O/S/F door also got some steel reinforcing .



I was a little worried the steel would twist the door out of shape but all seems to be OK when the door was placed in it's hole.



I might leave the fixing blots and screws around the "A" and "B" post in place
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Old 9th April 2019, 20:58
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leave 'em in. Adds to the character!
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Old 10th April 2019, 19:17
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O/S door now fitted and although I cocked-up on the hinges they work well enough !!!







I'm well pleased with my first outing using these slab hinges so I'll try to fit the N/S door in the morning.
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Old 11th April 2019, 19:46
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N/S door fitted and this time I no problems with the door hinges!



I now have the major problem of fitting window glass to both doors and getting a wind screen to fit!!
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Old 22nd April 2019, 15:55
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Sorted out the rear pick-up steel work.





I going to board the tub with wood but leave the top rails open.
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Old 22nd April 2019, 16:06
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Perfect! Great work.
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Old 22nd April 2019, 21:48
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Looking really smart. Though I don't suppose a Rat Rod should look smart.:-P
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Old 23rd April 2019, 17:17
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I been having a problem locating the battery.
I was going to put it in the passenger's foot well but then I had a cunning plan.

I remembered this photo.



I cut a hole in the original steel plate and made a battery tray out of some 40x40x3 RAS to lower the battery and reinforced the area.





But this left the battery standing proud which would interfere with the front cowling.




I then realized the battery might actually fit safely under the steering rack so I extended both the hole and remade the battery tray.



Now the battery simply sits on the tray and slides back under the steering rack keeping it well out on the way of the front cowling.





Job done. The battery is out of the way, power leads are short, it's still easy to get to, jump starting will be a doodle and there's minimal affect on the ground clearance besides that the tray being made out of 3mm steel will take a fair bit of kerb bashing



Next job is to decide how I'm going sort out and bring together the front grill, front wings and front lower cowling.
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Old 24th April 2019, 07:38
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Hope you don't think I'm being a busy-body, but I'd find somewhere else to put that battery.

If you have a front-end shunt there are two serious safety issues:

1/ the battery is likely to short out on the steering rack and start a fire, and

2/ Trumpton won't be able to get to it to disconnect it before trying to rescue anyone trapped inside (it's always the first thing they do at an RTC scene).
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Old 24th April 2019, 17:04
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Mr T I to felt this location was a little odd and your concerns are much the same as mine but if you step back and think about it!

1, The battery is pushed hard against the main chassis crossmember stopping the battery from moving back making it impossible to short-out on the steering rack.
The battery is also clamped in place again stopping it from moving forward.
I agree, any battery that's no fixed down is a predental short-out as well as an MOT failure!

2, Batteries are mounted every where in a modern car, under the seat, in the bulkhead, in the boot, under the floor ect.
So the fact that fireman Sam will actually be able to see the battery and there for disconnect the battery safely will be a help, he might even use the fitted isolator switch instead of just cutting the power cable which seems to be the normal thing to do.

3, Lastly, the front impact damage would have to be tremendous and have to crush the main chassis rails and anti roll bar mounts before smashing the battery and possibly causing a short-out!
Where as with a conventional engine bay fitted battery a simple front impact causing the bonnet to "ripple up" and short-out across the battery is a very common occurrence!


Sure, the steering rack might come un-bolted from its mounts and the steering column allowing it to fall onto the battery and short-out, but, I'll take that risk.


IMHO, Although having the battery mounted in a unusual place might cause some concern I'm sticking with it.
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Old 25th April 2019, 15:54
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No problem, all points taken in good spirit.
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Old 25th April 2019, 19:35
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No problem, all points taken in good spirit.
Like wise.
You never contact me regarding the Cordite bulkhead ?
You still want it ?
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Old 26th April 2019, 07:30
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Hi Micky, yes, still interested in the cordite bulkhead. I did send you a pm asking how much you want for it, etc., and I didn't hear back so I figured you were just busy sorting your projects.

I've checked my pm 'sent items' to see exactly what I asked but the message isn't there, so it obviously failed to send. Sorry about that, I guess we were both waiting to hear back from the other. I didn't chase it up as I've been distracted away from my Speedster by the Midget (which is now almost fully sorted).

Just pm me with a price and collection address and I'll probably take it off your hands.
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Old 26th April 2019, 10:33
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Mr T Here's what I have got.

PM me and we'll agree on a price but you'll have to sort out collection from SN2 2PN, Swindon, Wiltshire.

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Old 26th April 2019, 20:09
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Lower front grill under construction.



The centre section of the lower grill will hinge to allow battery access.

I intend to use the outer edges of the lower grill to tie-in the bottom of the wings and the top edge will support the fiberglass radiator style grill .
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Old 27th April 2019, 20:03
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Much work has been completed over the passed few days.



As you can see in the photo the front lower grill and main grill are now finished and fixed in place.
The inner wing flanges are screwed to brackets welded to the outer edges of the lower grill.
The main grill is fixed to an internal steel band, this in turn is braced to the bulk head via 30x30x3 RSA which provides a edge for the freshly "adjusted" bonnet to rest against.


The truck also had it's first trip outside so I could get a full photo shot.







Although it sits square and looks good I feel it would look better if the front springs were lowered a few inches.
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Old 27th April 2019, 22:42
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Looks good even with that cow catcher, Lowering the front just a bit would do. Great work!
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Old 28th April 2019, 09:34
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Look svery,very good!Makes me want a new build

Good work and thanks for all the photo,s.
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