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About Hodge829

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    Lightweight
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    Ian

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    shipston on stour, warwickshire
  1. Hodge829

    Lightweight

    Hi everybody, thanks for the replys. Lots of good info. Think I'll be going to the Kidderminster testing station, as its my nearest one. This weekend I've been making engine mounts, and gearbox mounts. So the zetec is in!!! Next, getting the seat rails in, and the 4 point harness's in:-) Oh and while I'm on here, does anybody know if and where I can get a nicer/solid-er steering rack mount bracket, I'm sure that somebody was advertising one on here somewhere, but I can not find it now?????????????
  2. Hodge829

    Lightweight

    Hi graham, I'm near Stratford upon Avon. I.ve been doing some more strengthening, around the area where the seat/belts go. I've made a kinda secondary tub out of 3mm ali, which goes all the way up to the top of the gearbox tunnel, and up and under the bit at the top of the area opposite the gearbox tunnel, where your arm will rest when driving. Also I've put 2 plates that are about 450mm down the length of the two side panels, and are full height of the gearbox tunnel and the other side too. Plus I've double skinned the full Firewall/engine compartment out of the same 3mm Ali. Also I've double skinned the Diff area, over the top and down the sides out of the same material too, And underneath the rear of the car where the 2 Ali box sections tie in the bottom arms from the drive plate, I've made a steel "Ladder" style chassis rail, which goes the full length up to where the gearbox mount bolts to, i.e. the gearbox bolts through this frame, which also bolts through the floor every footish with M12 bolts. I've also plated the top two Ali box sections that tie the front top arms together, across the top of both of them. And I've also double skinned the steering rack box in you guessed it 3mm Ali. And just as belts and braces, all of the panels have been riveted with 4.8mm rivets, and bonded together, and I've just learnt to use my TIG welder and started to weld up all of the joints/edges where the panels meet. Phew Sounds like lots now I've wrote it down. So what do you think to my mods so far? Any input would be most apperiacted. I read in here you rocked the diff out of one of your Lightweights, have you fixed it yet??? Cheers Ian W
  3. Hi Graham, Nice pics. Do you have any good ones of the beefing up you did on the lightwieghts you aready got through the IVA??

  4. Well I'm hoping this week I'll have all of the chassis re-inforcing done, and I've already got the suspension and brakes on, and the diff is in. So a fair way in, but the light is only a very small dot at the end of the tunnel at the mo. Why do you ask??

  5. how for are you now in your build??

  6. pm sent

    graham

  7. Hodge829

    Lightweight

    Hey guys, so I'm building a lightweight and from what I can tell there's not many of us out there. So I've done some pretty extensive strengthening-around the seatbelt and seat area, kinda making a double skin out of 3mm Ali that goes around the inside of the tub, and has a 6mm x 550mm plate on either side where the belts will join. I've also made a double skin under where the roll-cage bolts on again out of 3mm Ali, and also using the supplied the strip of steel for the rear suspension tops. I've also made some really good spacers for the front suspension where the shocks go in-between the box section. So the point of me telling you all this? Well simple is there any other areas that are a concern for the sva/iva test that I should be aware of? And have I done enough in the areas that modded already? Any help would be great. I'll keep you posted on how it's going.
  8. Hi everybody!!

    So newbie builder here, any hints for the lightweight?

  9. looking at the kit scratching his head, making a Long "to do list"

    1. Hodge829

      Hodge829

      Lightweigth is coming on, I think finaly I've made all of the necessary mods to strenghten the tub, and diff, oh and front and rear suspension, oh and the steering box!

    2. Hodge829

      Hodge829

      Lightweigth is coming on, I think finaly I've made all of the necessary mods to strenghten the tub, and diff, oh and front and rear suspension, oh and the steering box!

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