- part 3
also fitted the spare-wheel carrier which secures the bodyshell as it is bolted
through into the roll-cage.
A few people have had these break under the weight of the wheel, so I employed
some more 1" tube to beef it up.
October appeared, I finished the electrics and installed the new fuse &
relay box on the bulkhead. The battery box is small, so I bought an Optima Red
Top battery which is compact and can be mounted any way up.
I started on perhaps my most ambitious (foolhardy?) project - the fuel tank.
The original tank is designed to sit between the chassis rails (which have been
cut off!) and isn't an appropriate shape for anywhere else, so that's out.
didn't like the options offered by Dakar which are a 2nd-hand, 10 gallon tank
(too small), or a custom-made job which is very expensive and, at 30 gallons,
a bit O.T.T. So I made a basic box from steel sheet to fit between the rear
arches. I put baffle plates inside to stop the fuel sloshing about too much
and modified the filler pipe to join the tank to the orginal cap,
now mounted over the rear wheel. Finally I made a mounting for the standard
pickup/sender unit on the right-hand end panel.
much happened during November and December except for the arrival of my wheels
and tyres, but once colds/bad weather and Christmas were out of the way, my
New Year resolution is to GET IT FINISHED!
first job is the fuel tank. The welding is complete and I have treated it inside
and out with Metal Ready, which leaves a Zinc coating. The only trouble is the
tank then needs to be washed out and completely dried before sealing - the white
pipe in the picture is feeding hot air through to dry it.
sealed and painted the tank I'm leaving it to harden fully for a couple of weeks,
so in the meantime I can try to finish the engine bay by fitting the inner wings
which enables me to route the wiring, position the radiator & fit ancillaries
such as the power steering reservoir.
also need to connect the front brake lines, and in preparation for this I have
more-or-less completed the front axle by fitting the callipers, disk mud shields
and a set of leather gaiters to protect the steering swivels.
end of February 04 and I've got the 1 inch square tube out again. This time
I'm making a frame to support the radiator, fans, PAS reservoir and expansion
tank, as well as providing a base for the bonnet securing pins and a bit of
extra rigidity for the bodyshell.