Drilling and prepping back pannel + 3hrs = 22.5hrs

A big pannel this, one I suspected would be tricky. Especialy with the whole bending to fit facade.

So, first problem was the initial trial fit – I bent the pannel a little, and it needed a fair bend to get between the widest part of the car.

I did find myself scraping against some of the rails when wrestling with it – after this point I masked the rails around the relevant places – learn from my mistakes!

My next suprise was that it didnt “slot in”

5 seconds later i realised I had an extra chassis rail. Basically the rail that runs mid height on the chassis, along it’s length, continues all the way to the back. The piccies will make this clearer.

Not the end of the world – but it meant some pretty accurate marking up and cutting a square with my excellent tin snips (well done Draper Expert, very sharp and accurate). That said I did cut the squares a little deep, perhaps 5 mm too deep? I won’t lose sleep over it, but it is the first (of innevitibly many) slight **** ups. easily rectified with a little mod.

The only other complication of note was drilling the holes in the awkward positions, this required some carefuly drill holding, my holes didnt come out 100% round, but as good as I could get. Splitting hairs really, they will rivet up perfectly.

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Comments

  • Mark Boswell  On January 17, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Hi Andy, thanks for commenting on my site. I can immediately see you coming up with the same issues I have already had. After a while you realise how many updates Westfield have made since printing the manual. I did get the completion kit with my order so I had everything at once. Keep in touch and I am sure we will be able to help each other out. Mark

  • Mark Boswell  On January 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Hi Andy. Time you gave us an update 🙂 Got mine on the ground now, although only with wheels at the rear. Waiting on some new parts before the front gets the wheels. All being well we will be test fitting the engine on Monday. Hope you are making good progress. Mark

  • andyismilesaway  On January 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    posted back on your blog!

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