June 3, 2004
the old days (late 60's and 70's), real roll bars became kind
of a must if you planned on racing hard.
at these pictures, you can see that the roll bar was an add
on. The original roll bar was bolted in with four 6mm bolts.
The best thing to do was to weld in a thicker wall, bigger
diameter, tube, and add a cross brace in the middle.
do this, the fiberglass bulkhead had to be all chopped up
to get the new bar in. 090 never had the bulkhead repaired
because the new roll bar was bigger and a different shape.
We could leave this structural bulkhead as it was, but it
would look like crap. Even though the fiberglass is thin,
it still adds strength to the cockpit.
first pictures on this update, you can see that there is no
covering on the roll bar. This is where the bulkhead was cut
away. In these pictures, I've added a cabosil base
(bonding the roll bar to the cockpit), then a mat surface
to reconstruct the original bulkhead.
done remaking the bulkhead, it will have a little bit of a
different shape than the original, but it will be safer.
the shapes of the fiberglass similar to original, I use masking
tape and cardboard to obtain the shape. You know how I love
to use tape and goodies to make quick shapes for quick lay
ups. Remember, we don't have a lot of time to make plugs and
a quick skin of cabosil (this makes the perfect shape) and
two layers of 3/4 oz mat, the bulkhead is ready for bodywork
and paint. The side you're looking at is the driver side.
preparing the passenger side with the same steps of construction.
I did both these sides in one day. Tomorrow I'll do the bodywork
and finally flip the car over.
the passenger side during the lay up.
I'm doing the glasswork on 090, Jack is still working on 068
and Andy is preparing shocks absorbers for final paint. In
the picture you'll notice some springs, they are for 906-127.
morning, if we're restoring parts for paint we try to get
any of the parts from other projects that are going the same
color. This makes it a little more efficient for all projects.
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