Spent the past few weeks finishing up the jack points, drilling rivets out of the floor, detailing the horns, smoothing the underside of the “frunk” hood, collecting gauges and making arrangements for the transaxle modifications.
Fourth of July: eight hours welding, fitting, cutting, welding, fitting.
Started out making the bolt-through on the right side frame piece. This will be an attachment point for something like a lower beam—I want to be able to attach my standard VW tow bar to the car.
I started with this bit of tubing to keep the frame piece from collapsing if some macho boy gets hold of it later.
Welded all this up. Little pieces, big pieces. Not pretty, but pretty strong, once I got the welder dialed in.
Good enough for now. And it all lines up. So moved on to the other side.
Almost done. Still have to make the bolt-through on that side. I took a measurement off the beam on the passenger side and will match it on the driver’s side. It’s 8 1/8 inches. Then tack the bottoms on, check for size again, weld it up, grind it down.
I’ll bolt these through the main frame rails before welding them. I still need to make some kind of horn mounting tabs, so I want them removable for now.
Got back into the Spyder this weekend, after several week’s hiatus (vacation, sorting the garage, working the Pagoda Hill Climb in Reading, PA, etc.). Decided to work on the frame extensions to hold the front jack points, since I got the jack points in the mail from Carey Hines.
Last night I found a couple of 2 1/2-inch tubes from an old treadmill, which I thought might work to nest inside my frame rails to extend them for working front jack points. Today I set about getting the axles and bearings out of them. Spent two hours.
This old treadmill was built right. The bearings are beefy and they’re carried by some kind of super-tough plastic that’s pressed in. I was able to drive the steel axles out easily with a five pound sledge and a drift, but the bearings and their carriers would not budge with any kind of persuasion I could muster.
I tried drilling around the bearing and broke two bits in the plastic!
Finally I hit on using a hole saw. Luckily I had one the right size to fit over the bearing and still fit in the tube.
May 27 2017
I put in three hours today on the Spyder. The build has begun.
I am starting at the front. My first order of business is to correct my gas tank so the fuel filler will work in the “correct” spot. I began by painting it gold through the hole in the hood, then I broke out the filler system and set it on the spot, and closed the hood.
Drew a line around it with a sharpie. Continue reading