Originally Posted by jps
I posted over on Locostbuilders just to see what kind of advice I would get as to the process to follow when riveting/bonding an alu floor panel onto my chassis. (whether to rivet in a certain pattern/etc)...
Interestingly I got feedback from some respondents to say - don't use a 1 piece floor panel:
"Having the tunnel panelled just means it fills with cr@p from the road and there's reduced route for engine heat to exit.
Keep it simple and lighter, and just panel in each person's half. "
"I wouldnt worry about the tunnel either i had a Tiger with propshaft and i wouldnt have wanted the floor in the way for if i needed to check/work on it."
"My advice to this chappie (as another has said) is the *keep a separate tunnel floor section*. This can then be removed for prop inspections, etc., as well as getting the rubbish out. "
What do actual Haynes builders have to say about this though?
Ive got 2 different panels as you can work on it without removing the tunnel top. (which is a right PITA)
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Saturn MX5 Based Chassis, Limited Slip Diff & 2.4 Quick Rack.
Build cost.... seems to be spending more on tools than car bits at the moment! (they will be handy in the future though).
Car iva'd and passed 15/08/2014. Finished weight 572kg.