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Old 11th May 2010, 08:40 PM
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if you have a look underthe bodywork and interior category
you will find a post by TJ called Handyandy,s chassis kits ( i know he put it in the wrong section )
there are a couple of photos of Andy,s kits you can clearly see what you get for your money
cheers les g
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Old 11th May 2010, 08:56 PM
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Handy andy is re maun for steely stuff.........and Les you have a pm
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Old 11th May 2010, 10:08 PM
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It's just not worth buying all the equipment and cutting it all yourself.....
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Well, I have put a couple of coat's of white emulsion on my freshly built "build table" while the mrs started on early labour pains hmmmm maybe bad timing for building a roadster

My friends all call my plans "Project Divorce"
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Old 16th May 2010, 12:51 PM
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If like me you have a large workshop, a bandsaw, plenty of time and happen to be slightly masochistic in nature then buy the raw steel and cut it yourself. If on the other hand you are working in a domestic garage, don't own a bandsaw (or other cutting device), prefer to stay on the sensible side of the sane/insane line then buy a chassis kit from Andy

D.

I must be ready for the men in white coats then , LOL

Thanks for everyones support of the Flat pack kits,

Headshot..... whichever route you take , best wishes for your build, its great to have another Roadster build started

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Andy, could you share the details of what tools and techniques you use to cut the tubes, especially the compound mitres? I've cut my steel with a 115 mm angry grinder mounted in a chopsaw-like holder, but I'm curious how the pros do it.
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Old 17th May 2010, 12:57 AM
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Well, I have put a couple of coat's of white emulsion on my freshly built "build table" while the mrs started on early labour pains hmmmm maybe bad timing for building a roadster

My friends all call my plans "Project Divorce"

And I have a baby boy
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Old 17th May 2010, 01:22 AM
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Old 17th May 2010, 08:27 AM
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And I have a baby boy
Congratulations, I hope mother & little'un are both fine

If you are anything like me .... That lad of yours, will be able to help you complete the build
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Andy, could you share the details of what tools and techniques you use to cut the tubes, especially the compound mitres? I've cut my steel with a 115 mm angry grinder mounted in a chopsaw-like holder, but I'm curious how the pros do it.
i,m not sure if the way i cut a chassis kit can qualify me as a Pro but here is how i do it......

I now have a "Master Template Kit" that is cut 2mm over long on each tube which allows for the scribing & the kerf cut of each tube i cut, each part is then checked to ensure the dimensions are correct.
The tools I use are mainly a bandsaw, a 4 inch angle grinder disc that is 1mm thick ( plasma disc ) that i use to cut the compound mitre cuts & a cold cut chop saw that I use to cut the basic maximum length of each tube before cutting any angles to them.

When i have all the tubes cut to length, I then work thru the full kit cutting the same angles on the various tubes...eg do all the 45 degree cuts at same time, next all the 17degree cuts & so on etc on the band saw ( saves changing the required angle of cut on the bandsaw),
once all standard cuts are finished I then scribe out all the compound mitre angles on the relevant tubes, I,ve found that if I scribe just 3 lines for the compound mitre cut it is then easy to cut in a vice with the plasma disc, each face is cut then the tube turned in the vice rather than just making 1 cut as this is often the cause of a bad mitre cut, then each completed mitre cut is placed into a Master "female" jig to check its correct.
Each tube is then marked with the angle of cut at each end , on both faces of a compound mitre cut & of course the main part code... TR1 etc.

Now i know i have a reputaion for being tight but from a 7 mtr length of steel I end up with on average 2 to 3 cm of waste .

I hope the above covers the info you wanted ?

Headshot........
Congratulations on your new addition to your family, all the best to mum & the young un

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