|Building our car|
|October 14, 2008 - Finally!|
It's like Christmas here at FM. The giant crate shows up and is immediately torn apart by Keith, Bill and Brandon.
|October 14, 2008 - Meet Mr Westie, our mascot!|
|October 14, 2008 - Everything you need for a lap record.
|October 14, 2008 - Another view of the chassis and body.|
Everything is made extremely well.
|October 14, 2008 - The level of finish on the body panels.
|October 14, 2008 - Control arms.|
The front arms are at the top of the picture. After seeing these, Keith plans to redo all the suspension on his own car.
|October 14, 2008 - The obligatory vroom vroom shot.|
One of these is required in every build diary.
|October 14, 2008 - So, all we do is put that engine in that chassis, then drop the body on top.|
Right then, let's get to it.
|October 14, 2008 - First step - start drilling holes for the aluminum panels.
|October 14, 2008 - These fasteners are called Cleco fasteners.|
They're like temporary rivets and can easily be installed and removed with a plier-like tool. They're extremely useful for this sort of work. The panel in this case is the lowered floor.
|October 14, 2008 - The ends of a couple of panels have to be bent around frame rails.|
The blue finish is a protective sheet.
|October 14, 2008 - Keith will not shut up about the rear suspension in this car.|
He really likes the design.
|October 14, 2008 - Bill measures for a few more holes.
|October 14, 2008 - A tip to keep from scarring aluminum panels when driling holes - a small piece of rubber at the base of the drill bit.
|October 14, 2008 - Deburring the holes can be done with a larger drill bit, either by hand or (for steel) mounted in a drill.|
If you use a power drill, don't run it any longer than you have to to remove the burrs.
|October 14, 2008 - All the holes are pre-drilled in the aluminum with the exception of the floorpans.|
This makes them excellent templates for drilling the steel tubes. As you can see from this narrow tube, they have to be accurate.
|October 14, 2008 - Before installing the rivets, the holes are sealed with the supplied silicone.
|October 14, 2008 - Westfield does not mess around with rivets.|
These are not your typical hardware store jobs.
|October 14, 2008 - Can you hear the frog?|
Rivet rivet rivet. Ha! Anyhow, Bill and Keith get squeezing to install some panels. We discovered our pneumatic gun had a tip for aircraft rivets installed, so we had to do this by hand.
|October 14, 2008 - Riveted.