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lewmac Silver Member Lew McAllan
Hawthorn Woods, Chicago, IL, USA   USA
1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six ~ For Sale ! ~
Progress ! Finally got to paint the interior and engine bay over the last 2 weekends. Now for bonding of the fastback .....

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lewmac Silver Member Lew McAllan
Hawthorn Woods, Chicago, IL, USA   USA
1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six ~ For Sale ! ~
A few earlier shots of underside .... from approximately 2 years ago !



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feednspeed clark markey
rockford, il, USA   USA
Lookin' good, Lew!

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BlueMax1 A G
?, ?, USA   USA
Are you planning to put some kind of roll cage in car? I would sure hate to get hit with only having the thin glass for protection, especially in the rear?

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lewmac Silver Member Lew McAllan
Hawthorn Woods, Chicago, IL, USA   USA
1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six ~ For Sale ! ~
Yes, I have a 4 mounting points behind the seats corner to top of wheel arch roll bar that was powder coated this weekend, so will be picking up next weekend. Car is mainly for road use, occasional track day, so not the full roll cage as required in a full race car.

Have also considered if the car needs a rear sway bar or some other brace between wheel arches, as the strength that the rear square back body provided is gone. However, many of the Sebring or Lenham fastbacks I have seen pics of do not have additional strengthening here.

Cheers
Lew



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Looks terrific, Lew... and remarkably familiar... (at least on one side...) the finger smiley smileys with beer



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lewmac Silver Member Lew McAllan
Hawthorn Woods, Chicago, IL, USA   USA
1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six ~ For Sale ! ~
Yes, familiar but different ! Your floors look much better and this car was / is a '68 Mk IV body, so semi elliptic springs. Also the paint is "more blue" than Iris Blue, which I painted the previous project RHD Bugeye sent back to Australia.

What do you think about my comment re lost strength or rigidity that the missing cockpit provided ?

Cheers
Lew

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Well, being unibody, certainly there would be validity to your lost rigidity statement. Not knowing how this will be reconstructed i.e. fiberglass/ steel/ welded/bonded, etc., I don't know how much of that you will get back. If you have a steel rear clip to weld back on, and it's done thoroughly, I would think you could regain that. If fiberglass, I would think you'd want to add some steel framework, probably with some sheer panels too.

In reply to # 191440 by lewmac
What do you think about my comment re lost strength or rigidity that the missing cockpit provided ?

Cheers
Lew



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lewmac Silver Member Lew McAllan
Hawthorn Woods, Chicago, IL, USA   USA
1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six ~ For Sale ! ~
Progressing with assembly .... engine bay, wiring harness, electrical components and dash board all installed. Mk3 harness needed some additions for 2 speed wiper motor (mk4) and wiper switch, as well as brake sensor at pedals and not at the junction box. Need to use Mk4 junction box since dual brake line Master. Also need to wire in electric fuel pump (not included ?) and reverse lights (gearbox has connections so why not !). Extra toggle switch on dash will use original wiper motor wiring for an electric fan.

Brakes next weekend, the gearbox and engine..... then the fastback body !

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA   USA
Lew,
Looking very good! In regard to the rear end, I would definitely weld in some bracing after you do a trial fit of the fiberglass. I picture that car flexing along the metal/fiberglass and really screwing up the paint and possibly the fiberglass.
Rut

Jim Gruber Avatar
Dayton, OH, USA   USA
If these were 1/4 elliptics back there instead of 1/2 Elliptics I may vote differently but you need some additional Chassis rigidity back there.

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lewmac Silver Member Lew McAllan
Hawthorn Woods, Chicago, IL, USA   USA
1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six ~ For Sale ! ~
Hi Rut and Jim,

Some comments here on http://www.sebringsprite.com/latestnews.html about half page down regarding strength of rear sprite body, including an interesting comment regarding 1/2 elliptic springs versus 1/4 's for the fastback version of the Sebring. Based on these comments and other emails from people who have done similar, I am confident there is enough strength in the the rear frame.

Cheers
Lew



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lewmac Silver Member Lew McAllan
Hawthorn Woods, Chicago, IL, USA   USA
1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six ~ For Sale ! ~
Test fit of 45mm Weber with Cannon 805 manifold and center branch headers. Engine ready to pop in after new brake lines tomorrow.



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Jim Gruber Avatar
Dayton, OH, USA   USA
Looking Good Lew!

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lewmac Silver Member Lew McAllan
Hawthorn Woods, Chicago, IL, USA   USA
1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six ~ For Sale ! ~
Took 3 days off to work on the car. Good day today... Rear axles seals and gaskets, then dropped the engine and gearbox in. All bolted down.

Front suspension, brakes, gas tank & pump tomorrow.


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