I just stumbled onto this website by accident today. I am in the process of going through the pains of doing the "design work" as well. However, I have been infatuated by the T70 Mk3b since I was maybe just out of diapers as I got a scale model as a christmas gift once and it was over. Sadly as with a lot of of toys this model "disintegrated" I think you understand engineering minds.
Anyway, I am digressing. I have started looking into the chassis and am thinking of going the long and hard route of actually producing carbon fiber. Just before you ask the question, NO I am not a retired millionaire but in time you can achieve wonders. Looking at you and your project just motivated me more.
I think most South African engineers must be a bit nuts anyway
Good to hear from you, sent you a message on FB messenger, now the kids tell me, I have to "ADD" you first, anyway old age:huh:. Wanted to chat to you about the 016 gearbox bolt pattern you posted on locostbuilders. Also doing big renovations at home for the last time, been at it for 13yrs. Making space for grandchildren's cots, new windows etc. If you have time please send me your e-mail. Can't wait to start building the GT chassis. Using a '72 Ford 351C engine and 016 gbox.:thumbsup: Kind Regards.
Wow looking great Fred. On the rear: you could do what a friend of mine did on his race car. He'd put pins in horizontally in the fire wall. So the edge of the rear section couldn't lift during high speed from air pressure under the hood. On the rear support that was also the pivot. He made it slotted so you could first pull it to the rear (& off the pins) before lifting. Made an "L" slot so you pulled it back then it dropped into the vertical portion to be pivoted. Something like that & you could leave the exhaust sticking out the back. Hope my explanation is clear enough .
So....I just found this forum, and have been pouring through this build.
How did we go?
Did the car end up being finished?
It has been nothing short of astonishing reading through and seeing all the top notch work. Got me so dam inspired to finally begin my journey!
I'm still here, and back working on the project. Making good progress on the chassis, must put some pics up soon. All the wishbones are made, the drive shafts are made, and soon I will need to get the fuel tanks made.
I built a GD T70 in the UK (and write for a Complete Kit Car mag) and only recently stumbled across your amazing work. Wow! Love the effort and skill you've put into this - it'll be amazing when it's done. I got great satisfaction from just building my kit, so building it from scratch is an incredible accomplishment! Anyway, thought I'd inspire you with some images of mine and a couple of videos. Keep up the great work! Peter R
Thanks for your post, and the kind compliments. Your car looks fabulous, the stance in the picture looks spot on.
I have been making progress on my project, the space frame is almost ready for final welding, roll bar is made and I have solved lots of problems like mounting the pedal box, door hinges etc. Just need to finalize the front clip mounting then can get on with the welding. Will post pics when i have something worth showing.
Finally a mention of some progress. Eventually I can unscrew the 99 percent finished tacked up space frame from the build table and weigh it. Very roughly (on bathroom scales) it weighs 110 kg / 243 lbs. without the roll bar and 123 kg / 271 lbs. with. That includes all mounting brackets for the suspension, steering system, pedal box etc., as well as in the order of 60 internally threaded bushes and weld nuts as attachment points for such as engine mountings, seatbelts, the front and rear body and door hinge mounting subframes, and the detachable rear chassis section.
Still lots of welding to do, but it does feel like this is another milestone I am pleased to have reached.