M6B Tragic

Howard Jones

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Those of you that are thinking about your own space frame chassis design should have a long and careful look at this chassis. I don't see a single element I would alter. Really thoughtful work.

Some of the most interesting scratch builds seam to come from the southern hemisphere. Really nice build and careful design. I will watch with great interest and I will continue to learn things in the process.

Thanks for posting all those pictures.
 
This is when I got my chassis back and then made the floor plate out of 3mm marine grade alloy. I used Sikaflex as well as the rivets. Flipped it over and started drilling holes. Lots and lots of holes.
 

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Thankyou Michel, fine praise coming from you, after seeing what you've built

Neil, I'm sorry but I didn't keep count.

Here are some pictures of the front radiator sub frame. I'm trial fitting it after the sand blasting. It's amazing how things distort. Then I completed it with the alloy panelling to duct all air through the radiator.
 

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Neil

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Udo, if you are seeing distortion after sandblasting, the blaster is using too high air pressure. The abrasive needs to clean the surface, not remove material or work harden the material. Often sand blasters don't discard their worn-out abrasive and simply turn up the air pressure to make it work for a little while longer.
 
This is when I made my fuel tanks, the driver side is narrower due to the gear change and the water flow and return pipes going down that side. I installed a fuel sender unit to take some of the guess work out of knowing how many more laps can I get in. They are balanced together before going to filters and pumps.
Hi Neil, you're probably dead right, I'm not really seeing that much, just a bit, but that could also be me doing the final welding.
 

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I fixed a plate of 3mm alloy to the top of the frame behind the back of the seat to sit all the fuel lines, filters and pump etc. Also to fix the swirl pot and water pipes to. Then it was back to a bit of glass work getting the seat in shape and recessing the fuel filler openings. Also fitting the rear side sill ends where HP fuel pump, more filters and surge tanks goes. Oil tank and catch can on other side. Received my spacers and pins and stuff back from platers. We don't have anyone in Darwin, so they have to be sent to Adelaide. Talk about Backwater, Hey?
 

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After getting sick of waiting about three and a half years for my Calipers from you know who. I decided to order some from AP who make a replacement of the Original Lockhead units. CP2270 on the front and CP2271 on the rear. The only issue is, they come with blank ears which you have to machine to suit your individual application. Enter my mate Clayton who has a Lathe and Milling machine. As expected they fitted perfectly. Friends like him are invaluable, can't praise him enough.
 

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Back again with some more progress pictures. This time it's brake and clutch lines, plus setting up the master cylinders and the reservoirs'. Then covering them up.
 

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As usual an excellent progress !!!
You are really building an fantastic jewell.............;)
Again lots of congratulations
It's a shame we are so far ..... will be very interested to fight on track VS you and your "coming beast" with my "little 907":D:D:D
 
Thanks for the encouraging kind words Michel and Mesa, my wife is the one that gave me the M6B Tragic title Mesa, She thinks that's what I am. I've loved these things ever since I saw Denny Hulme drive Bob Jane's car around the Adelaide F1 track on the first time of the event back in the 80's.
Here are some more progress Pics. Making up alternator brackets, fitting Dry sump. Tapping the block to fit the Kinsler valley plate, I bought a Big Block Crank Trigger Ignition Conversion Kit, which comes with a double row timing chain, so had to grind away the block for it to fit. Then put front end back together.
Andy, I had a local company called L&S Springs have them outsourced by another company called Fulcrum Suspension in Qld. Only problem is they have about 9 outlets. I spoke to a guy called Marty. I'll see if I can find out which outlet he is at.
 

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Thanks Rex, Looking forward to seeing your Mk IV make a start.
More pictures, I'm trying to get a backlog out the way.
Engine back together, Sensor won't fit, make little brackets up to reposition sensor and fit timing pointer, Flywheel and starter motor fitted, Clutch fitted, Transaxle back on. Then I had to take a couple of pictures of the engine before it went back in because I love the look of a BBC with the fuel injection like they had back in the Can-Am days. Then, in it goes, and it's back in, Yay!
You'll notice a set of hairy knuckles pointing to things now and then, that's my mate Clayton who I've mentioned before. He's always helping out with advice, engine stuff and machining things. Can't thank him enough. Thanks Clayton.
 

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Andy with his magnificent M20 build has encouraged me to start posting more progress pictures, so here goes.
These are of me slowly putting things back together, also starting the fuel system.
 

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Hi again, I am using a Kinsler Bear Claw fuel injection and it doesn't have any provision for a thermostat housing, so I have had to make something myself, again enlisting the help of my good friend Clayton and his Lathe. Here is what I came up with.
 

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