MDA GT40 Rebuild.

Good Friday update.
Powder coated black rear suspension arms and rods fitted. Rear uprights, disks and calipers. Rear subframe fitted and engine mounts.

Rear arches are complete and I’m ready to take the grinder to the rear clam.

Hope everyone is fit and well.
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Just wondering if anyone knows where I can get some of the rear clam pins like on the original cars. Basically just a rod that protrudes the body.
 
Made some decent progress today. Engine and gearbox back in along with rear subframe. Front suspension arms back from powder coater and ball joints back in. Hopefully is all goes to plan I can get the front corners built up tomorrow and get it back on it’s wheels.

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Progress seems to come in waves. For weeks I felt I was getting no where. Now it’s flying together. Really happy with how it’s looking.
I feel even with the front shocks wound down all the way it’s not sitting as low as I would have liked. Maybe I’ll have to change the coilover set up. Any suggestions?
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Mike Pass

Supporter
Maybe best to wait until you have everything attached and full of water, fuel, driver etc before you finally set the ride height. I don't know how you are for speed bumps where you are but I set my ride height to cope with them. 4” front and 4.5” rear ground to chassis.
Cheers
Mike
 
we are pretty lucky in Guernsey. The roads are flat and speed bumps are very limited. Its easy to avoid them.
At the moment its a good 6.5 inch chassis to ground.
 

Chris

Supporter
Just read all your thread and that is some damn good work you've done there! Am loving the panelling you've done. I may have swaged the sills on the top because i think it looks awesome but wow how much better it all looks. Seriously love that front section, this has all given me ideas for when i start my build.

Im surprised living on Guernsey that you're going to be able to actually stretch the legs of this or the GTC that you have haha. Seriously jealous of your workshop space, how id love to have something like that!

Looking forward to seeing your progress!

p.s. those arches look huge! are they regular Gulf arches?? Who did you get them from?
 

Stephen Ducker

Supporter
You have done some great work on this project, very impressive. Are you considering changing the engine cover latches to something period correct ?

Looking forward to seeing the finished car, which with your rate of progress wont be long !

Regards Steve
 
Just read all your thread and that is some damn good work you've done there! Am loving the panelling you've done. I may have swaged the sills on the top because i think it looks awesome but wow how much better it all looks. Seriously love that front section, this has all given me ideas for when i start my build.

Im surprised living on Guernsey that you're going to be able to actually stretch the legs of this or the GTC that you have haha. Seriously jealous of your workshop space, how id love to have something like that!

Looking forward to seeing your progress!

p.s. those arches look huge! are they regular Gulf arches?? Who did you get them from?
Hi Chris

Thank you for your kind words. For me personally the panelling on these cars is one of the most important bits and can help to add so much character. I originally made sills with swage lines in them but when i stood on them and put them through a bit of a "Duration Test" they struggled with holding goos shape. I have made some separate panels with swage lines in that i may sit on top as a replaceable "wear" panel. The front wheel well section on the GT40 is one of my favourite bits on the car so it wasn't a question of if I was going to add it in but more so how was I going to achieve that.

Being on Guernsey it is a struggle to give the cars what they deserve, however I do spend a bit of time on the mainland during the racing season so the GTC does get away occasionally. I plan to do some events in the GT40 if I am able to. I just need to find out how I can adapt my cage to suit regs and what events I’ll be eligible to compete in.

The arches are based in the original Gulf arches, they are built by the guy who does all of Mark Sibleys glass work. They make the car exactly 2000mm wide. Still 20mm less than my GTC!

Thanks again for the kind words.

Jack
 
You have done some great work on this project, very impressive. Are you considering changing the engine cover latches to something period correct ?

Looking forward to seeing the finished car, which with your rate of progress wont be long !

Regards Steve
Thanks Steve

I’m pretty impatient so when I’m in charge of doing things I don’t tend to stop if I can help it.

I would like to change the covers I’m just unsure if I do the typical Guerny or find an alternative? Any suggestions?
 

Stephen Ducker

Supporter
Sorry, cross purposes. I was thinking of bonnet pins rather than the modern (admittedly better & safer for pedestrians) egg shaped recessed catches.

Steve
 

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Stephen Ducker

Supporter
As regards rocker covers, the 'Ford Racing' brand was a nineties thing wasn't it. The Gulf double Le Mans winner has worn both Gurney Weslake & Gurney Eagle rocker covers. Currently it's in 1969 spec with Gurney Eagle covers sprayed satin black with just the words & platforms polished.

Regards Steve
 

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Chris

Supporter
Hi Chris

Thank you for your kind words. For me personally the panelling on these cars is one of the most important bits and can help to add so much character. I originally made sills with swage lines in them but when i stood on them and put them through a bit of a "Duration Test" they struggled with holding goos shape. I have made some separate panels with swage lines in that i may sit on top as a replaceable "wear" panel. The front wheel well section on the GT40 is one of my favourite bits on the car so it wasn't a question of if I was going to add it in but more so how was I going to achieve that.

Being on Guernsey it is a struggle to give the cars what they deserve, however I do spend a bit of time on the mainland during the racing season so the GTC does get away occasionally. I plan to do some events in the GT40 if I am able to. I just need to find out how I can adapt my cage to suit regs and what events I’ll be eligible to compete in.

The arches are based in the original Gulf arches, they are built by the guy who does all of Mark Sibleys glass work. They make the car exactly 2000mm wide. Still 20mm less than my GTC!

Thanks again for the kind words.

Jack
Damn 2000mm, I may have to find a way to widen my garage door as gulf arches were on my list :cool:
 
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