Sean's RCR GT40 build

Sean S.

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Been working on getting the body fitted lately. I was able to get the front end straightened out where the wheels were rubbing the inner fenders. All I needed to do was trim the lip out of the wheel well, this made the front panels on the car look a lot cleaner at the same time.

I also went back to door fitment, I found the spider needs to come up a bit on the passenger side at the firewall. I haven't worked out exactly what the permanent fix will be just yet, just that it needs to go up a little to make the body lines work. I also put one bolt in the door hinge as discussed in earlier posts. I haven’t made the anti intrusion bars yet, but that one step made a huge difference in how solid the door feels. I definitely suggest this for anyone building an RCR car.
 

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Sean S.

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Working on the body pins for the clamshell. Needed a bit of fiberglass to build up a good starting point for the mounts for the pins. I opted to recess the body pins in the clamshell with only 1/8” sticking out. I did this by tracing where they needed to be and used a router to allow for the recess. They came out pretty good and work to hold an 1/8” gap for the body lines.
 

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Sean S.

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I’ve made the anti intrusion bars for the door. I tied it into the hinges and to the door latch assembly. I also glassed every thing to the door skin as well. Every thing is very solid on it now. I also fabricated a bar to hold the striker that is welded into the rear roll bar. I also plan to bolt it to the firewall as well. With these additions, the doors close more like a regular car door vs a fiberglass car door. I’m very happy how this turned out.
 

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Sean S.

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What sort of sorcery am I looking at here. Did you figure a way to weld steel to aluminum? Pic 2194

Hi Brian,

The weld is to a steel plate. I added the plate to give me a spot to attach some bolts to the firewall to help lock it all in place, I haven’t installed the bolts yet, as I need to move the fuel surge tank to drill the holes.

Sean
 

Sean S.

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Fabricated the adjustable head light mounts and got them glassed in. Everything came out looking pretty good.
 

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Curious what headlights you are using. They look directional meaning for left or right hand traffic but not both. Were they sourced for right hand drive (traffic) pattern?
 

Sean S.

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Curious what headlights you are using. They look directional meaning for left or right hand traffic but not both. Were they sourced for right hand drive (traffic) pattern?

Hi Lee.
I got the headlights supplied with the kit from RCR, but after googling the ayfar part number 10255 I found this below as the what they fit.

headlight to fit Renault 12 LHD models as well as Renault 10 , 15,16,17 models with rectangular headlights

Sean
 
I believe that implies cars that drive on the left hand side of the road (LHD), not where the steering wheel is located. People tend to confuse this. You should light them to ensure they are focused to the right side of your car. The Renault R12 headlight is typically a source for replacement headlights for GTs, but you have to be careful as to what traffic pattern they are designed for. I can't make out the E code on the light but that also determines what country the light is certified for.
 

Randy Folsom

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Sean,
Is the time spent going well and just taking longer than expected, or are there issues that have caused unexpected delays? Or is life just getting in the way? I am still waiting for delivery. Hoping December or January. In the mean time I picked up a partially started FFR MK3 Roadster (Cobra replica) to occupy my time. It didn’t take long for me to realize everything takes three times as long as anticipated and I probably won’t get it finished before the GT40 arrives. But it is fun, so no worries.
Cheers, Randy
 
Ha Ha many of us feel the same. Your doing a great job though. Keep it up. It will be worth.

I found that when really frustrated I need to take a break for a while. When I come back at it I often change things a bit for the better after having time to think it over. Good luck. I have enjoyed following your build.
 

Sean S.

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Sean,
Is the time spent going well and just taking longer than expected, or are there issues that have caused unexpected delays? Or is life just getting in the way? I am still waiting for delivery. Hoping December or January. In the mean time I picked up a partially started FFR MK3 Roadster (Cobra replica) to occupy my time. It didn’t take long for me to realize everything takes three times as long as anticipated and I probably won’t get it finished before the GT40 arrives. But it is fun, so no worries.
Cheers, Randy
Its mostly life getting in the way these days, job has me traveling alot now. Also doesnt help I decided to learn how be a machinist... although I have a very long way to go before I can call myself one.

I plan to build a Cobra next, the wife is really wanting one. Ive been looking at the FFR ones, they seem like they have a nice product. What are your thoughts on that kit?

The wife really wants me to get the Superformance one vs a kit. :oops:
 

Sean S.

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Ha Ha many of us feel the same. Your doing a great job though. Keep it up. It will be worth.

I found that when really frustrated I need to take a break for a while. When I come back at it I often change things a bit for the better after having time to think it over. Good luck. I have enjoyed following your build.
Thanks, Im still having fun every minute I get time to work on it though.
 

Rod Dittmar

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Sean, I don't think you can go wrong with a FFR Roadster kit. Starting in 2014, I built mine in 15 mo. after taking the 3 day build school which was conveniently located near where I live. Plenty of power with only a 306ci/340hp sbf, T5 trans & 3.55 axle. I didn't build it as a show car or to track it, but we still get lots of compliments on it. My wife actually loves to drive it and probably does so harder than I do. Just a little tip if you do decide on one: Buy a bunch of 1/8" drill bits and make sure you have an air powered rivet gun....... Rod
 

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Sean, I don't think you can go wrong with a FFR Roadster kit. Starting in 2014, I built mine in 15 mo. after taking the 3 day build school which was conveniently located near where I live. Plenty of power with only a 306ci/340hp sbf, T5 trans & 3.55 axle. I didn't build it as a show car or to track it, but we still get lots of compliments on it. My wife actually loves to drive it and probably does so harder than I do. Just a little tip if you do decide on one: Buy a bunch of 1/8" drill bits and make sure you have an air powered rivet gun....... Rod
#30 drill bits are just a few thousandths larger than 1/8” and make rivet insertion a breeze…
Having built a half dozen FFRs teaches a few tricks! FFR kits are a great learning tool.
 
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