And there are some that don't seem to understand that the chassis isn't in any condition to try to repair, and are complaining that Fran wouldn't provide the information needed to reweld the frame. Oh well.That tub is DONE. Maybe a few suspension pieces survived but man, that thing is done.
Another feature video from the "Short Attention Span Theater" crowd.
So basically he bought a train-wreck ? Some places can weld aluminum right? I’m sure it won’t be cheap. As well as fixing all the fiber glass pieces.That guy is a complete joke. I wouldn't let him check my tire pressure. Can't fabricate? why in gods name does he have a utube channel that purports to "do car projects" if he can't make anything himself?
That car is a complete dumpster deal unless you can "fabricate". How could anybody even look at it and not see it would require at least some welding to fix it. I know at least two pros that could rebuild that entire rear subframe and weld it back onto the center chassis "box" but I think I would at least think about remaking a entire rear subframe out of steel and bolt it to the center section.
The bodywork is fixable if you can do fiberglass work and you have most of the pieces. The problem would be time. I know it would take me years. The question is what is it worth? I wouldn't consider trying to fix that if I had to pay more than a couple of thou for the entire deal.
Fran isn't in business to repair crashed cars. He sells new ones. I, not only don't blame him, I thank him for not helping that hack put that mess back on the road.
Oh and it broke right where I would think it should break. The 2 inch thick vertical section BENT! It took a lot of force to do that. Of course the tubing section broke off from the solid section at the weld. Where else COULD it break. Certainly I would not expect the tubing itself to tear into two pieces and have the weld stay together. That's just not reasonable to expect in this case even if theory says that the weld should be as strong as the parent materials. Certainly the fillet that was formed by the weld bead was at least a 1/8 inch thick and it appears that it stayed attached to both parts. It did not peal off one and not the other as would be a indication of a cold weld.
If I did fix it maybe I would use 1/4 inch wall in some areas of the rear subframe but I don't think it would change the fact that a similar shunt would have bent or cracked the rear corner of the subframe regardless of it's materials or construction given weight constraints.
If you back one of these cars we all like, aluminum SLC's or steel tube frame GT40s, into a wall that hard it will get chassis damage. That is just the way it is fellas.
If all that had been a steel tube chassis then the tubing would have bent, but what would have been the result. You would still have to cut it all off and remake the sections and weld it all back together. The practical repair isn't all that much different really. The materials are different, that's all.