Southern GT Chassis #54 Build - The What Have I Done Chronicles!!

Hi Morten, thanks for the input, I have done a full lock to lock and it seems to clear the springs, I was going the other side but it caused the pipe I thought to kink a bit, will take a full check later when up the workshop, Micks latest build it comes out the front of the shocka nd behid the s[ring as the image below but that seemed a bit tight, will have a good look later, as always input much apprecited, stiff learnign curve all that !!

Ok one to throw to the group in my build log, getting close to dashboard, now I am aiming to recreate a stripped out look, no carpet, alloy panels and rivets for me!! Looking to fit IDA looking EFi as well just love those trumpets, engine is a period-ish 302 stroked to 331.
So do i got period dials and switches or a more modern but complementary look?? Any photos of your dash (dashboard porn!!) would be greatly appreciated, just not sure which way to go. In my mind, I am leaning towards retro as its timeless...Oh the decisions the decisions, makes Brexit look a a doddle :)
Evening all
Been too long for an update so here are some latest photos, just starting the body build so any tips please fire them over.
So front nose section all but done, wiring loom in, air con now fitted just need to clip the hoses


Managed to fit the washer bottle so that the pump is not visible but that involved a Houdini contortion to get the cir-clip in and several times I left the pliers on the bench, air was bluer than a Tory party dinner club!!
Another angle


Manged to depin the connectors using a nifty tool so they could be fed through a standard grommet then re-did the pins, lets hope in the same order they were removed.


Found a nice supplier of micro switches for the handbrake switch, a bit more beef than a traditional switch and has a good adjustment although the hex bolt will allow me to set it and alter if necessary.


Dash is loosely fitted, spent the weekend looking at the roof / door section so as mentioned above any advice, direction, general sanity check would be GREATLY appreciated, its a bit daunting to spin over to body but hey ho on we go.
After weeks of looking at gauges (bit like choosing paint) I went with the ETB GT40 gauges as all in the look I think nice and clean. The guys there are rally busy so that's a decent sign for sure.
That's all for now just off back to the workshop to ponder some more over bodies, I know Mick said set the body to the windscreen at the early stages so I just got some glass suckers.
Oh and does anyone know what thread size the seat belt bracket is? I thought it was M10 but seems not then I read it was 7/16 UNF, is that some odd hang up from certification?
Toodle Pip!!

Mike Pass

GT40s Supporter
I have helped fit 2 Southern GT bodies. Check with Mark Boyers (build on this forum) as he has just done this on his car.
The way i would do it is to firstly ensure that the the F and R suspension is all set so the hubs are equidistant from the chassis centreline so you have 4 points at the hubs to check if the front and rear clips are centred.
I would then set the spider so it is centred on the chassis then drill and bolt it down.
Then set the rear clip in place and support the back at the correct height so that the front edge of the rear clip is sitting correctly in the channel at the back edge of the spider. Tie a weight to a piece of string and the hang this plumb weight from the edge of the centre of the wheel arch and check the distance to the hub centre on each side. If both distances are the same then happy days as the clip is centred and will cover each rear wheel the same on both sides. If the distances are not the same then the angle of the rear of the spider will have to be altered by slotting by a few mm one or both of the holes which are bolting down the rear of the spider. Again bolt down solidly so it can't move about on it's own while you are adjusting. Then test again and recheck the position of the rear wheel arches with respect to the hubs with the plumb line. Repeat until the rear clips have the same overhang on the hubs both sides.
Repeat this same process for the front clip.
Then check for windscreen fit and if necessary adjust the spider. If the spider needs to be adjusted for the screen then repeat the above process until the screen fits and both front-end rear clip are centred. Then check for door fit.
The Southern GT bodies are very good and will line up with good panel gaps once you get the panels in the correct places.
Mike as always thanks for the detailed info and the book link as well, I will digest and get backj if thats ok with any questions, once again really appreciated :)