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Old July 10th, 2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Just got done pulling the drivers side out,was a bit of a mess and not really much holding it in place.Its pretty solid overall except for the edges where it was glued/welded to the tunnel.Probably gotta replace them though,looks like crappy reproductions anyway but got me thinking,
Do i need to spend 200 quid on a set of new crappy reproductions or can i make up my own.I know theres gonna be flex/vibration problems if i go to thick on the metal but aside from that anybody done it or any thoughts on it.
Was thinking of getting some similar gauge steel sheet,maybe a smidge stronger,cutting to shape and welding a box section around the edge where it would have originally been bolted to the body.
Am i a little nuts or way out there
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When I did some welding on my original pans with a 60amp welder, I burnt a couple holes right through it. Can't go wrong with a little thicker, maybe 18 gauge.
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http://www.volksrods.com/forum/showt...ighlight=steel

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Hey No. 7...if you have any way of getting your hands on a bead roller, like dropping a friends shop with your steel or renting one or making a buck to lay on the floor and tap them in with a ball pien hammer, you would not beleive how much rigidity and strength is added to your steel by putting a few beads into it. So much better than just an expanse of flat wobbly steel.
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Got plenty of time,too much at the moment,thats the problem:)Too much time,too many ideas,not a good combination.
Gonna drop in to a few metal fab places during the week and see what can be done.The main body of the pans is solid enough,might be able to work them in with some new metal.Gotta get the beam end plates/shock towers sorted and look into getting some kind of extender made up.
Bit more polishing on the trans and a few bits to dress it up and i can bolt it back on.Getting there slowly:)
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