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SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:20 am
by AJL Electronics
I have been cutting away the scrap metal on the offside and have had to go some way to find anything to weld to. I have also found holes in places that I wasn't expecting, like the tube that carries the rear jacking point etc.

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:30 am
by AJL Electronics
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SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:41 am
by scimjim
This is getting very close to needing the body off or some very big access holes cutting :shock:

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:46 am
by philhoward
Not good when the rear tube is holed...

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:44 am
by AJL Electronics
The tube looks worse from inside. It is also full of crap and old underseal so my idea of driving in a smaller diameter pipe is not going to work well. I suppose that I could take out part of the external body and drive something in just so far. However, ignoring the owner's budget (if it were my car) I would complete the side rail etc both sides then lift the body to get at the rest of it. Not something that I think would float the owner's boat, but the way to get it just so as otherwise I will have to carve away most of the interior!

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:06 am
by AJL Electronics
Apparently there is a sticky for body removal but I can't find it. Could someone point me to it please?

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:51 am
by philhoward
http://www.scimitarweb.co.uk/sgwrs/view ... =32&t=6329

Now in the “How To Guides” section.

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:18 pm
by AJL Electronics
Thanks Phil. James Holland said : "Bloody ages. Probably several days. 3-4. It allows for removing all shitty bolts and cutting others. Removing doors/glass/interior to make it lighter. Otherwise you would need some strong lifting hoists".

So now I am waiting for the owner to give me his further instructions because I can't do a body off job or even carve the interior about in his budget.

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:42 pm
by AJL Electronics
New parts tacked in on the offside. I couldn’t do any more because the helmet batteries went flat on me. So now I have to wait for new batteries.
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SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:38 pm
by AJL Electronics
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SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:20 pm
by AJL Electronics
Slowly cleaning all the frilly bits away.
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Bits of thin steel have clearly been used in the past to cover it up!
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SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:01 pm
by philhoward
Looks like the return of the biscuit tin!

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:11 pm
by gtcse8
AJL Electronics wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:42 pm
I couldn’t do any more because the helmet batteries went flat on me
Get a Solar powered lid Andy, the Arc recharges it up, had mine 20ys and has never let me down.

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:53 pm
by scimjim
Went to see this today and it’s a lot nicer than the pictures suggest. The rear tube, despite being holed, is generally solid. It obviously needs the standard B post base repair and Andy has done the side rails etc but it’s going to be a nice car I reckon.

SE5 chassis repair just arrived

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:14 pm
by AJL Electronics
Well I am worried about it. That tube carries a lot of torsion from the suspension. Although I can plate the left and right sections it will still be weak and I can't easily do inside the bracket so it would be even weaker than the plated tube. My inclination is to replace the tube and bracket and then the body doesn't need to come off next year as the chassis will be full strength. However it isn't my money to spend of course.

I am advised that the tube isn't freely available and that I should cut up a scrap SE6 series propshaft.

Not sure where to go from here, my reputation and the owner's safety is at risk if I can't make a good job of it.