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Needed a front turrett for my 26....so I made one.

PostPost by: britcardoc » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:04 pm

So my son and I are vintage racers and decided to move up to 26s. His frame is nice....mine needs a little love.

I looked everywhere...no one has front turrets I could find. ... So I made one. New beats old. We had a sheet of 14 gauge CR. Metal break, good welder, band saw. So I'm going to salvage the top, brake hose mount and pivot shaft or make one. Insert happy face here.

Some little English guy was "bashing" them out 30 years ago and I have a pretty complete shop and believe I'm smart as him.
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PostPost by: britcardoc » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:43 am

another view with pivot pin hole.
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PostPost by: Chrispy » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:49 am

Looks pretty good! Surely as good as the 60's one :)
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:32 am

Looks right! Is that a drain hole I see at the bottom, on the side?
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:43 pm

the difficult part remains to weld it back at the proper location and geometry, not rocket science but would require a bit of care in the measurements...

ps: I would have drilled the drain holes further down, it seems that some water can stay in the bottom half inch or so,
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:54 pm

Just fill the bottom half inch up with waxoil or similar - it'll be fine.
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:33 pm

In my opinion the best drain holes are 'half-moons' cut into the outermost bottom edge at least a half inch diameter.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:57 pm

........or if you dont mind the extra weight just box it in.
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PostPost by: britcardoc » Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:18 pm

Harvested the pivot pin and top cap. Looks so good, think I'll do both sides. Now that I have good patterns.
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PostPost by: gus » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:34 am

The closing plate at the end of the chassis crossmember is critical to the stability of the tower.

I would replace that with 14 ga as well
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PostPost by: britcardoc » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:38 am

Making a second one. Think it will be a good idea to replace both. Chassis measurements are well known.

Am I right , no one is making this really necessary piece? Hmmmmmmm........
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PostPost by: britcardoc » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:51 am

Next is front suspension. Need a set of good or repairable lower wishbones. Have everything else up front from donor cars.

Good start on second turret,
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:12 am

Why not make the new Turrets in stainless steel. Before someone says it can't be welded to the normal steel Chassis it can using Tig. This has been done when replacing Outriggers on TVR 3000S Steve Reid who was a TVR Guru.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:29 am

britcardoc wrote:Making a second one. Think it will be a good idea to replace both. Chassis measurements are well known.

Am I right , no one is making this really necessary piece? Hmmmmmmm........


I believe Spyder offers a front chassis replacement part, or at least used to, consisting of the crossmember and the 2 turrets, that they can weld back on a jig.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:48 am

I remember that and it will mean all new where it matters. The Crossmember and Turrets could be galvanised. Just remove galvanisation where the weld to Chassis is.
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