October 10, 2003
metal is metal that has been re worked. Grinding the surface
with wire wheels and scotch brite pads is a great way to finish
off replaced pieces, but it is almost impossible to get into
tight places to prepare the metal for paint. So, we have decided
to sandblast the rear structure.
covers foam padding that we used to plug the areas behind
the main bulkhead. This will keep sand from going underneath
the cockpit, between the floor and the seat base. I am not
going to sandblast the front structure, which includes the
front pickup points. These are easily stripped using the scotch
brite wheels. We are trying to keep the sand to a minimum.
is on a downhill angle to keep the sand from going up into
the metal work is completed, but the sandblasting will show
cracks in the corners.
points to one of the hidden cracks before Mark welds it.
crack here, a little crack there, but nothing major.
will be as good as new when we are finished.
crack was around the shock bulkhead. Remember, this car had
(pin bearings, rather than rubber flan blocs). Thus, the car
has way better handling than a standard
904, but the chassis takes the burden when the car hits bumps
or just turns in and out with more
G's than a typical 904.
Who is that masked man?
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